All student email, Friday 5 June 2020

Dear student,

Many students have asked for information regarding the University’s response to the events in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign and the action being taken to promote race equality within the University. Following our initial statement via our social media channels we have published a more detailed response which you can read here.

In today’s update, we have news of how you can access the latest Careers Network events and support, as well as how you can apply to join the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme.

In exciting news, you will be able to join this year’s Summer Festival of Music 2020 online and you can also get top tips on nutrition from the University’s Sport & Fitness Performance Centre.


Today’s updates includes:

  • Careers Network support
  • Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme
  • Postgraduate Taught Students – win an Amazon voucher by completing PTES
  • Summer Festival of Music 2020
  • Get tips on nutrition from the Sport & Fitness Performance Centre


Support available from Careers Network

Careers Network are hosting Campus to Career online this year. The event will take place on 10 June. Aimed primarily at finalists and graduates, there will be 23 webinars taking place across the day between 9.30am-4.30pm (UK time).

This includes sessions from employers around how to stay employable during COVID-19, how industry is adapting their recruitment processes and how to tackle virtual assessment centres. We also have a selection of alumni talks on topics such as staying motivated whilst job hunting and finding a job with a local business. A list of all the events taking place can be found here.

We have also secured access for all students and graduates to a new employer webinar series. This includes a series of employer-led sessions on a range of topics. Registration is required to access the webinars – more details. Other events and webinars can be found on the Careers Network website.

There are also a number of employability related courses to access for free onLinkedIn Learning.

You can access 13,000+ expert-led, online video courses that will help broaden your knowledge and enhance your academic, technology and creative skills. It’s simple and easy to use and all content is available on and offline via your desktop, tablet and mobile. Find out more here.  


Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme

The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme is still open for applications from undergraduate penultimate years and 3rd and 4th year medics.  The scheme will match you with some of the University’s most successful alumni in sectors such as healthcare, social policy and creative industries. The deadline for applications is Sunday 14 June.


Postgraduate Taught Students – win an Amazon voucher by completing PTES

Feedback on your experience as a postgraduate taught student is very important to the University as it helps us to understand what is working well and what could be improved. The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is open until 15 June and all completed surveys will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win an Amazon voucher of £10 or £50.  The survey is open to postgraduate taught students only:  You can access the survey here. 


Summer Festival of Music 2020 – 12-19 June

The annual Summer Festival of Music is the highlight of the summer for University musicians and this year will run as a week of virtual performances.

Running from 12-19 June, the festival will include virtual video performances from the Summer Festival Orchestra and Music Society Brass Band, with a host of new music presented by the Creative Exchange and miniBEAST. The Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Collective and Samba Band will also feature across the week as well as archived student operas, concerts, and a look at what alumni musicians have been up to.

The Festival will feature a new project, bringing together student composers and musicians. Composers have been tasked to write ‘Miniatures in Isolation’ – a group of short pieces giving a voice to their experiences during lockdown. Student musicians will be working hard to learn and record the music over the coming days.

Follow the Summer Festival on Facebook for regular updates, the line-up, and video links. You can also join in on the new University Music YouTube channel.


Top Tips on nutrition from the Sport & Fitness Performance Centre

From information about nutrition for weight loss and recipes on how to make your own bagels, to a Food of the Week, the Nutrition Team from the Sport & Fitness Performance Centre post weekly food and health tips on their Instagram account, @UBSportNutrition. Check it out today for top nutrition tips and guidance, as well as story takeovers from some of our student athletes.


Best wishes

Student Communications Team


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