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BILT Briefing Issue 85


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 first year students to various aspects of Bristol Futures including the interdisciplinary optional units, the open online courses, study skills, and the Bristol PLUS Awards. During the event students enjoyed a fantastic array of performances and had the opportunity to speak with staff and current students.

Explore students’ work created within the optional units in the Bristol Futures Student Showcase. The showcase explores a wide range of interesting and thought provoking topics.

In the Bristol Futures 22 Zine, edited by BILT’s own Chole Reed, you can find out more about how students view Bristol University and the city of Bristol as a vanguard of change. It is a brilliant collection of creativity and innovation, enjoy!


Write for the Study Skills Blog

Over the past two years the Study Skills blog has proven popular with students. They are now seeking new posts from academic and professional services staff from across the university. Themes include “letter to my undergraduate self“. This asks staff to reflect on their experiences as an undergraduate, hoping to show current students that the struggles they face were struggles for all of us too and can be overcome. Please email Jenny Norris, Study Skills Tutor at Library Services, to express your interest:

National Teaching Fellowships (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Scheme 2023.

Those interested in submitting an EOI, are strongly encouraged to attend a virtual workshop which will outline further details about the schemes, include contributions from award winners, and provide guidance on completing an EOI. 

Workshop dates are as follows; registration is required:  

Find out more on the NTFS and CATE BILT webpages.  Closing date for EOIs – Monday 24th October, 9am. 

Leadership Development for Curriculum Enhancement

There are a few spaces left for the Autumn programme, registration closes 30th September Sign up to join the Autumn programme.

The programme has been running for two years and is designed for Programme Directors or other colleagues involved in curriculum enhancement. To learn more about the programme, visit the Leadership Development SharePoint site. If you would like to be notified about future courses complete the Leadership Development form.


Publishing a book in a year: September
The next instalment in the relatable series by Professor James Norman is now available. Read the latest post, and or catch up on the full series.

Holding assessment up to the light
Joe Gould has shared his thoughts about assessment load in his latest post.

Upcoming events

Visit the BILT events calendar

Call for contributions for the Research Supervisor Symposium 2022

The Symposium offers a safe and inclusive space for University of Bristol PGR supervisors to share best practices and pedagogies, and to explore their experiences of supervising PGR students. Presentations will be grouped around two interlinked core themes: supervising international students and developing PGR research communities. The submission for EOI is Friday 30th September 2022. Read more and register here.

Online Research Supervision at Bristol

Open to all staff new to supervising postgraduate research at Bristol, and those who would like a refresher. It will run on Wednesday 23rd November, 10am to 11:30am and Thursday 24th November, 2pm to 3:30pm. Read more and register here.

Research Supervisor Symposium 2022

The key themes of the 2022 Research Supervisor Symposium will be:

  • How can we best support our growing communities of postgraduate research students, given the diversity of their backgrounds and prior experience?
  • How might we learn from each other what the challenges might be, and how we might best address these?

The Symposium takes place on 13th December 2022, 9am to 12pm. Registration closes at 9am 12th December.

Introduction to HE Teaching at Bristol

This online course has been designed for those new to teaching/and or supporting learning including:

  • Teaching support roles – for example demonstrators, graduate teachers and associate teachers 
  • Research staff (Pathway 2) with some teaching responsibilities 
  • Teaching staff (Pathway 1 or 3) new to teaching at Bristol waiting to join the PGCAP or the CREATE HEA Fellowship Scheme 

All research staff and PGRs who teach are required to engage in appropriate training to support them in their teaching: this training course fills this requirement and replaces the Starting to Teach programme. The course will run from the 9th January – 13th January 2023. Read more and register here.

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