Student life webinars: ‘explore the city of Bristol’ – 7 September

Settle into your new and exciting life in the city of Bristol, with the help of our ‘student life’ webinars! 💻 👋

Experience Bristol from the comfort of your own home! Discover famous landmarks, popular destinations, and hear from current students about how to make the most of living in this vibrant and lively city! You will be able to ask student presenters anything you like about their time here so far.


Transitioning to a new place – online workshop

Equip yourself for a global future.

Transitioning to a new place is an interactive, virtual workshop brought to you by Student Inclusion and Kynfolk, for all students, home and international (students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the session, and offer personal insights).

Going to university can be a big transition, and you may experience a lot of emotions in the process and worry about your ability to cope with your new life and environment. This session will give you a chance to meet with others who are also new to university and will give you space to share and listen. You will have the opportunity to co-create a list of ideas to help you, and those around you, thrive in your new environment.

During this workshop we will:

  • talk about how you are feeling about being at the University of Bristol
  • share some of your hopes and the challenges you face in leaving where you’ve come from and adjusting to a new environment
  • reflect on what keeps us well, and reminded ourselves to be patient and kind to ourselves and others
  • be reminded of the University support services that are available

This is the second of two workshops, which aims to help students navigate their way into a new culture via interactive presentations and discussion.

Register now to attend this event!

Capacity of events is limited. To join in please register to book your place. You will receive joining instructions a few days before the event is scheduled.

Student life webinars: ‘explore the city of Bristol’ – 6 July

Settle into your new and exciting life in the city of Bristol, with the help of our ‘student life’ webinars! 💻 👋

Experience Bristol from the comfort of your own home! Discover famous landmarks, popular destinations, and hear from current students about how to make the most of living in this vibrant and lively city! You will be able to ask student presenters anything you like about their time here so far.


Student life webinars: ‘explore the city of Bristol’ – 8 June

Settle into your new and exciting life in the city of Bristol, with the help of our ‘student life’ webinars! 💻 👋

Experience Bristol from the comfort of your own home! Discover famous landmarks, popular destinations, and hear from current students about how to make the most of living in this vibrant and lively city! You will be able to ask student presenters anything you like about their time here so far.


Virtual Iftar – come dine with us!

As the month of Ramadan begins, Student Inclusion invited Muslim and non-Muslim members of the University to join them for a virtual Iftar celebration!

During this event, speakers talked about their experience of fasting during Ramadan whilst sharing a virtual dining experience! Student representatives from the Bristol Islamic Society, Muslim Medic and Black Muslim Society joined staff from Student Inclusion to talk about their personal experiences and what the month of Ramadan means to them.

Event speakers included:

  • Robiu Salisu, Student Inclusion Officer (BAME) – host
  • Aamir Mohamed, President of Bristol Islamic Society – giving a recitation and reminder of what Ramadan is
  • Nimra Naeem, President of Bristol Medic Society – sharing the experience of Muslim Medic Students during Ramadan
  • Fatima Abdulsalam, President of Black Muslim Society – talking about what Ramadan means to you

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islam. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark when Allah (or God) gave the first chapters of the Quran (Holy Book) to the Prophet Muhammad, during which period they fast – meaning that there is no eating or drinking during the hours of daylight.

Revisit the event!

In case you missed it – you can watch the recording of the event here:

Virtual Language Café – 22 April

Our beloved Language Café is now hosted online

This virtual event presents a great opportunity to improve your language skills, learn about other cultures, have fun conversations with others and make new friends from around the world, without leaving your room!


How to join us online

Please click your chosen language group below to join us at 13:00 (GMT).

We recommend no more than 6 people per group, including the volunteer. If your chosen group is full, please visit another one.

We will update the links to the virtual chat rooms a week before the event. 

Arabic (all levels) 


Italian (all levels)


Japanese (all levels)


Russian (all levels)


Korean (beginners)
Korean (intermediate +)


Mandarin (beginners) 

Mandarin (intermediate +)


German (beginners)

German (intermediate +)


Spanish (beginners) (room 1)

Spanish (beginners) (room 2)

Spanish (intermediate +) (room 1)

Spanish (intermediate +) (room 2)


French (beginners) (room 1)

French (beginners) (room 2)

French (intermediate +) (room 1)

French (intermediate +) (room 2)


English (all levels) (room 1)

English (all levels) (room 2)



We encourage you to run a quick test 5 minutes in advance. Although any device can be used, we recommend that you choose your computer instead of your phone for a better experience.

