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School of Education academics create positive action through research and collaboration at 'Bristol Forum 2019'

2 April 2019

Helen Manchester and Katherine Dunleavy from the School of Education were members of the planning team for the Bristol Forum alongside another colleague from the University of Bristol (Ges Rosenberg, engineering) and colleagues from the Mayor’s office and the University of the West of England.

Katherine Dunleavy project managed the event, including working with designers, interns and the venue to organise the logistics for the day. Helen Manchester was particularly involved in ensuring diverse involvement in planning the event through collaborations with civil society and other organisations in the city who joined the collaborative design group. She also convened some of the sessions, supporting the collaboration between different actors involved. Jo Rose was instrumental in the planning and delivery of a session that ran on the day entitled, 'Bristol's Ambition for Young People: Tackling Inequalities in Post-16 Provision'. She worked alongside a local community organisation and colleagues at the City Council to plan and deliver a really well attended session that takes forward her work with Ros Sutherland on fair access to post 16 provision in the city.
Jo Rose said, 'There was a fabulous attendance from a really diverse range of people - all coming together to contribute to Bristol's One City plan. There were some really stimulating conversations on a range of topics - I attended (and presented at) ones focused on education, but the programme demonstrates the diversity of issues discussed, and the commitment to making Bristol a better place for everyone'.
The Bristol Forum provides a jumping off point for further collaborations with people and organisations in the city around some of the core challenges facing the city.
The School of Education intends to place itself at the centre of these ongoing collaborations. As a school we are interested in education and learning as a lifelong and life wide endeavour and we see learning as a key element in societal change. Collaborative learning is where hope resides for ‘better’ futures for Bristol.
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Further information

University of Bristol press release, 'Inaugural Bristol Forum launches to turn ideas into action'

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