Student events

Our student events calendar will help you find events taking place throughout lockdown and beyond. 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

UK Disability History Month

18 November to 18 December is Disability History Month and the University is hosting a comprehensive programme of events.

Events this week

Daily and regular events

Free live classes with Sport & Fitness

Join the UoB Sport & Fitness Home Workout Hub for free live classes during lockdown, as well as access to a range of pre-recorded classes.

  • Body Balance - Mondays, 17:30-18:15
  • LBT - Tuesdays, 17:30-18:15
  • Body Attack - Thursdays 18:00-19:00
  • Candlelit Yoga - Fridays, 17:00-18:00
  • Body Pump - Saturdays, 10:00-11:00
  • GRIT - Sundays, 10:00-10:30

All live classes are hosted on Zoom and you will need to register (free) before entering the class.

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Winterbourne Gardens

Daily (Monday - Sunday), 10:30-16:00, Winterbourne House & Gardens, Edgbaston Park Road

Suitable for all students.

We are pleased that Winterbourne's gardens can remain open throughout lockdown. Explore the gardens, find a quite place to study, and grab some great shots for Instagram. Remember that entry is free with your student ID card.

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Pause@UoB drop-ins

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:00-17:00, Community Hub at the Bournbrook Pavilion

Thursdays and Fridays, 11:00-17:00, The Lodge (small house next to North Gate)

Suitable for students under 25 years old.

Need a space to talk about your feelings? Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus! Pause@UoB is a drop-in service providing support both face to face and through phone support.

Available up to your 25th birthday, you can talk to one of our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers. No need to book, just drop in and see us.

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Buddhist Monk Chanting

Daily (Monday - Friday), 14:00-14:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Dr Laow (Ajahn Laow), our Buddhist Monk Chaplain at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, will be running a daily online Buddhist Chanting session weekdays throughout lockdown. Email the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy to join.

Email Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

 

Top Tips for using LinkedIn

Monday 23 November, 12:00-12:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search with Careers Network.

Find out more

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 24 November, 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. 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 group take place every second Tuesday.

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Top Tips for a successful cover letter

Tuesday 24 November, 17:00-17:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Information on how to create a persuasive cover letter to send to an employer with Careers Network.

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What are you thankful for?

Tuesday 24 November, 20:00-21:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

 Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on Zoom for fun activities and a discussion about the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Email Rev'd Mindy Bell to receive the link.

Email Rev'd Mindy Bell

Top Tips for Finding Work Experience

Wednesday 25 November, 12:00-13:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This Careers Network session will cover how to find work experience placements, internships and graduate roles over the summer and beyond, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

Register now

Wellbeing Boost with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 25 November, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

This one off session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support. This event is repeated each Wednesday.

Book now

Informal Start-Up and Freelance Meet Up

Wednesday 25th November, 14:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

B-Enterprising are hosting a drop in event to help you with your business idea, start-up or freelance project. This informal event is designed to bring like-minded entrepreneurial students together. B-Enterprising Start-Up manager Mohammed Ali will be on hand to help you with any questions you have about your business in this interactive session.

This event aims to bring together the University of Birmingham start-up community and will allow you the chance to ask any questions you have about your business and give you the opportunity to catch up with like-minded start-up students.

Register now

Insight into the Public Sector

Wednesday 25 November, 15:30-17:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Get an insight into the variety of jobs in the public sector, a broad and varied sector.

Explore the different roles our panellists work in, what they did after graduation, how they found their first job and tips for getting your foot in the door.

Learn what skills are needed in the industry to plan your career goals and get the latest news on changes and challenges in the sector to make your applications stand out.

This is an online panel event supported by Careers Network followed by a Q&A session with our panellists.

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Online Yoga for Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD

Wednesday 25 November, 18:00-19:00, live online event

Suitable for all students, particularly those with ASD/ADHD or sensory impairments.

A dedicated online Yoga class planned with ASD/ADHD or sensory impairments in mind. This 1 hour class will combine traditional yoga postures with breathing practice and relaxation, led by our experienced Sport & Fitness instructor Helen.

Find a calm space where you can make yourself comfortable, wearing clothes that allow for gentle movement. Either a yoga mat or any floor surface with cushions/ blankets nearby is perfect. There will be no background music, and please get in touch beforehand if there any coaching adaptations you would like Helen to incorporate.

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Mind Craft with Pause@UoB

Thursday 26 November, 15:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This one off session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. This is a really relaxed, information sharing session - no yoga mats or awkward positions required!

