Welcome to the latest edition of SALC Linked, the weekly round-up of recent news, tips and resources from across SALC and the wider University. There are 10 items for you this week, including news on the Open-Book Exam Timetable, our Remote Yoga Event, the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey and the Outstanding Staff Awards.

If you have any suggestions for content or would like to write a blog of your own experiences, please contact the SALC Student Experience team via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.

Remember, the University’s  support teams and services are working remotely, and are still available to offer advice and guidance. You can find a full list of contacts on the University’s Student Support website, which also contains lots of other resources to help support your wellbeing. You can also get news, tips and links to resources throughout the week from the My Manchester News site.


Open-Book Exam Timetable

We can confirm that the Open-Book Exam Timetable will be released to you on Monday 27th April 2020. You will be emailed as soon as the timetable is available to view on the Student Intranet.


SEED and SALC Remote Yoga Event 

SEED and SALC invite you to take some time to relax, unwind and join us on Zoom for our online Yoga session on Thursday 30th April 2020 at 2pm. You will be guided through a 30 minute energetic flow with Dominika, a fully trained yoga teacher. You don’t need to use your camera or microphone to be involved – just some space, a mat (or anything to make the floor more comfortable) and some water! To sign up to the event, head to Eventbrite now.



Blackboard Engagement & Support 

The Student Experience team sent an email on Thursday 23rd April 2020 to all SALC students to inform you of a new initiative designed to support students who may be struggling to engage with their studies. If we notice that you have not been engaging with the teaching and learning resources provided via Blackboard, you may be contacted by Gareth or Emma from the Student Experience team over the next few weeks. The purpose of this contact will be to discuss how the University can best support you in your studies so that you can make the most of the teaching activities and resources available through Blackboard. 



No Disadvantage Policy 

In response to several queries that we’ve had recently, this is just a reminder that the No Disadvantage Policy applies to all Semester 2 modules, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught dissertations/projects that are due to be submitted for the first time during the current academic year. For further details, please see the letter sent to all SALC students on 8th April 2020.


Social Isolation & Setting Boundaries at Home

Lots of us are finding living at home challenging, either due to physical distancing or due to feeling overwhelmed by a busy household. Have a look at our latest Wellbeing blog, which shares the Student Wellbeing Team’s tips on look after your wellbeing whilst at home.


Outstanding Staff Awards 2020

If there is a member of SALC staff who has made a big difference to your University experience, why not nominate them for an Outstanding Staff Award? Categories include Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Professional Services Staff and Outstanding Dissertation Supervisor.  The deadline for nominations is Friday 29th May 2020. 


Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The PTES is now live and your feedback is vital in helping us to continue to make the University a better place to study. You can complete the survey at my.manchester.ac.uk.


Launch of Nightmail

Greater Manchester Nightline, the confidential listening and information service run for student by students, has launched Nightmail. Nightmail is a confidential email listening and information service that’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The team of specially trained volunteers aim to respond to emails within 48 hours. The email address for Nightmail is nightmail@manchester.nightline.ac.uk.


Support from the Library 

Although the buildings are closed, there is still lots of support available online from the Library staff. The Library is working to get all core reading list books online and you can still order new e-books.  If you have any questions, you contact staff via the 24 hour live chat tool or the Library Help portal.The Library has also asked us to reassure you that any fines and recalls have been paused. If you see fines accruing on your account, just ignore them. Finally, you might also want to try archive.org – a non-profit library of free books, movies, software and music.


Free Workout Programmes Via Mywellness

The University is offering all students  the chance to train and track their activity at home with daily Easy, Medium, and Pro workouts in a mobile app called mywellness.  In the app you can also track your outdoor activity, be that walking, Jogging, Running or Cycling. You can sign up at  www.mywellness.com/UoMsport. Once you’ve created your account, download the mywellness app, log in and you’ll see the workouts on the very first page.


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.

You can contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.ukFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the team via our online Chat Tool, which is on the homepage of the SALC Student blog and is available during UK working hours.