All student email, Wednesday 24 June 2020

Dear Student,

In our last all student email of the summer term we confirmed that we will be staying in contact with you throughout the summer to keep you all up to date on plans and developments for the new academic year.

Last week, in the UK, the Government downgraded the national Coronavirus alert level from 4 to 3, which permits a review of restrictions and social distancing measures. Many of you will have seen the government’s announcement yesterday regarding changes to social distancing policy and the University will consider the implications of these changes in due course, alongside other measures designed to gradually re-open the campus environment safely and securely.

Read the Government statement.

From next week and every week we will bring you our most up to date plans for the new academic year, news and stories about what is happening on campus and across the University community.

This week:

  • Information for moving-in and moving-out
  • Test and Trace
  • Race Equality Charter: Bronze Award
  • Information for final year students: planning to return for postgraduate study
  • And finally - Lapworth Museum Online Exhibition.

Information for moving-in and moving-out

We know that many of you will be moving in and out of accommodation in and around Birmingham over the next few weeks. The Guild of Students and the University’s Community Living team have developed some good advice for everyone moving-in and out of private rented accommodation – available here.

It is important to remember that while there is much positive news about the UK-wide recovery there are still significant restrictions in place on our daily lives that we must all continue to observe. In the UK that means we must all stay alert, and follow the specific national advice for where you live.

The best source of advice is the UK Government site.

This provides details of what you can and cannot do while restrictions are still in place to help us all stay safe and see a continuing recovery across the four nations of the UK.

NHS Test and Trace (in England) 

Anyone in England can now be tested for Coronavirus if you develop symptoms

  • If you do develop symptoms then you and your household must self-isolate straight-away.
  • You should order a FREE test immediately.
  • If you test positive, the NHS Test and Trace Service will then contact you to identify anyone else that you have been in recent close contact with.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive then the NHS Test and Trace Service will contact you and let you know what you must do next.

More information.

Race Equality Charter: Bronze Award

Advance HE, the founders of the Race Equality Charter, have recognised the University of Birmingham with the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, making Birmingham one of only 15 UK universities to hold the award.

The Race Equality Charter was set up by Advance HE to improve the representation, progression, and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. The Charter is underpinned by a number of key principles, including an acknowledgement that: “Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.”

The Bronze Race Equality Charter Award recognises that institutions have undertaken an honest assessment of race equality, identified priorities, and developed a robust action plan to achieve these, and will also have demonstrated the support and commitment of senior leaders.

Professor Jo Duberley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) said: “In recent weeks we have rightly been asked about what actions the University is taking to respond to racial inequalities. The achievement of the Race Equality Charter Bronze Standard is part of our recognition that we can and must do more. The 3-year self-assessment process enabled us to take a careful and comprehensive analysis of our organisational processes and culture. This is significant work which included our largest ever consultative exercise on race, involving over 5,000 staff and students throughout 2018 and 2019.

“The associated action plan, developed with students and staff, is a comprehensive package of measures that we will be working on in the months and years to come. These are not all quick fixes, but we are determined to make a difference to the lives and experiences of our BAME communities within the University and wider society.”

Read more about the Race Equality Charter and see the University’s Action Plan.

Information For Final Year Students

Last week we announced the dates for our Virtual Graduation Celebrations, which will take place throughout the week commencing Monday 27 July. All final year students who are expected to graduate this year will receive a dedicated communication this week from the Graduations Team with further details about how you can get involved – so please check your inbox for our messages and make sure to follow us on Instagram @unibirmingham to see how you and your friends and family can celebrate your success with us.

Planning to return for postgraduate study?

Remember to apply for the Postgraduate Progression Award (PPA), available to students who are graduating in 2020 with an undergraduate degree, and progressing directly to a taught postgraduate programme with us in the 2020/21 academic year. Apply for your programme and make sure you complete the award application to receive a £1,500 fees discount.

We have also extended our Birmingham Masters Scholarship (BMS) for a second round, offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 Master study. PPA applicants can also apply for the BMS, but if you’re successful in both applications, you will need to choose just one of the awards.

Check eligibility and apply

And finally - Lapworth Museum Online Exhibition

The Lapworth Museum of Geology has opened a new ‘virtual exhibition space’ on Sketchfab. The virtual space is being populated with artwork, poetry and general creative works inspired by geology, palaeontology or even the Museum itself, by an audience both within the University and in the wider community. Submissions are open to adults and children alike, of all ages and abilities; as such the exhibition hopes to showcase work from a diverse cross-section of the Museum’s audience with zero barriers.

Anyone with questions or material for submission should email Andy Jones at Visit the virtual exhibition We hope that you all have a good week and we will be in touch same time next week with more news and updates.

Best wishes
Student Communications Team




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