What's on for students

Our student events calendar will help you find events taking place over the coming semester. From meeting new people to developing skills, there are a variety of events taking place across the University. We've hand-picked some of the highlights that we think you will find interesting and useful.

Unless specified otherwise, events are suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Got a student event you would like to be added? Complete our online submission form.

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Events this week

Academic Skills Centre: Advanced essay writing

Monday 16 May, 11:00-12:00, online

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

This workshop provides a more in-depth look into essay writing, focusing on ways to achieve higher marks through your writing. It will cover:

  • What good academic writing involves
  • Our Top 10 Tips for advanced essay writing
  • An in-depth look at essay writing examples

Book now

De-Stresstival: Cycle Class

Monday 16 May, 12:30-13:15, Cycle Studio, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

Indoor cycling classes push your cardio fitness with banging music, without the impact. Please bring a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothes to move in, including trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

Register now

De-Stresstival: Badminton

Monday 16 May 2022, 12:00-13:00, Munrow Arena 1 & 2, Studio 1, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

Book now

Academic Skills Centre: Research skills for dissertations

Monday 16 May, 14:00-15:00, online

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

This workshop will help you get started with your dissertation research. It will help you:

  • Define and refine your research approach
  • Use findit@bham and databases to find resources
  • Use a search strategy to get the best results

Book now

Academic Skills Centre: Using EndNote Online for referencing

Tuesday 17 May, 10:00-11:00, online

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students

This workshop will introduce you to the reference management software, EndNote Online. It will help you:

  • To create an account
  • Save references from findit@bham and databases
  • Insert references into Microsoft Word

Book now

Academic Skills Centre: Study and Revise Together

Tuesday 17 May, 14:00-15:00, Academic Skills Training Room, Main Library

Suitable for all taught students

Join us for an informal afternoon of studying together in a productive, supportive environment. We’ll avoid procrastination by setting goals and using breaks effectively. Join us for the whole afternoon, or just part, whatever suits you.

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Social Sport at Sport & Fitness (Badminton, Basketball, Netball)

Tuesday 17 May, 16:00-20:00, Sport & Fitness

Suitable for all students

Join other students in some friendly Social Sport at Sport & Fitness. All abilities are welcome and no playing partner or team is required - you'll be assigned a group to play with during the session.

Choose between Badminton, Basketball and Netball each week, with all equipment provided. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

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De-Stresstival: Body Attack Class

Tuesday 17 May, 16:00-16:45, Studio 1, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

A high-energy cardio workout to awesome music. Body Attack uses interval training with athletic, aerobic, agility and strength exercises, with recoveries and options for all fitness levels. Please bring a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothes to move in, including trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

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De-Stresstival: Yoga/Pilates Class

Wednesday 18 May, 08:30-09:15, Dojo, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

A calming combination of Flow Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, building flexibility and strength set to beautiful music. Please bring a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothes to move in, including trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

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Guild of Students: All Student Meeting

Wednesday 18 May, 12:00-14:00, online (via Zoom)

Suitable for all students

You’re invited to share your thoughts at the Guild of Students' All Student Meeting. There will be a number of topics up for discussion, including the renewal of some of the Beliefs and Commitments and discussing some student-submitted ideas. So, make sure you join in and provide your feedback!

This event will be taking place on Zoom so be sure to get your free ticket get the meeting link on the day of the event.

You can also learn more about the meeting and view the agenda.

Register now

De-Stresstival: Rounders

Wednesday 18 May, 14:10-15:00, Bournbrook 3G Pitch 

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

Open to all abilities, you'll be explained the rules before being placed into a team to play a friendly game of Rounders! Please wear comfortable flat soled trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

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Research Storytelling Training

Wednesday 18 May, 10:00-13:00, Muirhead Tower

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Postgraduate researchers are invited to join the Public Engagement Team and professional storyteller Anna Conomos-Wedlock to explore how to use storytelling to maximise the communication of your research.

This practical training session will take place on campus and will provide you with time to reflect on your own research story and develop new techniques to engaging the public.

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Academic Skills Centre: Managing long documents

Wednesday 18 May, 11:00-12:00, online

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students

This workshop will cover how to use the automated features in Word to make creating and editing long documents easier and less frustrating. By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Structure a document using styles
  • Create an automated table of contents
  • Customise templates

Book now

Visitations & Vacuum packing with Poet Adrian B. Earle: a creative writing workshop

Wednesday 18 May, 14:00-16:30, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

Join writer and poet Adrian B. Earle to work words on your Wednesday afternoon.

Adrian will help guide your work using imaginative writing exercises and speculative provocations to equip you with handy and fun writing tools, inspiring creative and poetic visual responses to our collection.

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Three Minute Thesis 2022: Finals

Wednesday 18 May, 15:00-17:00, Lecture Theatre 2, Teaching & Learning Building

Suitable for all students

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit…3 minutes.

The University Graduate School is excited to announce that the University of Birmingham 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition will return to a live in-person event!

All members of staff and students (Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Research) are invited to join us for the Birmingham 3MT Finals, where eleven finalists will compete to deliver the best research presentation in three minutes with just one slide!

