Bristol, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Becoming a Learning CityBristol is a vibrant city with an international reputation; for many it is a good place to live and do business. There is a thriving arts scene, two successful universities, and a highly educated and skilled workforce.Vision and MotivationAs a learning city, Bristol is championing learning as a way to transform lives, communities, organizations and the city, with an ambitious vision of a future where:All individuals and communities are proud to learn throughout their lives;Every organization has a committed, skilled and diverse workforce; andThe city’s success is shared by allChallenges and GoalsThe population of 449,300 is diverse: people are from 180 countries of birth; speaking 91 languages and practicing 45 religions; currently 22% are non-white British and one in five is under 16. As in many cities, there are many citizens who do not share in the city’s success. Bristol contributes £12.6 billion to the UK economy, yet one in four children live in poverty.There are also significant challenges for the city in terms of health, education and employment: life expectancy is ten years shorter for men in some parts of the city; only 56 per cent of children have the chance of attending a good school in some areas compared with 99 per cent in others; and the percentage of young people not in education, employment or training varies from 2 per cent to 13.5 per cent.Plan and ImplementationIn 2016 Bristol became a UNESCO Learning City, bringing partners together to tackle the systemic challenges that lead to inequality, with the aim of sharing expertise, targeting resources and taking collective action.  The Learning City Partnership, which involves over seventy organisations, is driven by a Board of city leaders, from the public, private and education sectors, chaired by the elected Mayor. The Partnership is focused on raising the attainment of all students through formal learning; supporting citizens into work and encouraging a culture where learning is valued by everyone. The city has also taken important steps in involving the youth in general development. This is evident in the way that the Bristol Youth Council has appointed two Youth Mayors to serve as the Mayor’s advisors.
City population
City GDP per capita
More than USD 25,000
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
Rees Mr Marvin
Focal point
Mr. Thomas Jarvis
Becoming a learning city means Bristol is changing. City leaders are embracing the opportunity to work together for future generations and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together in the coming years.