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’s a lot to cover this week, with 10 items for you, including information on the latest edition of the Manchester Historian newspaper, assessment support from the Library and free summer workshops for women interested in entering politics. 

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.

Publishing of Year Marks and Final Degree Award Information

On Thursday 21 May, the SALC Teaching & Learning team sent an email to students confirming that you can expect to be able to view your marks, progression decisions or final degree class by mid-July 2020. Official digital transcripts for graduating students are expected to be accessible by mid-August 2020. Please see the SALC Students blog for the full email.

IT Services Disruption and Late Submission Penalties

We are aware that many students experienced intermittent access to a number of services (including Blackboard) recently owing to a series of University-wide IT connectivity issues. The School will waive all late submission penalties on all course work submitted between Monday 4 May 2020 and midnight on Friday 15 May 2020. It was not possible to inform students about this proposed mitigation until after we were confident that the connectivity issues had been resolved. In addition to waving late submission penalties, we would also like to remind you that the No Disadvantage policy covers all students and all work submitted during this assessment period. The Examination Boards will also be made aware of the IT connectivity issues, and standard, robust moderation processes will be followed in June to ensure that marks are within school and/or previous year norms for individual units.

Manchester Historian

Issue 36 of the Manchester Historian is available to view online. The Manchester Historian is the History department’s newspaper, run by students for students, and the latest issue focuses on ideology and faith. You can get in touch with the Manchester Historian team via the website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 Outstanding Staff Awards 2020 – Last Call for Nominations!

We’ve had lots of nominations for SALC staff in the Outstanding Staff Awards so far – thank you! If you haven’t submitted a nomination yet, you have until Friday 29 May 2020. Categories include Outstanding Dissertation Supervisor, Outstanding Professional Services Staff, Programme of the Year and Outstanding Teaching.

Free Online Training for Women Interested in Entering Politics 

This summer, the Fawcett Society are running free online training for women on getting into politics, using your voice online and community organising and leadership. This programme also includes sessions on getting into politics specifically for women who are Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnicity. You don’t need any existing knowledge or experience. Sign up for several different sessions or just one, whatever works for you.

Don’t Miss out on the Stellify Award!

The deadline for having all of your hours recorded on the Volunteer Hub is 31 May 2020. Check your Volunteer Hub account to make sure all your hours are recorded and are showing as confirmed. If you need help please contact the Volunteering Team at volunteers@manchester.ac.uk.

Assessment Support: Helping You Revise and Prepare

Assessments are different this year, but the Library team are still here to support you. They have online resources and podcasts from My Learning Essentials which will help you to prepare for your open book assessments. From explaining how to prioritise, plan, memorise and communicate your ideas, to practising identifying and breaking down the key parts of an exam question, all bases are covered. If you have any specific revision questions, you can contact the Teaching & Learning team for support and advice.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)


A reminder that the PTES is still 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.

Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2020

Creative Manchester, in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, is running a climate-themed micropoetry competition, with submissions via Twitter! Poems will be judged by a panel of professional poets, including esteemed poet and Chancellor of the University, Lemn Sissay. The subject of the2020 competition is climate, and you have until the longest day of the year, 21 June 2020, to submit your short poems. See the Creative Manchester website for more details on the brief and details on how to enter.

The Careers Service –  Here to Support for Up to Two Years After you Graduate

 The Careers Service website has all the careers help you need, including appointments for advice on applications, personal statements for PG study, interviews plus careers guidance. The Careers Service also offers online workshops on a range of topics and you can find vacancies via Careerslink. We also have monthly careers newsletters for undergraduate students (not final year), final year undergraduate students and PGT students. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact careers.info@manchester.ac.uk and connect with us via our social media.  In case you missed it last week, check out our Student Journalism Competition 2020 on our Media Club FB group.

That’s everything from us this week. Remember, 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.

We wish you all the very best for the remainder of the exam period!