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BUDS - Bristol University Drones Society

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Our Aim: 

To inspire and promote an enjoyable experience for any and all University of Bristol students (regardless of course studied) using UAV technology.

Our Objectives: 

  • To allow students to have a hands-on experience in building UAVs
  • To teach students how to fly UAVs
  • To equip students with the skills and knowledge to progress to UAV systems that involve complex automation


How We Achieve This:

Due to changing COVID-19 recommended rules and regulations, our activities for this year will be slightly different. Regardless of how our events will look this year due to social distancing, they will follow a similar format as in previous years (with some new ones coming up). Have a look below:

UAV Building Sessions: Have a go at building your own UAV! 

Indoor/Outdoor Flying Events: Want to learn how to fly a small UAV? Maybe you need to fly something bigger? Well you can with us. We will post updates on when our sessions will take place for this year so keep an eye on our pages! We have a wide range of UAVs to choose from such as the H107C+ for beginners, the E61 for some FPV action, the E520S for capturing the moments with a laid back approach to flying. If you’re an advanced flyer, then try out our F450 Quadcopter frames.


Autonomous Sessions: Want to program missions for a UAV and sit back while it does all the hard work for you? You can with us. We run sessions that teach students how to use mission planning software and develop their own mission using our advanced UAVs. You can then test your mission at our flying location. Once you are confident in planning and operating missions, we can then also teach you how to observe a certain location with a camera. We take on all abilities and disciplines so please don't hesitate to reach out if you are interested.


Keep Up-to-date:


Instagram: bristoluniversitydronesociety


Upcoming Events:

Due to changing COVID-19 recommended rules and regulations, our activities for this year will be slightly different. We do have events lined up (have a look at our flyer in the "Documents" section of our booth during the Virtual Freshers Fair to get an idea). We shall post more details about those soon on our Facebook group/Instagram page so follow us or join to stay up to date!

  • Drone Dash 4
  • Simulator/Real Drone Racing
  • Aerial Filming/Surveying
  • Socials

Here’s a video from one of our previous events, Drone Dash 2


The Committee (2020/21): 

  • President - Henry Yeo
  • Vice President - Lauryn Barnes
  • Secretary and Outreach - Sadi Oagile
  • Treasurer - Oisin Wellesley-Miller
  • Equipment Manager - Ashford Milne
  • Event Leaders - Vico Wong, Will Alden
  • Marketing Officer - Olly Sutcliffe



Any queries please send an email to: (Please note: Emails can only be sent to this address from your university email)



Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


The Code of Conduct:


Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.