Following a break for the Easter weekend, welcome to the second edition of SALC Linked, the weekly round-up of recent news, tips and resources from across SALC and the wider University. There are 6 items for you this week, including news on the No Disadvantage Policy, the Living Cost Support Fund and the International Society.
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1 – Update on the No Disadvantage Policy
An email was sent out to all SALC students on Wednesday 8 April with an update on how the University’s No Disadvantage Policy will be implemented within SALC. We know that many of you have questions about SALC’s methods for calculating baseline marks and further details will be provided after the Easter break. Please see this online version of the email in case you missed it last week.
2 – Living Cost Support Fund
If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to seek assistance from the Living Cost Support Fund. The Fund, which can award both small grants and loans, is open to all students regardless of level of study or nationality. Please note the Fund is NOT available to provide support with tuition fees. For information on how to apply, please see the Living Cost Support Fund website or email email@example.com.
3 – Become a Peer Mentor
Want to support other students and tick off one your Stellify leadership roles? Become a Peer Mentor or PASS Leader and join our ever-growing Peer Support community!
What does it involve? You will provide social and academic support to first year students studying the same/similar degree programme to you.
Who can sign up? Anyone and everyone! There are absolutely no prior requirement to becoming a Peer Mentor or PASS Leader, all we ask is that you are keen and committed to the role!
4 – Useful Contacts
Need to speak to someone from Student Support, IT Services or the the Students’ Union? See the Student Experience team’s blog which lists useful contacts within SALC and the wider University.
5 – The International Society
The International Society provides a warm and welcoming place for international and British students to come together and make new friends. If you join the International Society, you can attend its online weekly socials, where you can chat with other students and play online games. The International Students in Manchester Facebook group is also available for international students who have remained in Manchester and want to connect with others in a similar position.
6 – Staff Student Liaison Committee – 23rd April
Just a reminder that SALC will be holding a virtual Staff Student Liaison Committee on Thursday 23rd April. The committee is a chance for Student Reps to pass on feedback and concerns from students to the SALC management team. If you have any issues that you would like your Student Rep to raise, you can contact them by searching for them on the SU’s Rep Hub.
We hope that you have found this round-up useful. If you are having any problems at the moment, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we are here to support you.
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