Learning Cities are being established across the world, based on the idea that by working and learning together we can achieve more and in turn this will transform lives, organisations and cities.

Bristol is England’s first UNESCO Learning City – part of a world-wide network that champions learning as a way to transform lives, communities, organisations and cities.

Bristol won the UNESCO Learning City Award in 2017 – one of 16 cities selected by an international panel of judges form over 50 applicants worldwide.

The city was recognised for the good progress it made in building a Learning City. The ‘Love Learning’ campaign and Learning Ambassador programme were particularly praised by judges.

We know that Bristol is a great place to learn, with many opportunities available. Our schools are better than ever; our universities are world-class and our cultural and city organisations offer a great breadth of opportunity. However, it is also clear that Bristol is a city of contrasts and not everyone has the same opportunity to learn and prosper.

We want everyone to be proud to learn throughout their lives. Building on existing good practice, our Learning City partners are committed to creating and promoting learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city.

Learning can open doors, help people get jobs, make friends and new connections. Statistics show that learning something new makes people feel more positive. It increases wellbeing and can help people live longer, healthier lives.

Learning also strengthens the economy; it creates a skilled, local workforce and helps organisations and businesses stay one step ahead, improving productivity, encouraging innovation and creating new jobs. Learning brings communities together, creating dynamic places for us to live, work and play.