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BILT was launched in June 2017 with the aim of inspiring learning and teaching innovation and excellence across the University and beyond. 

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Young people today have grown up surrounded by troubling news of climate related storms, flooding, drought, ocean pollution, ecosystem devastation and the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. This is a ...
Louise Howson talks to Emilie Poletto-Lawson a lecturer in Academic Development within the Bristol Institute of Learning and Teaching who reflects on the paper “Thanks, but no thanks for the ...
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I chose to do a degree in law because I wanted to find a way to address the world’s greatest challenges. I confess this desire may have been inspired by ...
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When it comes to supervision, there is acknowledgement of inclusive practice but this doesn’t extend to reflect the lived experiences of students who have endured trauma. A recent paper by ...
Hi, my name is James and I am a regenerative practitioner. You may think this is an odd way to start the 11th blog post on writing a book on ...
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News Student Research Journal 22/23 - open for submissions We are delighted to announce that our Student Research Journal, this year led by our two Research-Rich Student Fellows, Layla Savage ...
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Through collaboration with BILT, the University of Bristol looks to develop curiosity, persistence and a love of learning into each student’s everyday life – or at least that’s what their ...
A Case Study on developing practical engineering skills through self-direct exploration. Dr Francesco Fornetti explains how home lab kits and simulation tools can help spark curiosity and exploration among engineering ...
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News Our new series Show, Tell and Talk held its first workshop on developing a sense of belonging with 1st year students. It was great to meet in person to ...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us many difficult lessons, including what happens when we cannot bring our authentic selves – our values, feelings, insecurities, priorities, and quirks – to the ...
Infographic providing ten top tips to start your curriculum decolonisation journey. ...
Video of the Bristol Futures Festival 2022 Explore the Bristol Futures Student Showcase to see further examples of students’ work from the open units, such as videos, articles and story ...
Evelyn Miller I am Evelyn, BILT’s ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ student research fellow this year. Who am I? I am a multidisciplinary creative and a ‘Sociology and Quantitative Research Methods BSc’ ...
Domi Duff Hi everyone! My name is Domi and I’m the new student fellow focusing on the ‘Active and Authentic Teaching, Learning, and Assessment’ theme at BILT. I’m in the ...
Layla Savage Hello Bristol! My name is Layla, and I am one of the six BILT Student Fellows this academic year. I will be on the ‘Research-Rich Education’ project, responsible ...
Eva Craig Hi! I’m Eva, one of six Student Fellows working for BILT this year on several interesting and important topics. My project is focussed on embedding sustainable development into ...
Caitlin Price Hi! I am Caitlin, one of the six student fellows this academic year. I’m incredibly excited to work, alongside Layla, on the theme ‘Research-Rich Education’, responsible for delivering ...
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Back in Welcome Week, we invited students to make a wish for their Bristol Futures by tying a ribbon onto a tree and filling in an online form (with a ...
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News Introduction to HE teaching at Bristol programme Is proving to be a very popular course with over 400 enrolled on Blackboard and up to 100 attendees to the various ...
Infographic of results from a staff and student survey. ...
When I was a practicing engineer I would submit reports and drawings for review. Each time they would come back covered in red pen. I would then go through making ...
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Have you ever heard an educator say, “I will be spending the next three weeks marking and I cannot wait!”? I have been working in university education for over 10 ...
View the entire series. As we’ve frequently pointed to throughout this manifesto, creating queer-friendly classrooms is an ongoing process, and you will never be able to know everything about queerness ...
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News Congratulations! Lucy Berthoud, Professor of Space Engineering, has recently been successful in gaining her Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, an accolade awarded to those who demonstrate sustained ...
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As we look forward to our next student hackathon we have taken the opportunity to pause and reflect the outcomes of July's event. During the hackathon, students reflected on their ...
Welcome Week 2022 featured the launch of the first Bristol Futures Festival that introduced new first years to the unique Bristol educational offer ...
View the entire series. When a student says or does something that is offensive, it is important to talk to them about it. We know that this is a difficult ...
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News Its a been a busy week here, with colleagues taking part in Welcome Week and hosting the university's first Bristol Futures Festival. Bristol Futures Festival 2022 The festival introduced ...
One of the areas which students often discuss is ‘assessment load’ (and, to be fair, staff often share the same perspective). Tomas and Jessop (2019) suggest four principle areas which ...
A few years back I decided to run 1000 miles in a year. I created a spreadsheet. Logged every run. And it was going amazingly until July/August. I am not ...
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Welcome back to all our readers! We hope everyone has had a restful and reinvigorating summer break. Our first issue of the year is packed full of good news, opportunities, ...
Queer students are in higher education to learn just as much as non-queer students are. When attending a class, most queer students want to feel a part of the class ...
Dr Sarah Jones, Lecturer in Modern British History, Director of Examinations (History) Dr John Reeks, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, Co-Director of Teaching (History) Background and Context A recent ...
The following post is from Christophe Fricker whose BILT Associate role continues into 22/23 exploring Resonance Pedagogy. My focus as a BILT Associate last year has been on developing materials around ...
Introduction to the Resonance Pedagogy series created by Christoph Fricker. Relationships matter. When we built relationships, we enable learning. If we don’t, we create aggression, frustration and indifference. So how ...
Part of the Resonance Pedagogy series, visit the home page. Dr Christophe Fricker interviews Professor Hartmut Rosa, a professor of sociology at the University of Jena, working within the tradition ...
Article by Wolfgang Endres, translated by Christophe Fricker, Part of the Resonance Pedagogy series, visit the home page. How research made time for resonant relationships   Technology helps us save time ...
This interview is part of Hartmut Rosa and Wolfgang Endres’s book “Resonanzpädagogik: Wenn es im Klassenzimmer knistert”, Weinheim: Beltz, 2016. The English translation is by Christophe Fricker. ...
This Zine was created by BILT Student Fellow Kai Charles, working on the project 'Experiences of Disabled Students'. ...
A review of the seminar by Dr Adam Rutherford organised by the Decolonising STEMM Groups. ...
It’s August. The month of time off, promised writing time, and when I imagined we would finish the book. First of all, an apology – today is my first day ...
BILT's Joe Gould has created this infographic on recommendations provided by Pitt and Quinlan in their paper on 'Impacts of Higher Education and Feedback Policy and Practice on Students: A ...
