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!
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
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
- 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.