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 an opportunity to give your feedback on My Manchester, an update from the Library and details of mindfulness workshops.

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.


Blackboard Unavailability: 4th August – 10th August

Please be aware that Blackboard will be unavailable between 5pm on Tuesday 4th August and 9am on Monday 10th August.


Be Part of Improving My Manchester & Blackboard

Would you like to be part of improving My Manchester and Blackboard? Then take part in a short interview with the Student Partner Intern team to let them know how you currently use the present UoM interfaces and any improvements that you’d like to see. They want to know how you use these interfaces on a regular basis, any issues you have right now, and any features you wish could be added. You’ll also take a first look at one of the team’s mock-up designs of how a new interface would look and, with your input, help improve it and refine it for your degree area! The team wants to create unique and niche interfaces for each discipline area (STEM, Humanities, Medicine) and make your university experience more efficient! If you’re interested, please email mariam.hussein@manchester.ac.uk to schedule a short interview and be part of real systemic change within the University.


Library Update

As part of their efforts to work towards the reopening of our physical study spaces, the Library team will pilot a click and collect service at the Main Library, limited study space at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and limited access to Special Collections materials held at The John Rylands Library. These pilots are planned for late July, with additional access being rolled out when it is safe to do so. Once the click and collect service is live, you can also return items to the Main Library. However, if you’re due to return in the new academic year or live locally, please hold on to your loans as you will not accrue any fines at this time. For service updates, please check the Library website and Twitter.


Mindfulness Workshops

The Counselling Service is offering two online workshops next week. Calm Your Brain (Monday 20th July, 9:30am-10:30am) uses guided relaxation to help start your day with a sense of calm and acceptance. Mindfulness Meditation (Wednesday 22nd July, 1:00pm-2:00pm) encourages us to look at our thoughts from a different perspective so that we can break our own habitual, automatic, unhelpful thinking patterns.


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.

Interested in finding out about a particular career? Use the Which Career pages to explore your job and career options. You can also 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, including recordings of our previous sessions.

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


Music Department: Virtual Concert 4

The fourth concert in the Martin Harris Centre: Music Online series is a performance of Professor Camden Reeves’ Music for Glass Cabinets – a three-flute piece with all parts played by Robert Looman.


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.