2022 - Issue 3 of the Student Research Journal. ...
Colleagues are encouraged to use this guide to establish or develop their own screencast practice. Click the button below to contact Lloyd if you have any questions or suggestions, or ...
The following post is from Anthi Chondrogianni who‘s BILT Associate role is on the theme of assessment and feedback. I am delighted to join the BILT Associates on the theme of ...
The following post is from Marios Kremantzis who's BILT Associate role is on the theme of designing active learning sessions. I am thrilled to join the BILT team of “designing ...
News Goodbye from us for the summer We won't be posting any BILT Briefings until September so we'd just like to say a huge thank you to all our readers. ...
Of the many challenges presented by teaching, answering the elusive question ‘what is the most effective teaching approach?’ is one of the most demanding. A significant impediment to discovering the ...
Information overload is a challenge for everyone in the hyper-connected world in which we live and can impact many aspects of our lives, from our general wellbeing to our daily ...
View the entire series. Oftentimes, queer thought or theory -when included in the curriculum- is collapsed into a week or two of a unit. Calls to ‘queer’ the curriculum come ...
This week has been a first for me. I went on a future walk. Participants joined me as we walked around in 2050! We didn’t use a time machine, just ...
Our 'Compassionate Conference' We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of our contributors and those who attended the BILT conference last week. It was a brilliant event ...
View the entire series. To begin, we want to talk to you about you. Who are you? How do you identify? What are your pronouns? As invasive as these questions ...
This ovation, delivered by Dr Mary Benton, was given at a recently graduation ceremony where she reflected on the impact of the pandemic on our teaching. By late March 2020 ...
It’s a sunny day in Bonn, Germany, where national delegations, international agencies, NGOs, and other climate-related groups have come together. I found myself immersed in a sea of high-level climate ...
Last month I was invited to attend the Biological Sciences Curriculum Festival with other three student representatives. The main purpose of this was to connect developments in the School with ...
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Last chance to sign up to 'The Compassionate Conference'. Our annual conference is taking place next Tuesday from 10am - 4.10pm with sessions ranging from decolonising the curriculum, sustainable education, ...
This is a manifesto for higher education UK classrooms, for higher education teachers, by higher education queer students. When we say ‘higher education,’ we mean universities, colleges and the like, ...
Lots of staff have struggled with engaging their students from time to time. There are oodles of ways to address this problem, but in this blog, I want to showcase ...
This blog is all about why formative assessment matters - hear from staff in seven different programmes. ...
Hi all. For this month’s post I thought I would try and capture my progress over 4 weeks. You will see from the below that this is only 10 days ...
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As costs are rising across every facet of life, I wanted to take a moment to consider how this is affecting our students and how we can address the issue ...
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“The ideal teacher student relationship exists when the student is better than the teacher”, so writes the Japanese author Kenzaburō Ōe. ...
News Congratulations to this year's Bristol Teaching Award winners! The Bristol Teaching Celebration event was a huge success with hundreds of colleagues attending and a fabulous performance by The Bristol ...
Language Director in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Russian. Professor Andreas Schonle presented Elena with the Exceptional Student Support Award, a new BTA award for 2022. Here Andreas explains ...
We've contacted all of the shortlisted nominees for the 2022 Bristol Teaching Awards and asked them about their practice, what inspires them to go the extra mile and how they ...
Did you know that their resources are accessible to everyone at the University of Bristol? QAA membership is available for free to staff and students in a wide range of ...
News Bristol Teaching Celebration (including Bristol Teaching Awards) - 8th June at 2pm - register now! Less than two weeks to go until the Bristol Teaching Celebration and announcement of ...
If April was about not giving up, May is about throwing in the towel. I’m done. Now let’s be clear, I’m not done with writing a book in a year, ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards shortlist now available! We are so excited to be able to share the shortlist for this year's Bristol Teaching Awards! The shortlist has been selected by ...
"Global Lounge consistently provide excellent community building opportunities for international students, whilst also, as evidenced recently with their Tea & Talk ...
"The Bristol Plus Award team worked with staffs to provide great help to students. They are approachable, supportive and provide fast and high-quality advice and guidance. ...
"The technical team have done an outstanding job this year to provide lab and workshop induction sessions for nearly 700 first year engineering students. ...
Professor of Medieval English Literature in the Faculty of Arts, Department of English "[Ad] is concerned about his students on a personal, human level first, and ...
Vice Chancellor's Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School "Carolina makes research exciting and stimulates collaborations. Thanks to her, I've met many wonderful people in my research ...
Professor of Behavioural Ecology in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biological Sciences "[Andy is] always approachable and there to help you with any problem that you have, whilst ...
Senior Lecturer in Science Education (Biology) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Education "[Neil] always makes time for his students, to provide us with support in ...
Reader in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry "Chris is kind, hard-working and honest, putting your concerns and needs into ...
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Department of English "Not only does [Laurence] go above and beyond in the teaching space, but he also ...
Faculty Timetabling & Education Officer in Education and Student Experience, Examinations, Timetabling and Graduation Team "Emma, quite simply, goes above and beyond to make our teaching happen in Engineering. ...
Deputy Student Administration Manager in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Management "Kay has provided outstanding support, for both staff and students, enabling the delivery of excellent ...
Student Support Manager in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Economics "Rachel's work with the School of Economics senior tutoring team has fundamentally changed ...
Graduate Teacher Level 2 in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Psychological Science "Marin has not only made my life immeasurably easier, but has also helped to make research ...
Graduate Teacher Level 2 in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental School "Ffion is currently tutoring the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for International Foundation Programme (IFP) for Dentistry. ...
Graduate Teacher Level 1 in the Faculty of Science, School of Physics "[Mr. Yuan] not only taught me basic knowledge (in-situ high temperature XCT) and helped me to be familiar ...
Graduate Teacher Level 2 in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology "Dan is an excellent seminar leader, who understands the difficulties of the academic content ...
Graduate Teacher Level 1 in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computer Science "[Ethan] helped me a lot in Imperative and Functional Programming unit, more specifically in the functional part ...
Graduate Teacher Level 2 in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Management "Patient and inspiring! ...
Social Sciences and Law, School of Management "It is rare to find a group of academics so committed to and passionate about innovative teaching methods, ...
Faculty of Arts, Department of German "The team have a variety of personalities and different teaching styles which makes them all fabulously unique, but they all share a common passion ...
