Bristol Learning City FAQs

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 became England’s first UNESCO Learning City in 2016, a city where we work in partnership to create and promote learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city. Bristol is also part of the PASCAL International Observatory Learning Cities Networks.

In September 2017, Bristol was presented with the UNESCO Learning City Award 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 has made in building a Learning City so far.

Learning has the power to change lives. It 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 well-being 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.

Find out more about the benefits of learning here.

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 many areas in Bristol experience multiple deprivation and persistent inequalities: it can be a city of contrasts and not everyone has the same opportunity to learn and prosper.

Find out mote about the city of Bristol here.

The governance structure of Bristol Learning City includes a Partnership Board of influential city leaders; three Learning Challenge Groups and over 70 local partners delivering activity to tackle inequality and identified priorities. The areas of challenge are: Learning in Education, Learning for Work and Learning in Communities.
The main aims of the Partnership are to:

  • champion learning as a way to transform lives, communities, organisations and the city; we want everyone to be proud to learn throughout their lives
  • take responsibility for learning across the city, to tackle the systemic challenges that lead to inequality, by sharing our expertise, targeting our resources and taking collective action to add value to the work we do individually
  • realise our shared vision, deliver change and make a greater impact.
Three Challenge Groups have been set up to tackle inequality and take action around identified priorities in the city to improve the lives of all citizens. The areas of challenge are:

Learning for Work: Supporting citizens into work and ensuring the local workforce is skilled and diverse.

Learning in Education: Raising the attainment of all students through formal learning in Bristol early years setting, schools, colleges and universities.

Learning in Communities: Encouraging a culture in communities where learning is valued by everyone.

We want everyone to know that Bristol is a Learning City, to get involved and encourage one another to learn new things. Our campaign tagline is ‘Love Learning’.

There are many ways to get involved with the ‘Love Learning’ campaign. Learning City partners will promote learning activities and events around the city, providing useful tips, inspiration and ideas for how to get involved and perhaps learn something new. You could also share your personal learning story or become a Learning Ambassador.

Find out more here or sign up to our e-newsletter for monthly updates.

A Learning Ambassador is an individual connected to Bristol who can help us develop, promote or celebrate learning opportunities. The key purpose of a Learning Ambassador is to pass on learning messages, promote learning and participate by sharing learning stories.

We would like everyone who is passionate about learning to become a Learning Ambassador, to inspire others and demonstrate that learning is for everyone.

If you would like to be a Learning Ambassador or know someone you would like to nominate, please complete the nomination form.

For general Bristol Learning City enquiries, email: learning.city@bristol.gov.uk

For marketing and communication enquiries, contact: Sophie Shirt, Communications and Marketing Team Manager, sophie.shirt@bristol.gov.uk / 0117 903 7569