Bristol Futures

Become a Bristol Futures learner and involve yourself in a new way of educating yourself with our innovative learning resources and extracurricular activities.

Learn about global challenges and fulfil your academic and personal potential through our Bristol Futures initiative.

Designed for our students and keen external learners, Bristol Futures provides you with an opportunity to tackle the key challenges in Global Citizenship, Sustainable Futures and Innovation and Enterprise. If you’re already studying with us, it provides you the opportunities to develop core academic skills and key personal attributes to help you become a tenacious, inventive and confident graduate. You can use 'My Skills' to identify the skills and attributes you'd like to develop.

Bristol Futures allows you to:

  • Take time to reflect on your skills, and track them in a purposeful way using the University’s online skills platform, My Skills.
  • Develop your academic skills through our Study Skills resources. Access online, interactive resources and attend one-to-one tutorials, drop-in tutorials and small-group workshops.
  • Explore interdisciplinary topics through Optional Units. Use new learning resources to complement your structured learning environment.
  • Collaborate with others at the University and around the world. Join an Open Online Course and enjoy a flexible way of learning about the global challenges that impact our society.
  • Connect with others in the city of Bristol and beyond. Participate in a range of Engagement Opportunities that will help you make connections, enhance your employability and prepare you for life after University.

What is 'My Skills'?

Co-designed by students, academics and external partners, including graduate employers, My Skills focuses on nine essential skills, that we have grouped into three categories:

Get started by completing the skills self-assessment on My Skills, searching our community engagement opportunities or signing up to an Open Online Course.

Students studying together on a laptop. Access our Open Online Courses

Sign up for interactive online courses through FutureLearn.

Stand out with the Bristol PLUS Award

Whether you’re a new student or heading into your final year, you can have your engagement in Bristol Futures’ activities recognised with the Bristol PLUS Award. All types of extracurricular opportunities can count towards the award. Endorsed and valued by employers, the Bristol PLUS Award can help you articulate your achievements and skills and stand out from the crowd.

the cover for the 2022 Bristol Futures zine, a black and white graphic novel style set of images depicting part of Bristol and residents. Bristol Futures Student Showcase

An online showcase of student coursework created within the Bristol Futures optional units was set up on the BILT blog for the Bristol Futures Festival, held during welcome week 2022, visit the showcase.

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