Faculty of Health Sciences, Centre for Medical Education "[Hadi and Chloe] have gone above and beyond to deliver teaching for us that is appropriate but interesting as well as supporting ...
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering "The AVDASI 2 - Design, Build and Test group project is a cornerstone of the Aerospace Engineering undergraduate programme. Working in large teams, ...
Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biochemistry "These leaders have engaged student curriculum developers to review units from across the UG programmes in the Faculty of Life Sciences. This work ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Centre for Innovation "[Daniella] has fostered a fantastic space for talking about equality and feminism in our classroom inspiring many of us to assess ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol Law School "Thank you Matthew for being a source of support and guidance and inspiring interest and curiosity ...
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Department of French "[Rowan] aimed to create a supportive space and encourage curiosity in so many ways, in things as small as the ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry "Dr. Chris Adams has made all of the first years in chemistry feel welcomed into the school. Before Christmas, he was ...
Reader in Molecular Mycology in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biological Sciences "[Andy is] highly innovative when it comes to delivery, engaging the students via debates, inspiring hands-on ...
Senior Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biochemistry "I don't know how [Giles] manages to make stats (which should arguably be awful) engaging and easy to ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School "The reason I particularly want to nominate Amy however is for her work with the Bristol Neuter Clinic. The Neuter ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Engineering Mathematics "The way that [Chanelle] teaches creates an amazing environment to learn in as she will make sure everyone is comfortable ...
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies "Whenever she teaches she truly radiates her passions and is keen for us ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine "I leave Bronwen’s lectures feeling confident that I understand the content and actually look forward to revisiting ...
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering "In addition to [Dr Fornetti's] outstanding competence and communication skills, what really struck me was his creativity ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering "[Judes] lectures are always dynamic, linking ideas to real life examples and concrete application of them, with regular questions prompting ...
Teaching Associate (Veterinary Clinical Demonstrator) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School "[Sarah] is kind and encouraging with her students and she goes to great lengths to ensure ...
Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental School "Dr Desai is the personification of going above and beyond for all students and staff. ...
Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry "Natalie Fey meets the criteria for this award because her educational vision, planning and innovation has significantly enhanced the experience ...
Reader in Probability in the Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics "Márton always delivers his lectures in a very interacting and engaging style, and he teaches many of the theorems ...
Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Classics & Ancient History "[Leonardo] approaches every topic with so much enthusiasm that you can't help but enjoy his classes, and ...
News Tickets now available to book for BILT annual conference - The Compassionate Conference Our annual conference this year takes place online on the 28th June and will explore how ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies "she has consistently created a safe, supportive, and encouraging learning environment for all students ...
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Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Fostering student agency to learning – Dr Sheila Amici-Dargan (Associate Professor in Biological Sciences) We have been using the ‘EAT framework’ (Evans, 2016) to ...
Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Presenting a novel assessment and feedback portfolio for students in the School of Biological Sciences - Dr Bex Pike (Lecturer in Biological Sciences) Lack ...
Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Wellbeing in the curriculum: what Bristol students have to say – Ros O’Leary (Acting Director of BILT/Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching) ‘The student ...
Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Decolonising and Diversifying (D & D): Slaying the colonisation dragon within STEMM curricula  Alice Robson a.robson@bristol.ac.uk; Senior lecturer, School of Biochemistry.Bronwen Burton Bronwen.Burton@bristol.ac.uk; Lecturer, ...
Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Teaching sustainability and supporting career development through the medium of sustainable enterprise – a case study in Biological Sciences - Dr Rose Murray (Senior ...
Return to The Compassionate Conference page. Building self-awareness, and resilience with a Core Unit for 1st year students - Angela Parry-Lowther (Senior Lecturer in Management) Starting university is a challenge ...
Summary On the 23rd of March 2022, BILT Student Fellows Ellen Graves and Kai Charles hosted the Accessibility and Blended Learning Conference, an afternoon of events held online over Zoom, ...
News Nominate someone for a Bristol Teaching Award - this weekend is your last chance! Nominations for the 2022 Bristol Teaching Awards close at 9am on Monday 11th April! If ...
Alvin Birdi, one of the University leads in this area, interviews Lauren Hutfield, a student in SPAIS and a key player in the Decolonising the Curriculum movement in SPAIS. Transcript ...
It’s just happened again. Someone asks me what I’m working on and I explain that I’m writing a book about regenerative design. The inevitable next two questions come: First, what ...
In secondary schools in England at the moment, students are preparing for public examinations which may represent the final assessment adaptations to Covid-19.   Undergraduates who have studied in the UK ...
The climate crisis is also a global inequality crisis. In tackling the interconnected issues and challenges of the climate crisis, the expertise of people with lived experiences must be recognised, ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards nominations are now open! We are so excited to share that nominations for the Bristol Teaching Awards opened on Monday! In our first 24 hours we ...
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This blog outlines what support is available to PGRs who teach and asks questions about what departments and schools can do as next steps to ensure that such staff are ...
As a secondary school teacher, and now also working as part of the University of Bristol’s BILT team, I’ve spent a fair amount of time reflecting on different experiences of ...
So, now the job of writing a book proposal is done. The next job is to actually write it. One might imagine that this involves sitting down and writing a ...
Three years ago, veterinary anatomy lecturer Julie Dickson applied for a Discretionary Seedcorn Funding to kick off a student-run Anatomy Club in the Vet School. A student committee was set ...
We are delighted to confirm that we will shortly be launching the Bristol Teaching Awards (BTAs) 2022. Staff and students can place their nominations from 21st March – 11th April, 9am. ...
There are three weeks left to sign up to present at our annual conference in June, focusing on hopeful, compassionate and effective approaches to teaching. We want to showcase teaching ...
So, you want to write a book. And so, it’s time to put pen to paper and get writing. Right? Wrong! Before you write the book you need to find ...
Get involved Call for papers: 'The Compassionate Conference' We're looking for colleagues to submit abstracts by 14th March, for our upcoming BILT annual conference, focusing on hopeful, compassionate and affective ...
They are finally here. In partnership with the Students' Union, we have spent over a year creating hype and slowly introducing the roles of Sustainability Champions at the University of Bristol. As ...
 Call for Contributions Guidance ‘The compassionate conference’ – transforming learning through pedagogies of care. The Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT) annual conference will take place online, on Tuesday ...
