This week we wanted to focus on what’s happening in some of the other areas that make up your student experience; so we have an update on services that will be available to support your mental health and wellbeing, keep you fit and active, and creative through music. Finally, we wanted to start thinking about how we might all begin to reconnect with our beautiful campus. We hope you like the refreshed look, and if you have any suggestions for future issues, or any stories for us to shine a spotlight on, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support and wellbeing
Every School and College has a team of Wellbeing Officers who are available to support your wellbeing and your studies. The teams are currently working remotely to answer your queries, by email and online appointments. Their regular in-person drop-in sessions and in-person appointments will be re-introduced as soon as this is possible. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, including our qualified Counsellors and Wellbeing Practitioners, have developed a full online service including online counselling and therapeutic support. These services will be fully available from September. Support continues to be available for students throughout the summer months via our dedicated PAUSE team. Details of all the support that is available on our webpages.
Sport and fitness
Our team at Sport & Fitness are putting plans in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines, ensuring you can work out safely, and achieve your fitness goals in a comfortable environment. Keep an eye on the Sport & Fitness website for the latest details and news.We’re lucky to have over 56 sports clubs and although not all sports may be able to train and compete as usual straight away, clubs will be organising appropriate training sessions to enable teams to get back together. Check out the student club pages on our website for information about each sport. Similarly, when it comes to social sports some, like netball and basketball, these might not be able to kick off the semester as they normally would, but a range of socially-distanced sessions - where you can meet new people a do relevant drills and training – will be available.
Each academic year, University Music provides opportunities for more than 2,000 students and members of the local community to make music through a variety of ensembles and projects for choirs, orchestras, and other instrumental ensembles. For September 2020, you are invited to continue making music together by becoming virtual members of the Music Society, joining online for a number of virtual performances, workshops, and social events. We are hoping there will be a gradual increase in the size and scale of ensembles as guidance around social distancing for musicians’ changes.
Reconnecting with campus
As we updated you last week, the campus will of course be different at the start of the new academic year with social distancing measures in place, and additional cleaning and hygiene measures to keep everyone safe. But we want to reassure you that amongst all of this we will be working with you, and with the Guild of Students, to recover the full campus experience; including access to sports facilities, library and study spaces, alongside the spaces and places to meet, reconnect with friends, engage with events, clubs, societies and networks. We will be offering support for your learning, developing your digital skills, and helping with your wellbeing and career aspirations both online and in-person where and when we can.
The campus just isn’t the same without you and we look forward to welcoming you back to Birmingham in September.
On film: A big congratulations!
Final year students have been celebrating their degree results ahead of their Virtual Graduation Celebrations. We appreciate it’s been a challenging time, so hearing your stories of success is really inspiring and we wanted to share a round-up of some of them here. For all other continuing students, we are working hard on publishing any outstanding results and we will let you know when these are available.Watch the film
Students win prize for litter prototype
Lucie Gale and Anthony Fong and Shubhansh Bharati scooped first prize at the Vice-Chancellor's Challenge 2020 for their 'Bin It Spit It Latch' invention to stop rubbish falling or being blown out of wheelie bins.The trio will now be able to access funding to make their idea a reality.Read more.
Black Lives Matter debate
Join us for a panel debate focused on Black Lives Matter. The panelists will raise awareness of how the pandemic has highlighted inequalities, bringing renewed attention to the deep structural inequalities which underpin COVID-19 health outcomes for BME communities.
Student spotlight: UoB student in high profile photography campaign for NHS
Top photographer Rankin has created a campaign featuring 12 NHS workers who have supported those with COVID-19. We’re very proud that one of the subjects featured is Jack Hannay Manikum, a second-year medical student who trained as a 111 call handler when COVID-19 hit.
Student spotlight: DJ Doc launches ‘NHSessions’
UoB graduate Kishan Bodalia has been working as a doctor in A&E throughout the crisis but in his spare time is spreading good vibes on the frontline with his ‘NHSessions’. His virtual DJ sessions are hosted from his kitchen, wearing his NHS scrubs!
Musicians and DJs are encouraged to get involved in his live streaming sessions.
Watch his story.
Student Communications Team