All student email, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Dear student, 

In today’s update, we have news of how you can relive the last year’s sporting successes and join the UoB Sports Awards online. You can also join the next event in the Institute for Global Innovation’s series of COVID-19 themed webinars, this time on ‘doing things differently - the new normal’. And elsewhere, with the help of UoB masters students, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has launched its first ever exclusively online exhibition.

Today’s updates includes:

  • Watch the UoB Sports Awards
  • Reminder for finalist students - book returns
  • Doing things differently - the new normal’ the next event in the IGI’s series
  • New Barber exhibition ‘Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour’
  • Join us at the online EPS Societies’ Awards 

Watch the UoB Sports Awards

Friday 19 June, 7.30pm (UK time)

Relive the successes of our students, coaches, volunteers and athletes from the last 12 months at the annual Sports Awards, hosted for the first time ever in the virtual Bramall Auditorium!

This year, watch the awards via the UBSportFitness YouTube channel, in which you’ll hear from distinguished UoB guests, special external presenters, watch a review of the year of sport, and the worthy winners of the awards - including Sports Person of the Year - will be announced!

Everyone is welcome to watch and celebrate the University of Birmingham’s sporting successes for the 2019/20 academic year.

Watch the awards this Friday

Reminder for finalist students - book returns

While restricted campus operations are still in place, returning/continuing students are asked to please hold on to any library books until the next academic year.

For finalists who will not be returning next year and are unable to leave books with fellow students, you can leave books at one of the accommodation sites (under the archway at Jarratt Hall, Leos Lounge at Pritchatts Park Village or the Vale Reception) if you are coming to collect your belongings.

Please note: 

  • Books should be placed in a bag/envelope with your name, ID number and the date of return noted inside.
  • Books will remain on your account for a while, until library staff are able to return to campus.

If you are unable to return your library books or have any questions about your loans or returns, you can contact Library Services.

Institute for Global Innovation (IGI) series: Doing things differently - the new normal

Thursday 18 June, 12.00noon-1.00pm (UK time)

The spread of COVID-19 is one the biggest challenges the global community has faced, and our research teams have a key role to play in the fight against it, to reflect on its impact on all aspects of our lives and to learn lessons from it and from past pandemics.

All students are invited to join a series of events ‘Living with the Pandemic’, where the IGI brings together panels of experts who give a short talk on their research and perspectives on different aspects of living with the pandemic, followed by a chance to ask questions. More than 16,000 people have watched the first two events in the series.

Speakers include:

If you would like to join the webinar via Zoom, please register here. The event will also run live on the University of Birmingham’s Facebook page.

New Barber exhibition ‘Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour’

Pyramids, sphinxes, temples and shrines: breath-taking views of these ancient and often iconic landmarks, captured by pioneering Victorian photographer Francis Bedford, feature in the Barber's first ever online-only exhibition, launching today.

Francis Bedford joined Albert Edward – the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII - on a four-month journey ordered by Queen Victoria, through the eastern Mediterranean in 1862. His innovative photographs were exhibited on their return to a public excited to see sites they had only ever seen before in prints and paintings.

This is the third exciting annual collaboration with Royal Collection Trust curated by University of Birmingham Masters' students.

Enter the exhibition.

Join us at the online EPS Societies’ Awards

Friday 19 June, 8.00pm (UK time)

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is home to 39 student groups involved in some incredible projects such as astronomical discovery, designing cars, programming robotics, championing sustainability projects, volunteering in developing countries, and tutoring in local schools. They’re also not restricted to the College and many have members from across the University.

Join EPS to celebrate the announcement of the award winners and find out more about our community, plus there’ll be guest appearances by staff and graduates, and entertainment from the student band Demelza.

The link to watch the event will be released on the website and myepslife Instagram on Friday afternoon.

More information

Best wishes
Student Communications Team


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