We'll hear our 11 finalists presentations then you'll get to ask your questions about their research over coffee and cake before we announce our winners!

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Advanced Self Defence Class

Wednesday 18 May, 18:00-20:00, Dance Studio, Guild of Students

Suitable for students who have already completed the Beginner Self Defence Class

Your Community Wardens are offering an Advanced Self Defence Class, the next step for those of you who joined a beginner session!

The class is free to take part in.

Book now

De-Stresstival: Body Combat

Thursday 19 May, 09:00-09:45,  Studio 1, Sport and Fitness centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

Body Combat is an empowering, stress-relieving martial arts inspired workout that is completely non-contact. Moves are inspired from Karate, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Boxing and Kung Fu, set to a great playlist. Please bring a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothes to move in, including trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

Register now

Academic Skills Centre: Writing skills for dissertations

Thursday 19 May, 10:00-11:00, online

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students

This workshop provides a useful starting point for writing you dissertation. It will help you:

  • Understand how to structure and plan your dissertation
  • Know how to write an effective literature review
  • Be aware of how to use signposting to structure your argument
  • Know what to include in your introduction and conclusion
  • Think about approaches to editing and proofreading

Book now

PGR Development: Increasing your productivity

Thursday 19 May, 10:30-12:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

We cannot change the number of hours in a day, but we can ensure that we are using them as effectively as possible. This PGR Development workshop encourages you to understand your own working preferences and to work with them to be as productive as possible.

Register now

PG Mental Health: Stress awareness and management (online)

Thursday 19 May, 12:00-13:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate students

Everyone experiences stress – 3 out of 4 people have felt so stressed that they were unable to cope. However, stress is a natural response to feeling threatened. Experiencing stress can be useful, motivating us to complete tasks that we might otherwise put off. However, experiencing lots of stress, or long-term stress, can impact our physical and mental wellbeing.

Understanding triggers of stress and exploring ways to reduce it can have a profound effect in your life. Effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life. The ultimate goal is to find balance between work, relationships, relaxation, and fun—and the resilience help deal with high pressured situations and meet challenges head on. In this workshop Bloomwise provide tips and strategies for identifying and managing stress in your everyday life so that you can be happier, healthier, and more productive.

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PG Mental Health Workshop: Starting and managing a conversation

Thursday 19 May, 15:00-16:30, Westmere House

Suitable for postgraduate students

For many, opening up and starting a conversation around mental health can be scary and lots of people are afraid to talk about mental health despite the benefits. You do not need to be an expert to start talking about mental health! Sometimes just taking the first step and opening up about mental health in an informal way is enough to start challenging stigma.

Bloomwise is here to help, we bring you tips and tricks to make this easier for everyone involved in the conversation, as well as learning the appropriate language to use. Take away the skills to feel confident when starting and managing a conversation around mental health during your studies, within the workplace but also in day-to-day life.

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Online Group Coaching for PGRs

Thursday 19 May, from 15:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join the new online group coaching programme for PGR students, where you can learn a 'self-coaching' model to help you develop effective working approaches and coping strategies. A trained coach will then offer you the opportunity to volunteer to be coached one-to-one while the other students watch. Using Zoom panel functionality, the volunteer gets a highly personalised and valuable coaching experience and the viewers get the opportunity to hear how the coachee reflects on and resolves the issues that they are facing.

Find out more

De-Stresstival: Badminton

Friday 20 May, 12:00-13:00, Munrow Arena 1 & 2, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

For Badminton, no previous experience is needed, come along and play some friendly doubles Badminton with other students! All equipment is provided. Please wear flat soled trainers (no heels, boots or sliders/flip-flops allowed). Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

Register now

Careers Network: Spilling the tea on being a mentee

Friday 20 May, 12:00-13:00, venue TBC

Suitable for undergraduate students in their penultimate year, and third/fourth year Medical and Dental Science undergraduates

Do you want to learn about how the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme (ALMP) could benefit you? Do you want to meet current mentees to ask about their experience? Do you want to celebrate International Tea Day (a day early) in style?

Join Careers Network for this intro to the ALMP. The event will start with a short explanation of ALMP, then over hot drinks and biscuits, you can then chat to ALMP mentees to learn about their personal experience of the programme. There will also be the opportunity to speak to members of the Mentoring Team to ask about the application process and top tips.

Register now

De-Stresstival: Cycle Class

Friday 20 May, 12:30-13:15, Cycle Studio, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Fancy having a break from your studies with a free sports session? The Guild of Students have organised lots of sessions with with UBSport for you to go and unwind as part of De-Stresstival 2022.

Indoor cycling classes push your cardio fitness with banging music, without the impact. Please bring a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothes to move in, including trainers. Please contact the team at UBSport if you's like to have a chat in advance or have any requirements to help you attend.

Register now

Birmingham 2022: Get Set Drop-In Sessions

Saturday 21 May, 10:00-13:00, Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park

Suitable for students living in the University and Edgbaston area

With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, it's time to start making plans and prepare for a busy and exciting summer ahead. Come along to a public drop-in session with Birmingham 2022 and get all of the information you need to 'Get Set For The Games'.