Hackathons are events in which participants are asked a question, or given a problem, and have a limited amount of time to find a solution. Most commonly used in engineering ...
With the move towards blended learning, it can sometimes feel like we’ve been living in a virtual world over the past two years, our heads jammed with thoughts about online ...
We're looking to expand our case studies collection! We are especially looking for colleagues who are doing large (>200!) group teaching and hybrid teaching. Do you think you have something ...
Resources Embedding Employability toolkit The Careers Service in collaboration with BILT have created this brilliant toolkit on how to embed employability within your curriculum. Illustrated with examples from inside the ...
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In a time of extended stress on mental health, small actions can salve a weary heart and restore faith in how communities can and do care for each other. ...
Looking at successes and rejections This post is about James' previous book proposals – because when we write our new proposal we come with a history (hopefully mostly good) and ...
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I’m not really a fan of New Year celebrations. As the year ticks into the next you’ll most likely find me tucked up in bed. However, one thing I do ...
We’ve had another really busy year! Between taking on new Student Fellows, BILT Associates, growing the core team and partnering with a number of other departments and institutions with funded ...
We've got three new posts from our Student Fellows this week: Oops I forgot to get informed consent / Boosting sustainability at Uni: the new Sustainability Champions / The Price of ...
This autumn has seen more hybrid teaching at Bristol: sessions where different students need to attend the same session online and on campus simultaneously. These sessions can be very demanding ...
Introducing the new Sustainability Department Champion role. ...
Poverty, Mental Health, and the Financial Barriers Students Face As both a student fellow focussing on the experiences of disabled students and a final year disabled student myself, I often ...
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Events Reflections on hybrid learning workshop - Wednesday 24th November, 4 -5pm This workshop will explore hybrid practices with a range of colleagues across the University, share successes, troubleshoot problems ...
On 10 November, a highly interdisciplinary group of lecturers, students, and BILT staff convened to discuss a recent literature review undertaken by Shahjahan and colleagues, ‘“Decolonizing” Curriculum and Pedagogy: A ...
I began University hopeful, if cautious. After a trying year in which the chronic health condition, which I have suffered from since I was twelve, forced me to study entirely ...
News and Events 'Exploring Transformational Experiences' Hackathon - 8th and 15th DecemberWe're looking for approx. 30 students, from all disciplines and levels of study, to take part in a hackathon ...
A guide to all those new and confusing terms in teaching and learning. From ‘lockdown’ to ‘PPE’ to ‘furlough’, the pandemic has brought with it A LOT of new words, ...
The perspectives in the blog have been gathered from recent research into the topic of decoloniality and mathematics education. The focus of these articles is not exclusively on higher education, ...
With so much activity and drive around decolonisation of education happening at the moment, we thought it was important to step back and take a look at the basics to ...
Meet the 2021/22 Student Fellows Our new Student Fellows have now joined the team! This year we are looking at five themes and each of the Student Fellows has introduced ...
The following post is from Simon Halliday who started his BILT Associate role on the theme of evaluating of projects. I am an economist who works predominantly in Experimental and ...
Crowdsourcing ideas from large groups of people is a proven technique for encountering new perspectives and generating innovation. Informally, this happens frequently through popular social media accounts. In early October ...
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to running your hybrid sessions due to the vast difference in student numbers, room capabilities and disciplinary differences. However, there are some activities you can do ...
Hey, I’m Dan, one of six new student fellows this year working with BILT. My main focus will be improving student research experiences and opportunities, especially for undergraduate students who ...
Hello, thanks for reading! My name is Adriel, and I’m thrilled to be researching ‘Decolonizing the curriculum’ with BILT over this academic year! Decolonization, and specifically decolonizing the university has ...
Hello 🙂  I’m Tasha! I am very excited to start this journey at BILT, with the role of “Students as Co-Creators and Researchers”. Currently, I am in the second year ...
¡Hola! I’m Carlos, one of this year's Student Fellows at BILT. I will aim at embedding Sustainable Development in the UoB’s curriculum this year, which is quite a big task.  ...
Hi! My name is Ellen, and I am one of six new Student Fellows this year. I will be focusing on the theme of blended learning and online community, and ...
Hey all, I’m Kai, a Student Fellow working on a project centering the voices and experiences of disabled students. As both a person living at the convergence of disability and ...
The following post is from Alicia Gonzalez-Buelga who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of assessment and feedback. I have been working in the Mechanical Engineering Department at ...
We are pleased to invite you to the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Symposium 2021, which is open to all staff currently engaged in postgraduate research supervision at the University of Bristol, and to those who would ...
The following post is from Sarah Allsop who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. I am thrilled to join the BILT team of assessment ...
This week's Briefing is short but sweet as we've had a busy week interviewing our new Student Fellows and (trying to...) prepare everyone as much as possible for the introduction ...
The following post is from Jo Kukuczka who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. I joined the Centre for Academic Language and Development (CALD) ...
The following post is from Foluke Adebisi who starter her BILT Associate role on the theme of evaluation of projects. I joined the Law School, at the University of Bristol ...
The following tutorials outlines for weeks 1 and 2 (2020/21). The first session is aimed at creating connections between the tutor and the tutees, checking they have engaged with some ...
This is the second section of the CAME tutor plan for 2020/21. Each week comprise a set of instructions and guidelines, with exercises (some optional) intended to support students through ...
The following post is from Rabeya Khatoon who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback I am excited to join the BILT Associates to work ...
This is the first section of the CAME tutor plan for 2020/21, spanning week 1 in October 2020 to end of December 2020 (week 11) ...
An introduction to the new academic year from BILT Director, Sarah Davies. As some of our programmes start teaching, and the rest prepare to start in a couple of weeks, ...
The following post is from Bex Pike who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. A friend that I persuaded to speak about her career ...
It's our first Briefing of the academic year! We're so pleased to announce that 22 Associates have joined our team and the second annual student research journal is now available ...
The following post is from Christophe Fricker who started his BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. My teaching is an ongoing inquiry into the various forms ...
The following post is from Sean Lancastle who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. Hi, I’m Sean and I’ve been the Academic ...
The following post is from Suzanne Collins who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. In 2017 I joined Bristol in what was ...
The following post is from Vijaiya Poopalasingham who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I am very excited to join the BILT ...
The following post is from Simon Gamble who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. For the past five years I have been ...
