University College, Bristol was an educational institution which existed from 1876 to 1909. It was the predecessor institution to the University of Bristol, which gained a Royal Charter in 1909. During its time the College mainly served the middle-classes of Bristol, and catered for young men who had entered a family business and needed a greater understanding of scientific topics.
The history of University College, Bristol and ultimately the University of Bristol can be traced as far back as 1872 and the attempts of John Percival, a local educationalist and headmaster of Clifton College, to press for the creation of a college. Percival was a supporter of the education of women, having founded an Association for the Promotion of the Higher Education of Women in 1868, and an Association for the Promotion of Evening Classes a year later. Percival's strong Christian religious views influenced his views on education, in that he believed that opportunities should be available to both males and females irrespective of their declared faith. He is credited with the initial idea that there should be a University in Bristol. Lewis Fry, a later influence on the College and the subsequent University, is quoted as saying that it was to Pervical that they owed the foundation of the College.
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