These events are largely targeted at residents and businesses living or working near to a Games venue. There's no need to register, just pop along and speak to a member of the team.

Find out more

Weekend Workshop: Clean Air Bike Maintenance

Saturday 21 May, 14:00-16:00, The Exchange, City Centre

Suitable for all students

Join our bike maintenance workshop led by Birmingham Bike Foundry and get to grips with how your bike should function so you can identify and fix problems yourself. A little knowledge can keep you out of your car and on your bike for longer.

Bikes and equipment will be provided for this workshop. Student tickets cost £3.

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Voi Free E-Scooter Safe Riding Skills Sessions

Saturday 21 May, 08:45-16:45, car park next to the Barber Institute

Suitable for all students aged 18 or over and who hold a photocard driving licence

These sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about Voi e-scooters, ask questions, collect a free helmet, develop your riding skills and earn some new user credits.

Learn to 'Voi' with experienced instructors who will help you develop your riding skills. Just grab a Voi helmet (woth £35) and choose your free Voi e-scooter skills session or ideally choose both!

  • Basic skills
  • Road skills (with an add-on ticket)

In addition to a day pass worth £10 so you can ride for free during your skills sessions, you'll also receive a further 15 minutes of free riding credits, so you can put your new safe riding knowledge into practice.

This is an external event hosted by Voi.

Book now

 

Events this month

Monday 23 - Sunday 29 May

Hall Reps: Take to the trees

Wednesday 25 May, 08:30-15:45, meet at Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

The Hall Reps are taking you to Go Ape! Tickets are only £10 which includes admission, travel and Krispy Kremes! Go Ape is an outdoor adventure centre that is famous for its treetop adventures, challenges and high ropes.

Tickets are normally £34 and we only have 40 spaces so book your tickets now before places run out! Everyone is welcome.

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UoB at Hay Festival 2022

Thursday 26 May - Sunday 5 June

Suitable for all students

Leading researchers from our own College of Arts and Law are taking part in the 2022 Hay Festival. There are a range of topics to choose from and the festival showcases the ongoing partnership between the University of Birmingham and the Hay Festival.  

Tickets are available for booking in person bookings, details about the online festival will be released on Tuesday 17 May.   

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Online Group Coaching for PGRs

Thursday 26 May, from 15:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join the new online group coaching programme for PGR students, where you can learn a 'self-coaching' model to help you develop effective working approaches and coping strategies. A trained coach will then offer you the opportunity to volunteer to be coached one-to-one while the other students watch. Using Zoom panel functionality, the volunteer gets a highly personalised and valuable coaching experience and the viewers get the opportunity to hear how the coachee reflects on and resolves the issues that they are facing.

Find out more

Annual Tolkien Lecture - I hold the key: J. R. R. Tolkien through interviews and reminiscences

Friday 27 May, from 19:00, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Dr Dimitra Fimi, internationally recognised scholar and expert, will give the first annual lecture in honour of J. R. R. Tolkien at University of Birmingham. This lecture will meander through several interviews Tolkien gave during his lifetime, as well as reminiscences of people who knew him well (family, colleagues, publishers, friends).

Though this material remains uncollected and scattered in various (often obscure) publications, it often reveals fascinating facets of Tolkien's inspirations, creative process, as well as the construction of a 'biographical legend'. This free event is part of the Fantasy Worlds Weekend.

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The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy Marathon

Saturday 28 May, 09:00-20:30, The Carroll Room (G15), Muirhead Tower

Suitable for all students

Are you ready to settle in for a whole day in Middle-Earth? Watch all three films and lose yourself in this epic exploration of mythology and magic. If you’re a Lord of the Rings novice, or if you order your coffee in elvish, this is movie marathon not to be missed! This free event is part of the Fantasy Worlds Weekend.

(Prefer to just do one or two of the films? Not a problem - you can book all together, or individually.

Register now

Fantasy Worlds Festival

Sunday 29 May, 10:30-15:30, Arts Building and University Square

Suitable for all students

Drop-in to campus and have fun with fantasy-themed activities for all ages. Take part in interactive storytelling adventures, watch exciting re-enactments, add to a wondrous world map and create your own fantasy-themed character inspired by books and films with the University’s very own Middle-Earth Society.

No booking required, just turn up! This free event is part of the Fantasy Worlds Weekend.

Monday 30 May - Sunday 5 June

Half Term Activities: Trains, trees and Clean Air to Breathe!

Monday 30 May - Wednesday 1 June, from 10:30 daily, The Exchange, City Centre

Suitable for students who are parents/carers or have young relatives

Join us at The Exchange for family-friendly activities this half term and find out about the exciting research being done at the University of Birmingham. Meet the team behind HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train, explore the secret lives of trees and find out about an amazing sci-fi forest experiment. There are games to play, quizzes to do, experiments to take part in and an interactive gallery trail to follow.

