BILT Briefings

BILT Briefing Issue 76


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 you want to give someone a virtual pat on the back, and nominate them for a chance to win one of our awards, spend five minutes nominating them this weekend. All published nominations will be visible on the ‘Thanks and Recognition Wall’ as well as entering them into be shortlisted for an award. We have a wide range of categories, from Inspiring Teaching to Outstanding Support, so there is one to fit any member of academic or professional services staff and teams!

Visit the Bristol Teaching Awards webpage now to launch the voting app.

Sign up to the Student Research Festival

Less than three weeks to go until our second Student Research Festival, which is taking place on Zoom on 27th April from 10am – 4pm. We have two streams of presentations taking place simultaneously, one focussed on Sciences and one focussed on Arts, as well as a gallery of poster presentations to browse. Please encourage your students to come along and see if you know anyone presenting!

Book a ticket here.

Helping students to prepare for online exams (shared from the Education Bulletin).

Some students will be undertaking online exams this summer. The first time students experience online formats should not be in the exam itself.   Even prior experience of for example submitting a word-processed assignment in Blackboard may not be enough if the exam requires additional work such as scanning handwritten material, so students should have an opportunity to practice the same process as will be required in their exam and have a means, ideally in class time, to ask any questions they may have as a result. 

Ways to help students prepare in advance for online exams include: 

  • For centrally supported exams practice spaces are made available in Blackboard approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the assessment period so encourage students to use these 
  • Use formats which will be used in the exam (e.g. Blackboard tests or scanning handwritten work to upload) for formative assessments or mock exams 
  • Refer students to relevant study skills resources e.g. on online open book exams 

Promote the DEO guidance on preparing and submitting work.

Blogs and resources

Decolonising the Curriculum Newsletter

This month’s edition of this newsletter is now available, with updates from SPAIS, the current Department of Music case study, a recent report by the ‘We are Bristol History’ collective and an interview with Lauren Hutfield, plus upcoming events and an update from cross-University activities.

Read it here.

Future-proofing sustainability in the law curriculum: resources for law students

Patty Miranda, one of the SU’s Sustainability Champions, has shared her vision on how Bristol Law School can embed and promote sustainability for students.

Read it here.

Publishing a book in a year: April

The latest installment in this blog series is now available; a more personal reflection and a potential bump in the journey adds a new layer to this engaging series.

Read it here.

Case studies spotlight

Our Case Studies spotlight this fortnight is on research-rich teaching. Take a look at these, or browse our collection, by visiting our Case Studies page.

What’s past (and present) is prologue: considering changes to secondary assessment

BILT’s Joe Gould has shared his second blog in a series looking closer at assessment practices – this week he explores the implications of Covid-impacted secondary assessment changes on students in lower years of their studies.

Read it here.


Show, Tell and Talk: Teaching and Assessing Large Groups, April 25th, 1 – 2pm.

This online workshop will showcase examples of successful teaching and assessing of large groups and will include contributions from a range of staff at the University. 

Read more details and book your ticket here.

Show, Tell and Talk: Making feedback work workshop, April 27th, 11am – 12pm.

Are you interested in uncovering what is often hidden in your students’ writing? And then use this knowledge to inform your feedback practice? If so, join us for this face to face workshop in the Wills Memorial Building.

Read more details and book your ticket here.

Show, Tell and Talk: Discussing assessment for inclusion: Slow Reading Circle with a Twist – asynchronous from 17th – 20th May.

Are you interested in collaborative reading and discussing assessment for inclusion? If so, why not join this asynchronous reading circle with twist.

Read more details and book your tickets here.

Student Research Festival, April 27th, 10am – 4pm.

Our second Student Research Festival is showcasing the best of Bristol’s undergrad and PGT research! Come watch a presentation or browse the poster gallery!

Book your ticket here.

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