If you experience any technical issues, please visit this technical support group during the event or email us at


Step-by-step guide

  1. Please click on of the language groups above
  2. A new tab should open with two options- select ‘Install and join with Skype Meetings App (web)’
  3. Save the installer titled SkypeMeetingsApp.msi
  4. Once the installer is downloaded, open it to run the program
  5. The plug-in Skype Meetings App should open. Please enter your first name and click ‘Join’
  6. Turn on your microphone and video using the icons at the bottom of the window
  7. Open the chat using the icon in the bottom left
  8. If you accidentally close the window during the call, reopen the link in the email to re-join


Helpful tips

  • If you experience technical difficulties please join the tech support group or email us at
  • At no point will the conference call require you to have a personal Skype account – you will be joining as a Guest
  • You will need to be able to access a browser
  • In the unlikely case you have a ‘Skype For Business’ account, you will have the choice to join us using the desktop app
  • Don’t forget to introduce yourself when you join in
  • We encourage everyone to use video-calling if that is possible
  • Keep an eye on the instant messenger which might be used during the conference call
  • If Skype glitches, please close the window and start again


Global Carnival 2020

An evening of entertainment and activities from across the globe for students and staff!

On Wednesday 11 March, over two hundred students and staff gathered to enjoy an annual showcase of dance and music performances, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with Bristol Students’ Union and International Students’ Network.

Trying something new

There was something for everyone to enjoy with a range of craft and activity stalls followed by a diverse programme of performances from across the globe.

Visitors could try their hand at origami making, solve Palestinian folklore riddles and see beautiful examples of traditional outfits from the Friends of Palestine society. There were also Lebanese food samples to taste and food samples and games from the Mexican Culture Society. The delicious vegan Thai curry was a hit – served to all guests as part of the festivities!

Fantastic performances

Lion dance

The show started off with the Lion Dance Troop who made a spectacular entrance into the Anson Rooms, getting up close to the seated audience.

The all-male group, Academy A Capella, impressed everyone with their rendition of Toxic by Britney Spears. They reached the UK finals last year and are focusing their efforts on releasing a debut album.

Siddarth Sreekanth performing Indian drumming

First-year Economics and Politics student Siddarth Sreekanth kept things upbeat with some fantastic Indian drumming. Originally from Bangalore, he performed on an instrument called the Mridangam (muh-ruh-dang-um), which is a percussion instrument used in Carnatic Music, which is a form of Indian classical music.

Gospel choir

Changing things up, the next act on stage was a collaboration between PakSoc and BanglaSoc – a fashion show which gave the audience a taste of their culture’s traditional clothing combined with popular music straight from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The lively performance featured beautiful outfits such as shalwar kamiz, longi and shervani with the models showing off the outfits whilst making fun poses and dancing along to their favourite songs!

The Gospel Choir were up next – a group of individuals who enjoy singing and praising God together. Their beautiful vocals and harmonies impressed all who were in the room.

Hosts, Roy and Lara broke things up with an interactive quiz, asking members of the audience to tell everyone what things they like about their own culture and also what they enjoy about others. There was great participation with many raising their hands to give their answers – most of which revolved around food!

The evening was rounded off with a Qawwali performance, which uses semi-classical Asian singing techniques and rhythmic clapping. This group is the UK’s first university-born qawwali group, called Virsa Qawwali.



A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance

University of Bristol staff and students came together for the first big Global Lounge event of 2020; a Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance.

Attendees enjoyed classical dance performances and a delicious meal, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with students Aditya Sharma and Deepa Lakshmi.


Just under 200 people attended the Indian dance event, held in Anson Rooms in the Richmond Building on Thursday 6 Febraury. A free delicious, authentic Indian meal and refreshments were provided after the show which many stayed on to enjoy whilst socialising and chatting to the performers.

Aditya and Deepa showcased two very distinct and popular forms of Indian dance: Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Their performances were accompanied by their stories, which explained each dance and its cultural significance, presenting a modern, fresh and personal take on the traditional roots of Indian choreography.

Meet Deepa and Aditya

Aditya Sharma approached the Global Lounge to hold this event and, along with Deepa Lakshmi, curated their performances especially for the Global Lounge, putting much time and effort into the event.

Aditya Sharma is a senior Kathak dancer with eight years of experience. He is the founder and artistic director of Yatra Dance productions, a classical dance choreography unit in Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management (Marketing).

Deepa Lakshmi is a senior Bharatanatyam artist from Chennai. She has been training in the discipline since the age of four and has received many accolades. Deepa is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law.

The elaborate performances and beautiful outfits made it an immersive and entertaining experience for the audience. The dancers carefully curated their technique and style to showcase the art form in a modern and exciting way, while maintaining the roots and traditions of the choreography, music and performances.

Speaking of the success of the event, Deepa and Aditya said:

“We did not expect this kind of reaction. We were very nervous; thinking, how are [the audience] going to bounce back to us, would they be able to relate to it – we didn’t know whether they would know the history about it or not. But it just shows that art, music, dance; you don’t need a lot of commonalities to understand it. If you have the music, your feet are going to start tapping, and you start dancing – so you don’t need to know the background to enjoy anything.”

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance from Global Lounge on Vimeo.