This activity is presented as part of The Air We Breathe, a public programme at The Exchange, with an exhibition, activities and events that explore the close relationships between us, our environment and our air quality. From a hydrogen train to a sci-fi forest, discover the work being done by the University of Birmingham to deliver clean air both here in Birmingham and around the world and how you can get involved.

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Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme: Information Session

Monday 30 May, 12:30-13:30, online

Suitable for undergraduate students in their penultimate year, and third/fourth year Medical and Dental Science undergraduates

The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme (ALMP) provides an opportunity for you to be mentored by a UoB alumni who has been in a senior leadership role within their sector.

The programme is not only a chance for you to gain an insight into a particular sector or job role but also a chance to develop your professional networks within the sector, enhance your employability skills, bounce ideas off an industry professional invested in your career development and much more!

Join us at one of our information sessions to gain more of an understanding about what mentoring is, the value of having a mentor to support with your career development and to understand more about how the programme works. We will also be sharing top tips for completing your ALMP application form.

Register now

Careers Network: Top tips for using LinkedIn

Monday 30 May, 17:00-18:00, online

Suitable for all students

In this 60 minute session about LinkedIn, find out how to create your profile and learn top tips to get you ahead when using this social media tool in your job search. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the purpose of LinkedIn
  • Be able to create a LinkedIn account
  • Get top tips to help you build your online profile
  • Understand how LinkedIn can be used to support you when looking for jobs

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Lapworth Family Event: The name behind the museum

Wednesday 1 June, 10:00-17:00, Lapworth Museum of Geology (Aston Webb building)

Suitable for students with children or young relatives

Dive into the Archives of the Lapworth Museum and uncover the life of Charles Lapworth; teacher, artist and geologist! This Family Fun Day will include activities, crafts and colouring to suit all the family.

Activities will range from stories, talks, trails and craft activities. This event will take place in the museum throughout the day and is free of charge.

Find out more

Online Group Coaching for PGRs

Wednesday 1 June, from 15:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join the new online group coaching programme for PGR students, where you can learn a 'self-coaching' model to help you develop effective working approaches and coping strategies. A trained coach will then offer you the opportunity to volunteer to be coached one-to-one while the other students watch. Using Zoom panel functionality, the volunteer gets a highly personalised and valuable coaching experience and the viewers get the opportunity to hear how the coachee reflects on and resolves the issues that they are facing.

Due to the bank holidays, this session is taking place on Wednesday rather than the usual Thursday.

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Lapworth Family Online: Lapworth Family Quiz

Thursday 2 June, from 11:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for students with children or young relatives

Get a team together at home or online for the first Lapworth Museum Family Quiz! From dinosaurs to volcanoes there will be something for everyone to enjoy and have a go at answering in this week’s family event!

The quiz will have 30 questions in 6 rounds of 5 questions.

Register now

Coming up

Events in June

The Big Draw!

Tuesday 7 June, 13:00-15:00, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

Join us for a fun, social and relaxing drawing exploration inspired by the Barber's collection.

Student Engagement Coordinator Kirsty will guide your doodles and scribbles using fun and imaginative drawing activities and exercises inspired by our collection. You will work collaboratively with fellow students to create your own works and experimental larger scale drawings.

This free workshop for students will be held at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and has limited spaces, so booking is essential. No experience necessary, and all materials will be provided.

Book now

Careers Network: Applying to Graduate Entry Medicine/Dentistry - top tips on personal statements

Wednesday 8 June, 12:00-13:30, online

Suitable for all students

This Careers Network webinar aims to provide you with advice and guidance on how to write a good personal statement to graduate entry medicine/dentistry. By the end of this session you will be in a better position to:

  • Identify your relevant work experiences
  • Reflect on skills and qualities you have developed so far
  • Write a successful personal statement

Register now

Careers Network: NatWest Business Builder - an intro to business modelling

Wednesday 8 June, 14:00-15:30, online

Suitable for all students

Before the days of Google Maps and Sat-Nav systems, we had the fold-out Michelin. If you were lost on the road, you pulled over, opened the map, found where you started and found where your desired destination. By having your entire journey in one view, it allows you to understand where you are, where you need to go and where you may have taken a wrong turn. This view is crucial when developing a new business.

For this Zoom session, join the Business Builder team as we explore the Business Model Canvas, a one-page ‘road map’ of your business. Examining the 9 key areas of a business model to examine the best practices for your business, you’ll come away with a sense of where small, medium and large changes could be made to your business model to improve the way you operate for maximum profitability and rapid growth.

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A Poetry tour with Writer Adrian B. Earle - a creative writing workshop

Wednesday 8 June, 14:00-16:00, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

Join award winning Poet Adrian B. Earle for an intimate poetry tour of the Barber.

Adrian has compiled an anthology of writings inspired by our collection, offering an alternative lens to explore and reflect on the galleries.

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PGR Development: Starting to write

Thursday 9 June, 11:00-13:00, Room 103, Alan Walters

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This workshop is for those at the beginning of their development as postgraduate research level academic writers. It provides an introduction to: the writing process, your knowledge of yourself as a writer, and strategies for planning and creating text.

