Exams and revision is a busy time as a student, but it is important to take care of yourself and to relax. Use this timetable to find out about the range of events happening across campus in the coming weeks.
There are events and workshops to help you look after yourself, stay active, and to find a space to study. You can find ideas for taking a break on campus, and even start looking forwards to celebrating the end of exams. We will be updating the timetable with more events, so check back to see what is happening.
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Revise and Refresh with Library services
Join Library Services for a range of events designed to help you through the exam season, from developing your exam techniques to relaxing yoga at your desk.
Revision and Exam Techniques
This one hour Library workshop offers you the opportunity to reflect on a range of tried and tested revision strategies, manage your time for the busiest period in the academic calendar, and mitigate stress in the run-up to the exam period. This workshop is suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
Book your place for the OLRC workshops online.
Book your place for the Main Library workshops using the Academic Skills Centre booking calendar.
Mindfulness & Exam Stress
This interactive session will help you discover the benefits of practising mindfulness during stressful times, like exams. Mindfulness has been proven to help you sleep better, feel more connected to the people around you, and help you relax both physically and mentally, allowing you to be more productive whilst revising. Mindfulness practice incorporates breathing techniques, meditation and visualisation. This session is open to all students, and will be led by an experienced instructor. Book your place online.
Getting started on your dissertation
This one hour Library workshop will introduce you to the range of resources available in your subject, and suggest ways in which you can find the most appropriate source material for your dissertation or extended essay. The workshop is suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Book your place online.
Yoga at Your Desk
Feeling uncomfortable from studying? Join Library Services and UB Sport and Fitness to follow a sequence of seated stretches to ease the tension created during long periods of sitting. Dedicated movements will help open your chest, allow movement through the spine, and release tension in the neck and shoulders, as well as stretches for the fingers and wrists to release strain from repetitive typing. This session is open to all students. Book your place online.
Find out more about the OLRC
The Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) is based at the Selly Oak campus and is open to all students. A free shuttle bus operates daily from the Main Library to the OLRC.
The OLRC offers 563 study spaces, including over 360 traditional study desk spaces, 65 PCs, and a group study room for 11 people. There are two silent study halls, as well as space for collaborative work.
Find out more about the OLRC, check current occupancy levels and see the current opening hours.
Know the rules
It is important to make sure you know and understand the rules and regulations for taking exams at the University, especially as they may be different to exams you have experienced before. Find out more about exam rules.
Breaking exam rules, even accidentally, can have serious consequences for you. Make sure you understand what you can bring to an examination, what you will be expected to do, and how to avoid silly mistakes. Understanding the rules will help you feel prepared and ready. Find out exactly what you can and cannot do in exams and get answers to any questions you might have from the Student Conduct team at the Exam Roadshows. You do not need to book - just drop in between the times shown for a friendly chat.
Look after yourself
Student Mentor Scheme: Mindfulness Workshop
Join the Student Mentors for a session to learn basic mindfulness practices to help you through the exam season. The session will help you concentrate, relax, and increase your compassion towards yourself through a mixture of meditation and mindfulness exercises. This session is brought to you by the Student Mentor Scheme as part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Managing Exam Stress workshop
This Student Services workshop will cover ways to manage some of the stresses and anxieties associated with exams, including practical strategies to help you cope with stress the night before an exam, during the exam itself, and afterwards. During this interactive session you will hear from our staff, take part in group exercises and discussions, and have the chance to try out some relaxation techniques. Reserve your place online.
If you have any difficulties using the form, please email us or call 0121 414 5130.
In our busy lives, and especially during exams, it can be difficult to be calm and manage work and studies if our mind and bodies our tense. Join Student Services for a workshop that will help you learn some simple but effective relaxation skills, including muscle relaxation, breathing, and meditation. This workshop is open to all students. Reserve your place online.
If you have any difficulties using the form, please email us or call 0121 414 5130.
Pause is a drop-in service of Forward Thinking Birmingham, the city's mental health partnership for under 25s. Pause are here to help you with your emotional wellbeing, whether you need space to think or a friendly listening ear. Created by and for young people, supported by a dynamic team of counsellors, therapists, youth workers and more, they are here to listen to you and help you relax.
Pause run a pop-up service each week on campus - you do not need to book, just drop in and say hello.
You can also visit Pause each day at their base in Digbeth, just five minutes' walk from the Bullring. Find out more about Pause.
Mental Health and Wellbeing drop-ins
Mental Health and Wellbeing drop-ins are short consultation appointments (up to twenty minutes) with one of our wellbeing advisors. The drop-in provides an opportunity for you to talk to us about your personal concerns and find out more about available support. Following your consultation, our advisors can signpost you to the most appropriate internal and external services available.
The drop-ins run on a first come first served basis - take a ticket for the appropriate drop-in from one of the electronic kiosks at the Aston Webb Student Hub and wait for your ticket number to be called.
