Support for teachers and careers advisers
Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for teachers and advisers
What is the University doing to help applicants whose schooling has been disrupted by Covid-19?
We recognise that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on schools and colleges across the country and many applicants for 2021 entry will have missed up to six months of A level (or equivalent) teaching.
To make sure that we continue to attract the brightest and best students and do not disadvantage those whose grades may be impacted as a result of the pandemic, we encourage students whose predicted grades may not meet our standard/contextual offer level to apply. We cannot guarantee that these students will be made an offer, but we have employed an aspirational offer system for a number of years and will continue to do so for 2021.
We encourage any applicant who believes that they have been disadvantaged by Covid-19 to tell us about this by filling in an extenuating circumstances form. Without this we will not know about your circumstances and will be unable to take them into consideration.
At confirmation 2021, when we receive students results, we will use the information which we have about Covid-19 disadvantaged students in our process to allocate places to students who have achieved their offer terms, or narrowly missed these terms. We cannot guarantee that any student who misses the term of their offer will be accepted but we will prioritise them where possible.
The Widening Participation and Outreach team have launched a selection of virtual resources to support home-learning and super-curricular development. Please encourage your students to sign-up for this exclusive content here.
To support your students who have applied, received an offer to study, or already chosen the University of Bristol as a Firm or Insurance choice, please see the latest information here.
Russell Group Teachers' Conference
The University of Bristol recently contributed to the Russell Group Teachers' Conference 2020, for which recorded material and resources are still available through the Advancing Access website.
Eight webinars have been recorded by HE professionals from across the 24 Russell Group universities and are available here. Topics covered include:
- An introduction to the Russell Group and Advancing Access
- Supporting applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic
- An overview of contextual offers
- Student wellbeing support during transition and beyond
- Supporting students with their UCAS application and interview
- Understanding admissions at University
- General alternative routes in Higher Education
- Student finance and budgeting
Further free, interactive CPD resources for teachers and advisers can be found here.
Schools and colleges newsletter
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Teachers and students from local schools and colleges in and around Bristol are welcome to make use of our Visitor Scheme to consult our printed collections. For more information please visit our School support page.
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