BILT Briefings, News

BILT Friday Briefing Issue 40


Briefing break

We will be taking a short break from the BILT Friday Briefing over August, returning on the 4th September to kick start the new academic year. We look forward to bringing you more news, resources and events in the coming year.

2020 Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards

Global HE Think Tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds invites applications for its Reimagine Education Awards which rewards outstanding approaches to teaching and learning. Projects that aim to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak are of particular interest. Applications close on the 12th September, find out more here.


Putting the ‘Ex’ in Exams?

Blog by BILT Student Fellow Toby Roberts reflecting on this year’s assessment changes, read the post here.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the University of Bristol: Are they the future?

Blog by BILT Student Fellow Marnie Woodmeade on how SDGs could present fresh opportunities for Bristol as we emerge from lockdown. Read the post here.

Life’s like a box of chocolates: Working on Quality Street

Raspberries & Chocolate by Joanna Kosinska

Blog by Kate Whittington and Catherine Hindson on behalf of the University Quality Team provides chocolate themed comparisons for the new University Quality Framework and process. Yum! Read the post here.

Employability in the curriculum series continues

The next instalment in this blog series from the Faculty Employability Team in the Careers Service explores ‘The Why and How of real-world learning’, read the post here.

BILT Student Fellows podcast takeover

As they approach the of their year long projects, the BILT Student Fellows reflect on their individual and collective achievements and outline what the future might look like for themselves, the University and learning and teaching more broadly. Listen to the podcast here.

Tales from the Digital Classroom resources

Reminder that all materials from the Tales from the Digital Classroom conference, including videos and supportive materials are now available. All materials are available on the BILT Blackboard site accessible here or view the video resources on the BILT Channel here. Resources include:

  • ‘What’s the worst that could happen’ keynote with Prof Simon Usherwood
  • ‘Its not about technology; it’s about paradigms’ keynote with Prof Tansy Jessop
  • Various staff contributions on digital innovations


Digital Design: individual, self-study course

The Digital Design – individual self-study course has launched, which means you can work through the course at your own pace and in your own time. Find out more about the course and how to register here.

Various DEO events

Please visit our 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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BILT Briefings, News

BILT Friday Briefing Issue 39


New briefing format

You will notice that the briefing is now in a new format and platform. This is because Amy Palmer (Digital Resources Officer) is now on maternity leave. We wish Amy well for the coming months and hope you will enjoy the new format on WordPress. If you have any enquiries that would normally be directed to Amy, please contact the BILT mailbox – in the first instance.

Express your interest in the asynchronous August run of Digital Design

Please fill in this form if you are interested in taking the Digital Design course in August and we will keep you updated with any details that become available. Staff who have already taken earlier runs of the course are welcome to take this as a refresher, if you wish. Find out more about the course by reading this blog post.

FUTURES2020 – Call for researchers

Researchers, research teams and postgraduate research students are invited to take part in FUTURES2020, a festival of discovery in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, and Plymouth celebrating European Researchers’ Night (27-28 November). Funded by the EU Commission, this is the largest showcase of cutting-edge research across the region with over 300 researchers participating in a range of public events. To find out more see the website or email Diane Thorne or Joel Morley at Closing date for submissions – Friday 31 July.


‘Tales from the Digital Classroom’ Conference – recordings and materials

We were delighted to welcome over 150 staff to our first virtual conference ‘Tales from the Digital Classroom’ which shared stories and experiences of online – teaching, tools and techniques. If you were unable to attend the conference, or wish to refresh your memory, all session recordings and supporting materials from the day can be viewed on the Blackboard BILT site.

Employability in the curriculum series

Blog series from the Faculty Employability Team in the Careers Service. The first┬áblog asks why does employability matter, the second explores what’s already in your curriculum and the third focuses on helping students to identify employability within the curriculum. Feedback is welcome to help the Team develop their advice and guidance further – comments can be posted at the end of each blog post.

Addressing disparities and the shadow pandemic

Blog by BILT Lecturer Aisling (Ash) Tierney on how COVID-19 is causing societal disparities that adversely affect BAME staff and students, read the post here.

The social determinants of well-being: A holistic approach to supporting students capacity to flourish in Higher Education

Blog by Student Fellow Owen Barlow on disparities in wellbeing among young people in Higher Education, read the post here.


Various DEO events

Please visit our 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