Exam Events Timetable

Whether you are looking for support and advice to prepare for online assessments, or are looking for ways to relax and take a break, we have a range of events across Assessment Support Week (Monday 14 - Friday 18 December) to help you prepare for assessments. Access the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find all the links and details you need to join in.

 

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being with Professor Alice Roberts

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join Professor Alice Roberts as she discusses embryology and evolution, drawing on themes in her latest book, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, followed by a live Q&A session.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Free Outdoor Fitness at The Vale

Outdoors at The Vale Village

Suitable for students staying in University accommodation.

If you're still on campus and looking for a new winter workout, join Sport & Fitness class instructor Dennis for the second tailored outdoor fitness sessions. These free classes will take place outdoors at The Vale (to allow for social distancing) and will be led by an experienced instructor. The class will be fun, unique, and suitable for the Great British outdoors!

Register your interest and our Participation Team will contact you to confirm details, including what to expect. The first session will take place on Thursday 10 December at 12:00.

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Festive Mindful Crafting

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join us for an hour-long online session that will allow you to give yourself a well-earned break, as well as creating some festive decorations. The sesison is hosted by the College Wellbeing Team from Life and Environmental Sciences, but is open to all students. You will only need minimal equipment (e.g. paper/card, scissors, string/thread) to join in with the crafts.

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Preparing for online assessments

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

This Academic Skills Centre workshop shares some strategies for approaching online assessment, particularly open-book exams and Canvas quizzes. The session is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

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Relax with a free yoga class

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Yoga is a great way to connect the body and mind - being able to get a good stretch in while quieting the mind is a powerful tool to regulate our mental health.

This student-led events is hosted by the Yoga Society, one of the most popular societies on campus, who are running online classes throughout local restrictions in a bid to spread the benefits of yoga to students in this difficult time.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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University Carol Service

live online broadcast

Suitable for all students, their family, and friends.

The ever-popular University Carol Service will be going online as we celebrate the joy of a Christmas season unlike any other.

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the University of Birmingham Music Department for festive carols and readings. We welcome students, staff and our wider University community, regardless of faith.

The University Carol Service will be broadcast on the University's Facebook page.

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Online learning tools

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Join the Academic Skills Centre to explore digital tools that can help you with various aspects of your study. Some of the tools to be covered include Office365, OneNote, Witeboard, and FocusKeeper.

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Relaxation Session

live online session

Suitable for all students.

Why is it so hard to do something that is good for us? Maybe we never learnt the skill.

Join us for our Relaxation session and learn how to implement relaxation techniques to improve concentration and productivity through progressive muscle relaxation techniques. This session is hosted by the College Wellbeing team for Medical and Dental Sciences, but is open to all students.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Online assessment question and answer session

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

This interactive Academic Skills Centre Q&A is an opportunity to ask our skills advisors advice on preparing for online assessment. It is a chance to ask questions about revision strategies, writing critically, managing your study time etc.

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PGT Shut up and Work

live online event

Suitable for postgraduate taught students.

Join the University Graduate School to get your head down and work: we target-setting and breaks to hold ourselves accountable and beat procrastination! Please join the session with a task of work to complete over the three hours, and everything you might need in terms of study resources and materials.

This session welcomes students on the following postgraduate courses in 2020-21: MA, MSc, MBA, MEd, LLM, MPH, Maths SKE, MPA, PG Affiliate, PG Certificate, PG Dip Ed, PG Diploma, and PGCE.

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Affirmation workshop

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join Pause@UoB for a creative and mindful session where you will use simple textile techniques to make a beautiful, affirming piece of art. If you are based in the UK, we can event send you a pre-made craft pack for you to join in. Please email Pause by Monday 13 December to register and request your craft pack.

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Managing long documents in Word

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Do you know your headers from your indexes? Word offers lots of features to help make long documents less frustrating - join our Academic Skills Centre Skills Advisors as we take you on a tour of useful features and demonstrate how you can better manage big documents.

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Let's write!

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Working on your assignment and find that you’re just staring at the screen? Have all the knowledge inside of your head, but just can’t get the form of words that you want? Just can’t seem to get going on writing; there’s always a reason not to?

If you struggle to either find time to make regular progress with your writing or are plagued by writers’ block then a change of scene with some structured writing activities amongst supportive peers could help.

This session will provide you with dedicated time and space, away from everyday distractions, to progress your assignments. You will work in short, focused bursts of time on elements of your assignment. Due to the nature of the session we can’t provide feedback on your writing, but by using structured writing activities we do aim is to facilitate a supportive environment to enhance productivity.  During (regular) tea-breaks we will encourage you to take a break from your work. 

