Celebrate Pride, win cinema tickets and meet our student champs

The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • Making history at the British Swimming Championships
  • Meet our Targetjobs UK Undergraduate of the year finalists
  • Celebrate at Birmingham Pride with us
  • The King's Coronation takes place this weekend
  • Help us, help you - share your thoughts on student wellbeing
  • Get your groove on at the Grad Ball 2023
  • Last chance to enter our Mockingbird Cinema competition where five lucky students can win tickets to film, snacks and drinks.


Making history at the championships

Our Swimming Squad made some strong waves at the British Swimming Championships. Check out the blog

Congratulations to our fabulous four

Meet our students who made it to the final of the Targetjobs UK Undergraduate of the Year. Read more.

Join our Pride celebrations

Whether you're an ally or a member of the community, celebrate love at this year’s Birmingham Pride 2023. Tell me more.

UoBe Ready – good luck for your assessments!

With exams and deadlines creeping up, we want to remind you that you've got this! If you would like some extra support, check out our site for workshops, a free downloadable study planner, wellbeing support (and more!) to help UoBe Ready this assessment season. Get UoBe Ready.

King's Coronation

The majority of the University will be closed on Monday 8 May in recognition of the celebration. Find out more and get involved.

Help us better support you

Tell us what's working well and how we can improve your student experience and our services. Give your feedback.

An important reminder for our undergraduate and postgraduate taught international students

As International students, studying in the UK on a student visa, you will be aware of your requirements under the terms of your student visa which are set by the UK Government. The University, as your “sponsor” also has a number of requirements placed upon it - and together, the student and the University, we must follow these requirements so that you can continue to study in the UK. More information

Grad Ball is coming!

Looking forward to the end of assessments? We've got the perfect way to celebrate. With fairground rides, street food and more, dance the night away, and sing your hearts out with friends at this year’s Grad Ball. Check out the video.

PG Corner

Welcome to our Postgraduate section. Here you can find the latest updates specifically for taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduates!

Share your Research at the Postgraduate Research Festival

Develop your research profile, communication skills, and audience engagement at the Postgraduate Research Festival, taking place on campus 27-28 June 2023. The following opportunities are open to take part:

  • It’s your last chance to submit to Images of Research 2023! All postgrads are invited to submit an image representing your PhD research, PGT dissertation or summative assignment for the chance to have your work exhibited as part of the Festival and win a cash prize. Submit before Sunday 14 May 23:59.
  • PGRs can also get involved with the Festival through our Research Poster Competition, or sign up to present on their impact and personal development at PGR Talks. Find out more! 

Three Minute Thesis Final 2023: Watch Our Finalists

Join the University Graduate School for the Birmingham Three Minute Thesis Finals, where our finalists will compete to deliver the best research presentation in three minutes with just one slide! With presentations from all disciplines designed for non-specialist listeners, it’s the perfect way to learn about the exciting and innovative research happening in your postgraduate community.

Book your place and join on campus Wednesday 17 May, 3-5pm in the Teaching and Learning Building (R32 on campus map) Lecture Theatre 2.

Postgraduates at Pride 2023

Join the University Graduate School to celebrate Birmingham Pride, the UK's largest two-day Pride festival! The University Graduate School and the Guild of Students are warmly inviting LGBTQ+ postgraduates and allies (a supporter of LGBTQ+ equality) to march with us in the Birmingham Pride Parade on Saturday 27 May, 10.30am-3pm. More information and sign up here

Postgraduate Surveys: Open until Monday 15 May

Have your say on postgraduate experience: your honest feedback helps us to give current and future postgrads at UoB the best experience possible. The survey takes 15 minutes of your time, and is open until Monday 15 May. Find out more and complete the survey. 

PGRs can now access emails via MyUoB

PGRs can now view their email through the MyUoB app, which you can download on the app store, and access via the desktop version. You can also use the app for the library etc.

Our diary picks

Revise and Refresh at the OLRC
Thursday 4 May, 10:00-16:00,
Orchard Learning Resource Centre, Selly Oak campus

Join Library Services at the spacious Orchard Learning Resource Centre, one of our biggest study spaces, for a day of specialist sessions to help you prepare for the assessment period. Catch the free shuttle bus, or enjoy the 20 minute walk down from campus.

You can also meet the Pets as Therapy Dogs, sign up for Chair Yoga and time management workshops, and spend some time relaxing with the team from Pause.

Advice Drop-In with the Guild
Wednesday 10 May 2023, 12:00-14:00
Guild Reception

If you need some help from the Guild Advice team on the academic, finance, housing and wellbeing, then come along to one of the drop in sessions. No need to book, just arrive at Reception and let someone know you've come for an Advice Drop-In Session. Find out more

Run with #TeamUoB at the Great Birmingham Run
Sunday 7 May
Birmingham City Centre

Join students, staff, alumni, and the wider UoB community for the 10k and Half Marathon events. Whatever your race, and whatever your pace, join in the fun with #TeamUoB!

There is now a discounted 10k entry of £32 when you book below – including a FREE #TeamUoB race t-shirt to wear as you walk, jog or run on the day! More info.

Self Defence Class
Wednesday 10 May 2023, 18:00-20:00
Dance Studio

The Community Wardens will be running more self defence classes. These are beginner sessions designed to show you the basics. If you have never done self-defence before, or just want to refresh your skills, these sessions are perfect for you! Make sure you wear something comfortable and easy to move in. Secure your place.

Visit our What's On page for the latest student events. 

What's on in Brum

Excited for Eurovision? Celebrate with others by watching the final on a giant screen, and enjoy music, dances, performances, and street food on 13 May. Get your party on.

And finally...

Fancy winning one of five £50 Amazon vouchers?

Have your say by filling in the Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching (SELT) survey and sharing your thoughts on the teaching and learning on your course. The survey is open to all taught students, only takes a few minutes, and by entering you are entered into our Amazon voucher prize draw. It's as easy as that! Take me to the SELT Survey.

Pint of Science Festival

Whether you study a science or simply have an interest, check out Pint of Science for their festival of events running across the city from the 22-24 May including sessions from some of our academics! Explore the events.

Industrial Action to include marking and assessment boycott

In the ongoing dispute related to pay conditions, UCU has announced that it will extend its Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) to include a marking and assessment boycott effective from Thursday 20 April 2023. Find out more.

Try out a new sport for free

With assessment season round the corner, take time for yourself this Mental Health Awareness Month to feel more you. Even if you’re not a member of Sport & Fitness, you can try a new sport with our Social Sport and Try A Sport programmes, and if you need a bit more advice or help – why not chat to us. You can request a call, visit us or check out videos of our facilities.

Competition EXTENDED! Films, snacks, drinks... what more could you ask for?

FIVE lucky students still have the chance to win a pair of tickets to Mockingbird Cinema. Closes on Friday 11 May. Enter now.

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