Sharing learning stories for National Storytelling Week 2018

The University of Bristol is celebrating National Storytelling Week by joining Bristol Learning City’s campaign ‘#ThisChangedMyLife’. The campaign aims to inspire others to learn something new, presenting Bristol’s diverse range of learning opportunities befitting a city with UNESCO Learning City status.

The Bristol Learning City team is inviting everyone to get involved. Stories can be anything from learning a new skill – for example, riding a bike, learning a language or using a drill, to something more formal, such as getting a qualification, or even just learning something new for fun. As a partner in Bristol Learning City, the University will be encouraging its staff and students to share their stories, building momentum around learning.

Professor Judith Squires, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, and on the Bristol Learning City partnership board said:

“As a Bristol Learning City partner, we are delighted to participate in this campaign, reflecting our commitment to creating and promoting learning opportunities to all throughout our city. We foster a culture of learning for our staff and students at the University, encouraging learning in work and through our education programmes, but also providing opportunities like our recently launched, free online courses, open to staff, students and the public alike.”

Universities are recognised as places for learning, generating and sharing knowledge for the public good, and the University has a wealth of stories, such as the following, to share.

  • Beranger Igiraneza came to Bristol from Burundi as a refugee when he was four. He worked hard at school and is now studying medicine at the University of Bristol, as a result of participating in our Bristol Scholars scheme. His learning achievement was recognised with a Bristol Post Gold Star award in December 2017.
  • Mature student Joshua Greenidge enrolled for the Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities in his late 20s. He set up The Entrepreneurs Society for students;“I established the Entrepreneurs Society to create a community that supports students developing the skills and experience needed to succeed as entrepreneurs in their own right, or to work in entrepreneurial environments.” Now Joshua is studying for a degree in Anthropology and Innovation.

The University will be sharing more stories like the two above across social media during the week, celebrating and encouraging learning in all guises throughout Bristol.

Have you learnt something that you’d like to share?