Brum Bulletin: Santa's sleigh has been spotted!

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In this issue...

  • Hear from student Alex on the importance of men speaking up and seeking support this Men's Health Awareness Month
  • See how we're marking Disability History Month
  • We're counting down to Christmas, so a special guest dressed in red will be visiting campus soon
  • Harriet, Hazaar founder and UoB alumna, gives us the lowdown on her zero-waste marketplace
  • Use MyDetails to update your personal details
  • Last chance for two students to win a cut and finish from hair stylist Danyl Knox worth £65!


Men's Health Awareness

November is dedicated to raising awareness of men's health. Student Content Shaper Alex shares his thoughts on the importance of normalising speaking up and reaching out for help. Read Alex's blog.

Disability History Month 2023

Disability History Month continues until Saturday 16 December. To mark this year's theme of 'Disability, Children & Youth,' we're hosting a month-long programme of events and activities open to all. Find out more.

It's *almost* Christmas

We know we're still technically early, but we can't contain our excitement!

Festivities begin on Thursday 30 November where you can come along to our Christmas marquee (between 11:00-17:00) to meet the big man himself and win a free present in Santa's Grotto. Chancellor's Court will then come alight at 17:00 at our annual Light-Switch on event. Plus, take a free spin on our Christmas Carousel (until 18:00) running on the same day until Friday 1 December and then again the following week.

Check out our news story for more on what's happening on campus and in the city.

Hazaar founder and UoB alumna Harriet

To celebrate UoB's Green Week, Harriet Noy gives us the lowdown on her zero-waste marketplace for students, and why going green is good for the environment and your wallet. Read further.

Being a good neighbour in the community

Wherever you live during your university life, it's important to be mindful of your neighbours. Check out our top tips to ensure you have a positive and happy relationship with your neighbours. Tell me more.

Go Global in Summer 2024

Love to travel and see the world? Looking for ways to develop new skills? Want to make a difference in the world? We have a wide range of summer opportunities to study or volunteer across the globe. Apply before 2 February! Enrol for more details.

Introducing My Details

A quick and easy way for you to keep your personal details up to date throughout the year. Available 24/7, and accessible via the My UoB app. Find out more.

Study with Kimberely

With assignments and exams around the corner, Postgraduate student Kimberley shows you her top study-tips on how she gets UoBe Ready for assessment season. Watch Kim's study vlog.

PG Corner

Welcome to the latest updates from the University Graduate School specifically for taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduates.

Upcoming Exhibition: The Postgraduate Research Almanac
From Wednesday 29 November - Monday 4 December
Westmere House (G15 on campus map)

Journey through a year of postgraduate research by visiting The Postgraduate Research Almanac, an exhibition linking the work of PGRs with significant dates.

PGRs! Record a video abstract to go alongside your e-thesis!

Take part in the Birmingham PhD Video Abstracts project and create a short video that sums up your thesis to share with your network and potential employers! Find out more.

PGTs! Get support with developing your writing at PGT Essentials!
Wednesday 29 November, 13:00-14:30

The University Graduate School’s final ‘PGT Essentials’ workshop of the year is dedicated to developing your academic writing, getting prepared for upcoming deadlines. Book now.

Christmas Events for Postgraduates

Get in the festive spirit by checking out our Christmas Events collection to see how you can join your postgraduate community for the Campus Christmas Light Switch-On, festive PGR Film Club, and postgraduate Christmas socials.

Our diary picks

Pause@UoB: Wednesday Crafternoon
Wednesdays, 13:00-16:00
Library Lounge, Main Library

Drop in to the Library Lounge every Wednesday in term-time for free arts and crafts, and a chance to chat and relax.

B-Enterprising: Social Twist
Tuesday 28 November, 16:00-18:00
Edgbaston Campus

Whether you want to get inspired, make new friends, learn more about enterprise and funding, or just hang out, this event is for you. Book now, registration closes on 26 Nov!

Student Mentors: Housemate Finder
Wednesday 29 November, 17:00-19:00
Social Hub, Pritchatts Park

Unsure who to live with next year? The Guild are hosting regular Housemate Finder events where you can meet like-minded people who are also looking to meet others to live with next academic year.

Grit and Soul - Soul City Arts
Friday 8 December, 19:30-21:30
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Birmingham street-artist and curator Mohammed Ali tells the story of the city, celebrating the graft that is embedded in its DNA. With performances from storyteller and author Polarbear and spoken-word artist Ayan Aden, as well as soundscapes from vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, this event is one not to miss. Book your ticket.

Upcoming Music Concerts on Campus
Every weekend this month

The University and Music Society ensembles are showcasing this term’s hard work in their autumn concerts. Come along to support your peers and experience the wonderful Elgar Concert Hall here on campus. Tickets are £5.

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

The perfect festive evening

Open in the City Centre until Sunday 24 December (between 11:00-21:00), Birmingham's 'German Market' is a Christmas staple! With 50+ stalls, wrap up warm and enjoy traditional food and drink. Plus, enjoy rides, music and performances. I'm interested.

In need of a trim?

It's your last chance to enter our competition with independent Brum-based hair stylist Danyl Knox Hair where two lucky students can win a cut and finish worth £65. (T&Cs apply). Enter now.

And finally

Top tips on looking after yourself over the Christmas break

As we're approaching the festive season, find out how Student Content Shaper Anita looks after her wellbeing over the Christmas break, and get inspired on ways you can recharge. Read Anita's blog.

How to have a sustainable Christmas

It's tempting to go a little overboard during Christmas so to help, Student Content Shaper Alice has shared five simple tips on how you can reduce the impact the festive period has on our planet and our wallets. Check out Alice's suggestions.

PG Open Day reminder

Don't forget that the postgraduate open day is on Saturday 25 November. This is your chance to find out more about our postgraduate programmes and funding opportunities at UoB. Book your place.

Setting the correct time zone on your device

It’s important you have the correct time zone set up on your device, so you don’t miss scheduled meetings and appointments. To help you with this we’ve created a help guide to walk you through the process.

Tell us what you think about investment in fossil fuel companies

As part of the University's Responsible Investment Policy annual review, we want to know what you think. Please complete the survey which closes at 17:00 on Friday 24 November.

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