All student email, Friday 24 April

Dear Student,

In this update, we focus on some of the resources available to support you during the Summer term and beyond. We are working hard to ensure that you can still access as much of the campus support and resources as possible and will continue to share updates of what is available when we can. 

This week also sees the start of the holy month of Ramadan, observed and celebrated by Muslims around the world. For students, friends, families, and communities this will be an additional challenge as lockdown measures and restrictions on our lives apply in many countries and we are all urged to stay at home. The Muslim Council of Britain has issued advice and guidance to support individuals and families for whom Ramadan 2020 will be a very different experience. To all of our students and friends observing Ramadan 2020 - Ramadan Mubarak!

In today's bulletin: 

• Free access to LinkedIn Learning
• Free software while you study at home
• Birmingham Heroes - Bringing chemistry experiments into the home
• Top tip – Watch previous Baggs Happiness Lectures online

Free access to LinkedIn Learning

The University has recently joined forces with LinkedIn Learning to offer all students free access to their entire catalogue of over 13,000 online courses. You can use it to broaden your knowledge and enhance your academic, employability, and creative skills through expert-led courses.

An individual licence would usually cost £250 per year, but you can access it for free via your existing University email address and password. You don’t need to have an existing LinkedIn account, nor do you need to set one up, but there are clear employability benefits associated with taking the time to create a profile and develop your professional network of contacts.

Whether you are looking for something to help pass the time, learn to play an instrument or a new language, or tips to help you studying from home you are likely to find something of interest.
More information and details of how to get started are available here.

Free software while you study at home

The University is increasing the portfolio of software that is available for you to download and use at home. While there are some software and applications that are currently not available, we are working hard to widen the range as quickly as possible. Available software for download

Includes: Office 365, SPSS, SKYPE, EndNote, Nvivo and MindManager and more titles - with more coming soon.

Birmingham Heroes - Bringing chemistry experiments into the home

Students and staff at our School of Chemistry have produced a fantastic website full of free resources for parents and pupils based around fun activities.

It's also a great way for year 12 pupils to build content for their UCAS statement and for year 13s to prepare for University.

Top tip – Watch previous Baggs Happiness Lectures online

The Baggs Memorial Lecture is part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series and began in 1976. Born in Birmingham in 1889, Thomas Baggs was an alumnus of the University who went on to become a teacher, journalist and a war correspondent for the Daily Mail before pursuing a successful career in advertising and publicity for the USA automobile industry. When he died in 1973, Thomas bequeathed a substantial sum to the University to provide for an annual public lecture on the theme of ‘Happiness - what it is and how it may be achieved by individuals as well as nations.’

This wonderful theme has produced some truly uplifting, thought provoking, and vastly diverse lectures, including from Eve Pollard, The Reverend Richard Coles and Jung Chang. Watch Baggs Happiness Lectures.

Best wishes
Student Communications Team


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