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.
Advancing Virtual Access Conference
The next Advancing Access Virtual Conference is taking place on Tuesday 29th September between 3.15pm and 5.30pm.
Advancing Access is an initiative of the Russell Group of universities and this free online event is for teachers, careers advisers and careers leaders. Participants will learn how to best support their students to progress to competitive universities and the focus of this event will be on supporting students who have just begun Year 13 (or S6) and helping them to overcome the disruption they have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will feature four webinars delivered by university staff and there will also be a Q&A discussion forum where you can get any question on any topic answered by our panel of experts.
Our webinars for this event will be:
> Covid-19 update – how are universities supporting current and prospective students?
Delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds
> The UCAS application – does anything need to be done differently this year?
Delivered by Durham University and the University of Manchester
> How to choose a university without attending an open day
Delivered by the University of Exeter and University College London
> How have interviews and admissions tests been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic?
Delivered by Newcastle University and the University of Oxford
Our Q&A discussion forum will be moderated by staff members from the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter, the University of Leeds, University College London, the London School of Economics, Newcastle University, the University of Oxford, the University of Sheffield and the University of York.
For more details and to register your free place click 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
If you are a teacher and want to find out more about working with the University of Bristol, you can sign up to our schools and colleges newsletter. You can download the most recent newsletter here.
The University has recently launched Speakezee, a new platform that brings together schools event organisers and academic speakers.