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.

Your highlights

Welcome

Welcome back to campus (even if you never left)!

Birmingham Pride

Celebrate 25 years of pride and protest in Birmingham with a two day Pride festival

This week

University Graduate School: PhD Chat Tackling Year 1

Tuesday 27 September, 14:00-15:30, Westmere House

Suitable for students starting a PhD

Being a PhD researcher is a hugely rewarding journey in many ways, but can also involve challenges. Any questions or concerns you have will be shared by others, so talking to fellow researchers and members of staff can help you on your PhD journey.

This PhD Chat is especially for those getting started with the first year of their PhD. We'll talk about some common concerns and it'll be a great chance to meet some fellow PGRs over a cup of tea or coffee - come chat!

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Society Spotlight: Yoga Society Taster Sessions

Tuesday 27 September, 15:10-15:55 and 16:00-16:45, Debating Hall, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

Join the Yoga Society at one of their taster sessions - no need to book, just turn up. Sessions cost £1.

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Korfball Taster Session

Wednesday 28 September, 17:00-18:30, Sport & Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Try out Korfball with UoB Korfball's taster session! Meet outside the main entrance of Sport & Fitness five minutes before wearing practical clothing (e.g. sportswear and trainers) and bring some water with you.

UoB Korfball

Trampolining Club Taster Session (Mixed Ability)

Wednesday 28 September, 13:00-15:00, Slater Hall, Sport & Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Try out trampolining with the UoB Trampolining Club taster sessions!The club hold four training sessions a week ranging from beginner, intermediate and mixed ability - no trials, all abilities are welcome. The taster session costs £3 - remember to bring some socks! The club will be meeting at Old Joe 15 minutes beforehand for those who want to walk together (look out for their red tops).

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University Graduate School: PG Winterbourne Walks

Thursday 29 September, 10:00-11:30, Winterbourne House & Gardens

Suitable for postgraduate students

Join one of these small group socials to meet other postgraduates for a slow paced walk around Winterbourne House and Gardens followed by a coffee or tea on us! The walks are hosted by recent PGs, so you can also ask them about their experiences and top tips in getting settled into PG life at UoB.

Winterbourne House and Gardens is free entry to all UoB students but you must have your student ID card in order to enter. 

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Society Spotlight: Tea Society Taster Session

Friday 30 September, 13:00-15:00, Beorma Bar, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

Join the Tea Society for their first social of the year -No membership required so no need to worry if you just want to pop in and try it out!

What better way to end your week then endless tea, limitless biscuits, comfy sofas and the best company the university has to offer. Bring your friends along or meet new and interesting people from all walks of life. 

Drop by a quick 5 minute brew or stay for the full 2 hours. There are always interesting conversations and discussions going on each week between members which you can join in with, or just simply read the paper or a book with a nice cuppa if that's what you prefer! If you find you like it, membership is just £4 for the year.

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University Graduate School: PGR Welcome Social

Friday 30 September, 15:00-19:00, Westmere House

Suitable for postgraduate research students

We're putting on a PGR Welcome Social at the PGR Community Hub, Westmere House. It's a great way to meet new PGRs or catch-up with old friends.

We'll be keeping things relaxed with picnic blankets and a few garden games on hand as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and picnic food - so you can relax and chat with new friends and old.

We'll have a group of our UGS Scholars (current PGRs from across all the Colleges) there to host the games and help introduce you to other PGRs.

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University Graduate School: PGT Essentials - Getting Started as a Part-Time or Distance PGT Student

Saturday 1 October, 10:00-12:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate taught students

This weekend session is designed for new and returning part-time and/or distance students who may be unable to make sessions during the week, but all PGT students are welcome to attend.

This induction event will include:

  • Practical tips on pursuing a postgraduate degree;
  • A map of targeted academic skills and career development available to you during your studies, particularly looking at what you can join online;
  • The opportunity to ask questions about the postgraduate experience to recent Birmingham PGT students and members of staff.

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University Graduate School: PGR Essentials - Insider Secrets for Part-Time and Distance Researchers

Saturday 1 October, 10:00-12:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This session aims to bring new and current PT and Distance postgraduate researchers together to share useful tips about postgraduate life at the University of Birmingham.

Whether it is planning the first year of your research degree, learning about useful postgraduate activities or managing your time, we will cover a wide variety of topics. The event will include:

  • Information on support for getting started with your research degree
  • The teams and services that can support your skills development
  • Practical tips on pursuing a research degree
  • Opportunities to ask questions about the postgraduate research experience to current postgraduate researchers and members of staff.

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Quaker Coffee Morning

Saturday 1 October, 10:00-12:00, Quaker Meeting House, Edgbaston (B15 2JP)

Suitable for all students

The Meeting House reflects the history of local Quakers from the late 19th century up to the present day and has connections with the Calthorpe Estate and famous Quaker families, for example the Sturges, who actively campaigned against slavery and the Cadburys famous for their chocolate, and their two sons, one joined the airforce and one was a conscientious objector and joined the ambulance service during the first world war.

