Social transformation through co-operative education

We seek to collectively produce knowledge to address the material problems and injustices we face in Bristol and beyond.

What is Bristol Learning Co-op?

BLC is finding a path towards social transformation through co-operative education. We seek to collectively produce knowledge to address the material problems and injustices we face in Bristol and beyond such as poverty, inequality and the many forms of violence in our society. We believe that transformation starts with us. That’s why as co-owners of the co-operative, students and staff will cultivate BLC as a place of compassion, democracy and learning in action. BLC is working with other groups on a process led by the Co-operative College to establish a national federated Co-operative University. To learn more about this process and our partners, visit our links page.

Get Involved

Next Meeting

We are having an initial introductory session for our 12 week uLab course which is starting on 13th September (see the Where Next? section below) at 7.30pm, Weds 5th September at The Space, PRSC, Jamaica Street BS2 8JW. Email us if you'd like to join in.

Influence the project

Help us find out what the issues are and how you can help, by filling in our short survey.
Also, we've started to make a document called Bristol Learning Co-op: Vision, Values, Strategy. You can read or add to this by clicking the link.

Join the Mailing list

We have regular meetings and we want your input to this practical plan to create education in a co-operative form. Use the Contact page to send us a message and we'll add you to the email list.


This video was shot and edited during the first Bristol Learning Co-op workshop day in April 2018. It was shown at the end of the day as part of the process.

Where next?

After initial meetings and workshops, what the process to establish BLC now requires is a 'social technology'; put simply, a tool to help the group communicate, coalesce, generate a vision and prototypes for implementing this vision. With these goals in mind, we will be using 'uLab', a social technology developed by Otto Scharmer and others at MIT. uLab is a 10 week online course that is entirely free. The date for the start of the next 10 week course September 13th. See here for details.