BILT Briefings, News

BILT Friday Briefing Issue 43


Recruiting Student Fellows

We are currently looking to recruit four, part-time (approx 1 day a week) BILT Student Fellows to join the team. This year’s projects will focus on:

  • Building inclusive online communities
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Students as researchers
  • Decolonisation

We would be grateful if you could share these details with any students you think may be interested in applying. Further details about the role and how to apply can be found at The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 9th October.

Welcome to the start of a very unusual year

Sarah Davies, BILT Director, looks ahead to a year in which our teaching has undergone more change than in any other, and learns how many chihuahuas it takes to socially distance, in her new post Welcome to the start of a very unusual year.


New resources for blended and online teaching and learning

We’ve added a new section to our ‘Information for Staff’ Resources page. The items in the ‘Interaction and discussion in Covid-secure rooms’ section include ideas and resources to support staff in developing online and blended teaching. Areas covered include; activities and techniques to support in-class interactions, writing and pair work tasks, using digital tools to support in-class interactions and creating lasting outputs from on-campus sessions.

Embedding wellbeing article

We are delighted to confirm that BILT Discretionary Seedcorn Funding holders – Fabienne Vailes and Stéphanie Demont have had an article published about their research on ’embedding wellbeing in the curriculum’. View the full article on the International Association for the Educational Role of Language journal.


Blended Learning and Teaching: into the brave new world, 12th – 23rd October

This completely asynchronous course, focused on blended teaching has been specifically designed for hourly paid staff contracted to work as Demonstrators, Teaching Support Assistants and Assistant Teachers  The programme will support you in your roles as we face the challenges of a new learning and teaching environment. It will run from Monday 12th October – Friday 23rd October, visit Eventbrite for more details and to register.

Engaged Learning Community Meeting – Wednesday 4th November, 12pm – 1pm

Over the summer the Engaged Learning team has worked on pulling together the underpinning values of the Engaged Learning Community, researched Engaged Learning opportunities running at other universities, developed a toolkit and explored how Engaged Learning opportunities can continue given the current COVID-19 crisis.  

This event, open to all staff, provides an opportunity for the Engaged Learning values and toolkits to be shared, attendees will also be involved in deciding what the Community focuses on in 20/21. To find out more about the community and to receive the meeting link please email Hannah Tweddell.

Bristol Futures – open online courses

These online courses, hosted on FutureLearn, are a great way for students, staff and alumni to develop essential skills and attributes and to learn about the three Bristol Futures themes – Innovation and Enterprise, Global Citizenship and Sustainable Futures. Courses start on Monday 19th October, find out more and sign-up to the courses through the ‘Open online courses’ webpage.

DEO – Range of events

Please visit the DEO Events page for full listings of forthcoming events.


If there is anything you would like to share via this briefing, please get in touch with the BILT Team at

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