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Online Group Coaching for PGRs

Thursday 9, 16, 23 and 30 June, from 15:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join the new online group coaching programme for PGR students, where you can learn a 'self-coaching' model to help you develop effective working approaches and coping strategies. A trained coach will then offer you the opportunity to volunteer to be coached one-to-one while the other students watch. Using Zoom panel functionality, the volunteer gets a highly personalised and valuable coaching experience and the viewers get the opportunity to hear how the coachee reflects on and resolves the issues that they are facing.

Find out more

ValeFest 2022

Saturday 11 June, 12noon - 23:00, The Vale Village

Suitable for all students

Europe’s largest student-run festival celebrates its return to the Vale on the 11th June 2022. With 4 stages of live music, delicious food and countless activities right on your doorstep what’s not to love?

From Indie to D&B, you won't want to miss Valefest’s long-awaited lineup. Book your tickets now and help ValeFest support student-picked charities: Friends of the Earth (Birmingham) and EcoBirmingham.

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Barber Evening Concert: The Black Peril

Saturday 11 June, 19:30-21:30, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Award-winning saxophonist, composer, poet, MC, and producer Soweto Kinch is joined by dancers and leading jazz musicians to present The Black Peril.

A politically and racially-engaged production, the show’s historical inspiration can be traced to the episodes of civil unrest in 1919 that erupted across the western world one year on from the Armistice Declaration. What should have been a moment of triumph and social cohesion disintegrated into violent disorder and racial conflict: from Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and South Shields to Jamaica and the ‘Red Summer’ across the US, city streets were set ablaze by race riots.

The production is a reflection on this history as well as a celebration of 100 years of the ‘black music’ which followed, and is presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Student tickets cost £5.

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The Birmingham Project

Monday 13 - Thursday 23 June

Suitable for first year students at the Birmingham campuses

The Birmingham Project is an intensive and exciting two-week challenge that takes place in the last two weeks of semester two in June. This employer-endorsed programme is exclusively for first years, and offers you the unique opportunity to work in small groups with students from across the institution.

You will work on a collaborative project to explore key social and environmental issues to develop an innovative business solution.

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Summer Festival of Music: University of Birmingham Folk Band

Monday 13 June, 13:00-14:00, The Dome, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Join the most recent addition to University Music, University of Birmingham Folk Band and their inspirational director, Paloma Trigas, for an exciting and energetic performance of contemporary world folk music. From Bulgarian inspired tunes to Irish jigs and reels, and everything in between, this performance marks the opening of the Festival.

Free entry and no booking necessary!

PGR Development: Planning for Success

Tuesday 14 June, 10:00-11:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Designed for those in the very early stages of their  postgraduate research programme (0-3 months), this workshop covers primarily research project management techniques, but also considers the nature of a research programme and the secrets of success.

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Sustainability Town Hall Event

Thursday 16 June, 11:00 - 14:00, Avon Room, University Centre

Suitable for all students

Join us on Clean Air Day for our next Sustainability Town Hall event on Edgbaston campus.

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Mums for Lungs at The Exchange

Thursday 16 June, 19:00-20:30, The Exchange, City Centre

Suitable for all students

Mums for Lungs is a grassroots organisation, founded in London and campaigning for clean air for everyone. While walking with their babies, the founding members became aware of the toxic levels of air pollution on the UK’s streets and decided to do something about it.

On Clean Air Day 2022, join University of Birmingham researchers and Birmingham-based Mums for Lungs member Kirsten de Vos to hear more about the important work being done, current campaigns and projects and how you can get involved to help make Birmingham’s air cleaner for all.

This free activity is presented as part of The Air We Breathe, a public programme at The Exchange, with an exhibition, activities and events that explore the close relationships between us, our environment and our air quality. From a hydrogen train to a sci-fi forest, discover the work being doneby the University of Birmingham to deliver clean air both here in Birmingham and around the world and how you can get involved.

Book now

Guild of Students: Grad Ball 2022

Thursday 16 June, 19:00-00:30, Chancellor's Court

Suitable for all students

Are you ready for the party of the year? Well, the Guild of Students' Grad Ball is coming!

During this oh so exclusive event, campus takes on a festival-like vibe as students come together to celebrate their time at the University of Birmingham and see the year out with a BANG!

Chancellor’s Court will be taken over by fairground rides, street food, a huge outdoor stage featuring iconic musical acts AND there will be tents dotted around campus for you to have a relax, have a drink and sing your hearts out with your friends.

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Guild of Students: Grad Ball 2022 - After Party

Thursday 16/Friday 17 June, 00:00 onwards, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

Not done celebrating at Grad Ball? Head to the Guild of Students to carry on the party with their exclusive Grad Ball After Party.

Tickets for the After Party are included in the Grad Ball Plus After Party tickets.

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Summer Festival of Music: Young Pilgrims

Friday 17 June, 20:00-22:00, The Crossing, Digbeth

Suitable for all students

Young Pilgrims and their leader Richard Foote will be bringing new tunes and presenting their UoB offspring - Younger Pilgrims. This gig of three sets includes new orchestrations from Jonathan Silk, and special guest, Tom Ford. Student group Younger Pilgrims perform for the first time, and Young Pilgrims close the night with their jazz-rock energised brass band sound.

