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Following on from the Prime Minister's recent announcement, the Government confirmed it will allow providers to invite students on practical courses and creative subjects who need to access specialist facilities and equipment back to in-person teaching and learning from Monday 8 March. We are currently working through which courses this applies to, so please wait to hear from us before you make any plans to return.

We’d also like to remind you that for those students that do need to be on campus and are in our accommodation, we are continuing to offer serial asymptomatic testing which you can book here.

Read the full statement

The University will be hosting an online Student Experience Question Time on Wednesday 10 March 2021. Get involved and ask your questions to a group of university and student leaders including the Vice-Chancellor, Guild President and more.  The event will be hosted and chaired by our guest, Councillor Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and Councillor for Bournbrook and Selly Park wards.

Find out more and sign up

Your Wellbeing

Wellbeing staff Drew and Georgie talk about the different services that you can access at the University.

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Officer elections - vote now

The Guild of Students is holding their annual Officer Elections, where you get to decide which students will represent you in 2021/22. The Guild will also be hosting live Q&As where you can hear from the candidates. 

Find out more and vote

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

The Fairtrade Foundation's online festival brings us together to highlight Fairtrade. See what the University has done to maintain it's Fairtrade status and find out how you can become an ambassador. 

Get involved

National Student Money Week 

Get free advice on looking after your finances. This year’s theme is ‘expect the unexpected: saving money for a rainy day’. Events include a webinar on finance, an email boot camp, and you can also claim a free e-booklet with expert financial tips. 

Get expert finance tips

University Mental Health Day 

This day brings everyone together to make mental health a priority. Join UoB Sport & Fitness on Tuesday 4 March for a variety of free virtual mental and physical wellbeing sessions including meditation, wellbeing walks and a sports quiz.

See what's on offer

Student Social: Join us on Tik Tok

Did you know the University is now on Tik Tok? Follow us @unibirmingham, where you can see a range of great content from the Student Influencer team and much more. 

Follow UoB on Tik Tok

Intranet top tip: Digital Services

The digital services for students section is the gateway for a wide range of online services including Canvas, LinkedIn Learning and the IT Service portal.

Digital services

Dates for your diary 

Shape the European University for Wellbeing!
Tuesday 2 March, 3.30pm 

Are you keen to contribute to the wellbeing of our community? Are you passionate about improving our university and creating links with European students?  EUni Well, is an European University Network that is working together to deliver a meaningful and sustainable step-change to the well-being of our institutions, staff, students, and societies.  EUni well will be hosting an information session where you can find out more and how to join the community. Register here.

Steve McDermott presents: the five things that f**k you up
Wednesday 3 March, 2.00pm 

In partnership with John Smith's student store, join stand-up comedian and international best selling author Steve McDermott for a talk about the "five things that f**k you up". Register here

The full list of events taking place this month can be found here.

PG corner

March is full of workshops to develop your studies ahead of the Easter break, exams and dissertations.

PGT Essentials

There's a double bill of PGT Essentials, looking at Engaging With Feedback – how to effectively understand your assignment feedback and put it into practice; and Developing your Writing – tips for structuring assignments and writing reflectively.

Academic English for PGRs

For PGRs, Academic English for Postgraduates is a short course covering academic writing, proofreading and more for PGs with English as an additional language. We’re also hosting weekly, AM and PM Shut Up and Work sessions.

More information including how to join the above events can be found here

Discover Warwick Castle 

Warwick Castle have developed a range of free resources for people of all ages to learn about the castle.  From virtual tours and videos, word searches, quizzes and videos looking at key periods in the castle’s almost-1000-year history.

Explore Warwick Castle 

Win a UoB Sweatshirt

Print Me are giving away a sweatshirt to one lucky winner. All you have to do is suggest a UoB branded clothing item or accessory that you would like to see in the online shop by 3 March 2021.

Enter the prize draw

And finally...

  • The Food standards Agency have lots of useful allergy adviceIf you or your friends have a food allergy, speak to the restaurant every time when you order a takeaway or delivery. Even if it’s a meal you’ve had before, because ingredients can change. 
  • Get your bike serviced on campus. The campus bike shop is reopening in Staff House Square, run by social enterprise Gear Up and offering servicing, free bike checks and sales.
  • The University of Birmingham has been named the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2021


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