BILT Briefings

Issue 97

Bristol Teaching Awards

Over 1000 nominations were cast in the 2023 Bristol Teaching Awards (BTA). Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate individual members of staff and/or teams. All nominees have been notified and approved nominations are viewable on the University’s ‘Thanks and Recognition Wall’ Awards, why not take a look now! The shortlist will be announced in early May and winners will be announced in June, keep an eye out for forthcoming updates. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. 

Student Research Festival, Tuesday 25th April

Join us at our first in-person Student Research Festival on Tuesday 25th April, Global Lounge, Senate House. The programme is packed full with student research from a range of faculties exploring wellbeing, decolonisation and sustainability.

BILT Annual Conference, 12th July 2023 – Save the date

We’re very excited to announce that our annual conference on Building community and belonging in a challenging and changing world will be taking place in-person and on campus on the 12th July.

This conference will explore the role of community and belonging in creating what bell hooks calls “the best climate for learning”.  

The programme includes two keynote presentations from Professor Nicola Dandridge (University of Bristol, formerly the OfS) on Belonging and regulation: an essential relationship, and Sunday Blake (WonkHE) and Gail Cooper (Pearson).

The programme will include sessions on: 

  • Student partnership and authentic learning 
  • Staff and staff/student communities  
  • Community and belonging within and between programmes 
  • Designing teaching and assessment to build community 
  • Student wellbeing and belonging 
  • Decolonisation and sustainability 
  • Developing student skills, confidence and community 

We’re looking forward to sharing full details and registration information with you all after the Easter break. For now, we encourage you to save the date in your diary and look forward to releasing further details soon.

Blog Series. A healthy sense of belong – why does this matter?

Belonging. Two hands holding a piece of string over a city landscape.

In the second of our conference blog series, we take a look at a recent article reviewing some of the conceptual aspects of belonging (Allen et al 2021). Belonging was defined as ‘the subjective feeling of deep connection with social groups, physical places, and individual and collective experiences’ (ibid). 

We are inviting responses to the question – ‘What does belonging at the University of Bristol mean to you?’.   

The format of the response is entirely open. It could take the form of a photograph, a piece of creative writing, a piece of writing, poetry, an artefact, a poster, or any other medium. We hope to share some of these responses at our conference. You can send your contributions to:  

Follow all the conference updates on Twitter using #BILTCon23

TikTok has opinions on ChatGPT in education

In this blog, Dr Aisling Tierney takes a dive into TikTok content responding to ChatGPT’s use in the university classroom.

tiktok and chatgpt logos side by side on multicoloured background

The Learning Conversation with Dr Sarah Allsop

Title slide: Dr Sarah Allsop on a dark aqua background alongside the title of the video, Approaches to Feedback - The Learning Conversation

Dr Sarah Allsop talks about how using dialogic feedback as part of the learning process can improve student engagement within skills-based small group teaching.

Decolonising and diversifying the Biomedical Sciences workshop

Find out about the workshop, hosted in partnership with Lara Lalemi, Director of the Creative Tuition Collective, as well as some feedback from students.

Image of the workshop. Students sat in small groups around tables looking towards the presenter at the front.

Tips for keeping students engaged and happy

Three colleagues share their tips for enabling student engagement. All examples engage with communities and resonate with how we can create a sense of belonging at Bristol.

Finding hope in decolonial movements

Evelyn Miller, BILT Student Fellow for decolonising the curriculum, explores the decolonial movements and provides us with recommended works centred in pedagogies of freedom and empowerment

Brown lantern balloons

Upcoming events

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Show, Tell and Talk. Graduate Skills Development at Bristol. Wednesday April 19th 12pm - 1.30pm. Online. Hosted by Stuart Johnson and Julian Kendell.
Show, Tell and Talk. Graduate Skills Development at Bristol. Wednesday April 19th 12pm – 1.30pm. Online. Hosted by Stuart Johnson and Julian Kendell.

WORKSHOP Engaging students as partners in enhancing the student experience.
WORKSHOP Engaging students as partners in enhancing the student experience.

Research Supervision at Bristol Workshop ONLINE. March 23rd 2pm-3.30pm. Register on Blackboard by searching for 'Research Supervisor'.
Research Supervision at Bristol Workshop ONLINE. April 27th 2pm-3.30pm. Register on Blackboard by searching for ‘Research Supervisor’.

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