Student events

Our student events calendar will help you find events taking place throughout the semester. From meeting new people to developing skills, there are a variety of events taking place across the University. We've hand-picked some of the highlights that we think you will find interesting and useful.

Unless specified otherwise, events are suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Got a student event you would like to be added? Contact the Student Experience Projects Team.

Happening this month

Daily and regular events

Winterbourne Garden

Daily, 10:30-16:00 (last entry 15:30), Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston Park Road

Suitable for all students.

We are pleased that the Winterbourne garden can remain open under government guidelines. Explore the Edwardian Arts and Crafts garden, lovingly created by the homeowners Margaret and John Nettlefield. Discover the garden's treasures, find a place to relax, and take in the views across the hidden Edgbaston pool.

Entry to the garden is free with your student ID card (and for your children under 16).

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Pause@Uob drop-ins

Monday - Friday, 10:00-17:00, by phone

Suitable for students up to their 25th birthday.

Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus, led by our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers. During the current national lockdown period, Pause@UoB are continuing to offer a telephone support service. We hope to return to face-to-face services as soon as we are able to.

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Home Workout Hub with Sport & Fitness

Daily, live online classes and on-demand

Suitable for all students, no membership required.

Sign-up for the Home Workout Hub from Sport & Fitness and access a range of live and pre-recorded classes online, all completely free. The Home Workout Hub is available for all students, regardless of whether you are a member of the Sport & Fitness Centre. Pre-recorded sessions include yoga, pilates, Body Pump, Body Balance and more. You can also join live Zoom classes each day:

  • Mondays 07:30-08:15 - Wake Up Yoga
  • Tuesdays 17:30-18:15 - LBT
  • Wednesdays 07:30-08:30 - Body Pump
  • Thursdays 18:00-19:00 - Body Attack
  • Fridays 17:30-18:30 - Slow Flow Yoga
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:30 - Body Pump
  • Sundays 10:30-11:30 - Flow Yoga

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Buddhist Monk Chanting and Meditation

Wednesdays and Fridays, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join Dr Laow (Ajahn Laow) for Buddhist Monk Chanting and Meditation. These sessions run on Wednesdays and Fridays and offer the opportunity to take a moment in your week to stop and and focus on ourselves. You do not need any experience and sessions are open to students and staff of any (or no) faith.

Register now

Regular prayer and worship

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy are providing regular opportunities for collective prayer and worship across various faith traditions, both in person and online. Subscribe to the weekly Multi-Faith Chaplaincy newsletter to find out what is happening each week.

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Christian Midday Prayer

Mondays (term-time), 12:30-13:00, live online event

Join the Christian chaplains from the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a midday prayer each Monday throughout Semester Two. Please email Reverend Mindy Bell for the Zoom link to join.

Email Rev'd Mindy

Wednesday Prayer

Wednesdays until 31 March, 12:30-12:45, live broadcast

Join the Christian chaplains throughout the season of Lent for a time of prayer. You can watch live on Facebook, or come back to it at a time that suits you.

Friday Prayers

Fridays, 12:45-13:00 and 13:20-13:35, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at St Francis Hall (Edgbaston Campus)

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy will be holding Salatul Jum’uah (The Friday Prayer) each week for students and staff. Two timeslots are available and spaces must be booked in advance. Please ensure you have read and understood the guidelines in before booking your slot.

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Events this week

Active Challenges launch

Monday 1 - Wednesday 31 March

Suitable for all students.

Join University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness for our Active Challenges and walk, run and cycle your way to fitness this March! There is a challenge for everyone, including walking, cycling and general physical activity, with the opportunity to win merchandise for each challenge! The Challenge is open to all students, staff, and community members.

Register now

Housemate Finder

Monday 1 March, 16:00-17:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join the Student Mentors for Housemate finder - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people who are also looking to meet others to live with next academic year.

