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 items for you this week, including news on borrowing and returning library books, study spaces in the Learning Commons and details of course unit selection

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.


Undergraduate Course Unit Selection 2020/21

Please note that programme structure and course unit information for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures which you may find online is not up to date. Information will be updated shortly and by Monday 17 August at the latest. You will be informed when information is available for you to view. Course units owned by the following Schools / Departments will be available for you to select as follows:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures:

All Level 3 and final year courses: Monday 24 August at 12pm

All Level 2 courses (including any relevant Level 1 courses): Thursday 27 August at 10am

School of Social Sciences: Tuesday 25 August

Alliance Manchester Business School: Wednesday 26 August (students enrolling on BMaP units can email undergrad.ambs@manchester.ac.uk with any enrolment requests or queries.)

School of Environment, Education and Development: Friday 28 August

University College for Interdisciplinary Learning: Monday 3 August

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM-coded units): please check the website: http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/

You should make your selections using the Student System and we’d recommend you do this by Monday 14 September to allow us time to carry out checks and final preparations in time for the start of teaching week commencing Monday 5 October 2020. Please remember to check the Student Intranet regularly for support and guidance in making your selections.


Borrowing Books – Click and Collect from Main Library

The Library team have announced that a pilot service to allow students to borrow books held at the Main Library will be launched on Monday 27 July. Please be aware that study spaces still aren’t available within the building, but students will be able to collect books that they have ordered via an online Click and Collect service between 10am-2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To use the Click and Collect service, log into Library Search, locate the book you want and click the ‘Request’ button. Once you have requested a book, you will receive an email notification when the book is ready for collection.


Returning Books to the Main Library

From Monday 27 July, you will also be able to return all Library books to the book return bin in the entrance of the Main Library. The building will be open for book returns between 10am and 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please allow 72 hours for your Library account to be updated showing the return. However, if you’re coming back to the University in the new academic year or you live locally, please hold on to your loans as this will support the Library in delivering this service to those who urgently need it. Don’t worry – you won’t accrue any fines.


Alan Gilbert Learning Commons – Study Spaces

From Monday 27 July, there will be 18 bookable study spaces available for use on the first floor of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. You’ll be able to plug in a personal laptop, or use one of the PCs provided. In addition, there will be one accessible study space available to book. Initially, these spaces will be prioritised for postgraduate students, who are working on dissertations and coursework. Study spaces are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and slots last from 10am to 2pm. You must book a whole slot online in advance. To book a slot, please visit the Library’s Service Update page from Monday 27 July onwards. Please bear in mind that, unless exempt due to a medical condition, you must wear a face covering at all times inside library buildings, including the Learning Commons.


Undergraduate Research Internships in Canada

If you are due to be entering the final year of your degree programme in September 2021, you might be eligible to take part in a fully-funded summer research internship at a Canadian University. The internships are 12 weeks long (June to September 2021) and all research costs, return flights, visa, airport transport, housing, health insurance, living expenses, attendance at industry events and professional development workshops and access to a mentor/buddy scheme are included. Please see the Mitacs Globalink website for further information and, if you are interested, please contact goabroad@manchester.ac.uk for an Expression of interest (EOI) form. All EOI forms must be submitted no later than 31 July 2020 in order for you to be considered for the internship programme. Please bear in mind that the internships will be subject to government travel advice.


Responding to Academic Setbacks and Challenges

As you access your results this week, we hope that you receive the grades you were hoping for. However, it is inevitable that some students will not get the grades that they were targeting for a variety of reasons. We recognise that setbacks can be challenging and perhaps disheartening, but it is how you respond to these which is what matters most. Building your academic resilience can help you to view challenges as opportunities for growth, allowing you to learn for the future. The video above contains tips on how to build academic resilience, and this page has a number of resources that will help you to ‘fail well’. You could also check out this myth busting sheet that tackles some of the misconceptions around academic resilience, and log your progress with this resilience journal.


1:1 Support Available For You

Remember, the Student Experience team are here to answer any questions you have and to chat about any issues, whether academic or personal. We can then signpost you to the most appropriate support. You can contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.ukFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Gareth and Emma, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, are also available next week for 1:1 appointments via Zoom, Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. In the first instance, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.


Mindfulness Workshop

If you missed it last week, or would like another dose of mindfulness, there is another chance to attend one of the Counselling Service’s Mindfulness Meditation workshops on Wednesday 29 July, 1pm-2pm. The workshop 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. 

That’s everything from us this week. 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.