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BILT Friday Briefing Issue 55


Festival of Undergraduate Researchfinal call for submissions

Undergraduate and Postgraduate (taught) students are invited to submit their research for the festival’s online showcase and/or the presentation. There will be prizes and commendations for the showcase and the presentations. All the details and guidance can be found on the festival submission pages:

Undergraduate Research Journal – call for abstracts

Please share with any relevant students – deadline 9am Monday 19th April

The BILT Student Research Journal is calling for abstracts from Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students. This can be an abstract for an essay you have already written as part of your course or it can be a chance to write on a topic you’re interested in exploring. For guidance and details on how to submit your abstract visit the Journal pages, 

Bristol Teaching Awards 2021

Staff and students will be able to place their BTA 2021 nominations from 19th April – 4th May. 

The BTAs recognise and celebrate staff who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching, the provision of support for students, and enhancing the student learning experience. The scheme also aims to provide an opportunity for reflection on our collective achievements in supporting teaching and learning in this most challenging of years. 

Visit Bristol Teaching Awards for award categories, tips for nominators and more and start considering who you will put forward. To register for the Bristol Teaching Celebration see the Event section below. Keep up to date on Twitter using #btas2021 


What pedagogies support students to become better researchers?

In this new post Student Digital Champion Tadeas Dvorak suggests that building communities of practice could help students to build valuable research skills.

Peer relationships in online learning

TESTA researcher Dr Isabel Hopwood-Stephens and BILT Student Fellow Jonny Barnes are interviewed about the work they’ve recently done on the importance of peer relationships in online learning. Full transcripts are provided on the podcast page, listen to the podcast.

If you want to listen to more podcasts why not visit the BILT Broadcast Soundcloud where we have the ‘ Voicing Vulnerabilities in Higher Education‘ and ‘Love What You Do‘ series’ in addition to the BILT podcasts.


Engaged Learning Community meeting on open units – 13th April, 11am.

Engaged Learning sees students working as part of their curriculum in partnership with external community organisations on real world questions. The joint Careers Service/ BILT – Engaged Learning Community is a peer support network for academic and professional service staff working in this area to share best practice and develop useful resources.

The group’s next meeting focuses on online units and the group will be joined by Professor Alvin Birdi, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Education Innovation and Enhancement) and Sophie Billing, Academic Quality Manager to discuss ways to creating an Engaged Learning open unit. Interested staff are welcome to join the discussion(zoom link).

Festival of Undergraduate Research 2021 – 28th April, 9:15am – 5pm

The festival celebrates student created content through and online showcase and student presentations . Visit the festival pages to find out more, register your attendance and/or get involved.

We: The stories workshops – various dates in April and May

Organised by the PDProject, the aim of these workshops is to provide students with a clearer understanding of themselves, which will take them through a journey of self discovery. The main takeaway from these workshops is for students to come away with a highly personalised approach to improving their lives + finding their path. The PDProject aims to offer an alternative approach to tackling mental health + wellbeing issues by giving students a space to explore their incredibly personalised + unique human experiences. Students can sign up to various workshops including Self Belief, Who Are You?, Mind Your Mind and Faith and Feeling.

Bristol Teaching Celebration event – 16th June, 2pm – 3:30pm

The Bristol Teaching Celebration event is for all staff who have taught, supported and enabled the education of our students this year. Join us, along with the Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) to celebrate and thank staff for their efforts this year and for the announcement of the Bristol Teaching Awards winners. Find out more and register


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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