Guild Advice Pop-up
Guild Advice will be running pop-up sessions in the Main Library to provide any advice, support, or friendly chats you might need during the exam season.
Events at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy hosts regular events throughout the year, including student focused religious services and groups. Find out more about the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and view their weekly programme. You can also subscribe to the Chaplaincy's weekly newsletter to find out more about upcoming events.
Find out more about support for students
There is a wide range of welfare and wellbeing support that you can access throughout the year, in your College, through Student Services, and at the Guild of Students. Find out more about welfare and wellbeing support.
Find a space to study
Group space or silent? Large or small? Use our Study Spaces page to help find the right study space for you. You can find out about the different spaces, see what facilities are available, and check the live occupancy levels.
Selly Oak Shuttle Bus
The Selly Oak Shuttle Bus runs daily, making it even easier to use the Orchard Resource and Learning Centre (OLRC), one of the biggest study spaces on campus with 563 study spaces. The OLRC is approximately 15 minutes walk from Selly Oak station along the Bristol Road. Find out more about the OLRC and the shuttle bus.
Student Mentors' Revision Room
Head over to JC's or Leo's Lounge for a relaxed place to study, with free refreshments, all the equipment you need to help revise, and a Student Mentor on hand to talk to! These events are part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Any centrally-managed teaching room can be used as an ad hoc study space if it is not booked for an activity. Check the timetable to see which rooms are available. Please note that the timetable updates daily, and bookings made in the last 24 hours may not appear.
The Oasis Lounge at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy will be open as a study space every day during the exam period. You can study in a calm environment and make use of the kitchen facilities. The space is open to all students and will open late into the evening.
Free exercise classes for wellbeing
UB Sport and the Mental Health & Wellbeing Service have teamed up to offer a referral scheme for students seeking Mental Health support.
If you need specific support during the exam season, make an appointment to see an advisor in the Aston Webb Student Hub who will make an assessment of whether exercise could support your wellbeing. If you are eligible for support, you will be referred to UB Sport to receive up to 2 free class vouchers to redeem against any class.
Take a break with our turn up and play squash sessions, where you will be matched with other students for a fun and social game. Running throughout the term, these sessions are open to all students and equipment will be provided. Book your place online.
Kundalini Yoga with Satwant is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practice, incorporating movement, breathing and meditation. Open to all students, this class is free to attend and focuses on improving wellbeing during the exam season. Book your free place through UB Sport and Fitness online.
Campus League: Summer Touch Rugby Series
Grab a group of friends and play some recreational, non-contact Touch Rugby! Whether you are a group from your course, your department, a society, or just a group of friends, no experience is needed and teams can be mixed. This is open to all students and equipment will be provided. Find out more about the league
Hall Reps Present: Colour Run on The Vale!
Take a break from revision and join the first ever Colour Run at the University, brought to you by the Hall Reps and your Sports Officer at the Guild of Students. The 5km route from the Vale is fully accessible and open to all, regardless of fitness level or ability. End the day with a free barbecue and mocktails to celebrate and relax. Tickets cost £15 (reductions available for University or Partner Accommodation residents) and includes a t-shirt, paint, and a goodie bag! Find out more and buy your ticket.
Join BUAC (Birmingham University Athletics Club) and Cool Runnings for a social run of up to 3km around our beautiful campus. No need to book - just turn up ready to run and take on the route at your own pace. All abilities are welcome, so whether you are a keen runner or have never run before, this is a great way to get outdoors and refresh after a day of revision.
Wellbeing champions will also be on hand after the run for an informal chat in Costa Coffee to provide support and, if applicable, signpost you to support services at the University.
Pilates at Medical School
UB Sport & Fitness offer a weekly Pilates class at the Medical School, a great way to relieve symptoms of stress and help you to feel relaxed and exam-ready. The class runs every Tuesday and is open to all students. Book your place online.
Try a Sport: Tennis
Learn how to play tennis or improve your game with our Beginners and Intermediate Tennis courses at the new Bournbrook Tennis Courts. These courses are open to all students, and will run throughout the exam period. All equipment will be provided. Book your place online.
Exercise classes at Sport & Fitness
UB Sport & Fitness offers a huge timetable of classes throughout the exam season, with something for everyone. From holistic classes like Yoga and Body Balance to help you relax and unwind, to stress-busting classes like Body Combat and Body Attack. Check out our online timetable or download the Sport & Fitness app. You do not need to be a member of Sport & Fitness to attend classes on a Pay & Go basis - there is a discounted rate available for students.
Destresstival at the Guild of Students
College-based workshops and events
Medical and Dental Sciences
Managing Exam Stress drop-in
Need some support and advice with exam related-stress? Drop in for a 15 minute appointment to see a Wellbeing Officer to explore strategies and tools to help manage your studies and revision while under pressure. These sessions are for students from the college of Medical and Dental Sciences.
