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Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 - One year to go!

With one year to go we’re excited to let you know that the local ballot has now opened! So if you’re a resident of the West Midlands including the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, you can apply for an early release of tickets from 14-30 July. For students this means you can also use your term-time/university address to apply for tickets early.

Also don't forget that it's not too late to volunteer, applications to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 games are also still open, find out more and apply today. 

Get your tickets 

For final year students leaving us this academic year, this will be your last Brum Bulletin newsletter. However it's not goodbye, as we now welcome you to our alumni community! Make sure you keep in touch, we are here to support you now and into the future. We'd love to see how you are celebrating your graduation. Share your picture on Instagram or Twitter with #UoBgraduation to be in with a chance of winning a Recent Graduate Starter Pack.

Class of 2021

Spring into Summer highlights 

We hope you enjoyed the activities and created some great memories. Here’s a little highlights film showcasing all the fun over the last few weeks.

Watch now

Student spotlight: Kirsty Morrison

Congratulations to medical student Kirsty, who has won an award in memory of Princess Diana for her work to help young aspiring students from low income backgrounds to apply for degrees in medicine.

Find out more

OTA winners announced

The Outstanding Teaching Awards is a joint initiative by the Guild of Students and the University. Giving students the opportunity to nominate and recognise an incredible member of staff who have made a difference to them and their academic experience.

See this year's winners

Old Joe magazine is here 

The spring 2021 edition of our alumni magazine, Old Joe, brings you the history of the Great Hall, tales from the student/alumni society who are climbing mountains to understand altitude sickness and stories of friendships that began on campus.

Read Old Joe

Medical students create green car-sharing app

Two medical students have used their spare time during the pandemic to create a car-sharing app that can pay for renewable energy projects. The app works out how much a passenger should pay and they can voluntarily contribute to environmental schemes.

Find out more

Student Social: 2021 Graduations

With graduation taking place this week check out some of the top spots on campus to take your graduation pictures. Don't forget to share with us by tagging @unibirmingham. 

Top graduation photo spots

Intranet top tip: Key dates

As we come to the end of the academic year, our key dates page features all the important dates for the next academic year to help you stay organised and plan ahead. 

Key dates

Dates for your diary 

Zoom in on Nature with Pippa Pixley - Family Workshop
Saturday 17 July, 10:00-11:30

Suitable for students with children/young relatives. Join artist and author Pippa Pixley to explore sketch booking techniques and embrace a free and gestural drawing style. Experiment with drawing materials, scribble down ideas, document multiple views, create beautiful things and have fun! Book here.

Future of Farming: Pathways to Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture
Tuesday 20 July, 13:00 -14:30

This panel discussion will consider the multiple challenges facing agriculture and measures being taken to increase resilience and sustainability. It will identify the challenges to delivering on this in different parts of the world and identify changes that are needed in policy and practice. Book here.

CineQ: an evening of art and queer film
Tuesday 27 July, 19:00-20:30

Join Dr Greg Salter for a queer reading of the Barber’s picture ‘Alexander the Great’ - followed by a film screening. Book here. 

The full list of events taking place this month and over the summer can be found here.

PG corner

Testing on campus

Postgraduate Research students who are still on campus, for the summer are reminded to continue to take regular Covid tests when on campus and report tests results when positive.  More information on testing can be found here.

What's on in Brum: Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

There are so many animals to discover at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park at Cannon Hill! From reptiles and birds to furry favourites like monkeys and red pandas, there are new friends to meet everywhere you turn. 

Explore Birmingham

And finally...

New Wellbeing project  available for students. Total Insight Theatre have set up a project called Space Between that consists of ten online workshops designed to help participants navigate their way through their grief journey by exploring various art forms with experienced facilitators and understanding peers. Find out more and sign up.


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