Each Housemate finder event will be facilitated to help you easily get to know others. Events will host 20 students who are looking to meet people to rent with next year. 

The event will be virtual and will include games and ice breakers so don’t feel nervous about not knowing anyone as everyone will be in the same boat!

Whilst we look forward to helping you look for housemates, this is only the beginning for some and we continue to encourage you not to rush, take your time to get to know people and seek out the right property for you. 

Book now

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 2 March, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for international students.

'Let's Read Together' is a relaxing group for international students wanting to connect with others to gain confidence speaking in English, which meets every other Tuesday. We will be reading short poems and stories, and discussing our responses together in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Poetry and narratives are rich sources for discussion and all responses and opinions are valid!

This event is for all students at all levels of study (including those aged 25+).

Register now

BUCS Mental Health in Student Sport webinar

Tuesday 2 March, 18:00-19:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Over the last year, it’s been difficult to stay motivated and engaged during the many lockdowns. However, university sport clubs have been finding new ways to keep morale high and promote positive mental health.

To help tackle this important topic BUCS have an incredible panel featuring: Pippa Cave-Ayland (sports psychiatrist); Issy Walker (chair of the University of Nottingham’s ‘Welfare in Sport’ programme); Danny Fagan, (lacrosse player and Changing MENtality podcast producer) and Sophie Cohen-Jones (Training Manager at Student Minds).

Register now

Freelance Quickstart (Part 1): Legals and Finance

Wednesday 3 March, 13:00-14:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

You may have a skill and are thinking about freelancing but feel you need some practical help in working out how to structure your freelancing adventure and all the legal and finance aspects you need to know. 

This workshop is suitable for you if you are thinking about freelancing, or are already freelancing.

Join us for Part 2 at 14:30, focusing on Marketing and Planning.

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John Smith's Student Store presents Steve McDermott: The five things that f**k you up

Wednesday 3 March, 14:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Steve McDermott is a stand-up comedian, international bestselling author and three times winner of the European Motivational Speaker of the Year Award. Steve talks about the five building blocks of failure:

  1. No values - don't know what's important to you and why
  2. No vision - have no idea where you are going
  3. No purpose - lack meaning and purpose in your life and work
  4. No goals - never measure your progress
  5. No belief - being a victim of circumstances

This event is presented by John Smith's Student Store.

Register now

Freelance Quickstart (Part 2): Marketing and Planning

Wednesday 3 March, 14:30-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

You may have a skill and are thinking about freelancing but feel you need some practical help in working out how to structure your freelancing adventure, particularly when it comes to marketing and planning.

This workshop is suitable for you if you are thinking about freelancing, or are already freelancing, and immediately follows Part 1, focusing on Legals and Finance.

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PGT Essentials: Engaging with feedback

Wednesday 3 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for postgraduate taught students.

Engaging with academic feedback is an important part of improving your postgraduate work and developing your skills. This workshop will equip you with the skills to interpret your assignment feedback and apply it to future work and learning: we'll look in-depth at the language used in feedback, what it means in practical terms, and how best you can use it to your advantage.

Join the University Graduate School and the Academic Skills Centre for this online workshop on academic feedback, followed by a Q&A where you can ask any questions related feedback.

Register now

Resilience Tree with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 3 March, 15:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join this creative workshop where you get to draw your own 'Resilience Tree' to help you recognise your strengths, wishes and goals and increase your emotional resilience.

You don't need any art skills! You will need two pieces of A4 paper (or a sheet of A3), pens and pencils. You may also want to have a scarf or shawl for the meditation activity.

Register now

University Mental Health Day with Sport & Fitness

Thursday 4 March with sessions throughout the day

Suitable for all students.

University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a priority.

So come and join us for a variety of free virtual mental and physical wellbeing sessions including meditation, stretching, wellbeing walks and a sports quiz.

This year, more than ever, looking after both our physical and mental wellbeing is crucial, and although we might not be able to offer in-person sessions, Thursday 4 March will be a great opportunity to take a well-deserved break with the support of expert practitioners and instructors at UoB Sport & Fitness.

