Brum Bulletin: Catch up on campus news and giveaways

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In this issue...

  • Student Yael tells us why she's looking forward to UoB Xtra and why you should be too...
  • How student Alice makes sure she gets her daily dose of nature.
  • Do you fancy the chance to win a £150 voucher for sharing your thoughts on how we communicate with you?
  • UoB alumna and retired athlete Hannah talks navigating uni as a student athlete.
  • New prayer space in the centre of campus.
  • With exams almost over, we've got your summer sorted with our programme of events and opportunities.
  • Last chance to win Ryman's huge bundle of goodies!


Why I'm buzzing for UoB Xtra

With three weeks of free events, challenges and opportunities, Student Content Shaper Yael gives us the lowdown on what she's most looking forward to during the new summer programme. Read blog.

Connecting with nature as a student

Connecting with nature can help with your physical and mental wellbeing. Student Content Shaper Alice shares some of the ways she gets her daily dose of nature alongside her studies. Continue reading.

Fancy winning a £150 Amazon voucher?

Let us know your thoughts on our communications to you by filling in the Student Comms Survey. Feedback by midnight on Friday 24 May and you'll enter our prize draw to win £150 Amazon vouchers. Share your thoughts.

Stay fraud smart at university

You may have seen reports of students being contacted by scammers pretending to be from their university. Check out our list of red flags to look out for and how to stay safe. Learn more.

Win an iPad with Santander

Santander Universities are giving away twenty five iPad tablets (worth £369 each) to help you with studying. This giveaway is open for all students. Entries close on Thursday 27 June. I'm feeling lucky.

Been there, run that

Alumna of UoB and a now retired professional athlete, Hannah England looks back at her journey as a student athlete at Brum. Plus, find out about her exciting sports talk for UoB Xtra’s ‘Ten Talks’. Check out interview.

A message from the Vice-Chancellor

An update on world events and the impact on campus. Read on.

Have you won a £150 cash prize?

Were you eligible to complete either the NSS, UKES or PTES surveys? Check your inbox to see if you're a winner of our prize draw! Tell me more.

New prayer room in the centre of campus

You can find the Muslim prayer space in the University Centre (R23 on campus map) which is less than a minute walk from the Main Library. Find out more.

PG Corner

Welcome to the latest updates from the University Graduate School (UGS) specifically for taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduates

Enquiring Minds: An interactive, problem-solving exhibition

Enquiring Minds is a hands-on exhibition that brings postgraduate research to life for all ages. If you’d like to solve problems, have fun, and learn about cutting edge research, the exhibition is open in the Alan Walters Building until Friday 31 May.

Join the Birmingham Pride Parade with the UGS
Saturday 25 May, 10:30-14:00

The University Graduate School invites LGBTQ+ postgraduates and allies (a supporter of LGBTQ+ equality) to march with us in the Birmingham Pride Parade.

Get your tickets for the Postgraduate Research Festival

All postgrads are invited to the Postgraduate Research Festival, a part of UoB Xtra! With an opening keynote from Professor Alice Roberts, a research poster exhibition, PGT Gallery display and plenty of skills development workshops, there’s something for everyone. Get your tickets.

PGTs – get ready for a summer of dissertation support

The University Graduate School and Academic Skills Centre are offering a lot of support this summer to help you with your dissertations, including ‘PGT Essentials’ sessions and supporting co-working opportunities. Check out the ‘PGT Summer Dissertation Support’ Eventbrite collection.

Our diary picks

March with us at Birmingham Pride
Saturday 25 May

We'll be marching with other universities to show our joint commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity in higher education. We're also hosting our very own stall at Smithfield Live. Join the free parade and let's make this year bigger than ever.

Valefest 2024
Saturday 1 June, 16:00-23:00
The Vale Village, Edgbaston Park Road

Celebrating 20 years of bringing music to the University of Birmingham and the best in student talent with live acts right on your doorstep. Explore Valefest.

Outdoor Cinema
Throughout UoB Xtra (June)
Green Heart

Whether you're enjoying the end of exams, or taking a break from dissertations, settle yourself in for a few hours with friends. Grab yourself popcorn or a hotdog from our food vans, or bring your own picnic. Find out more.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Awareness
Throughout UoB Xtra (June), 13:00-16:00
Teaching & Learning Building

These introductory three-hour sessions are perfect for anyone who wants to learn skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person and help guide them towards the support they need. Plus, you'll get a certificate after to boost your CV.

Campus 3k Your Way
Wednesday 5 June, 12:00-16:00
On campus

Whether you’re donning your trainers for the first time, getting involved with some outstanding fancy dress or simply taking a stroll with your friends, anything goes – it’s 3K your way.

Global Showcase
Friday 7 June, 11:00-17:00
Green Heart

From Birmingham to Beijing, celebrate our diverse global community on campus. Pop in the tent where you can be creative, virtually travel around the world, learn something new through our workshop and enjoy cultural performances on the stage.

Ten Talks
Wednesday 12 June, 09:30-16:00
Main Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb Building

Our TED-style talks address big questions, drawing on the research and experiences of leading University of Birmingham researchers and high-profile speakers. Check out the programme.

Your Pathway to Stress Relief
Throughout May and June

Join Sport and Fitness for de-stressing activities to reduce tension and foster inner peace. Whether you’re thinking of a relaxing Yoga class, an energetic HIIT workout or learning badminton basics - we've got lots on.

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

Get 'Xtra' this summer

From fun social events with pals to qualifications and employer-run challenges to boost your CV, UoB Xtra has something for everyone. Join us on Monday 3 – Friday 21 June - your summer plans are sorted! Book now.

Last chance to win a stationery bundle

Ryman, based in the heart of the University Centre, is your one-stop shop for all your study and printing needs. Don't miss your last chance to win their stationery, tech goodies and accessories bundle to keep you stocked up. Enter now.

And finally

How can we be more LGBTQ+ inclusive?

About a decade ago, we conducted ground-breaking research into the educational experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) students at University – and produced best practice guidance for ensuring that the curriculum is inclusive to LGBTQ+ students. Please complete this survey to share your thoughts.

Increase your water confidence

UoB Sport and Fitness' Water Confidence courses are designed for complete swimming beginners and those looking to gain confidence in the water by learning the basics. Places are limited, so head to the website and book now.

Tell us what you think about Pause@Uni

Pause@Uni is a place for students aged up to the 25 to talk about anything that may be worrying you. You can find them every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00-17:00 in The Lodge, North Gate. Share your thoughts so we can continue to improve this service for you.

UoB Elevate at The Exchange

Explore what's possible by joining the entrepreneurial community in the heart of Birmingham city centre. UoB Elevate is a business growth programme exclusive for UoB students. Find out more and apply for UoB Elevate.

Eco-Photography Workshops at the Barber

Join artist Sammie Masters-Hopkins for three workshops exploring cameraless image-making with botanicals, celebrating all things sustainability and plants. Each workshop just £3, booking is essential.

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