Brum Bulletin: Are you ready for assessment season?

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In this issue...

  • It’s almost time for assessments, but don’t worry we’re here to support. Find out how you can be #UoBeReady with student advice, wellbeing guidance and study spaces info.
  • Ghanaian student Sharon reflects on mental health and wellbeing in the black community.
  • Are you a student with a side hustle? Or know someone who is? Find out how you (or they) can win £2,500 and a mentorship.
  • Ten lucky students can win a special Old Joe Pin Badge, courtesy of publication I Choose Birmingham, so you can rep our fave clock tower with pride.


Mastering a good work, life, study balance

All work and no play? Student Content Shaper Savannah shares her top tips on how to achieve a healthy balance during your studies. Read blog.

Coping with assessment anxiety

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re busy studying for assessments. But if you’re finding it hard to manage, it's time to talk to someone. Access support.

Black Minds Matter

As part of Black History Month, Student Content Shaper Sharon looks at the mental health support and resources available to black students. Read blog.

Student Side Hustle Awards 2023

The Student Side Hustle awards want to celebrate all the awesome student businesses out there; from the Ebay warrior to the Etsy queens, the Facebook marketplace trader to the entrepreneurial stake maker.

Enter your business before Wednesday 15 November, and you could bag yourself £2,500 and a mentorship – good luck! Find out more.

Campus food: more mouth-watering choices

Following your feedback, we've been working hard to bring you more diverse and authentic food options on campus. Check out which food places have opened and when you can try their delicious offerings. Hungry for more? 

Find a study space for you

Whether you need a place for a group study session, to get your head down or somewhere near your favourite coffee shop, we’ve got you. Watch video.

Join Izzy for a tour of the Main Library

The Main Library has lots of amazing features. Join Izzy on an in-depth tour to find out how you can get the most out of this study space. Watch tour.

PG Corner

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

UGS Talks: Insights into Disability and Research
Friday 17 November, 13:00-14:00, Online

As part of Disability History Month, join the University Graduate School to discover how academics and postgraduates are making a difference in disability, current research into Disability and neurodiversity, and being a Disabled and/or neurodivergent postgraduate. Book your place.

The PGR Essentials
Thursday 30 November, 10:00-11:00, Online

Explore the postgraduate research opportunities and services at UoB, with a panel of current PGRs sharing their tips, advice, and insider secrets. Book your place.


PGTs have year-round access to the PGT Hub on Canvas, for info or services, including Careers Network support for your next steps, wellbeing support, Library Services, graduation and more!

More events

If you're looking to meet new people, enhance your skills, and make the most of your time here, check out the Graduate School's EventBrite.

Are you a postgrad from a minority ethnic background?

If you are, you're invited to feedback about your experiences of Higher Education and your career plans, to help the University understand how to support postgraduate careers and build a more inclusive PG community. Fill in the survey to take part.

Our diary picks

Live at the Lapworth: Mabowunje Sings Nina
Thursday 26 October, 19:00-21:30
Lapworth Museum

The show Mabowunje Sings Nina celebrates the unique artistry of the musical genius that was Nina Simone. From her earliest recordings to the hits she wrote and covered, this free show explores the artist and the amazing contribution she made to the world of music.

Teacher Training Open Evening
Thursday 26 October, 17:00-18:30
School of Education

Are you passionate about education and looking to embark on an inspiring career as a teacher. Come and hear about The UoB's Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes, at our Teacher Training Open Evening. Book your place.

Guild of Students: Money Worries drop-in
Tuesday 31 October, 13:30-15:30
Student Mentors' Office, Vale Village Hub

Chat to Guild Advice about your money worries, including student funding, tuition fee debt or halls debt, support with budgeting and managing your money, and struggling to support yourself financially. Email Guild Advice to book your 20-minute session

Self Defence Class
Thursday 2 November, 18:00-19:00
Guild of Students, Deb Hall

The Guild's free self-defence classes are back! Learn some self defence moves and grab some free safety equipment while you’re at it. Your Community Wardens will be on hand to offer safety advice and tips as well. Suitable for all.

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

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang

Get ready for an evening of dance anthems, bangin' tunes, street-food and the biggest fireworks display in Edgbaston Stadium from 3-4 November. Students can get 30% off with code – UOBFWK. Or click the link to purchase tickets at a discounted rate

And finally

Rent with confidence with UoB Property Search

Looking to rent a student house next year? Our friendly Community Living team is here to help you navigate the world of private renting. To make it easy, the team launched UoB Property Search, the University’s only official off-campus property search engine.

Want to be a part of an exclusive group with top employers?

Sign up to RateMyPlacement’s virtual Career Coaching Course today. Taking place throughout October and receive a certificate after completing the course! Topics include how to choose a scheme, tackling online assessments and more.

The Hazaar Student Challenge 2023

Want to develop your professional skills and gain experience for your CV? Join a one-day student skills challenge where you work in teams on finding innovative solutions to real-world business challenges. More info.

Rep our much-loved Old Joe

TEN lucky students have the chance to win one of ten Old Joe Pin Badges made by local e-magazine I Choose Birmingham by answering a simple question. Enter now.

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