Student tickets cost £5.

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Little Creators: City Building

Saturday 18 June, 10:00-12:00, The Exchange, City Centre

Suitable for students who are parents/carers or have young relatives

Join us for a city building and model making workshop aimed at Little Creators aged five plus, led by Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill and Professor Peter Kraftl.

We’ll explore what makes a good city, how we want our cities look and how we can better design them for children, young people and families. In this hands-on, creative session we’ll work together to build a model city that’s environmentally friendly, complete with homes, transport and spaces for play and nature. At the end of the session your Little Creators can take their part of the city home.

This activity is presented as part of The Air We Breathe, a public programme at The Exchange, with an exhibition, activities and events that explore the close relationships between us, our environment and our air quality.

Tickets cost £3 per child.

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Summer Festival of Music: Love to Death - A Night at the Opera

Saturday 18 June, 19:30-21:00, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Join us for an evening of dramatic opera arias and songs from the stage. Student singers present a selection of their favourite operas and musical theatre productions.

Tickets cost £5.

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Summer Festival of Music: Sing for the City

Sunday 19 June, 15:00-16:30, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students and their families

As the 2022 Commonwealth Games approaches, our community singing project culminates in an uplifting afternoon of music from artists connected with Birmingham - this joyful concert includes music by Laura Mvula, ELO, Dexys Midnight Runners, UB40 and more!

Tickets cost £5 (or £2 for under 16s).

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PGR Development: Designing and presenting your poster at conferences

Monday 20 June, 13:00-15:00, Training Room (4th Floor), Main Library

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This PGR Development workshop will help you maximise the opportunity to communicate your research in a highly visual way using a poster. It will help you understand the nature of a poster session (at a conference or the University of Birmingham Research Poster Conference), how to create visual impact, and how to use PowerPoint in this context.

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Progressing in Academia: Discussion Panel

Monday 20 June, 15:00-16:30, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join panellists from Durham University, University College London, Loughborough University, University of Chichester, and our own Dr Alex Conner from the University of Birmingham for a panel discussion on their own academic careers.

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BEAR Challenge 2022: High-Performance Computing

Tuesday 21 June - Thursday 23 June, various campus locations

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

Interested in finding out more about High Performance Computing? Join BEAR Challenge 2022! Run by Advanced Research Computing at the University, it is an incredible opportunity to experience using a High Performance Computing system.

Teams of 5 students will take part in a series of challenges held over three days, which will see you getting dedicated access to resource within Baskerville, the University's Tier 2, national supercomputer with 184 GPU’s. Student team members should have a good working knowledge of using Python plus at least one member of your team should have experience using a Linux command line.

You'll get a crash course in using Baskerville followed by challenges to complete and prizes to be won, courtesy of Lenovo! The challenges will be run in conjunction with industry experts from some of the leading technology companies in the HPC field, including Lenovo and NVIDIA, and academic staff.

The challenge will run on three consecutive days, with lunch provided.

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Summer Festival of Music: University Music Scholars showcase

Tuesday 21 June, 13:00-14:00, The Dome, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Each academic year, 15 talented non-music students at the University take up a performance scholarship to support their musical development. Come and enjoy this relaxed, showcase performance from a selection of talented scholarship holders from across the University.

Free entry, no booking required.

Summer Festival of Music: Music Society Performance Platform

Wednesday 22 June, 13:00-14:00, The Dome, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

A selection of ensembles from the Music Society's Chamber Music Network give short performances, interspersed with solo performances from members of the Music Society, with musicians drawn from a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

Free entry, no booking required.

Summer Festival of Music: Brass Band at Cannon Hill

Wednesday 22 June, 18:00-19:00, Cannon Hill Park

Suitable for all students and their families

The Music Society Brass Band go back to their roots and give an informal and fun early evening performance in the restored Victorian bandstand in the heart of Cannon Hill Park. Bring a blanket, and refreshments, and sit back and relax.

Free, no booking required.

PGR Development: Working effectively with your supervisor

Thursday 23 June, 10:00-12:00, Room N334, Gisbert Kapp

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This PGR Development workshop will help you understand what to expect from the supervisor-researcher relationship and how to get the most from your supervisory team. It also covers the support available across the University which complements your supervision, and who can help you if things go wrong.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday 24 June, 19:00-21:30, Winterbourne House & Gardens

Suitable for all students

Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy a glorious summer’s evening watching this enchanting, fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air, with costumes, music and dance, this performance is suitable for ages 5+.

Student tickets cost £12 (Adults £16/Children £10).

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Summer Festival of Music: Summer Festival Orchestra

Friday 24 June, 19:30-21:30, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building

Suitable for all students

Takemitsu's captivating Signals from Heaven for brass ensemble heralds the opening of this Summer Festival orchestral concert. We celebrate a year of outstanding student music making with this final performance  of the 21/22 academic year.

