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BILT Briefings

BILT Briefing Issue 88


Our new series Show, Tell and Talk held its first workshop on developing a sense of belonging with 1st year students. It was great to meet in person to listen and share current projects. Dr. Steve Bullock (Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering) presentation focused on how he has transferred his skills in aero flight path planning to help design student paths that work for diverse students. Angela Parry-Lowther’s (Senior Lecturer in the School of Management) talk provided a fantastic insight into how her background as a track athlete and work in industry has informed her use of student reflection to support her first years to identify their challenges, break down factors into identifiable areas and help empower them. Many more ideas were shared from the audience, giving all who attended a range of examples and ideas to take away and consider.

New Opportunities

Education for Sustainable Development Network Launch

This is a network for academics and PG teaching staff to connect and share ideas, content and best practice on sustainability education across the university.  There are monthly networking events called “SustainabiliTEAs”, with some themed discussions or presentations and time for informal connections. 

SustainabiliTEA – Conceptualising and Teaching Sustainability

Wednesday 16 November 2022, 1pm – 2.30pm. Bill Brown Design Suit.

Claire Gronow, lecturer in Water and Environmental Management (Civil Engineering), will lead a discussion on two critical aspects of teaching for sustainability.  Firstly, ontological aspects, that is, how we, as teachers, are conceptualising and explaining sustainability.  Secondly, Claire will present a draft typology for classifying the various aspects of sustainability that we are teaching about for input and reflection. There will also be a 10 minute update form Professor Chris Preist on Education for Sustainable Development across the university.

Show, Tell and Talk: Community building and student belonging

Wednesday 23rd November 2022, 1pm – 2.30pm. Online.

This online workshop, open to all staff and students, will explore how we can design online curricular and extra-curricular activities and sessions which build students sense of well-being and belonging.

Show, Tell and Talk: Graduate skills development

22nd February 2023, 12pm – 1.30pm. Online.

The Bristol Skills Framework has been in place since 2015. A lot has happened since then! In this workshop we will look at the work we are doing to refresh the Bristol Skills Framework so that it will help our students develop the skills to thrive in a changing, challenging and dynamic world.


Ten top tips to start your curriculum decolonisation journey

Decolonising the curriculum is a process which requires commitment and time. Starting the process can be daunting specially in STEMM subjects as examples are less obvious than those in non-STEMM subjects. Read Sara Suliman’s ten tips based on her experience with decolonising the Applied Anatomy Programme.

Decolonising the Biomedical Sciences Curriculum

Find out what colleagues from three Biomedical Schools discovered when they embarked on a research project funded by BILT to explore attitude and experiences around decolonising the curriculum.

The role of emotions and connections in higher education: Covid-19 reflections

Patty Miranda, BILT Student Fellow 22/23 leading on well-being and belonging, asks how can we authentically engage with our respective schools and disciplines, and form long-lasting bonds that knit communities of teaching and learning together?

Upcoming Event Reminders

Visit the full BILT calendar

Learning and teaching in International Classrooms

9th November 2022, 2-4pm. Priory Road Complex, 3F9.

Research Supervisor Symposium

13th December 2022, 9am – 12pm. Wills Memorial Building, The Great Hall and Reception Room.

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