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 information on the open book exam timetable, a new virtual repository of SALC content and a reminder that the International Society is a great way to meet new people.

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.


Open Book Exam Timetable Now Available

The SALC Open Book Exam Timetable for August is now ready to view on the Student Intranet: https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/student-intranet/support/assessment/exam-timetable/

You will find guidance on how to undertake these exams within the link above so please ensure you read this carefully. Please note that your individual exams will not be displayed on MyManchester. It will therefore be up to you to check the timetable and take note of when question papers will be released. For coursework resits and first sits, Programme Teams will ensure you are provided coursework instructions via email, if these have not yet been made available to you (via email or Blackboard).


Blackboard Back Online On Monday 10 August

As you may already be aware, Blackboard has been unavailable due to maintenance since Tuesday 4 August. This work will finish on Monday 10 August and Blackboard will be available again from 09:00 (BST) on that date. For further details on the maintenance, please refer to this Student News Team update. 


The International Society

The International Society is here for all students and is a great way to meet new people. Their Weekly Socials take place online every Friday and there is also an International Students in Manchester Facebook group where members can get together online and stay connected. See the society’s web page for information on how to get involved.


Policy Boot Camp 2020

Do you want to learn more about the world of policy making? At the Public Policy Boot Camp, a virtual course run by the University of Manchester and UCL, you’ll tackle tough policy challenges and develop imaginative and urgently-needed responses to real-world problems. You’ll meet new people and work with diverse groups to get to grips with the basics of the policy world. Following the course, there will be opportunities for paid internship placements at a range of policy organisations. Sign up – www.cfgm.uk.

The course is designed to guide you through the policy making process. Working with practitioners from central and local government, think tanks, and civil society experts, you will learn about the challenges and trade-offs faced by policy-makers. You’ll learn how to influence decision making using examples of real life policy challenges, and come up with genuine solutions which will feed into real policy work.

Last year, over thirty participants gained funded internships at organisations from across the policy world including Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, Metro Dynamics and the Cabinet Office.


SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire

We are excited to share SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire with you. Created in collaboration with Creative Manchester, this is SALC’s virtual repository for the latest music, lectures, podcasts, writing and online learning made available to users anywhere in the world. We will be continually updating this as and when new items become available. Current items on the page include Martin Harris Centre Online, Lockdown Lectures, the Centre for New Writing Podcast, the latest Institute for Cultural Practices publication, online competitions and online learning options including Egyptology online, pre-sessionial English Online and MSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response Online.


Music Department: Virtual Concerts

Olivia Jageurs on harp gives the seventh performance in the Martin Harris Centre: Music Online series. If you would like to receive updates and notifications for the online concerts, please subscribe to the Music department’s YouTube channel.


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. 


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, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm. In the first instance, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.


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.