The Brum Bulletin - Wednesday 16 December

Wherever you are and however you are celebrating we wish you all a Merry Christmas. Don't forget to visit the Christmas pages for information on opening times over the break and activities to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas break information

Thank you to everyone who was tested in December to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. If you were tested please take the time to complete this brief NHS survey on your experience.

To ensure your safe return to campus in the new year we will be offering free, rapid Covid-19 tests from 5 January to 5 February in the University’s Great Hall. In line with Government guidance with strongly recommend that you take two tests at least three days apart before taking part in activities on campus. 

Read our FAQs to answer any questions you may have before booking your tests. 

Book a test

A message from the VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, thanks you for your dedication in 2020 and looks ahead to 2021.

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A message from Tobi

Guild President Tobi Adeyemi, shares her season greetings and thanks. 

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Creating connections at Christmas

Meet other students who are spending Christmas in halls of residence or in the local community. Open to all students. 

Sign up here

Careers Network Christmas resources

The festive period may be upon us, but don’t forget you can still access various career resources over the Christmas break!

Careers Support

Varsity college cup competition

Part of UoBe Festival, discover opportunities to compete for your College in gaming, creative writing, sports and more. 

Get involved in Varsity

Student creates low carbon shopping app

Enterprising student Harriet Noy is launching a smartphone app that helps fellow students reduce their carbon footprint by ‘shopping’ locally.

Find out more

Dates for your diary

Virtual Cook-a-long: Christmas dinner, Sunday 20 December, 12.00-3.00pm

Learn how to prepare and serve a hearty traditional Christmas Dinner with the Guild! Tastes Like Tom walks you through everything you’ll need to cook the perfect Christmas dinner. Get your free ticket.

Christmas baking and games, Tuesday 22 December, 19.30 - 21.00pm 

Join Rev'd Mindy Bell of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for an evening of baking and games.  We particularly welcome students staying in accommodation over Christmas, and those looking to meet new people. To register and receive joining details, email Mindy Bell

Virtual Escape Room, Sunday 27 December, 5-7pm

Calling all new cadets! Join the Guild of Students' as you’re rocketed into space for an interactive, team-based virtual escape game! Book here.

Outdoor sport fitness sessions 

If you’re still on campus and are looking for an opportunity to discover a new winter workout, join our class instructors for a range of outdoor fitness sessions. The full list of outdoor classes and dates can be found here.

The full list of events taking place over the Christmas period can be found on the Christmas events page

Student social: Colouring with the Alumni Office

The Alumni Office have produced a range of fun colouring sheets to keep you entertained over Christmas. Check out their Instagram page @birminghamalum.                            

Fun Christmas resources

Intranet top tip: Extenuating circumstances

With January assessments coming up, find out about the extenuating circumstances procedure and how to submit your request. 

Find out more

PG corner

Postgraduate events over Christmas

PG Republic Cafe

PG Republic Cafe is a chance to be matched online with other postgrads who are staying in Birmingham over the holidays. Applications are open until Wednesday 16 December (11.59pm). Apply here.

PG Yoga: Wednesday wind - down

Yoga is continuing every Wednesday until 23 December, for the chance to wind down throughout the Christmas period. Sign up here.

Look out for our events in January here, designed to support you with your assignments and exams with focussed working sessions and workshops.

The Nutcracker at the REP online 

You can still explore Birmingham arts online. Join the Birmingham Royal Ballet for a live online performance of The Nutcracker. 

Book your tickets

Win an Old Joe snowglobe

Answer this question by 6 January and you could win this Old Joe classic. True or False - Old Joe is a working water tower?

Enter the prize draw

And finally...

  • Don't forget to register for a GP if you haven't already.  It's important to make sure you have registered with a GP near to the University, so you can access medical care should you need it.   
  • The Emergency Contact Centre will operate 24/7 during the Christmas period.  If you have any questions over the break you can call the Centre on 01489 568261. 
  • New sports memberships available. Sport & Fitness now has Gym, Swim and Squash flexible 6 month memberships available for all students. 


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