Brum Bulletin: new term, new giveaways

The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • It's the start of the new term; get ready with academic, financial and wellbeing support and advice.
  • Students with a disability - we want to hear your views.
  • Don't miss Santander's massive 100k giveaway!
  • A warm hello from our Vice-Chancellor.
  • Can you spot yourself in our Welcome Week 2023 film?
  • Two lucky students can win a choc-filled day out with Cadbury World!


Return to study prepared

If you're a returning student and/or going into your final year, the Academic Skills Centre have resources to make sure you are ready for start the new academic year. Explore ASC.

Lessons I've learnt in my first and second year

"Hi I’m Savannah... Over the last few years, I’ve come to realise that going to university is so much more than just earning a degree...". Continue reading.

Don't miss the big summer £100k giveaway!

There's still time to enter Santander's giveaway where they're giving 200 students the chance to win £500. Hurry, you have until Tuesday 31 October. Enter now.

Are you a UoB student living with a disability?

We want to hear from you. Come along to our Disabled Students' Contribution Group event and learn more about how you can make your voice heard over a few slices of pizza! Find out more

We're here for you

We all need some support from time to time, and UoB has a range of free and confidential services for all students to help you make the most of your time at Birmingham. Whenever you’re ready, find a service that works for you.  Access support.

Cost of Living support

It can be tricky to manage living costs at university. To help, we have pulled together student advice, practical changes and initiatives that can help you take control of your finances including on-campus services, budgeting tips, part-time work, and more. Find out more.

Get set to study

For helpful study resources including a downloadable study planner and info on study spaces across campus, check out our UoBe Ready page on the student intranet where you can access tools, information and advice so you are #UoBeReady for the upcoming year and assessments. Take me to study support.

Hello from our Vice-Chancellor

Here's our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell, with a message to all students at the start of the 2023-24 academic year. Watch the video.

Welcome 2023

And just like that, a new academic year begins. Did you enjoy Welcome? Take a look at students Christine and Marcus on their welcome journey. Check out film.

PG Corner

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

Semester One Events

Find out about our PGR Essentials inductions, a workshop on Engaging Public Audiences with your PhD, and socials such as PGR Lunch Club and Film Club. Explore all PGR events.

Check out our PGT Essentials programme for Semester One, helping you to develop the skills to succeed in your postgraduate studies and beyond. Explore all PGT events.

Follow our EventBrite for up-to-date news on our postgrad events throughout Semester One.

Meet your UGS Scholars (PGR) for 2023-24, and apply to join our PGT team!

University Graduate School Scholars are here to welcome you into our community and support you throughout your studies with a range of events throughout the year. Meet the team and learn more about them.

Applications for our PGT UGS Scholars are now open! If you want to meet new people, support your PGT community, and gain experience in event management and Higher Education, check out the UGS Scholar (PGT) opportunity. Apply by 8 October.

Careers Support for Postgraduates

If you’re a PGT, the Postgraduate Professional Development Canvas site includes resources to help with your career planning, skill development, job applications and more. It’s also the home of the Postgraduate Professional Development Award. Join the Canvas site or book onto an introduction session.

The PGR Careers Beyond Academia webinar series is back! Get top tips on how to research your career options, effectively job hunt, write convincing applications, and more.

Our diary picks

Barber Lunchtime Concert: Slide Action
Friday 29 September 13:00-13:50
The Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

As the new term begins, say hello to the FREE Barber Lunchtime Concerts! These happen every Friday during term time. This year’s series is kicked off by the multi-award-winning trombone quartet Slide-Action, who will explore a range of fun repertoire which hopes to discover a new identity for the trombone. Find out more.

Black Minds Matter UK event
Saturday 30 September, 12:00-15:00
Woodcock Street (The Eastside Rooms) Birmingham B7 4BL

If you're aged between 17-24, join the FREE 'With You(th) In Mind' event which focuses on encouraging early intervention in seeking mental health support and amplifying the role intersectionality plays in personal mental health challenges and experiences. Open to all backgrounds. Get your free ticket.

Barber Evening Concert: Jess Gillam Ensemble
Friday 6 October, 19:30-21:30
The Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

One of the biggest names in today’s classical music scene, Jess Gillam, kicks off our Barber Evening Concerts this year with her newly formed ensemble. Known for their bold, uplifting and open-minded approach, the concert showcases the saxophone and is set to make the audience reflect, dance and smile! Book tickets.

Upcoming Careers Fairs

Careers Networks have various fairs taking place in October including:

  • Autumn Fair (Wednesday 4 October, 11:00-15:00, Aston Webb Great Hall)
  • Engineering, Science and Technology Fair (Wednesday 11:00-15:00, Aston Webb Great Hall)
  • Making a Student Route visa application (Wednesday 11 October, 14:00-15:00, Online)
  • Business, Finance and Consultancy Fair (Wednesday 18 October, 11:00-15:00, Aston Webb Great Hall)

Devil Dolls at the Lapworth
Saturday 14 October, 18:30-20:45,
Lapworth Museum of Geology

Already thinking about Halloween? In this original one-man show, we present an unsettling theatre piece that will demonstrate it isn't always just your imagination playing tricks on you in the dead of night. Your childhood doll really is watching you! Book now.

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

Birmingham Comedy Fest

Running from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October, join the award-winning annual city-wide arts festival. With a line-up of local talent and big-name acts, you're guaranteed a good time. Tell me more

And finally

*Trigger Warning* World Suicide Prevention Day 2023

Recently, it was World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is preventable, not inevitable. Learn more about how talking – and listening – can help save a life. Don't forget that our Time to Talk? page has a full list of our support services and resources. As we head into a new academic year, do look after yourselves and look out for each other. And remember that we’re always here for you during your time at UoB.

Student Art Pass annual membership

Are you planning cultural trips with your mates? The Student Art Pass gives you free or reduced-price entry and 50% off major exhibitions at 250+ of museums, galleries, and historic houses across the UK. Plus you can access paid opportunities in the arts opening career pathways.

Student Gym Memberships Available Now!

Student memberships for both Sport & Fitness and Tiverton are on sale now and selling fast! Secure the one that best suits your fitness needs and goals.

WIN a chocolatey day out to Cadbury World!

Cadbury World has relaunched its special student offer for just £12 each and to celebrate, they’re offering two lucky students the chance to win a pair of tickets to enjoy a choc-filled day at the iconic Birmingham attraction! Try your sweet luck.

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