The Brum Bulletin - Your student newsletter

Welcome to this edition of your fortnightly Brum Bulletin. Inside you’ll find the winner's of this year's Guild Elections, dates for your diary including a peaceful vigil on campus for Ukraine and the highlights from International Women's Day (8 March).

Finally, did you know it's National Careers Week? Keep scrolling to learn more about our new campaign 'Unlock your Potential', showcasing how our Careers Network team can support you during your time at UoB and beyond.

Unlock your Potential

Have you spotted our new campaign 'Unlock your Potential'? As part of the 'Making it Happen' initiative, this exciting campaign will tell you all you need to know and more about your Careers Network service. Available to you whether you know what you want to do, need support on your first step, or have no idea at all, they’re here to support you. How you can Unlock your Potential with Careers Network.

Don't they just check CV's?

Hear from recent UoB Graduate Hannah Thirlwall, as she busts some of your Careers Network myths. Watch now. 

Ukraine: Message from the Vice-Chancellor  

We understand that the situation in Ukraine and Russia may be distressing for our staff and students, particularly those with family, friends or other connections who may be affected. The University will continue to monitor the situation and keep the student community updated. Read the latest update.

Guild Election: the results are in!

Did you catch Election results night last week? Thank you to all our student voters, candidates and everyone that took part in the Guild Elections. Congratulations to Acacia Matthews on being voted the new Guild President 2022/23 and to all the other newly elected Officers! 2022/23 results. 

International Women's Day (IWD) 2022

IWD is an important day in the calendar and it was great to see everyone (including Old Joe!) supporting. There are still lots of ways you can get involved and show your support this month. Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell and President of the Guild Mikey Brown explain how. Read the joint statement. 

Commonwealth Day: Monday 14 March

Taking place in the Great Hall, join us for an exciting event to celebrate and learn more about the Commonwealth. This year's Commonwealth Day is particularly significant for the University, as our city prepares to host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer. Find out more

Dates for your diary 

Intercept: BUCS Super Series Women's Netball, Birmingham vs Exeter

Wednesday 9 March, 6pm, Munrow Arena, UB Sport and Fitness

It's the BUCS Women's Netball Semi-finals. Come on down and support the Women's first team as they take on Exeter for a chance to progress onto the BUCS finals on Wednesday 23 March. The event will also feature a live performance from the Birmingham Pussycats. Free to attend. 

Prayers for Peace: Interfaith Service

Thursday 10 March, 12.30pm by Old Joe 

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team and the University Community as we gather to pray for peace in Ukraine. For further information, please contact Rev'd Mindy Bell:

Housemate Finder

Thursday 10 March, 6-7.30pm, Hampton Room Chamberlain Tower, The Vale Village 

Unsure who to live with next year? Don’t worry - your Student Mentors are here to help you! The Housemate Finder events are a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people also looking to meet others to live with next academic year. Sign up today.

Barber lunchtime concert - The Hermes Experiment 

Friday 11 March, 1pm, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Come along to this free lunchtime concert featuring the Hermes Experiment, who will be performing a selection from Ruari Paterson-Achenbach’s to sleep on it - a piece aimed at destabilising traditional relationships between composer, performer, and audience. Find out more.

Team Science: Covid-19 webinar series

Wednesday 23 March, 10.30am-12pm, online via Zoom

Hear from public health experts and innovators who made custom-modelled face shields, as well as learning about the wider impacts of university-led innovation in healthcare. Register online.

Serious About Comedy 

Friday 1 April, 10.30am-5.30pm, Birmingham Rep Theatre

Come along to this exciting free event mixing comedy with academia. Serious About Comedy will bring professional comedians, including some famous names, together with academics from across the College of Arts and Law, students and the public, in a shared pursuit of learning and laughs. All attendees will also receive a free lunch. The event will be followed by a paid, ticketed show in the evening. Find out more and book

Have you had your say yet?

There’s still plenty of time to have your say in either the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) for non-final years or National Student Survey (NSS) for final years. Take this chance to make your voice heard and help improve the university experience for you and others! Complete a survey.

Logging in to the UKES survey

Completing the UKES survey is quick and easy - just follow these simple steps. Watch now. 

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is here!

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is the biggest celebration of creativity ever in the region. In the lead up to the Games, you're invited to enjoy some arts, culture, musical and theatres performances in the heart of Birmingham. Explore Birmingham. 

PG Corner

UGS Talks: Postgraduate Being Enterprise

Join us at the Exchange on Thursday 24 March (5.15pm-7.30pm) for this exciting event where you can hear from fellow PG students, and network. The event features talks by four enterprising postgraduates who have made the leap to start their own business, followed by the chance to network with colleagues over refreshments. This event is suitable for all postgraduate researchers and postgraduate taught students, whatever your discipline or career aspirations - enterprise skills are incredibly useful and make you very attractive to potential employers, whether you want to get into academia, business or industry. Find out more and sign up today.

PGT Café 

Are you a part-time, commuter or distance learner student looking to meet other students like you? Come and join us at the PGT Café social event on Friday 18 March (3-5pm). Sign up here.

Academic English Skills for PGR's 

For PGR students looking to improve their academic English, we have workshops taking place throughout March and April, online and in-person. This is a great way to develop your skills in proof-reading, critical writing, writing literature reviews, and more. Find out more and sign up.

And finally...

  • Grab a Jab this Thursday! Missed the last pop up vaccination centre on campus? Don't worry, pop along to the Green Heart on Thursday 10 March, 9am-3pm for a first, second or booster jab of the Pfizer vaccine. No need to book. 
  • Postgraduate Open Day: Our Postgraduate Open Day is your chance to meet with academics in your department or subject area to discuss taught or research courses, chat with support and admissions staff and get a feel for postgraduate life at Birmingham. Book your place.


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