Everyone is welcome to join any of the virtual sessions, and they are all free to attend:

  • Morning Meditation - join Gym Instructor Peter for 15 minutes of morning meditation.
  • Stand Up & Stretch - take 30 minutes away from your desk to feel the benefits of an active and regenerating break.
  • Refresh Your Mind Meditation - Peter will take you through a 15 minute guided meditation to take a break from your busy day.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Sport: What we can learn from it - Sport Psychologist Christian Pszyk and Performance Lifestyle Advisor Jo Eley talk about some of the lifestyle and psychological techniques high performing athletes are given, and how we can benefit from these.
  • Doga (Dog Yoga!) - Join Instructor Helen and four-legged friend George for an exclusive introduction to Doga! Enjoy a series of simple and relaxing poses you can do alone or with your canine friend.
  • Sports Quiz - Think you've got the best sporting knowledge? Sports Officer Rob Hegarty will be hosting a virtual sports quiz for all to join.
  • Body Attack - try a live Home Workout Hub session with instructor Helen and finish your day with a fun cardio workout!

Register for sessions

Finding God in the Dark Film Club: The Pursuit of Happyness

Thursday 4 March, from 18:00, live online event

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a weekly film club, exploring Lenten themes in popular films. This week the club will be discussing The Pursuit of Happyness - watch the film beforehand, then come along to discuss the film. Please email Sr Dr Una Coogan to receive the Zoom link.

Email Sr Una

B-Enterprising Bootcamp

Friday 5 - Friday 12 March, online event

Suitable for all students.

Invent your way to winning part of a £2,000 Prize Pot!

The B-Enterprising Boot Camp is an intensive and exciting competition exclusive to University of Birmingham students. Have fun developing your enterprising skills by working on real-life business solutions all whilst gaining great experience for your CV.

The Boot Camp will be streamed accessibly online, and will take place from Friday 5 March – Friday 12 March 2021.

Accenture will reveal the Boot Camp challenge on the first day and our skills sessions will guide you throughout as you set to work on finding a solution and creating a final pitch for a chance to win one of the team prizes.

Compulsory sessions:

  • Friday 5 March, 13:00-15:45

  • Saturday 6 March, 10:00-16:00

  • Sunday 7 March, 10:00-16:00

  • Friday 12 March, 13:00-16:00

  • Plus an additional 10 hour time commitment to work with your team.

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#EverydayLookism: Appearance Bullying and Lookism

Friday 5 March, 13:00-14:00, live broadcast event

Suitable for all students.

In this panel, Professor Widdows is joined by Martha Evans to discuss the prevalence of appearance bullying, the most common form of bullying, and why this needs to be taken as seriously as other forms of bullying.

Martha Evans is the Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance. She also coordinates Anti-Bullying Week and leads the Alliance’s policy and campaigns work. The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals who work together to raise awareness of the unacceptability of all forms of bullying. They identify ‘appearance related bullying’ as a key concern, and have previously discussed how it can be connected to implicit bias and banter.

Register now

Monday 8 - Sunday 14 March

Choose to Challenge with Amazin LêThi

Monday 8 March, 13:00-14:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join us on International Women's Day to #ChooseToChallenge with renowned activist and bodybuilder Amazin LêThi.

We'll hear Amazin's incredible story, from her personal journey of homelessness and mental health challenges, to finding her identity and becoming one of the most visible and influential Asian LGBTQ+ advocates in the world. Following the conversation, Amazin will be taking your questions.

Register now

Should I do a Masters degree?

Wednesday 10 March, 12:00-13:00, live online event

Suitable for undergraduate students.

Pursuing postgraduate study offers many personal and career development opportunities – but is it the right choice for you?

This webinar gives you the chance to explore how further study can help with future career plans, different types of courses available and how to apply.