You will get the most out of the session if you:

  • come prepared to write, saving any documents you need to access in advance onto your desktop and a memory-stick 
  • have an idea of the progress you want to make during the time
  • have a laptop and a notebook and pen ready to use

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Engaging with feedback

live online event

Suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Receiving feedback on your academic work is daunting, whether it is the first piece you have submitted, or your hundredth. This Academic Skills Centre workshop helps you look beyond the mark and develop strategies for getting the most out of your feedback so that you can improve your next assignment.

This session will be particularly relevant if you have recently received formative feedback and are now working on the final summative piece.

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Psychology Soc - Sleep Talk

live online event

Suitable for all students.

We're always told that sleep is important for our wellbeing, but have you ever wondered why? Dr Andy Bagshaw from the Centre for Human Brain Health talks us through why sleep is quite so important and techniques to use this knowledge in your day-to-day life. This student-led event is hosted by Psychology Soc.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Zine Club

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join Pause@UoB for our first zine making workshop, as we start a zine library of self-published, low-fi booklets that we can share with out student community. No artistic skills needed - to join in the activities you will need A4 paper, glue, a pen, and old leaflets, postcards and magazines.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Drawing in the Dark: A creative drawing workshop with the Barber Institute

live online workshop

Suitable for all students.

As we draw closer to the shortest day of the year, let's find comfort in the dark and harness its power as a tool for contemplation. Close your eyes, take a breath and join artist and Student Engagement Coordinator Kirsty Clarke for a relaxing and introspective drawing workshop, asking how we can use darkness to explore the unseen self.

Inspired by Picasso's lithograph of Jacqueline in Profile, scratched into life from the inky darkness, we will investigate how the drawn line can reflect our physicality, tempo, rhythms and stresses. This calming workshop will offer a space for mindfulness, reflection and relaxation.

This workshop is free and for all levels and abilities – absolutely no prior drawing experience needed. There will be drawing exercises to get the artistic juices flowing.  We look forward to bringing our collection to your place.

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Introduction to academic writing

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

If you are working on essays over the Christmas break, why not join the Academic Skills Centre for this workshop which will cover some of the essential features of essay writing: introductions, arguments, paragraph structure and signposting.

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Preparing for online assessments

live online event

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

This Academic Skills Centre workshop shares some strategies for approaching online assessment, particularly open-book exams and Canvas quizzes. The session is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Book now

Managing Stress with Mindfulness

live online event

Suitable for all students.

When experiencing increased stress or anxiety, engaging in Mindfulness practice can help us step back from our current situations and view things objectively, without judgement.  We’ll take you through a guided meditation to help with stress, and look at ways that mindfulness can help increase your focus ready for exams.

You’ll leave the session feeling calm, and we’ll give you a toolbox of techniques to help manage stress in your own time. Come prepared with a pen and paper, and please be assured that this is a safe and confidential space for discussion.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Mindcraft

supported online event

Suitable for all students.

This session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. It will focus on why and when we can use Mindfulness to support good mental health in addition to tackling some myths associated with it. We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice.

The main part of the session is pre-recorded, but our staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

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Film Club: Love Simon, with LGBTQ Soc

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Grab some snacks, get yourself comfy, and take a break to watch Love Simon.

The film centers on Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school boy who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate with whom he has fallen in love with online! This student-led event is hosted by the LGBTQ+ Association.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Procrastination and Time Management

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Struggling to make a start on your work? Only get going when the dealine is mminent? Spending hours working without making much progress? Finding it difficult to prioritise and turn plans into action?

These are really common issues which affect students, and are habits which people can carry on for their entire professional life too. With assessments around the corner, you will be in charge of your own schedule and workload as you revise. This workshop will help you tackle procrastination and making a start on work, but also ensure that you ‘Work Smarter not Harder’ so that you are more productive and can spend less time working but get more done!

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

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Relax with a free yoga class

live online event

Suitable for all students.

Yoga is a great way to connect the body and mind - being able to get a good stretch in while quieting the mind is a powerful tool to regulate our mental health.

This student-led events is hosted by the Yoga Society, one of the most popular societies on campus, who are running online classes throughout local restrictions in a bid to spread the benefits of yoga to students in this difficult time.

Join the Assessment Support Week Canvas course to find Zoom details.

Access Canvas

University events calendar

Visit the University events calendar for the full range of public lectures, seminars, conferences and exhibitions taking place at the University.

You can directly view the Careers Network and University Graduate School events listings. You can also sign up to the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy newsletter to receive weekly updates about events and activities, including regular services and worship.

Student Group events

Many of our students groups and societies are running events online. You can browse the list of student groups and visit the Guild of Students' events page to find out what's happening.

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