The meeting house has recently become a community hub and has small and large rooms available for rent. You are welcome to pop in and have a look around and join us for tea, coffee and cake, historical interest, and friendship.

UoB Rounders Taster Session

Saturday 1 October, 13:00-14:00, Selly Park

Suitable for all students

Join UoB Rounders for a a free game of rounders and a chance to get to know the committee! No membership needed for this session.

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University of Birmingham Snooker and Pool Club: Welcome Week Cup

Sunday 2 October, from 12noon, Perfections Snooker and Pool Club, B30 2YT (walking bus from Old Joe at 11:30)

Suitable for all students

Could you be the winner of the first ever University of Birmingham Snooker and Pool Club Welcome Week Cup? Join the club at a local pool and snooker club for an afternoon of pool, with the opportunity to join a club social afterwards.

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October

Monday 3 - Sunday 9 October

University Graduate School: PhD Chat Tackling Year 2

Tuesday 4 October, 13:00-14:30, Westmere House

Suitable for PhD students

Being a PhD researcher is a hugely rewarding journey in many ways, but can also involve challenges. Any questions or concerns you have will be shared by others, so talking to fellow researchers and members of staff can help you on your PhD journey.

This PhD Chat is especially for those getting started with the second year of their PhD. We'll talk about some common concerns and it'll be a great chance to meet some fellow PGRs over a cup of tea or coffee - come chat!

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Society Spotlight: UoB PantoSoc - Snow White Auditions

Tuesday 4 October, 17:00-22:00, Amos Room, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

Time for panto? Oh yes it is! UoB PantoSoc will be holding auditions for Snow White and the Seven Students. Auditions are drop in style, and are also happening on Wednesday 5 October, 17:00-22:00 in the Harvey Milk Room, and Thursday 6 October, 17:00-22:00 in the Debating Hall, all at the Guild of Students.

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SMART Recovery Group: Life beyond addiction

Wednesday 5 October, 13:30-15:00, Beale Room, ASton Webb Building

Suitable for students struggling with addiction

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 4 main points of SMART Recovery – Building and maintaining motivation, Coping with Urges, Managing Thoughts, Feelings and behaviours and Living a Balanced Life.

You are very welcome to just turn up or if you would like to ask any questions about SMART Recovery just drop us an email.

University Graduate School: PGT Essentials - Transitioning to Postgraduate Study

Wednesday 5 October, 14:00-15:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate taught students

This online workshop will act as a refresher of study skills and expectations, and will explore what it means to 'step-up' from an undergraduate degree or return to Higher Education as a postgraduate. We'll be joined by an academic expert from the Academic Skills Centre (part of Library Services) and you'll also have the opportunity to ask any academic or study-related questions you have.

The workshop is designed for all incoming PGT students, but may be particularly valuable for students who have had a gap between their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, due to their career, childcare, or any other reason.

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Barber Student Workshop: Print Club

Wednesday 5 October, 14:00-16:30, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

Welcome to the Barber’s Print Club! Roll, scratch, smudge, smear, press and stain with artist printmaker Laura Onions.

The workshops will be framed by ideas relating to ecology or the environment. Each month you'll get to explore a new print that calls the Barber home, from medieval woodcuts to modern art lithographs, and learn the techniques and skills required to craft these beautiful works.

These fun, messy and hands-on sessions are a chance to get creative whilst meeting other like-minded students at the University of Birmingham. Tickets cost £3 per student and booking is essential.

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University Graduate School: PG Winterbourne Walks

Thursday 6 October, 10:00-11:30, Winterbourne House & Gardens

Suitable for postgraduate students

Join one of these small group socials to meet other postgraduates for a slow paced walk around Winterbourne House and Gardens followed by a coffee or tea on us! The walks are hosted by recent PGs, so you can also ask them about their experiences and top tips in getting settled into PG life at UoB.

Winterbourne House and Gardens is free entry to all UoB students but you must have your student ID card in order to enter. 

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Society Spotlight: UoB PantoSoc - Snow White Un-Auditioned Chorus Workshop

Saturday 8 October, 10:00-12:00, Amos Room, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

UoB PantoSoc are putting on Snow White and the Seven Students, and you could be involed. This workshop offers the chance to try out some material from the show and have a taster of the performance, it is a VERY fun and relaxed environment! This also acts as a way to join the chorus for the show without a one-to-one audition!

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Monday 10 - Sunday 16 October

BHM 2022: The Black Heroes of Mathematics

Monday 10 October, 13:00-14:00, Room WG05, Aston Webb Building

Suitable for all students

Birmingham born Nira Chamberlain has been described by Loughborough University as one of its Greatest Scientific Minds. He is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Mathematician, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Nira is also a passionate advocate for Mathematics, which he describes as “indisputably the greatest subject in the world!” and keen to share his enthusiasm with people of all ages. In 2018, Nira was the Winner of the Big Internet Math Off title – World’s Most Interesting Mathematician.

