BILT Briefings, News

BILT Briefing Issue 73

News and Opportunities

Call for contributions for our conference, ‘The Compassionate Conference’

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 that puts relationship building and care for others at the centre.

We invite staff to contribute to conference sessions in the following theme areas: 

  1. Teaching that cares and challenges 
  2. Compassionate assessment and feedback 
  3. Nurturing student agency in learning  
  4. Caring for future generations – engaging students with sustainable futures  
  5. Fostering integrity and honesty in assessment  
  6. Staff wellbeing  

The conference page contains guidance and the submission form. Get in touch with us if you have any questions at

Temple Quarter Engagement Fund – Deadline 25th March 2022 

The University of Bristol Temple Quarter Engagement Fund is now open for applications (deadline 25th March 2022). The fund supports staff and students to develop activities aligned with our values and our aspirations to be a global civic university. They should engage communities, businesses, enterprises or civic partners within Bristol, not limited to the Temple Quarter area. Grants are available between £3000 and £5000. The fund is managed by the Public Engagement team and you can find out more information online. Please discuss your ideas with the team before applying. 

Please note – if your idea relates to widening participation and outreach to schools, we recommend that you talk with the Widening Participation team for advice. They may recommend you apply for the Widening Participation Funding scheme instead (next deadline 27th March 2022; guidance here). 

Bristol Teaching Award nominations open on 21st March

Only four weeks to go until nominations open for the 2022 Bristol Teaching Awards! The nomination period this year is only two weeks long so make sure you have a think about who to nominate beforehand.

New resources and blogs

Decolonising the Bristol Curriculum newsletter

The second edition of our Decolonising the Bristol Curriculum newsletter is now available, with a short update, suggested readings and upcoming events for the next month.

Access the newsletter here.

Sign up for the Decolonising the Curriculum mailing list

Publishing a book in a year: February

The second post in James Norman’s new blog series, ‘Publishing a book in a year’, is now available, detailing the process he followed before starting to put pen to paper for his upcoming book.

Read the blog here.


“Reimagining the MSc project” workshop – Monday 7 March, 1 – 2 pm, online 

In this workshop the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) nominees from the Digital Health Project Team will outline a new model of group-based project, the session will include discussions on how the model may be applied to other postgraduate taught programmes. Find out more and register to attend. 

Show, Tell and Talk workshop series – multiple dates 

We have a range of exciting lunchtime workshop events coming up which will showcase innovations in a range of teaching and learning areas, predominantly around assessment and feedback, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions. Workshops include: 

  • Uncovering beliefs and emotions, and how they impact the feedback partnership. Q&A with Dr Maxine Gillway – 10th March, 1pm – 2pm 
  • Peer-feedback – 16th March, 12pm – 1pm 
  • Teaching and assessing large groups – 30th March, 12pm – 1pm 
  • The Flipped Classroom – 4th April, 12pm – 1pm 
  • Assessment literacy – 11th May, 1pm – 2pm 

Find out more about these events and register to attend.  

The Sustainable Futures Gathering – 9th March, 12am – 1pm

The Sustainable Futures Gathering is an opportunity for staff to contribute to shaping sustainable development in education. This will be an informal online session hosted by Carlos Shanka, Student Fellow at the Bristol Institute for Teaching and Learning (BILT), to gather perspectives on “how to embed Sustainable Development in the Curriculum”.

Sign up via Eventbrite here.

Decolonising Education Reading Group – Wednesday March 23rd, 1 – 2pm

We are hosting another reading group on Decolonising Education, and invite all students and staff to come along. The reading will be sent to participants the week before the event. The reading group will take place in the Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building.

Register for the event here.

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