Brum Bulletin - Your Student Newsletter

Welcome to this edition of your fortnightly Brum Bulletin. Inside you’ll find an update on how covid restrictions are changing, hear the incredible story of a student who battled a brain tumour, and find out how you can now sit down and have a chat with your Vice-Chancellor!

Finally, we've rounded-up our careers campaign which explores how you can 'Unlock your Potential' with the help of Careers Network. They are here to support you during your time at UoB and beyond. Check out our new video on how they have helped other students find the right path to achieve their dream jobs. Unlock Your Potential


COVID-19 Update

Over the last two years, we have been living with Covid restrictions, testing, vaccinations, social distancing, and face coverings. Over the last few weeks, we have seen the lifting of many of those restrictions in England and we have been cautiously adapting to what it means to “live with Covid” as normally as possible. Read on for the full statement as restrictions come to an end.


Careers Support

Hear from current students on how Careers Network can 'Unlock your Potential'.

Watch now


Student Spotlight: Ned Hilton

We are proud to bring you the incredible story of Ned Hilton, who despite suffering from a brain tumour, successfully completed his studies. Congratulations Ned!

Read Ned's Story

 Butterfly Affect Installation

Have you checked out this new installation which is up in the Engineering Building? These origami creations were made by students last week as part of the 'Butterfly Affect'.

About the exhibition

Vice-Chancellor's Open Office

Have you got an issue you care strongly about? Or perhaps you're keen to start or continue an initiative? Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Tickell now has office hours for you to make use of and book on to.

Book a session 

Shakespeare's Coming Home

Have you seen the Shakespeare 'Everything to Everyone' project? The University has partnered with The Rep and the Royal Shakespeare (RSC) for a premiere screening of Shakespeare’s Coming Home.

Find out more


Dates for your diary

Get a free LinkedIn Photo

Wednesday 23 March, 1pm, G30 Aston Webb Building

Come along and meet the Careers Network team! Learn more about how Careers Network can help unlock your potential and as a bonus, get your photo taken for LinkedIn. No need to book, just pop along! Find out more.

Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate

Wednesday 23 March, 7:30pm, Bramall Music Building

The next Barber evening concert sees the Tippett Quartet joined by celebrated pianist Emma Abbate, bringing you a programme of piano quintets, including Elgar’s quintet written 10 years after resigning as professor of music at UoB! Tickets available now.

Birmingham Conversations: What’s it like to live and travel in Brum?

Wednesday 30 March, 6:30pm, Online

Birmingham and the West Midlands are transforming the way we move, recent changes include the introduction of a Clean Air Zone and low traffic neighbourhoods. This has resulted in 30% less nitrogen dioxide in the air, but what will this mean for the health and jobs of the people that live and work here? Find out more.

Vice-Chancellor's Challenge Final

Friday 1 April, 11am, Aston Webb C Block

Come and watch the final of the Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge, a student competition where teams develop a novel solution to an exciting real-world challenge. They could win up to £10k to fund their idea - exciting! Find out more.

Guest Speaker Series: Ethical Unicorn

Tuesday 5 April, 7pm, The Exchange

Ethical Unicorn, also known as Francesca Willow, is a blogger, activist and social media influencer who takes a holistic, fact-based approach to sustainable living and social justice. Her successful blog covers topics from the fossil fuel industry to ethical gifting and the carbon-capturing potential of fungi. Book here.


Have you shared your thoughts yet?

Time is ticking so make sure you don't miss out on having your say in either the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) for non-final years or National Student Survey (NSS) for final years. You can learn about each survey from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deborah Longworth here.

Complete a Survey


PG Corner

We're delighted to welcome Dr Graham Timmins as our new Director of Postgraduates (PGT)! Dr Timmins will be working with the University Graduate School on exciting opportunities & events for our PGT community. Learn more about him here.

For PGTs looking ahead to their career, Careers Network's online workshop 'What can I do with a Master Degree?' is not to be missed! Thursday 31 March, 12-1:30pm. Sign up here.

For international PGRs, spaces on the last two Academic English Skills workshops are still available in-person and online. This is a great way to develop your academic work, writing, proofreading and research. All dates and sign-ups here.


What's on in Brum?

Have you checked out the Midland Arts Centre yet? It's in the middle of Cannon Hill Park, just a 20-minute walk from campus. There are loads of exhibits celebrating the Birmingham 2022 Festival! Explore Birmingham


And finally...

  • STORIE PhD Survey - PhD students need your help to find out about your education experience and why you chose Birmingham to study. The short survey should only take 20 minutes. Complete the PhD survey.
  • New Commonwealth Games job role - Have fun, earn some money and be part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer. Check out this new role through Worklink. Find out more.
  • Old Joe goes orange - Wondered why Old Joe was lit up orange on Monday night? It was in support of refugees and those seeking sanctuary. Find out more.

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