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 7 items for you this week, including details of Virtual Celebration events for our final year students, workshops from the Counselling Service and volunteering opportunities with BHZ Connection.

All of the University’s support teams and services, including the Counselling Service, remain open throughout the summer 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 from the My Manchester News site.


SALC Virtual Celebrations – Class of 2020

SALC Virtual Celebrations for the Class of 2020 is an alternative way to mark the achievements of our graduands remotely this summer, as we recognise how important this celebration is to you and your families. SALC Virtual Celebrations are to be launched on 28th July 2020 at 3pm, via the SALC YouTube channel. If you are a final year student, you should have received your invite over the past couple of days. If you haven’t received an invite yet, please contact salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk as soon as possible. Individual links to the Virtual Celebrations will be circulated nearer the time.

All of our students should have now received an email from the Vice-Chancellor confirming the postponement of our July 2020 graduation ceremonies. We are sure that many of our students and their families will have questions about how this decision will affect them, so we have put together some FAQs for you, which we will continue to update as more information becomes available.

Please be assured that we are planning to hold graduation ceremonies later in the year if we are able to do so safely. We will be in contact with you when we have more details.

These virtual celebrations taking place at the end of July are in no way intended to be a replacement of your graduation ceremony but in addition to. We wanted to mark such a significant occasion and celebrate all your hard work and achievements with you this summer and hope you will be able to take part. If you have any questions, about the celebrations, please email salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.


Counselling Service Workshops

The Counselling Service have moved their workshop programme online and regular sessions are scheduled all the way through the summer months. Next week, why not sign up for the ‘Calm Your Brain’ session to help you start your day with a sense of calm and acceptance? Next week’s sessions run on Monday 13 July and Thursday 16 July, 9:30am – 10am. 


Volunteer with BHZ Connection

Please bear in mind that the University advises students to follow the Foreign & Commonwealth Office guidance that advises British nationals against all but essential travel to countries which aren’t on the exempted list. Therefore, if you wish to register your interest with BHZ Connection, please do so with a mind to limiting your involvement to online activity until Foreign & Commonwealth Office guidance changes.

BHZ Connection is a project that provides educational development to young people from low-income families by teaching languages like English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Giving these young people the ability to speak another language is a passport to a better future, helping them to reduce the impact of their economic situation through education. The project uses the teaching of foreign languages as an educational tool via the production of plays, educational games, music, sport and other activities that allow the student to learn other languages. This is a great opportunity to take part in a great cause, gain volunteering hours and to develop valuable skills along the way.

BHZ Connection are currently looking for volunteers to help out with the following roles:

Teaching (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Grammar): to teach languages like English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Social Media Committee: to contribute to the project’s social media activity

Recruitment Committee: to recruit future volunteers to continue the project’s success

If you are interested in being involved, please contact BHZ Connection via accabhz@gmail.com.


Careers Workshops

The Careers Service have a range of online workshops and webinars to help you in planning your career. Next week’s events include:

Wednesday 15 July, 12pm-1pm: TLT LLP Future Talent Webinar – Banking in the Pandemic: An Insider View

Wednesday 15 July, 3pm-4pm: McKinsey & Company Diversity Speaker Series: Introduction to Ethnic Diversity at McKinsey

Thursday 16 July, 12pm-1pm: Reinvigorate Your Job Search: 2020 Graduates


Careers Service – Here for You Over the Summer

The Careers Service is open throughout the summer, with  information on postgraduate study, and available for you to use for up to two years after you graduate.

Use our website for careers help, appointments for advice on applications, personal statements for PG study, practice interviews and careers guidance. You can also find vacancies on Careerslink as well as online workshops.

For further information contact careers.info@manchester.ac.uk and connect with the Careers Service via social media. 


Music Department: Virtual Concert 3

The third concert in the Martin Harris Centre: Music Online series see Marc Danel and Gilles Millet of the Quatour Danel perform a selection from Bartok’s duos.


1:1 Support Available For You

Remember, the Student Experience team are here to answer any questions you have. You can keep in touch with us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.ukFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Gareth and Emma, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, are also available for 1:1 appointments via Zoom, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm. In the first instance, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

If you have an event or society that you’d like to shout about, please let us know! Contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and we could be including your content in the next edition of SALC Linked.