We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice. This event is repeated each Thursday.

Book now

Job Hunting and Work Experience Masterclass

Friday 27 November, 15:00-16:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This Careers Network webinar will focus on how to approach searching for jobs for after you graduate, and for relevant work experience both in the UK and internationally. We will share resources to help you find relevant opportunities and discuss techniques for tapping into the ‘hidden job market’ through networking and speculative applications.

We will also discuss the various forms of work experience that employers may be interested in, to help you identify the most appropriate way to boost your CV. 

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Train to Teach chat session for Primary and Early Years Education

Thursday 26 November, 16:00-17:30, live online event

Suitable for all students interested in training to teach in Primary and Early Years.

Our virtual Train to Teach chat event with the School of Education will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in secondary schools.

Book now

Top Tips to creating a Personal Statement

Thursday 26 November, 17:00-17:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Your personal statement is the key document when applying for further study, so make sure yours does you justice with Careers Network.

Find out more

Top Tips for Interview Success

Friday 27 November, 12:00-12:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Find out how to prepare, top tips when answering interview questions and what to keep in mind on the day itself with Careers Network.

Find out more

Monday 30 November - Sunday 6 December

Top Tips for success at Assessment Centres

Monday 30 November, 12:00-12:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Find out how to be successful at assessment centres and what kind of activities you may face with Careers Network.

Find out more

Celebrating autistic talent

Monday 30 November, 12:30-14:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This session, part of UK Disability History Month, will start by showing a short film that was created based on a story competition. A company called ‘Heartbreak Productions’ were funded by the Arts Council to run a national story competition based on the theme of ‘Escape from lockdown’.

Eight stories were chosen and all of these were woven together in a film to create one complete story. One of the winners was Urban Townes from Leicester. Urban is autistic and we will show his short film called ‘Germinator’. This will then act as a starting point for a panel discussion with our panel of autistic speakers who will answer questions and discuss the strengths and talents of autistic people.

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Top Tips for Online Applications

Tuesday 1 December, 17:00-17:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Information on why employers use online forms, how to prepare and some top tips for tackling the most common types of questions with Careers Network.

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Disability Consciousness-Raising and COVID-19: Possibilities and Challenges

Wednesday 2 December, 11:30-12:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell (FRSA) explains that, while the COVID-19 epidemic has had horrific consequences in terms of life, social isolation, the demonization of disabled and aged people, and challenges to the economy; it has also acted as a moment to reappraise the meaning of ‘disability' and affords the opportunity to build up the disability rights movement.

This presentation will discuss the convergence of these new realities and consider the COVID-19 crisis as a moment of opportunity to harness the role of consciousness raising strategies, in order to bring together disparate groups of disabled people in conversation, reflection and ultimately, action around institutionalised ableism.

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Work experience drop-in

Wednesday 2 December, 12:00-13:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Get support from your Careers Network internship officer in finding work experience, internships or placements. Get your queries and questions answered.

Register now

Accessible Sport & Fitness

Wednesday 2 December, 13:00, live online event

Suitable for students with disabilities or long term health conditions.

Online consultations on accessible sport and fitness at the University of Birmingham. Find out what inclusive equipment is available at our gym sites, how classes can be adapted and what participation sports, including University clubs, are on offer. We will also talk you through the process of disclosure and the benefits in terms of facility usage. There is also the opportunity to ask any individual questions to the host (Alison Lee - Participation Development Officer).

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PGT Shut Up and Work

Wednesday 2 December, 13:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for postgraduate taught students.

Who said studying needs to be a solitary experience? Our virtual Shut up & Work sessions aim to help you work more productively in a supportive remote environment. Get your head down and work: with 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.

Book now

Wellbeing Boost with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 2 December, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

This one off session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support. This event is repeated each Wednesday.

Book now

Pride Not Prejudice: What do you wish people knew about disability?

Thursday 3 December, 12:00-13:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Join us as we share our experiences, deepen our understanding of, and give a platform to the voices of, those living with a disability.

As well as attending the event, we are inviting those who live with a disability (whether their own or someone they live with or care for) to share their thoughts on the above question. This can either be a personal response (creative or prosaic), an extract of a book, a poem, or a blog post. Essentially whatever speaks best to or for you.

Your response or chosen extract should only be up to two minutes long when read and can be submitted online. On the day, you will have the opportunity to read this response, or have comeone else read it for you.