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PGT Shut Up and Work

Wednesday 10 March, 13:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all postgraduate taught students.

Join the University Graduate School for the ever-popular Shut Up and Work sessions, aiming to make studying a less solitary experience.

Come prepared with tasks to complete over the three hours, and everything you might need in terms of resources and materials - and snacks!

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.

Register now

State of Balance with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 10 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Reflect on principles, actions and mindsets that you can integrate into your life that help you feel emotionally satisfied and balanced in your life.

All you need is a notebook and pen.

Register now

Housemate Finder

Wednesday 10 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join the Student Mentors for Housemate finder - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people who are also looking to meet others to live with next academic year.

Each Housemate finder event will be facilitated to help you easily get to know others. Events will host 20 students who are looking to meet people to rent with next year. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome.

The event will be virtual and will include games and ice breakers so don’t feel nervous about not knowing anyone as everyone will be in the same boat!

Whilst we look forward to helping you look for housemates, this is only the beginning for some and we continue to encourage you not to rush, take your time to get to know people and seek out the right property for you. 

Book now

Barber Concerts: Oxford Lieder

Friday 12 March, 13:00, online event

Suitable for all students.

Join the Barber Institute for the premiere of a performance with Oxford Lieder, recorded in our very own Elgar Concert Hall, part of a season of concerts to celebrate 75 years of Barber Concerts.

Watch online

Monday 15 - Sunday 21 March

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 16 March, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for international students.

'Let's Read Together' is a relaxing group for international students wanting to connect with others to gain confidence speaking in English, which meets every other Tuesday. We will be reading short poems and stories, and discussing our responses together in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Poetry and narratives are rich sources for discussion and all responses and opinions are valid!

This event is for all students at all levels of study (including those aged 25+).

Register now

PGT Essentials: Developing Your Writing

Tuesday 16 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for postgraduate taught students.

Join the University Graduate School and the Academic Skills Centre for this online workshop on developing your academic writing, followed by a Q&A where you can ask any questions related to academic writing.

The workshop covers:

  • How to improve your writing,

  • How to plan and structure your writing,

  • Where to find resources for further help,

  • Advice for writing reflectively/critically,

  • and a Q&A where you can ask our academic expert for help and advice.

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.

Register now

Housemate Finder

Thursday 18 March, 13:00-14:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join the Student Mentors for Housemate finder - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people who are also looking to meet others to live with next academic year.

Each Housemate finder event will be facilitated to help you easily get to know others. Events will host 20 students who are looking to meet people to rent with next year. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome.

The event will be virtual and will include games and ice breakers so don’t feel nervous about not knowing anyone as everyone will be in the same boat!

Whilst we look forward to helping you look for housemates, this is only the beginning for some and we continue to encourage you not to rush, take your time to get to know people and seek out the right property for you. 

Book now

Finding God in the Dark Film Club: The Dark Knight

Thursday 18 March, from 18:00, live online event

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a weekly film club, exploring Lenten themes in popular films. This week the club will be discussing The Dark Knight - watch the film beforehand, then come along to discuss the film. Please email Sr Dr Una Coogan to receive the Zoom link.

Email Sr Una

#EverydayLookism: Body Image and Mental Health

Friday 19 March, 13:00-14:00, live broadcast event

Suitable for all students.

In this panel, Professor Widdows is joined by Chris Evans MP and Steph Bird from Girlguiding to discuss just how deeply body image anxiety cuts, and its impact on people’s self-esteem and behaviour. 

Professor Widdows and guests discuss these connections, and what changes are needed in our value frameworks, cultures, and policies to improve this situation.

Register now

Monday 22 - Sunday 28 March

PGT Shut Up and Work

Monday 22 March, 13:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all postgraduate taught students.

Join the University Graduate School for the ever-popular Shut Up and Work sessions, aiming to make studying a less solitary experience.

Come prepared with tasks to complete over the three hours, and everything you might need in terms of resources and materials - and snacks!

