The Brum Bulletin - your student newsletter
On campus over Easter? We’ve put together a handy list of the University services available on the student intranet, along with suggested Easter activities to get out and about in Brum.
Easter opening times
Birmingham 2022 legacy
We’re so proud that our very own UoB student and Paralympic athlete, Ali Jawad, stars in the new Commonwealth Games video.
See Ali in action
Get tested at the Vale
It’s more important than ever to get Covid tested regularly and you can now just drop in at the new Vale test site.
Visit the Vale site
Find support for your wellbeing when you need it
The University offers support from Wellbeing Officers in every School to a reporting tool for sexual harassment and contacts for local services. Find out more on the student intranet so you know who to contact if needed.
Share your views on how we communicate with you
We’re looking for students to help with a review of communications we’re running in April. As a thank you for taking part, you will be entered into our prize draw to win one of five £20 Amazon vouchers.
Find out more
Have your say on sustainability and win a £50 voucher!
Share your views on sustainability on campus, by completing the survey. The survey takes around five minutes and you could win a £50 voucher to spend at the ethical superstore.
Complete the survey
Student Social: Perry on campus
Perry, the Birmingham 2022 mascot, recently took a trip to campus with the magic of AR. Use AR on Instagram - so you can #PoseWithPerry wherever you are! Share your photos by tagging @unibirmingham.
Perry on campus
Intranet top tip: Safety on campus
Our safety pages feature a range of helpful tips for when you're on campus or accommodation and how to contact security in an emergency.
Safety on campus
The National Student Survey (NSS) is now live.
There's still time to complete the NSS, this is the opportunity for you to reflect on your experience during your time here at Birmingham. Your feedback will help improve the quality of teaching and student experience for future students.
This year’s survey will also include additional questions specifically about the pandemic, giving you the opportunity to give your feedback more specifically on the impact of the pandemic on your university experience. Complete the survey here.
Work opportunities for PG students
The University Graduate School is recruiting a number of PGTs and PGRs for casual work - offering experience in Higher Education research, student engagement, communications, leadership, and many other valuable skills. More information is in each job advert, found on the Worklink website.
Guild Rep Awards
Do you know an outstanding School, College or PGR Rep? Nominate them in the Guild's Rep Awards.
PG Research Festival
Our flagship Research Festival will be opening for entries soon! Keep an eye on our events page for more information.
Complete the PRES or PTES survey
There's still time to have your say and complete the either PTES (for Postgraduate taught students) and PRES (for Postgraduate Research students).
Dates for your diary
Here Comes the Sun: an Experimental Dance Workshop with Kaajel Patel
Wednesday, 24 March, 19:00-20:30
Inspired by André Derain’s drawing La Chute de Phaëton (The Fall of Phaeton), 1905, join artist Kaajel Patel for an uplifting experimental dance workshop, exploring the energy of the drawn line and the power of the sun.
This free, fun and informal session will get your body moving; no dance experience is needed, all levels and abilities are welcome. Book here.
Finding God in the Dark Film Club: Billy Elliot
Thursday 25 March, 18:00
Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a weekly film club, exploring Lenten themes in popular films. This week the club will be discussing Billy Elliot - watch the film beforehand, then come along to discuss the film. Please email Sr Dr Una Coogan to receive the Zoom link.
Resilience Tree with Pause@UoB
Wednesday 31 March, 15:00-16:00
Join this creative workshop where you get to draw your own 'Resilience Tree' to help you recognise your strengths, wishes and goals and increase your emotional resilience.
You don't need any art skills! You will need two pieces of A4 paper (or a sheet of A3), pens and pencils. You may also want to have a scarf or shawl for the meditation activity. Register here.
The full list of events taking place this month can be found here.
Explore the Botanical gardens
The Botanical Gardens are still open to the public to visit, roam around the gardens in the sun, and enjoy a nice takeaway from the café.
- The new Young Independent Student Award is a new funding scheme that has launched to help those classed as an Independent Student by the Student Loans Company who have no financial sponsors, are full time, aged under 25 and an undergraduate at our UK campus. Find out more.
- Wellbeing University staff have taken part in a new training programme looking at gaming and gambling among students.The course provides staff with an insight and understanding of both gambling and gaming and also teaches university staff to spot the signs of students who may be struggling. Read the full story.
- Don't forget to also register for the Home Workout Hub for free classes. The Home Workout Hub is free and accessible to all by simply registering via the online form to take part in a range of fitness classes.
- The University has new compost bins on Campus. Watch the video with Ethical and Environmental Officer Matt giving you the guided tour and how to use them.
- Get tested regularly. If you are coming to campus or you live in UoB accommodation we would encourage all students to take an asymptomatic Covid test every week. Please remember to also ensure you follow the Covid-safe guidelines at all times when on campus and in accommodation.
- To celebrate Red Nose Day, which took place on Friday 19 March, the Print Me team will be donating £3 for every UoB hoodie sold via the online shop throughout March. Hoodies are available in four colours and a variety of sizes.