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CIVSOC Families

As a member of Bristol CivSoc, you are allocated to a family which will help you to build friendships with Civil Engineering students from all years.

Your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents will serve as invaluable mentors, able to pass on their own first-hand experience of studying and living in Bristol, and are always willing to help with career and interview advice when it comes to applying to those all-important internships and grad schemes! ​


Our family socials are usually some of the best events of the year. In the past, our dress-up event at Halloween has always been one to remember along with our annual Christmas meal.


See the table below to find out what family you are in. Below the table, you can find the links to the Lounge chats for each family, where updates will be posted for the socials.


Old Families


Sir William Halcrow (1883– 1958) was one of the most notable English civil engineers of the 20th century, particularly renowned for his expertise in the design of tunnels and for projects during the Second World War.


Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS (1806 –1859) was an English civil engineer who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history".


William John Macquorn Rankine FRSE FRS (1820–1872) was a Scottish engineer who also contributed to civil engineering, physics and mathematics. He was a founding contributor to the science of thermodynamics


Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (1757–1834) was a Scottish civil engineer. After establishing himself as a road and canal engineer  Shropshire, he designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels.


Sir Thomas Ernest Stanton was a prominent British engineer and aerodynamicist. Stanton noted for his tremendous work supervising researches into hydrodynamics, the strength of materials, heat transmission, and lubrication that was also concerned with the dynamics of air.

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