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.

Register now

Housemate Finder

Tuesday 23 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join the Student Mentors for Housemate finder - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people who are also looking to meet others to live with next academic year.

Each Housemate finder event will be facilitated to help you easily get to know others. Events will host 20 students who are looking to meet people to rent with next year. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome.

The event will be virtual and will include games and ice breakers so don’t feel nervous about not knowing anyone as everyone will be in the same boat!

Whilst we look forward to helping you look for housemates, this is only the beginning for some and we continue to encourage you not to rush, take your time to get to know people and seek out the right property for you. 

Book now

Pride not Prejudice: International Women's Day

Wednesday 24 March, 13:30-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students, of all genders.

As part of the University of Birmingham's International Women's Day celebrations taking place throughout March, CAL Inclusivity Projects will be teaming up with the university's staff Women's Network to host their first collaborative event.

We will host a book-based, panel event comprised of students and staff who will be focusing their attention to this year’s official International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge through exploring key themes from the book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. As with all our Pride not Prejudice events, audience members are welcome to read the book in advance of the event, however, there is no pressure to do so.

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White Supremacy and the Far Right in North America and the UK

Wednesdat 24 March, 16:00-19:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

The storming of the US Capitol Building in January has again highlighted the issue of violence and the far right. Over the last five years, there have been a series of far-right terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacy and racism in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere. 

Join the Centre for the Study of North America for a webinar which brings together academics and those who attempt to address far-right hate in local communities as they reflect on the extent of the problem and possible solutions in the US, UK and Canada.

Register now

Mind Craft 2.0 with Pause@UoB

Thursday 25 March, 14:00-15:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This one off 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 session is open to students at all levels of study, including those aged 25+.

Register now

Finding God in the Dark Film Club: Billy Elliot

Thursday 25 March, from 18:00, live online event

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a weekly film club, exploring Lenten themes in popular films. This week the club will be discussing Billy Elliot - watch the film beforehand, then come along to discuss the film. Please email Sr Dr Una Coogan to receive the Zoom link.

Email Sr Una

Monday 29 March - Sunday 4 april

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 30 March, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for international students.

'Let's Read Together' is a relaxing group for international students wanting to connect with others to gain confidence speaking in English, which meets every other Tuesday. We will be reading short poems and stories, and discussing our responses together in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Poetry and narratives are rich sources for discussion and all responses and opinions are valid!

This event is for all students at all levels of study (including those aged 25+).

Register now

Resilience Tree with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 31 March, 15:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join this creative workshop where you get to draw your own 'Resilience Tree' to help you recognise your strengths, wishes and goals and increase your emotional resilience.

You don't need any art skills! You will need two pieces of A4 paper (or a sheet of A3), pens and pencils. You may also want to have a scarf or shawl for the meditation activity.

Register now

Monday 5 April - Sunday 11 April

Check back for events coming up!

Monday 12 April - Sunday 18 April

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 13 April, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for international students.

'Let's Read Together' is a relaxing group for international students wanting to connect with others to gain confidence speaking in English, which meets every other Tuesday. We will be reading short poems and stories, and discussing our responses together in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Poetry and narratives are rich sources for discussion and all responses and opinions are valid!

This event is for all students at all levels of study (including those aged 25+).

Register now

Black Country Geopoetry - Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday 15 April, 18:00-19:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join R. M. Francis, poet in residence for the Black Country Geological Society, for this exciting poetry workshop.

Using fossils from the Lapworth Museum's fantastic collections, we will explore how our geological heritage offers innovative routes to thinking about place, community and culture. You will be guided through a series of writing exercises that focus on geological language, method and observation, investigating the special, unusual and overlooked wonders that have been unearthed in the Black Country and find a new home in the museum.

This will be a celebration of poetry and the Earth Sciences, and a fanfare for the important work of the Lapworth Museum and the Black Country Geopark.

Book now

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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