A highlight of the year has been the success of the Music Society Soloist prize, with joint winners being awarded this year. Ioannis Emmanouilidis is a Maths/Music joint honours student and joins the orchestra for a performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Prokofiev's fifth symphony closes the concert - a work written in 1944 - the composer stated that he "conceived of it as glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit, praising the free and happy man - his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul". 

Student tickets cost £5.

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Late Night Exchange: Anatomical drawing with Alice Roberts

Monday 27 June, 19:00-21:30, The Exchange, City Centre

Suitable for all students

What can we learn from looking at lungs? What can they tell us about the way we live and breathe? Join anatomist and broadcaster Alice Roberts for this live drawing workshop in the atmospheric setting of The Exchange Banking Hall.

Through observation and drawing you’ll learn more about the anatomy of human lungs and start to notice shapes, textures and colours that you can use in your own artistic creations. All levels of drawing ability are welcome at this workshop. Materials will be provided.

This activity is presented as part of The Air We Breathe, a public programme at The Exchange, with an exhibition, activities and events that explore the close relationships between us, our environment and our air quality.

Student tickets cost £3.

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Events in July

Degree Congregations

Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 20 July, Great Hall, Aston Webb Building

Suitable for graduating students

Graduation is the highlight of the academic year and we are really looking forward to the celebrations.

An invitation to book a place at the July Degree Congregations was sent to our potential July 2022 cohort in February, with a deadline to reply of 1 March. If you responded to this invitation then you can now find out the date and time of your ceremony by logging into the Student Gateway. If you missed the deadline to reply to your invitation please email us at graduation@contacts.bham.ac.uk to join our wait list and we will do our best to find a space for you. 

Our Graduation pages contain more information about ordering your robes, photography, guest tickets, and more.

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Writing Summer School

Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 July

Suitable for postgraduate research students

The PGR Writing Summer School is usually held in July each year, with workshops covering a range of writing topics.  This annual event gives you the opportunity to consider your writing from a range of perspectives; practise your writing in the context of your own work; increase your confidence in your writing; and network with other postgraduate researchers.

Save the date for 2022 - more information coming soon!

Birmingham 2022: Commonwealth Games

Thursday 28 July - Monday 8 August, locations across Birmingham

During the Games the University will be the main campus village hosting athletes, with the hockey and squash competitions taking place in our world-class sporting facilities.

We are looking forward to the Games highlighting the strong sense of pride that is felt among our students, staff, alumni and wider community as we make the most of the opportunities the event presents.

Tickets for events are now being sold by Birmingham 2022 on a first come, first served basis.

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Daily events and services

Galleries and museums on campus

Galleries at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students.

In our delightful Art Deco galleries you’ll find paintings by the greatest artists of their time, from Botticelli, Bellini, Rubens and Van Dyck, to Vigée Le Brun, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Magritte. You’ll also see superb works of decorative art and sculpture, as well as changing displays of prints and drawings and a coin exhibition.

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00, and Saturday 12:00-17:00, Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology are delighted to welcome visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years! Explore the collections, meet Roary the campus dinosaur, and enjoy the interactive exhibits.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages. Entry to the museum is free.

The museum will be closed for maintenance from Monday 5 July and is planned to reopen on Wednesday 21 July.

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Winterbourne House and Garden

Daily, 10:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30), Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston Park Road

Suitable for all students.

Winterbourne House and Garden is open daily, including the shop and tea room. Explore the Edwardian Arts and Crafts garden, lovingly created by the homeowners Margaret and John Nettlefield. Discover the garden's treasures, find a place to relax, and take in the views across the hidden Edgbaston pool.

Entry is free with your student ID card (and for your children under 16).

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Academic support

Academic Skills Centre appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and MRes students

The Academic Skills Centre offer confidential individual appointments for undergraduates, postgraduate taught and MRes students (for writing skills) to help with: writing skills, study strategies, referencing, and searching for high quality sources for your assignments.

Appointments are available throughout the academic year from Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00, with a reduced service outside of term time. We can offer you four appointments per academic year.

For students in Singapore, appointments are available Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:00 UK time (17:00 and 20:00 Singapore time) via Zoom. For students in Dubai, appointments are available 10:00-16:00 UK time (14:00-20:00 Dubai time). Please book five working days in advance.

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A separate form is available for students in Dubai.

Digital Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for all students

The Digital Skills team provides one to one appointments for advice or software support related to a specific task or activity.

The focus of a one-to-one session is to help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be competent in the requisite software. A one-to-one appointment offers a range of approaches that can help you to develop the skills needed to complete your tasks, activities, studies or research. They are not a passive form of learning; by this we mean that we will not “do it for you”. Instead we will help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be successful in your endeavours.

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Maths Support Centre

Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, Main Library or Zoom

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

Many students experience difficulties with mathematical and statistical content during their university studies. We offer advice and support to Taught students from all disciplines. Whether you need help with your programme of study or guidance on numerical reasoning tests, we are here to help you develop your mathematical skills.

Drop in support is available 10:00-16:00 in the Main Library on weekdays - no need to book, just turn up to see our tutors. Appointments are available for those unable to attend the Main Library.

