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BILT Briefing Issue 81


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, compassionate assessment and feedback and many more! Staff and students are welcome to this conference.

Staff please sign up via Develop

Students – please sign up via Eventbrite

Bristol Teaching Award winners

If you haven’t already, take a look at our 2022 Bristol Teaching Awards winners page on our this page. You can read more about all the practice of the shortlisted nominees in our Teaching and Learning Gallery.

Sense of belonging and promoting good wellbeing through teaching and learning activities

We’re running a student hackathon in July and are looking for examples of practice in the University where a sense of belonging has been created through teaching and learning activities. Similarly, we’re also looking for examples of assessment or teaching activities that have promoted good wellbeing in students. If you think you’ve done anything that meets these criteria, please get in touch with Amy Palmer.

Showcase your research at the S.S. Great Britain and beyond at the 2022 FUTURES festival

FUTURES needs you! Researchers, research teams and postgraduate research students from all faculties are invited to showcase your research in this family-friendly festival. FUTURES is the largest showcase of cutting-edge research across the South West region with over 300 researchers participating in a range of public events that you can be part of. Activities include interactive, hands-on exhibits with schools and families, talks and poetry readings on the SSGB, conversations in pubs and cafes and MUCH more! Training and guidance will be provided, so if you are interested and would like to find out more please visit Take part in FUTURES2022 – Futures ( and complete the Expression of Interest Form by 29th July 2022.  


How to publish a book in a year: June

The latest installment from Professor James Norman is now available. This month’s blog looks at James’ last few weeks and what he has managed to achieve with regard to writing his latest book. Read it here.

Queer-friendly classrooms: a manifesto

The first installment in this brilliant new student-authored series by Issy Stephens. This series will explore how we, as teachers, can ensure that our teaching environments are queer-friendly and inclusive. Read it here.

Perspective on Student Expertise

A different outlook on how we position ourselves as teaching and knowledge-holders by Dr Aisling Tierney. Read it here.

High costs to learners

With costs of living rising, this blog explores how we can best support students during potentially difficult times. Read it here.

Following up on formative assessments

BILT Researcher Chloe Reed explores the three main reasons that led to more successful formative assessments in programmes that undertook TESTA. Read it here.

What does cider have to do with learning?

Dr Aisling Tierney looks at the latest addition to the Biological Sciences curriculum and the benefits of an unusual take on a traditional subject. Read it here.


The Compassionate Conference, 28th June, 10am – 4:10pm.

The BILT annual conference will explore how in difficult times we can take hopeful and compassionate approaches to teaching and assessment for transformational learning, both in person and on-line. The programme includes guest keynote speakers Sally Brown and Kay Sambell – Hear the latest from the sector on compassionate approaches to assessment design that support both staff and students View the full schedule and book here.

Show, Tell and Talk – Student centred framework for assessing programme’s Employability and Academic Skills (EAS), 29th June, 12pm – 1pm

In this online workshop an interactive tool for Employability and Academic Skills (EAS) will be demonstrated by Senior Lecturer Dr Hadi Abulrub (Mechanical Engineering). This tool aims to translate the University’s skills framework into a programme-specific skills matrix. We will also consider ways to integrate the tool into the students learning journey and engage them in self-assessment and reflection on their own development to better prepare them for their future career. Register your place here.

Engaged Learning Community Summer Gathering 29th June 2pm-4pm

Join the Engaged Learning Community for a summer meet up for games, food and sharing of engaged learning experiences.  For more info and to register head to the engaged learning SharePoint site.

ESD Staff Network Gathering: Political Perspectives on Education for Sustainability, Thursday 30th June, 12-2pm, Physics Building B16/17 ENDERBY (Access from Tyndall Avenue) 

Vegetarian lunch provided  

We will hear a set of short provocations and then begin a discussion: Should discipline-specific education for sustainability integrate political perspectives into it? How? Why? What messages should be given to the students? Is it the same for all disciplines, or will it vary?  

We will then have food, and informal networking and conversations. We will also give a brief update on ESDN Events- including masters programme working groups and an Education for Sustainability ‘Award’ scheme for discipline programs. 

Sign up via Eventbrite.

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