BILT Briefings

BILT Briefing Issue 65


Postgraduate Research Supervisor Symposium

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 like to supervise in the future.

You can see full details about this event and book your ticket by visiting this page.

Undergraduate Student Journal – explore the mega-thread of journal articles

We’ve launched a mega-thread on Twitter to highlight the amazing journal entries by our students last year. Two of the subjects have been posted already – Ancient History and Classics and Archaeology and Anthropology! You don’t need to be signed up to Twitter to view the thread by clicking here.

Research Associate Role – Deadline 21st October

Working within a wider Curriculum Enhancement Programme (CEP) team delivering an exciting research and change process based on ‘Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) across the University. In the role you will be conducting quantitative and qualitative research from data collection to analysis through to report writing and presenting data. Find out more and apply.

Call for speakers – University’s Sustainability Month (25th October to 19th November)

The University of Bristol’s Sustainability Month will happen between the 25th of October and the 19th of November. The Sustainability Network will be hosting events to take action and promote awareness, including a series of “Sustainability Talks”. These will aim to promote awareness around the student body, and they are currently in need of passionate academics (from any field in sustainability) to get involved. Please contact the Chair of the Network, Carlos Shanka ( if you are interested. View the event calendar and the expression of interest form in the Events section of this briefing.

Introduction to Higher Education Teaching at Bristol 2021 

Commencing on the 27th of September 2021, this online course – designed for those new to teaching and supporting learning – has attracted over 550 participants in its first run. Hosted on Blackboard, this introductory course aims to explore themes such as engaging and interactive learning, inclusive teaching, good practice in marking and feedback as well as supporting different types of learning using appropriate technology. 

So far over 150 participants have engaged with the live workshops on active and inclusive learning and marking and giving feedback ensuring a collaborative and exciting learning environment. Excellent contributions to the tasks and activities have been collated from colleagues across the university and will be used to reinforce the asynchronous run of the course set to start the week commencing 11th October. This flexibly of the Introduction to Higher Education Teaching at Bristol course ensures colleagues can engage with materials in their own time during this extremely busy period.  

In preparation for teaching block two, a second run of the course is planned for January 2022 so keep an eye on the BILT website to sign up if you are new to teaching and supporting learning. 

Two new members of the BILT team! Introducing Chloe Reed and Spencer Frost.

Hi, I’m Chloe! Some readers may already recognise me as one of last years BILT Student Fellows but after completing my Masters degree in English Literature I’ve rejoined the BILT team as the new Curriculum Enhancement Research Assistant and I’ll be working with the Curriculum Enhancement team on TESTA related outputs at the university. I’m really excited to get stuck into TESTA, especially to start working directly with our students to enhance their teaching and learning experience which is always what I’ve most enjoyed about BILT.

Outside the office, you can find me reading (usually with lots of tea), cooking vegan delights, petting my springer spaniel or singing 😊

My name is Spencer Frost and my role is Lecturer in Academic Development in the Create team within BILT. With this role I am co-unit director for the second unit of our PGCAP programme (Higher Education Curriculum Development and Learning Design) and I teach across our other programmes such as the HEA Fellowship scheme, alongside contributing to a variety of other Learning and Teaching development initiatives.

National Teaching Fellowship workshop – 11th October

If you’re interested in applying to be a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), make sure you sign up to our workshop on Monday 11th October. Full details can be found on our website.


Case studies – spotlight on Hybrid Learning case studies

We have four case studies on hybrid learning – see them, as well as hundreds of other case studies from around the University, on our Case Studies page.

We’d love to hear how your hybrid teaching experience as going – as well as any helpful tips you have for other staff – to help inform future training and events we create! We’ve started this Padlet for you to add to: Hybrid Learning Padlet.

Meet the BILT Associates

We have more ‘Meet the BILT Associates’ blogs for you this week – see post from Sarah Allsop on our blog, or browse them all by visiting this link.


NTF Workshop – October 11th, 4pm – 5pm

BILT will be hosting a virtual NTF workshop where further details about the scheme and guidance for applicants wishing to submit an expression of interest will be shared. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend and can sign up via this link

University of Bristol Sustainability Month – 25th October to 19th November 2021

View the full Events calendar here.
Enter an expression of interest via this online form.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Symposium – November 3rd, 9.30am – 12.30pm

View full details on our Events page.

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