Bristol Futures

Bristol Futures is an exciting new initiative that will enhance our students’ experience. It will provide them with an opportunity to develop their core academic skills through application outside their own discipline and see them develop as adaptable graduates.

We have worked with academics, current students, prospective students and employers to define what makes the ‘Bristol graduate’ special. From this we have developed the Bristol Skills Framework (PDF, 210kB), a useful tool that our taught students can use to help assess which skills and attributes they feel they excel in and which they would like to develop further.

Many of the skills identified are embedded within our taught programmes already and we are working to include three new pathways, listed below, within degree subjects, new units, open online courses, placement opportunities and projects.

  • Innovation & Enterprise
  • Global Citizenship
  • Sustainable Futures

Students will have the opportunity to enhance their research-rich disciplinary study with multi-disciplinary and extra-curricular activities.

Implementing Bristol Futures

There are many aspects to Bristol Futures. For delivery purposes the project is broken into six core workstreams and implementation of each will be phased. These workstreams are: personal development planning (PDP) and personal tutoring; academic study skills; core curriculum; optional units; open courses; and professional and community engagement (PACE).

Personal development planning is being offered to all taught students through the personal tutor system from this year, and study skills resources are available to help students achieve their full academic potential when they study at Bristol. We will be launching our first lot of online open courses on the FutureLearn platform in February 2018 and by 2019, all taught programmes will include elements of Bristol Futures as part of their credit-bearing curriculum - the way in which these are embedded will vary between disciplines.

We will also work with partners in the city and the wider region to coordinate more opportunities for professional and community engagement. These enhanced opportunities will give our students early insight into careers and help them to develop and apply their skills in a non-academic context.

Why choose Bristol?

More reasons to study at the University of Bristol.

Information for students

Join the Student Advisory Group and see how you can contribute towards the project.

Log in to Blackboard to access Study Skills and Personal Development Planning resources.

Check out our PACE opportunities.

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