BILT Briefings, News

Issue 91

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Highlights from 2022

It has been another busy year here at BILT. It’s been hard to select our highlights, but here are a few. We look forward to sharing more learning and teaching blog posts, podcasts, videos and workshops in 2023. Enjoy the festive period from all at BILT.

  • red flower on white sand
  • Show, Tell and Talk: Community building and student belonging online
  • colourful bunting, students creating artwork together

News and highlights

2023 National Teaching Fellow and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence candidates

We are delighted to confirm this year’s candidates selected to represent the University in the Advance HE – National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) schemes. NTF candidates include Dr Foluke Adebisi, Professor Alvin Birdi and Dr Francesco Fornetti. This year’s CATE Team is the Undergraduate Medicine Curriculum Review and Development Team (UMCRDT). Many congratulations to all of those selected this year. The winners will be announced in August 2023, so watch this space for updates.

Pedagogy Podcast: episode 2

Aisling Tierney talks to Spencer Frost a lecturer in Academic Development about the work of Albert Bandura and how self-efficacy can be embedded in teaching and learning practice to build student confidence.  

Headphones with the text pedagogy through the middle.

Education for sustainability: case study series

Screen shot of the 9 case study front covers.

Nine new sustainability case studies from across the University, looking at how sustainability has been incorporated in curriculum.

Do you have a case study to share? If so, please get in touch.

Show, Tell and Talk series

Our popular Show, Tell and Talk series continues in the new year. Each session focusing on a different aspect of learning and teaching. We start in January with two workshops. The first, on the 11th, focuses on community building and student belonging through in-person activities. This is followed by our Education sustainable development staff network on the 25th.

In February, on the 8th, we’ve a Zoom event to discuss how we can engage students with online materials to complement the in-person experience, and on the 22nd, we’ll hear from some of the academics who are trialling the new Skills Framework about how they are using it to engage their students.

To register for these, or any of our events, see the BILT calendar, or keep scrolling for links to all four events, plus more.

Student Hackathon: assessment though the lens of the student

16 student undergraduate and PGT faculty and course representatives joined us for a one day in-person student hackathon exploring assessment. They shared experiences and thought about the future. In their final presentations seven themes emerged. We will be sharing more of the outcomes in the new year.

Image of a lens with 7 common themes written to the right

Publishing a book in a year: December

Extract from James' notebook

Has Professor James Norman met his target? Find out and enjoy the opportunity to explore his notebook which is full of ideas, doodles and his thought process.

New Decolonisation and sustainability newsletter

We are delighted and very excited to announce the launch of a new Decolonisation and sustainability newsletter. With an introduction exploring the link between the two themes, blog posts to get you inspired and an event calendar not to be missed. Enjoy! We did.

Globe circled with hands. Text Decolonisation and sustainability newsletter.

Research Supervisor Symposium

It was great to hear from a range of speakers at our Research Supervisor Symposium on Tuesday. A range of ideas were presented and shared, including forms of communication – the pros and cons of WhatsApp, creating community through small groups and pairing students – the successes and barriers, as well as a Q&A with Dr Andy Radford. We left with a plethora of ideas. A special thank you to all who presented.


We are looking forward to the new year and have an exciting programme of workshops, new blogs, podcasts and series lined up.

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