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Mind Craft with Pause@UoB

Thursday 3 December, 15:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This one off session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. This is a really relaxed, information sharing session - no yoga mats or awkward positions required!

We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice. This event is repeated each Thursday.

Book now

Top Tips to a great CV

Thursday 3 December, 17:00-17:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Information on what a CV is, why you need one and our top tips for getting started with Careers Network with Careers Network.

Find out more

Barber Home - Recovery

Thursday 3 December, 17:30-18:45, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Earlier this year, the Barber Institute team explored how we might come together safely when Covid-19 enforced physical and mental restrictions on us all. Join us – with our Recovery Art artist facilitator Ruth Turnbull and Learning & Engagement Manager, Flora Kay – as we meet together for a creative and social drawing workshop.

It includes an introduction to artwork in the Barber’s collection, before exploring drawing exercises in a space for making, reflection and conversation. This workshop is hosted over Zoom and is open to everyone over the age of 18, no prior creative experience or skills are needed, just yourselves!

You will receive a posted workshop plan and basic art materials to access the workshop so you can continue to be creative after the Zoom workshop.

This Barber Home – Recovery workshop is adapted from our Recovery Art sessions, a longstanding programme that supports participants to take positive steps on their individual and collective journeys of recovery. We continue this programme safely, still remotely, hosting monthly artist led workshops.

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Application Process Masterclass

Friday 4 December, 11:00-12:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This Careers Network webinar will prepare you to succeed through the different stages of the recruitment process for jobs after you graduate, with a particular focus on using the experience gained through your Masters throughout the process to evidence your skills. We will consider the different stages of the recruitment process, the purpose of each stage and what recruiters are looking for. We will share top tips and techniques from our experience of working with employers to help you stand out.

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Monday 7 December - Sunday 13 December

Top Tips for Interview Success

Monday 7 December, 12:00-12:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Find out how to prepare, top tips when answering interview questions and what to keep in mind on the day itself with Careers Network.

Find out more

Investigating our histories of art and climate change with Worm: art+ecology and the Barber Institute

Monday 7 December, 18:00-19:30, live online event

Suitable for all students interested in art or climate change.

Join Angela Chan of curatorial project Worm: art +ecology to investigate climate and environmental issues throughout art history and in the Barber’s collection.

Together we’ll develop expressive and analytical skills to narrate the local and global histories of people, power and the environment – and talk about how these experiences have shaped today’s climate issues.

This workshop is hosted over Zoom and is open to everyone. It is aimed at an adult audience with an interest in art or climate issues. No prior knowledge required, just bring yourself and an open mind!

Book now

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Tuesday 8 December, 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. 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 group take place every second Tuesday.

Book now

Top Tips to creating a Personal Statement

Tuesday 8 December, 17:00-17:30, online event

Suitable for all students.

Your personal statement is the key document when applying for further study, so make sure yours does you justice with Careers Network.

Find out more

Wellbeing Boost with Pause@UoB

Wednesday 9 December, 13:30-14:30, live online event

Suitable for all students.

Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

This one off session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support. This event is repeated each Wednesday.

Book now

Mind Craft with Pause@UoB

Thursday 10 December, 15:00-16:00, live online event

Suitable for all students.

This one off session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. This is a really relaxed, information sharing session - no yoga mats or awkward positions required!

We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice. This event is repeated each Thursday.

Book now

Train to Teach chat session

Thursday 10 December 16:00-17:30, live online event

Suitable for all students interested in training to teach.

Our virtual Train to Teach chat event witht he School of Education will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in primary and secondary schools.

Book now

PGT Essentials: Stop procrastinating and get motivated! Followed by Shut Up and Work

Friday 11 December, 10:00-11:00 for the workshop and 11:00-16:00 for Shut Up and Work, live online event

Suitable for postgraduate taught students.

Procrastination is a familiar problem for so many of us when studying - but where does it come from, and more importantly, how can you beat it?

Join the University Graduate School and the Academic Skills Centre for this online workshop on procrastination and motivation, followed by an optional day of Shut Up and Work where you can work distraction-free on your essays, exam revision, or reading.

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.

Book now

Top Tips for applying for a Masters

Friday 11 December, 12:00-13:00, online event

Suitable for undergraduate students.

Come along to our 60 minute session to find out what makes a good Masters application and top tips and resources on funding and searching for the perfect course for you.

Find out more

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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