Managing Exam Stress & Relaxation workshop
Find out techniques for managing stress and try out some relaxation and breathing exercises. Please email the MDS Student Services Desk for a booking form.
Take a break on campus
Student Mentor Scheme: Ice Cream Van
Come along and grab your free ice cream and talk to your Student Mentors about their 'top tips' for managing your exam stress, part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Tuesday Talks at the Barber
Head to the Barber Institute for free, weekly tours and talks introducing you to individual works and themes from the collections, displays, and exhibitions. Lasting 30 minutes, the talks are a great way to take a break and explore the University's very own art gallery. The talks are designed to appeal to all, whether you are a complete beginner or a knowledgable artist! Talks are free and you do not need to book.
Global Café is an opportunity to meet other students over a free Costa Coffee or Mermaid Bar hot drink! Come along to relax and take a break, chat with other students and get to know the student volunteers. Global Café is open to all students, but may be particularly useful for international students. This event is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Arts & Crafts with the Student Mentors
Join the Student Mentors for a relaxing arts and crafts session, including tips on how to unwind, relax, and sleep! This event is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students, and is aimed at students living in University and Partner Accommodation.
Community Wardens present Open Air Cinema
Take a break from exam revision and join the Community Wardens for a special outdoor cinema screening of Finding Nemo! This event is open to all students and community members. Tickets cost £2 and include free popcorn, candy floss, ice cream, pick 'n' mix, and mocktails! Find out more and buy your tickets.
Hall Reps' Spring Fling
Head to the Vale for a free day of fun, with inflatables, games, a BBQ, ice cream vans, face painting, pop up bars, live DJs, face painting, and much more! This event is for all students living in University accommodation and is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Lapworth Museum Tour
Join museum staff and volunteers for a guided tour of the Lapworth Museum, our very own geology museum here on campus. You can even meet Roary, our resident campus dinosaur! All tours are free of charge and run on a first come first served basis. Please meet at the museum's reception desk. Entry to the museum is free for all visitors.
Barber Lates: Nocturnes - A Woman Refigured
Barber Lates bring you face to face with emerging local artists, innovative performance and thought provoking research. Join us after hours to celebrate the arts with creative workshops, talks and debates, film, music and performance. Enjoy the space, the atmosphere and have fun. This event is free - book your place online.
Global Catch Up
Global Catch Up is your opportunity to meet other students and relax during the exam season. Come along to relax for a couple of hours, chat to other students, and play some board games, with a free soft drink. Global Catch Up is open to all students, but may be particularly useful for international students. This event is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Wednesday Walk and Draw
Join the Barber Institute for a 30 minute walk across campus and make speedy sketched along the way of its landscape, buildings, and people. Starting at the Barber Institute, the walk incorporates the Five Ways to Wellbeing: take notice, be active, learn, connect, and give. The walk is free and you do not need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
Ted Baker Tea & Toast
Join Ted Baker at the Guild of Students for a much needed break, with a side of tea and toast! This event is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Hall Reps' Eurovision Party
Take a break from exams to celebrate everything Eurovision with the Student Mentors! Head to Leo's Lounge at Pritchatts Park for face paint, quizzes, Eurovision Bingo, and of course to watch the Eurovision Song Contest! This event is for all students in University and Partner Accommodation and is part of Destresstival at the Guild of Students.
Head to the ever popular Farmers' Market in University square for some tasty local food stalls, sweet and savoury treats, and a range of crafts. The market is open to all staff, students, and visitors.
Winterbourne House and Garden
Often named by students as one place you should visit before you graduate, Winterbourne House and Garden is a great place to relax and study. Explore the house and gardens, relax with a drink on the patio, or find a shady spot for a fresh air revision session. You can even find the Edgbaston Pool for one of the most Instagram-worthy spots on campus! Winterbourne is located between The Vale and campus and entry is free when you show your student ID card.
Barber Institute of Fine Art
Take a break in style and explore the Barber Institute, our very own fine art gallery right here on campus. See works by Monet, Van Gogh and Degas amongst many others. Open daily, entry to the gallery is free for all visitors.
Why not enjoy one of the free Barber Lunchtime Concerts? No booking necessary, just turn up on the day to enjoy a concert in one of Europe's finest art deco concert halls. All concerts begin at 13:10 in the Barber Concert Hall, with doors open from 12:45.
Celebrate the end of exams
ValeFest is run entirely by student volunteers, ValeFest is Europe's largest student-run charity festival and has raised over £200,000 since it began, supporting causes such as malaria prevention, cancer research, and mental health. With the Main Stage, Dance Tent, comedy and performances, and much more, it is the perfect way to relax with friends after exams. Find out more and book your tickets now.
For one night only, the Guild of Students will transform campus into the ultimate venue for you to celebrate the end of the year in style, with a formal dinner, fun fair rides, live music stages, bars and more! Find out more about Grad Ball and how to get your ticket.