The following post is from Sarah Jones who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I am a social and cultural historian of ...
“Hi My Name is James And for 12 years I designed buildings.” This is how I normally start my lectures, almost regardless of topic. However when I started one of ...
The following post is from Claire Spencer who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. Hello, I’m Claire Spencer and I am the Senior Tutor for Postgraduate students ...
The following post is from Emily Bell who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I first joined the university back in 2012 ...
BILT Student Fellow Reflections: Rhona Wilkinson I don’t know how to sum up my experience with BILT in this one blog. I would honestly say that being a part of ...
Our time as Student Fellows has come to an end and I have to say it’s surreal to be writing my sign off post when it feels like only yesterday ...
The conference took place on 14th July 2021 on Zoom and explored how different connections have been established and nurtured, both in-person and online, and how we can take this ...
This blog touches on the move away from examination-based assessments to longer ‘timed’ essays and replicas that it has become necessary to move to this year, and its implications on ...
After attending a presentation on Students as Partners in Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) by Maynooth University, I’ve been reflecting on the benefits of authentic student partnerships and how ...
keynote speakers Prof. Helen O’Sullivan (DVC and Provost at the University of Chester) and Dave White (Head of Digital Education and Academic Practice at the University of the Arts London). ...
News Final reminder - BILT's 'The Connected Conference' is next week! Our annual virtual conference is taking place next Wednesday from 10am - 4pm and includes keynotes from Dr. Helen ...
This blog builds on BILT’s previous podcast on Preparing students for assessment and the work of my co-Student Fellows, Rhona and Sama, on decolonisation of the curriculum. Last week I ...
Last July, I had the pleasure of presenting at the BILT conference ‘Tales from the digital classroom’1. It was a great event with some fantastic presentations and a broad range ...
Dr Jonathan Floyd’s recent presentation to Education Committee impressed the University’s education enthusiasts so much that a request was passed to me to get in touch and share what he ...
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Bristol Teaching Awards that were shared at the Bristol Teaching Celebration event on the 16th June. Huge congratulations to all our winners and thank you ...
A personal story of how family philosophy impacts attitudes to higher education. ...
Nigel discusses recent changes to assessments for students and how he prepared students for these new approaches. ...
Student Fellow Rhona reflects on her attendance to the recent UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.   ...
We recently published a blog by Imogen Andrews, Chair of the Disability Network, on her reflections on the learning experience of students with disabilities. We wanted to follow this up ...
While the pandemic has disproportionately affected students with disabilities, it has also revealed the flaws around accessibility and inclusivity across the higher education sector. ...
We are delighted to invite you to the annual BILT conference! This year's BILT conference will explore how different connections have been established and nurtured, both in-person and online, and ...
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How can we invite meaningful feedback from our students? What are creative ways to learn about what students are thinking and feeling? What are student beliefs on their curriculum experiences? ...
In this blog, I share thoughts from Lincoln Wallen, Chief Technical Officer at Improbable. His perspective draws on his career journey, starting out as an academic and then a trailblazing ...
News Nominees shortlisted for the #btas2021 Congratulations to all those shortlisted for a Bristol Teaching Award! Competition was fierce this year, with more than 850 staff members being nominated and ...
Meet Kavya Sharma! The Chair of the multi-faith network who has taken several roles throughout her past three years as a Philosophy and Theology student! She discusses her experiences (the ...
I'll admit it's not the most exciting blog title in the world, but this post contains information guaranteed to spice up your seminars, get tongues wagging in tutorials and send ...
Faculty of Engineering Team members: Greg Richards, Ellen Gingell, Matthew Richardson, Richard Walker, Enea Colleoni, James Filbin, Jonathan Rose, Luke Woodbury, Daryl White, Jude Bramton "...have done an incredible job ...
Assistant Teacher, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies "Her passion for the topic of International Politics is evident and very infectious!" "Ms Stevens ...
Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Department of Music "He has been so contactable and welcoming and he has changed my university experience for the better." "His conscientiousness is always apparent in ...
Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biological Sciences "He is an inspiring researcher, bringing forward interesting and innovative ideas that made us all keen to join his ...
Reader, Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics "Thanks to her, I've worked with various mathematicians in my research community, which has given me the confidence to pursue an academic career" ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry "Over the last 12 months, Rachel has developed an entirely new first year for these programmes, with the aim of teaching ...
Lecturer Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics "The way he teaches provide many of our year 1 mathematics student a kind and rigorous introduction to the subject." "Amid the pandemic, ...
Lecturer Faculty of Science, School of Geographical Sciences "...he has become both an asset and a central cog in our undergraduate teaching – providing exemplary pastoral support, innovative teaching pedagogies, ...
Faculty of Life Science, School of Psychological Science Team members: Martin Bunnage, Alexander Milton, Aida Moses, Kit Pleydell-Pearce, David Turk, Ingram Wright "2021 marks the 10th anniversary for these ground-breaking ...
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Psychological Science "With this supportive scaffold in place, we have felt able to challenge ourselves, innovate and push boundaries with a clear ...
Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biological Sciences "Pushed me to challenge myself within my research, whilst always being around for advice." "He has been outstandingly dedicated ...
Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Team members: Alan Champneys, Mark Gilbertson, Jeff Barrie, Joel Ross, Becky Selwyn, Mark Schenk, Dorian Jones, Matthew Peel, Lucy Berthoud, ...
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering "Despite the difficulties of online learning it is clear that she really cares about her students and wants ...
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering "Dr. Fornetti has taken advantage of all the opportunities offered by online learning and used them to provide an ...
Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School for Policy Studies Team members: Geraldine MacDonald, Vicky Sharley, Jon Symonds, Paul Willis, Aggie Bezzina, Heather Ottaway, Ria Griffiths, Jo Toye, Harriet Tamlyn, ...
Professor of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and law, School of Education "Robin brought some difficult concepts to life through a wide variety of pedagogically innovative and engaging activities." "His ...
Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies "...created a safe and interesting space to discuss and develop ideas in an environment ...
Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School - Translational Health Sciences "I am personally inspired by her willingness to always seek to evaluate, review and iterate the areas of ...
Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School - Population Health Sciences Team members: Ruth Kipping, Deborah Caldwell, Nikki Foss, Maya Gobin, Beki Langford, Destiny Goodship, Hannah Christensen, Katy Turner, Charles ...
Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental School Team members: Carla Fleming, Mark Gormley, Tim Harris, Mohammed Saqib, Chris Bell, Tamara Khayatt, Eithne Fyfe, Anna Dargue, Nirmal Patel, Tim Milton, Mariam ...
Senior Lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Classics and Ancient History "I have had the pleasure of being taught by her for each of my three ...
Teaching Associate, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering "...his clear explanations in lectures and brilliant notes have been absolutely invaluable." "Very innovative lectures based upon exciting and recent research" ...
IFP Subject Lead, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Academic Language and Development "Louise has been very innovative in the way she teaches in that she has used multiple online platforms ...
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Education "Tracy always provides space and time to reflect, and I know that everyone in our cohort recognises this and ...
Lecturer, Faculty of Science, School of Geographical Sciences "In the first term, Joe organised a walk around Bristol oriented around the book 'Weird Bristol' (when groups of 6 were allowed), ...
Technology Enhanced Learning Developer (Dentistry), Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental Hospital "He also goes out of his way to enhance the community spirit of the dental school by creating ...
Assessments, Feedback & Student Systems Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School "Her efficiency and hard work are renowned with the medical school and are recognised by staff, students ...
Associate Professor in Nutrition, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School for Policy Studies "She creates a stimulating research environment in every supervision session by asking students all the right ...
Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, English "...excellent communication and an inclusive environment where everyone feels like they can contribute..." "Our seminars have always been a curious environment and I feel comfortable ...
Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. "...Itziar inspires me to learn and research more into the language. Every lesson (despite all being online) is really engaging ...
When you look back at your time in university, what is it you remember most? You have probably merged a lot of the lectures and seminars into a blurry montage ...
James Norman, Associate Professor in Sustainable Design, Department of Civil Engineering. It is 14:16 on Friday afternoon of week 24. The large pile of marking has moved off the horizon ...
News ...And the Bristol Teaching Award nominees are in! We'd like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all staff nominated for a Bristol Teaching Award this year. ...
Student Fellow Rhona reflects on her experience of the recent Festival of Undergraduate Student Research. ...
Meet Anthony, a third year Physics student, who talks about several experiences and engagements- being part of @uobboatclub , president of @cliftonhillhouse , founder of the @chhassociation , and head ...
Hannah Tweddell shares outcomes and discussion areas from April's Engaged Learning event. ...
Meet Patrick, an engineering doctorate student in his 6th year at Bristol, captain and co-founder of the UoB and Southville @talkclubuk , and previous co-editor in chief of @epigrampaper_ ! ...
We are so excited to introduce Jasmine, the current president of @coppafeelbristol , previous president of @thecelluob and member of @manorhalljcr ! She discusses her roles, her course & her ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards - nominate before 4th May, 9am. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share details about the Bristol Teaching Awards with staff and ...
Meet Olivier, the Chair of the Wellbeing network! He talks about studying history in Bristol, his previous role as president of Student Halls JCR, and his involvements this year with ...
Phoebe is a 3rd year Medical Student and a professional rugby player for @bristolbearswomen ! She narrates her rugby journey and speaks about being a medical student during the pandemic. ...
The INSPIRE Scheme is a programme running across the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Plymouth for medics, vets and dentists to encourage student involvement in research. The INSPIRE Student ...
Sofia Velazquez-Pimentel is a Third year student in Life Sciences studying BSc Physiological Sciences. The concept of romantic love has been written about for centuries. Neuroscientific research on the long-term ...
Samantha Toogood is a Fourth year student in Life Sciences studying MSc Zoology. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the ...
A focused review on the upcoming introduction of PrEP across England A Return to Normality: The Experiences of Red Army Veterans in the Aftermath of The Great Patriotic War, 1945-1949 ...
Ziran He is a Fourth year student in Engineering studying MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to ...
Paul Toulouse is a Third year student in Social Sciences & Law studying Politics and International Relations. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the ...
Phyllis Tea Qing Yun is a Fourth year student in Life Sciences studying Pharmacology with Year in Industry. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on ...
Oscar Oglina is a Fourth year student in Health Sciences studying Medicine. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the full ...
Ellen Clark is a Third year student in Life Sciences studying Neuroscience. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the full ...
Gelsica Da Gloria is a Postgraduate (taught) student in Social Sciences & Law studying Psychology of Education BPS. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on ...
Callum Young is a Fourth year student in Life Sciences studying Neuroscience (MSci). If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the ...
Rachel Lambert is a Third year student in Life Sciences studying Cellular and Molecular Medicine. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to ...
Aslam Meeran is a First year student in Social Sciences & Law studying Economics and Econometrics BSc. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the ...
Sally Gibbs is a Postgraduate (taught) student in Social Sciences & Law studying MSc International Development. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image ...
Elena Fillola is a Fourth year student in Engineering studying Engineering Mathematics. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the full ...
Elisabeth Moerking is a Postgraduate (taught) student in Social Sciences & Law studying MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click ...
Jasmine Murdoch is a Fourth year student in Life Sciences studying Cellular and Molecular Medicine BSc with study in industry. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, ...
Joshua Charlesworth is a Postgraduate (taught) student in Arts studying MA History. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open the full ...
Max Shah is a Fourth year student in Health Sciences studying Medicine - MB21. If you would like to magnify sections of the poster, click on the image to open ...
Meet Eddie, a second year studying French, the current Sports Editor of @epigrampaper_ , Vice Team Captain of @official_clifton_crusaders ! He discusses these roles along with his gap year experience ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards (BTAs) 2021 - nominations open Monday! Please share details with staff and students. The Bristol Teaching Awards (BTAs) recognise and celebrate those staff who have made ...
President of @93clubbristol , operations director of @the93percentclub , secretary of @speakupbristol , and final year History student- Alice talks about her roles and student experience! ...
Laith is the President of the @uobarab society, he talks about studying law, being an international student, his experiences with @unitydiversityinlaw @lawyers_without_borders , and the impact of the pandemic on ...
Meet Sanjana, a journalist and English student who is currently the subeditor of the Wellbeing and Travel sections @epigrampaper_ @thecroftmagazine_ , course representative, member of the @bristol_bds committee, and involved ...
President of @bristolpolsoc, founder of the Bristol Social Sciences Review, member of @ubswpc, and involved with @180dcbristol @thecsrn, Oscar speaks about these experiences and his student journey! ...
