We engaged eight students for a four-week ‘hackathon’ from mid-June to mid-July 2019, to work together to co-design solutions to key themes the University is currently exploring in education and student engagement.

The BILT hackathon employed students from almost all University faculties and from UG and PG level of study, with a mix of home and international students, to ensure that solutions were inclusive of the broad range of different students we have in Bristol. The group also included three students who had previously studied at other higher education institutions.  

 The students were tasked with one challenge per week: 

  • Student input into University education decision-making 
  • Balancing wellbeing, freedom, independence and success 
  • Designing a Bristol curriculum for the future 
  • Your digital university 

They were facilitated through a broadly design thinking innovation approach to explore the problem space, meeting with key academic stakeholders and professional services members of staff and drawing on their own experiences as students to produce problem statements capturing insights about the current state of play. They then worked in smaller teams to come up with new, innovative and student-centred solutions in response to those problem statements. 



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