FAQs2018-08-29T13:58:10+00:00

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.

Bristol Learning City is governed by a Partnership Board made up of influential city leaders. The Partnership Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Learning City and agreeing priority actions. Delivery is overseen by a number of Task and Finish Groups involving over 70 local partners.

The Partnership Board is working to ensure:

  • Every child and young person in Bristol will leave each education phase proud of their achievements and having participated in high quality education
  • People in Bristol have the knowledge and support to make informed decisions concerning their future careers and employment opportunities
  • People in Bristol value and continue to participate in learning throughout their lives
  • Bristol has a coherent and cohesive learning system enabling clear pathways for people in Bristol

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.

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

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