Mainga, a second year on her second degree, was a recent contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire! She talks about her experience on the show and studying medicine ...
News Festival of Undergraduate Research - final call for submissions Undergraduate and Postgraduate (taught) students are invited to submit their research for the festival's online showcase and/or the presentation. There ...
Roy, the International Students’ Officer at @bristol_su, discusses his experience as a law student, member of multiple societies, and the features of his current role and its responsibilities (especially during ...
We had some technical difficulties with one of the mics, but that didn't stop this interesting discussion between BILT Student Fellows Chloe and Jonny and TESTA researcher Dr Isabel Hopwood-Stephens, ...
The widening participation agenda remains at the heart of Higher Education provision in the UK, with the main focus being on admitting more students from a wider range of backgrounds ...
TESTA (transforming the experience of students through assessment) aims to improve the quality of student learning through addressing programme-level assessment. ...
News Undergraduate Research Journal - call for abstracts Please share with any relevant students - The BILT Student Research Journal is now calling for abstracts from undergraduate and postgraduate taught ...
After attending the University of Bristol People’s Assembly, BILT Student Fellow Rhona explores some of the discussions, themes and debates that came up and considers ways that sustainability can be ...
News The Power and Potential of Undergraduate Research Journals As we embark on our second Undergraduate Research Journal, former BILT Student Fellow Emily Kinder reflects on the power and potential ...
Emily Kinder was a BILT Student Fellow in 19/20 working on the theme of Students as Researchers through which she established Bristol's first undergraduate research journal. Back in January, I ...
Isabel Hopwood is Research Associate with BILT, working on the TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) and Curriculum Enhancement Programmes. She is particularly interested in formative assessment and ...
In order to honour LGBTQ+ History month I thought I would write a blog on how we can make small changes which can make a positive difference for LGBTQ+ students. ...
News BILT Student Research Journal - call for student editors Please share these details with relevant students. The BILT Student Research Journal provides an avenue for BILT to showcase undergraduate ...
News BILT are recruiting - Lecturer (Academic Development) role. Internal applicants only. We are seeking to appoint a fixed-term Lecturer in Learning and Teaching. This role will actively contribute to ...
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This blog reflects on EDI training provided to the BILT Student Fellows, to explore how it connects to BILT's key themes. As the year progresses, the Student Fellows will take ...
News Open call for mentors and assessors for the CREATE HEA Fellowship Scheme We are please to invite expressions of interest from UoB staff to participate in the CREATE HEA ...
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by Dr Lewis Coyne, Study Skills Tutor for Social Sciences and Law The past 10 months have brought about a minor revolution in the teaching and support offered at higher ...
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No matter the discipline, educators can employ gamified pedagogical perspectives and methodologies to embrace new ways of engaging students, challenging them to apply their learning in unexpected ways. ...
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This week, the CREATE team's Lou Howson reflects on the unexpected pressures of social media study support groups.   I'm watching the number in the little red bubble that hovers over ...
News Happy New Year from BILT! Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all. We hope you were able to take some time for yourselves over the holidays and ...
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This summer, students in Bristol were juggling multiple major responsibilities at once:  managing the pandemic; adjusting to online assessments; and fighting different forms of injustice. The city made global headlines in June after the statue of ...
News Note from Sarah Davies, BILT Director As we approach the end of what has felt like a very long term, I wanted to thank everyone, both teaching and professional ...
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Anatomy and was recently nominated by the University to apply for the Advance HE, National Teaching Fellowship scheme in 2021. Hello, ...
Universities have been adopting ‘student voice’ mechanisms as a means of enhancing their programmes for some time. In my experience, this has been moderately successful, used to move assessment dates to avoid bunching, or reducing multi-part assessments to singular and vice versa. However, I wouldn’t argue that ...
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There has been a distinctive rise of e-learning over the past couple of months, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. With learning communities being moved online, instructors ...
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In this blog I hope to introduce you to some top tips for building communities within breakout rooms and why these might be useful! ...
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In no other year in the past few decades (at least) has the functioning of different sectors been altered to such a large extent. A completely new university experience has emerged, balancing containment and ...
News Tales of the Digital (and Blended): Small things that make a big difference - discussion workshops. Our staff and student community have learnt an enormous amount about online teaching ...
In mid-November BILT invited 21 students from all faculties and year groups to take part in an online 'Blended Learning Experience' student hackathon. The purpose of the hackathon was to ...
Thinking back to the beginning of my first year in 2017, I remember going to a social mixer with staff and other first year students. Awkward at first, yes, but useful? Undeniably. I met my close friend and future academics who would guide me ...
For the first time, the BILT student Hackathon was delivered entirely digitally. The interactive event provided students with a unique opportunity to feedback on their experience of blended learning and design improvements. It was delivered in a series ...
Last week, I got the chance to take part in BILT’s annual Hackathon, which focused on students’ blended learning experience. For better or worse, this new way of learning is something ...
The BILT Hackathon first involved us splitting into groups and discussing the main challenges that we as students are finding whilst participating in blended learning. Some challenges we discussed did ...
The EAUC, Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges, is an influential leader worldwide on all things sustainability and climate change. I’ve attended several annual EAUC conferences in person and this year online for the first time. It’s always ...
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Addressing and challenging misconceptions around decolonising university curriculums. ...
Engaged Learning sees students working as part of their curriculum in partnership with external organisation on real world questions. The joint Careers Service/ BILT Engaged Learning Community is a peer ...
We are delighted to announce the appointment of 4 new Student Fellows for 2020/21. The Student Fellows will be working on the themes of building inclusive online communities, assessment and ...
Working with a bunch of new and seasoned authors and publishing a modest-sized edited collection against all odds is indeed an extraordinary experience! After the persistent hard work during the ...
Hello Bristol!   My name is Chloe and I’m one of four fabulous Student Fellows who will be working with BILT over the academic year. Although this will be my fourth year at university, as ...
Hi, I’m Jonny! I will be a BILT Student Fellow alongside studying for my Master’s in Education (Learning, Technology and Society). I am incredibly excited to embark on this experience as I will hopefully be able to apply what I ...
My name is Michelle Jideofor and I am one of the new BILT Student Fellows. Being a third year Civil Engineering student, this may not have been the most obvious role for me ...
