The Brum Bulletin - Wednesday 27 January


The Asymptomatic Testing Site located in the Great Hall will now offer rapid lateral flow testing for students and staff until the end of February. Open every Monday and Thursday (9-5) and you can regularly book a test appointment on the intranet.

A reminder that only students whose course requires them to be on campus (or meet the list of exemptions) should be on campus but if you are it’s really important to regularly test to help reduce transmission of the virus.

Testing is free and only takes around 15 minutes with results quickly available.  

AST Booking Information

A message from Kathy Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

I wanted to remind everyone that the University and the Guild have worked together to produce the Covid-adapted Fair Assessment Frameworks that apply for this academic year and which were communicated to you via your School. All of the details have been published on our intranet pages via the button below, alongside new FAQs and advice for undergraduate/postgraduate, graduating/continuing cohorts, study abroad and placements/year in industry students. Please ensure you have read everything in the Framework that applies to you because each document contains important contextual information.

Please refer to your School for guidance on specific programme issues.

These frameworks have been developed to support different student groups and to take account of the specific Covid challenges students are experiencing this year and also cumulative challenges since March 2020. At this point it is unclear how the pandemic will progress, but it is already apparent that we will need to continue to work together to develop further frameworks for continuing students in future academic years to mitigate for both specific and cumulative Covid challenges.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Guild for their input, particularly the following officers: Jules Singh (Education), Rebecca Cutler (Postgraduate) and Wei-Lun Chen (International).

Kathy Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)  

Assessment Update

#JustBe on Old Joe

To celebrate the launch of UoBe Festival we asked, “What word would you like to #JustBe in 2021?” See the results projected on to Old Joe. 

#JustBe On Old Joe

Study spaces update

Keep up-to-date with what study spaces are open on campus. Remember to ensure you book (as required) and follow the Covid-19 safe guidance when using study spaces on campus.

Study spaces on campus

Semester 2 timetables are now live

Your Semester 2 teaching timetable is now available to view via the MyUoB app. Any queries about your timetable should be directed to your department.

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Have your say on teaching and learning

The new Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching is now available to complete. Share your views on your experience this year. The survey is open to all UG and PGT students.

Complete the survey

UoBe Festival is underway!

There's still time to sign up for some great activities taking place before the end of the week including a comic book workshop, movie night and chance to sign the gratitude wall. Sign up today. 

UoBe Festival timetable

Student Social: Snow on campus

We hope you have enjoyed the snow over the week. Here's a great image by @icecream_trdelnik. Share your great images and tag @unibirmingham. 

Snow on campus

Intranet top tip: Taking care of yourself

Our intranet pages feature useful information for looking after yourself, such as self-help guides and tips for managing stress and eating well. 

Tips for self care   

Dates for your diary 

Internships and Work Experience Fair
Wednesday 10 February, 11.00am-3.00pm

Discover placements, internships, volunteering opportunities, insight days and vacation schemes.  Meet with the Careers Networks team of Internships Officers to talk through your options and learn about support available through our bursary schemes. For more information and to sign up, visit the Careers Network intranet pages

Careers Network Mentoring information and application session
Tuesday 2 February, 12.00-1.00pm

This event is for students to find out about the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme, gain an understanding of what mentoring is about and the value of having a mentor to support with career development. Students should ensure they are eligible for the Careers Network mentoring scheme before booking. Register here. 


PG corner

PG Academic Masterclass

Our Mindful Academic Masterclass is coming up as part of UoBe Festival on Friday 29 January, sign up and more info here

PG Events

February postgraduate events include workshops on research skills, beginning research as a PGT, and creative problem solving. More info and sign-up to all events. 

Careers events in February cover PhD applications, the Postgraduate Professional Award, and developing or changing an existing career, find out more

Blog about your postgraduate experience 

Contribute to our PG Tips blog and give your advice and insight into finding and accomplishing a Masters or PhD by becoming a PG blogger.  Find out more and register your interest here

Ikon Gallery: Year Zero, Haroon Mirza

Get immersed in the arts with this free online performance. This ‘modular opera’ focuses on two central narrative elements: a pandemic and a shaman reconnecting with natural forces and ancient practices.

Watch the performance

And finally...

  • We’re pleased to support the launch of the Santander Universities Black Inclusion programme - a new and exciting online learning experience for up to 3,000 Black and Black Mixed university students and recent graduates in the UK. The programme provides students with exclusive access to an array of valuable resources about finance.  Plus, upon completion of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to win a £1,500 Santander Scholarship, applications close Friday 5 March. Find out more and apply here
  • Thank you for continuing to wear a face mask indoors and on public transport, and maintaining a 2-metre distance from others. A reminder on keeping Covid safe advice can be found on the intranet.
  • Read the latest edition of Old Joe. This edition of the alumni magazine features stories of staff, students and graduates who volunteered to help others during Covid-19, how we welcomed new graduates and a feature story with Guild President Tobi Adeyemi. Read the latest Old Joe


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