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BHM 2022: Black Heritage Careers Panel

Wednesday 12 October, 12:00-13:00, online

Suitable for Black Heritage students

During this event we’ll be hearing from organisations dedicated to supporting Black Heritage students to develop their careers via different avenues of support; including internships and mentoring programmes. We’ll also be joined by University alumni who will share their career journeys.

There will also be an opportunity to ask our panellists and alumni questions about career development for Black Heritage students and graduates.

Guest speakers from: 10K Black InternsPsaltEverything D&I and more to be confirmed. 

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University Graduate School: PG Winterbourne Walks

Thursday 13 October, 10:00-11:30, Winterbourne House & Gardens

Suitable for postgraduate students

Join one of these small group socials to meet other postgraduates for a slow paced walk around Winterbourne House and Gardens followed by a coffee or tea on us! The walks are hosted by recent PGs, so you can also ask them about their experiences and top tips in getting settled into PG life at UoB.

Winterbourne House and Gardens is free entry to all UoB students but you must have your student ID card in order to enter. 

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Shut up and work for early career researchers

Friday 14 October, 09:30-16:30, 4th Floor Training Room, Main Library

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This day will enable you to work on your own writing, planning or literature discovery in a quiet but supportive environment.  There will be time to set targets at the beginning of the day and there will be regular planned breaks to enable you to network with colleagues or take a walk.  Bring your own lunch, or pop down to the library cafe.

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Monday 17 - Sunday 23 October

University Graduate School: PhD Chat New to the UK

Monday 17 October, 13:00-14:00, Westmere House

Suitable for PhD students

Being a PhD researcher is a hugely rewarding journey in many ways, but can also involve challenges. Any questions or concerns you have will be shared by others, so talking to fellow researchers and members of staff can help you on your PhD journey.

This PhD Chat is especially for international students getting started with the first year of their PhD that are new to the UK. We'll talk about some common concerns and share top tips from current international PGRs. It'll be a great chance to meet some fellow PGRs over a cup of tea or coffee - come chat!

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BHM 2022: 'Exposed' film screening

Thursday 20 October, 18:00-20:30, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, Medical School

Suitable for all students

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences invite you to a screening of the film ‘Exposed’, a documentary about the experiences of nurses and mid-wives of racism before, during and after the pandemic.

Afterwards there will be a panel discussion to facilitate reflection on the film, working in the NHS and a call for change.

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Monday 24 - Sunday 30 October

Lapworth Family Event: Mary Anning at the Museum

Monday 24 October, 1:00-16:30, Lapworth Museum of Geology

Suitable for students who are parents or have young relatives

The Lapworth Museum of Geology is currently housing the Mary Anning maquette during its road trip across the country. Join them as a Mary Anning re-enactor tells us all about her extraordinary life and discoveries.

Get hands-on with Ichthyosaur activities and artifacts with researchers from the University and discover what we know about these marine reptiles.

Have you made any fossil discoveries that you would like to identify? The museum staff will be hosting an identification stand between 12:00-14:00.

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Barber Family Workshop: Illuminated Calendars

Monday 24 October, 11:00-15:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for students who are parents or have young relatives

Come along to the Barber this October Half Term to celebrate the seasons and create illuminated calendar leaves!

Inspired by our autumn exhibition Peasants and Proverbs: Pieter Brueghel the Younger as Moralist and Entrepreneur, families are invited to invent an annual calendar filled with exciting events, whether fantastical festivals or seasonal occasions. Draw, paint, cut and stick to create colourful and imaginative mixed-media artworks.

The workshop is free and you don't need to book, just drop in any time.

PGR Careers Beyond Academia: How to Research Your Options

Wednesday 26 October, 10:00-11:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

In this webinar, PGR Careers Adviser Holly will introduce some useful research strategies and resources that you can use to research career options beyond academia, including:

  • 'Places to start' with exploring career options beyond academia
  • How to find out what other PhDs have gone on to do
  • Further resources that you can use in your own time, such as our PGR Careers Beyond Academia Canvas course
  • Tips to avoid 'option paralysis' when trying to decide between different options

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Barber Family Workshop: Illuminated Calendars

Thursday 27 October, 11:00-15:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for students who are parents or have young relatives

Come along to the Barber this October Half Term to celebrate the seasons and create illuminated calendar leaves!

Inspired by our autumn exhibition Peasants and Proverbs: Pieter Brueghel the Younger as Moralist and Entrepreneur, families are invited to invent an annual calendar filled with exciting events, whether fantastical festivals or seasonal occasions. Draw, paint, cut and stick to create colourful and imaginative mixed-media artworks.

The workshop is free and you don't need to book, just drop in any time.

Other events

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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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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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.

Find Social Sport

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.

See Climbing options

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.

Check out the timetable

Student Memberships

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

Explore memberships

Colleges

Professional Services