Hi all – hoping you are all doing well in such strange times (I am sure you have heard this phrase a lot!)   My name is Rhona, and I am a new BILT ...
News Student Digital Champions Bristol SU and the Digital Education Office are looking for 12 students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to help shape and improve Bristol students' experience of blended learning ...
As the nights draw in and the newspapers give us little to be cheerful about, it can be particularly hard to stay optimistic at this time.  The changes made over the spring ...
News National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Schemes 2021 – now open! BILT are now accepting expressions of interest (EOIs) for the 2021 NTF and ...
As we approach the start of the main teaching term I wanted to thank everyone across the university for the enormous efforts you’ve put into designing and creating online and ...
News Recruiting Student Fellows We are currently looking to recruit four, part-time (approx 1 day a week) BILT Student Fellows to join the team. This year's projects will focus on: ...
As the new year fast approaches BILT has been busy planning for a jam-packed range of initiatives and events for 20/21. This will include a reprise of our 2018 Student ...
As the new academic year approaches, we are delighted to bring you the first briefing of 20/21. This fortnight's content includes a range of news and resources, including some details ...
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In the spirit of having a bit of fun with digital-only teaching spaces, I propose some ways to lighten the digital experience and take advantage of digital social norms. ...
July's BILT conference 'Tales from the Digital Classroom' had a whole host of amazing talks, sessions and highly entertaining chat, but something I never expected to see at a university ...
This year Bristol University students came on leaps and bounds when it came down to finding innovative ways of steering the wellbeing agenda for struggling students. After reaching out to ...
When I started the role as the authentic learning student fellow, I was a heady combination of huge ideas and had no idea how to do it, or how to ...
Trying to sum up my year at BILT is a tricky one - it definitely feels like a tale of two halves. One full of optimism and endless possibilities, and ...
We’ve reached the end of our stint as Student Fellows at BILT and it’s been quite the rollercoaster. If you’d told me at the start of the academic year that ...
Given its importance, encouraging and facilitating career thinking authentically within the curriculum is the focus of this final post in the series. So what does it look like in practice? ...
Engaged Learning involves students working with an external organisation on a real-world problem, as part of the curriculum. ...
This map has been designed to make it easier for students and staff to find units that include elements of authentic learning. It includes everything from integrated assessment to real-world ...
In April, BILT were meant to take 30 students to Leeds to present their research projects at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR). It would have been the first ...
Looking back at this year's blog posts and resources, including posts & podcasts from the BILT Student Fellows, resources from Tales from the Digital Classroom conference and the Employability series ...
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Forest Gump comparing life to ‘a box of chocolates’ is a great movie moment, but can it really be applied to our experiences of introducing a new University wide quality ...
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015 provide the world with a unified direction. There are seventeen major goals that cover climate change, gender equality, no poverty and the ...
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Opportunities to apply learning to real-world contexts and challenges help to prepare students for life and work beyond university. ...
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You will notice that the briefing is now in a new format and platform. This is because Amy Palmer (Digital Resources Officer) is now on maternity leave. We wish Amy ...
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Here are the past briefings starting from 2018, including holiday specials, that were hosted on Blackboard before we moved to publishing them on the blog, enjoy! ...
Asking the right questions gets the best data. ...
While for some students reflecting on their skills and thinking ahead will come naturally, others need more help and encouragement. Students recognising their employability will in turn enable them to ...
In our first blog post in this Employability in the Curriculum series., we introduced you to the concept of employability in the curriculum and why it especially matters now. If ...
Employability in the Curriculum series. Many of us in the Careers Service have been participating in BILT’s fantastic Digital Design course over the past few weeks – and we’ve been ...
As universities continue to be affected by the Covid-19 situation, colleagues are asked to redesign the curriculum for online and blended learning, as well as continue other academic duties remotely. ...
The story of health and wellbeing inequity swiftly entered the conversation with the COVID-19 outbreak and the Black Lives Matter movement. Whilst recent government reports have shown that the BME ...
A few months ago, I wrote a blogpost on urban spaces and the concept of the civic university. This topic is now reconsidered in the context a pandemic-affected world and ...
I would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal for the co-edited book titled ‘Learning in lockdown: Innovative teaching and academic support in higher education during COVID-19 crisis’. ...
When I heard the Science of Happiness course was being made available, I was immediately curious. Not only did Bruce Hood’s course offering provide the prospect of doing something to cheer me up during lockdown, but because I’ve spent ...
A collection of ‘recipes’ to try with your students to introduce more active learning activities into your sessions. With a specific focus on digital engagement, this book is a must-have ...
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Between the 18th and 21st of May, the fifth annual Sustainability in Higher Education Conference took place, jointly hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University and Plymouth University.   The Paradox Model  ...
Hazel McShane is a final year Physics and Innovation student and co-founder of SATIS, the female urinal. We caught up over Zoom on an outrageously sunny day to talk about ...
We've established a network of Digital Champions to support you in the transition to blended education. There are Digital Champions in each school and can support you: By contributing their ...
In these ‘unprecedented times’ (yes, I said it) one thing at least is certain...like it or loath it, online teaching is here to stay. This ‘new normal’ requires us as ...
As lockdown continues, most of us will by now have had some experience with Zoom or Skype, whether it’s an online tutorial or seminar, an overly complex ‘pub’ quiz, or ...
The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness. How can we be kinder to ourselves, our failures, and those of others? In keeping with this year’s mental ...
The aim of this online course is to provide you with the digital design skills and knowledge to plan learning, assessment, units and programmes for flexible delivery next year. In ...
It’s getting to that time of year where students usually inhabit the library every day, furiously typing away at their dissertations. But how do you go about writing your diss ...
Amid COVID-19, many of my peers and I were forced to come to terms with the fact that we would not see cherished friends, colleagues, and tutors for an indefinite ...
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Adding game design and mechanics to your online content can make it more engaging, motivational and enjoyable. Online educational content is competing with social and entertainment content, and so now ...
Isobel Hirst is a third year Biochemistry student who completed her year in industry last year. She is one of the students who was selected to represent Bristol University at ...
This AdvanceHE webinar was chaired by Patrick Baughan with presenters David Carless, Jess Moody and Jess Stokes discussing different aspects. The format of the webinar was that each presenter gave ...
 “The value of authentic activity is not constrained to learning in real-life locations and practice, but that the benefits of authentic activity can be realized through careful design of Web-based ...