BILT Briefings, News

Tomorrow is the Bristol Pride Parade and to help you get in the mood we are dedicating this issue of the Briefing to all our colleagues who champion acceptance and equality, and celebrating the important work they do to represent the diversity of our staff and student population.

Firstly we are re-visiting our Queer-Friendly Classroom blog series which was published at the beginning of this academic year but worth a refresh, or a first look if you didn’t have a chance to see all six of them the first time around. We are then privileged to share an insight into some of the work being done by our Bristol Teaching Award nominee, Dr Jo Hartland, in collaboration with the LGBTQ+ Medical Education Alliance. Next is a video interview with Emilie Poletto-Lawson and Fabienne Vailes on what inclusivity means, and finally some ethical research guidance from the LGBT Foundation.

We hope you enjoy these articles and have a lovely Pride weekend.

Creating Queer-Friendly Classrooms

In this series of six blogposts Issy Stephens explores why we need queer-friendly classrooms and how we might achieve them.

What does inclusivity mean to you?

Fabienne Vailes recognises that we all deserve to be heard and seen, but asks how do we incorporate that into our teaching?

Inclusivity in healthcare

A winner at the 2023 Attitude Pride Awards, Dr Jo Hartland talks about their mission to create healthcare curricula that include the LGBTQ+ community, and doctors who will be prepared to challenge health inequality.

Bristol University Press LGBTQ+ rights collection

As a publisher for social justice, part of the Bristol University Press mission is to show solidarity and showcase research that highlights the LGBTQ+ communities’ history, culture, rights and social movements.View the collection of free articles, chapters and Open Access titles on their Bristol University Press Digital platform.

(Sign in with UoB access and select University of Bristol.)

Ethical research

Drawing on the ethical principles set out by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Framework for Research Ethics (2015), the LGBT Foundation has produced a good practice guide to researching LGBT communities and issues.

Navigating LGBTQ+ discrimination in academia

This well-researched article published in The Biochemist is written by a PhD student and postdoctoral researcher from Imperial College London. They explain why we all need to do our bit to call out discrimination and foster an environment that allows us to be more productive.

Happy Pride!

Paula Coonerty, Executive Director for Education and Student Experience, wishes everybody a Happy Pride.


Next Wednesday 12 July is the annual BILT Conference and this year’s theme is building community and belonging. Places are filling fast but there are a few spaces left, so please do come along – registration is available for all day, or you can attend just the morning or afternoon sessions.

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