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The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • Have you had your say?
  • Staying over the Easter break? Check out our opening times
  • Win tickets to the Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • The UoB Gospel Choir hit a high note
  • Bus and rail strikes update
  • It's never too early (or late) to contact Careers Network


Calling all Postgrads

We want to hear from you. Help improve the experience of current and future postgrads by completing our two PG surveys. Make your voice heard.

Easter opening times

Staying on campus over the Easter break? Find out about opening hours, and services available on campus. Tell me more.

UoB Gospel Choir are finalists

Congrats and good luck to our Choir who are competing in the finals of the University Gospel Choir of the Year! Find out about the choir.

Prepping for your dream job?

It doesn’t matter what year you’re in, it’s never too early (or late) to start thinking about your career plans. How Careers Network can help you.

Have you entered our £1,000 giveaway yet?

We’ve teamed up with Santander Universities to give away 10 lots of £1,000 to help with study costs. Enter before Sunday 30 April – good luck! Will you be a lucky winner?

New rules to make your password even stronger

All University passwords must be at least 14 letters long. They don't need to include capital letters, numbers or special characters. Read the new guidance.

PG Corner

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

Birmingham 3MT Competition 2023

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an annual competition in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance. The University Graduate School is now welcoming applications to take part in 3MT 2023: develop your presentation and research communication skills, raise the profile of your research and have the chance to win cash prizes! To find out more, join our drop-in or read more on the intranet.

Postgraduate Easter Socials

Staying on campus over Easter? Join the University Graduate School for postgraduate Easter socials, and meet your postgraduate community.

The PGR Easter Social is on Tuesday 4 April, 13:00-16:00. A wonderful chance to explore Westmere’s beautiful space and gardens, while celebrating with some Easter games and snacks. Book for PGRs.

The PGT Easter Party is happening on Wednesday 5 April, 14:30-17:00 – and the PGR community hub Westmere House is hosting! There will be Easter food, games and traditions to enjoy while getting to know new people, and if you’re looking ahead to PGR study it’s a fantastic chance to explore the space. Book your PGT place.

(Not sure if you’re a PGT or PGR? Use this handy guide!)

PG Skills

Join the next PG Skills workshop on having an entrepreneurial mindset, online 13:00-14:00, Tuesday 18 April. Whatever your discipline, the session will delve into the benefits of thinking like an entrepreneur across a variety of career choices. Learn more about why this skill is vital for postgraduates, and book your place.

12th BEAR PGR Conference

This conference is taking place on 19-20 April 2023 with keynote speakers Professor Stephen Jarvis and Professor Ole Jensen. The PGR organising committee invites research students for whom High Performance Computing has enabled their research to submit oral, flash or poster presentation abstracts by 28 March. For more details see the BEAR PGR Conference 2023 page.

Safety reminder

We are aware of reports of robberies taking place on the canal near the University in Selly Oak. Please be mindful when out, try to walk in well-lit busy areas and with groups where possible.

There is an increase in patrols by West Midlands Police in the area to address the issue. The Community Safety Team at the Lodge (by North Gate) are also available if you need assistance.

In an emergency call Security Services on 0121 414 4444, and call police on 999.

For a non-emergency crime report it to Security Services on 0121 414 3000. You should also report it to the police: call 101, or report online.

You can also get in touch with your Community Safety Team as well as use the free Safezone app for extra peace of mind.

Our diary picks

Ramadan (the holy month for Muslims) starts this week

Ramadan Mubarak ('Happy Ramadan') to those observing this month. The Islamic Society will be running their annual 'Ramadan Project' where you can get involved in traditions whether you usually celebrate or not. Find out more about the project, and how you can support your Muslim peers.

Public Lecture with Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Wednesday 19 April, 17:30 – 19:00
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Professor Al-Khalili is a quantum physicist who holds a University of Surrey Distinguished Chair, as well as a personal Chair in Physics and a University Chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He will speak on the importance of research that crosses traditional boundaries, and its role in Science. Register your place.

Birmingham 10k
Sunday 7 May, 08:00
Birmingham City Centre

The 10k route around the city is open to all, so whether you want to walk, jog, or run, be a part of #TeamUoB. It does not matter if you have never run that distance before – why not get a walking team going and create your own mini student team! Register your place.

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

What's on in Brum

The Exchange Easter Trail hunt explores the historic building and its most recent exhibition. Everyone who cracks the code and finds the golden eggs can claim a special prize! Check out the free event.

And finally...

Bus and rail strikes

National Express West Midlands buses are currently on strike meaning most bus services will be limited in operation. Although the X21 service is operating as normal, find out more about the strikes (bus and rail) and alternative ways to travel.

Research job opportunity

This opportunity is open to all students interested in human and natural sciences, regardless of discipline. Apply before Sunday 30 April

For other job opportunities, check out Worklink, where you can find paid casual work right here on campus.

Undergrads, have you completed a survey?

Your feedback matters to us. If you haven’t already, tell us what’s working well and how we can improve through either the NSS or UKES surveys. More info.

Top ranking

The University has improved its position amongst the best performing research-intensive universities in the world – with seven areas placing in the Top 50 of the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. Read more.

Experience the art of ballet

Whether you’re a regular to the ballet, or haven’t been before, check out our new competition with the Birmingham Royal Ballet to win a pair of tickets to see 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café. Enter now.

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