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Research support

Research Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Teams or Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

The Research Skills Team offers one-to-one appointments on the following topics:

  • Literature searching (advising on but not undertaking literature/systematic reviews)
  • Referencing and EndNote
  • ORCiD and curating online publication profile
  • Research metrics
  • Using other libraries
  • Introductory advice in Open Access, Research Data Management and copyright

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Tea with a research librarian

Tuesdays, 15:00-16:00, Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Each Tuesday one of our Research Skills Advisors makes themselves a cup of tea and waits patiently for your questions. Join them via Zoom to keep them company, and ask anything research skills or library-related.

  • Library collections and resources
  • Doing excellent literature searching
  • Managing your references
  • Basics of managing data
  • Setting up an ORCID
  • Anything else library related you've always wanted to ask - no question too basic!

PGRs can access the link from their Canvas course.

Digital Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for all students

The Digital Skills team provides one to one appointments for advice or software support related to a specific task or activity.

The focus of a one-to-one session is to help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be competent in the requisite software. A one-to-one appointment offers a range of approaches that can help you to develop the skills needed to complete your tasks, activities, studies or research. They are not a passive form of learning; by this we mean that we will not “do it for you”. Instead we will help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be successful in your endeavours.

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Online Group Coaching for PGRs

Thursdays in term-time, from 15:00, online via Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Join the new online group coaching programme for PGR students, where you can learn a 'self-coaching' model to help you develop effective working approaches and coping strategies. A trained coach will then offer you the opportunity to volunteer to be coached one-to-one while the other students watch. Using Zoom panel functionality, the volunteer gets a highly personalised and valuable coaching experience and the viewers get the opportunity to hear how the coachee reflects on and resolves the issues that they are facing.

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PGR Development from the Research Skills Team

Visit our PGR development page where you will find details and booking links for workshops and online courses for PGRs delivered by the Research Skills Team in Library Services.

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Induction training

Visit our online induction material page for new postgraduate researchers where you will find information including an introduction to library resources, spaces, and support, and how we can help you to develop as a researcher, how you can use keyword and subject heading searching to make your literature search precise and effective and Key databases to help you find literature in your subject amongst lots of other useful information.

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Wellbeing support

Pause@UoB drop-ins

Wednesday and Thursdays, 11:00-17:00, Lodge No. 1 (North Gate)

Suitable for students up to their 25th birthday.

Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus, led by our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers. Drop-in sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays will start again from Wednesday 6 April.

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UBHeard - mental health support line

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Suitable for all students

UBHeard is a confidential listening and support service for all registered students (undergraduate and postgraduate) that gives you immediate emotional and mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

You will be able to speak to a mental health professional and counsellor who will guide you through any issues you may currently be facing – at University or at home. UBHeard offers immediate in-the-moment telephone support, and where appropriate, up to six sessions of counselling for mild-moderate issues.

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Student Mentors

Drop in weekdays, 16:00-20:00, Shackleton or by email and phone

Suitable for students living in University accommodation

Your Student Mentor Scheme Team are here to offer you help and support whilst you live in University accommodation.

All 15 of the Mentors are current students, so know what living in halls is really like! They can help you with information, guidance and support in a range of areas - including wellbeing, accommodation, academic and financial queries

So if you have a query or need advice from a friendly fellow student – talk to them! You can drop in to their base at Shackleton (next to the Duck & Scholar) between 16:00-20:00 weekdays during term time, or contact them by email, phone, or on their socials.

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SMART Recovery Group - self-help addiction recovery

Wednesdays, 13:30-15:00, Beale Room, Aston Webb building

Suitable for students who feel the group will benefit them

Struggling with addiction? To alcohol, drugs, phones, social media, porn, shopping, or anything that feels like it’s getting in the way of living your life?

SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training, and is a group programme for anyone who is struggling with addiction. It provides science-based tools and techniques to help people in the four main points of SMART recovery:

  • Building and maintaining motivation
  • Coping with urges
  • Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Living a balanced life

You are welcome to just turn up, or email the team with any questions. You can also find out more about UK Smart Recovery.

Regular prayer and worship

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy are providing regular opportunities for collective prayer and worship across various faith traditions, both in person and online. Subscribe to the weekly Multi-Faith Chaplaincy newsletter to find out what is happening each week.

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UoB Sport & Fitness

Social Sport

Check out the daily timetable for social sport at Sport & Fitness! Choose from a range of sports on a Pay & Go basis, including basketball, netball, kickboxing, badminton, and boxing.

The Just Play sessions are hosted by Sport Activators to maximise your time to play, whist the Coach & Play sessions provide some coaching and the opportunity for a friendly game.

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Climbing

Did you know we have our own climbing wall? For beginners, our Taster Sessions are a great introduction with a qualified instructor. If you're already a competent climber, our Pay & Go sessions let you get stuck in - all equipment (except shoes) is included.

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Fitness Classes

Explore the range of Fitness Classes that take place throughout the week, available on a Pay & Go basis. From Barre to Yoga, Aqua Fit to Boxercise, there is something for all needs and abilities.

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Student Memberships

We offer a range of student memberships across Sport & Fitness and Tiverton Gym. Find out which one might suit you.

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Colleges

Professional Services