BILT Briefings, News

Issue 103

BILT Opportunities 2023-24

Every year BILT provides staff with access to a range of opportunities, funding and support to engage in activities or projects related to teaching and learning priorities. For 2023-24 this includes: 

  • Associate Projects – An opportunity for staff to work on specific projects funded by and defined by BILT and aligned to the University’s priorities. Interested parties can apply to be a lead or part of a project team. View the Associate Projects page to find out further details about the broad range of projects you could get involved in next year. 
  • Education Development Projects - provide funding of up to £1500 and critical friend support.  Projects must align with at least one of BILT’s specified project themes for next year which include ‘Designed for all’ assessment and Enhancing international students’ experience. 

Find out more using the links above.
Closing date for applications is Monday 3 July, 9am.

NEW for Autumn 2023: Programme Director Induction

Coming soon – Programme Director Induction Autumn 2023 involving a series of short workshops suitable for new Programme Directors or existing Programme Directors seeking a refresher. The workshops are collaboratively run by BILT, AQPO, the Curriculum Enhancement Programme team and Academic Staff Development and will be available to book soon.  

BILT Conference 2023

As a pre-Conference activity we have almost 50 people getting together for a Randomised Coffee Chat. Our first participants met today and talked about why it’s ok to enjoy balsamic vinegar with your strawberries! If you are taking part in the coffee chat don’t forget to send us your pictures or share them on Twitter #BILTCon23. And, of course, it doesn’t have to be coffee.

We are also pleased to confirm that this year’s annual conference is open to external partners as well as to University of Bristol staff and students. If you know of anybody keen to hear more on the theme of community and belonging in higher education please feel free to share the details.

Class in the Classroom: How to support first generation students at Bristol

by Kate Fox and Mark Hailwood

In 2020 a group of staff and students established a First Generation Scholars Network in the School of Humanities at Bristol. The network brings together scholars at all levels, from freshers to professors, who were the first – or one of the first – people in their family to go to university. Find out about their latest work.

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A Blog Post summarising some of the key issues and challenges raised by students, and thoughts on how they might be addressed to create a more supportive learning environment for all. 

An Infographic sharing five ways first generation students can be supported at Bristol.


Our final event of the academic year will be the annual BILT Conference on Wednesday 12 July 2023 – Building community and belonging in a challenging and changing world.

Thank you to everyone who has presented and/or attended BILT events this academic year. We hope you have found them insightful and enriching. Our 2023-24 programme will be launching soon and will feature the return of highly popular programmes and series as well as new sessions. Watch this space!

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