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 a reminder about course unit selection, resources from the Student Wellbeing team on good study skills and a reminder to tell the University about your study plans for Semester 1.

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.


Course Unit Selection

Course Unit Selection is now open for undergraduate students moving into levels 2 and 3 in September 2020. Please see our Course Unit Selection guidance pages for further information, including our self-service guides, which have been created by current students to guide you through the process.

Please make your selections 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. Try to complete your selections as early as possible. Popular units will fill up quickly, so the earlier you enrol on your course units, the less likely they are to be full.

Free choice units are designed to widen your programme by encouraging you to take modules from different subjects. You can look now at all the Free Course Units you can choose.


Tell the University About Your Study Plans for Semester 1

On Tuesday 18 August, you should have received an email from the University asking you to confirm whether you plan to study remotely or whether you will be able to study on campus during Semester 1. If you haven’t done so already, please indicate your intentions by clicking the appropriate link at the bottom of the email. If you haven’t received the email yet, please contact studentnews@manchester.ac.uk and include your University ID number in your email. The University’s plans for lectures to be held online and for seminars/tutorials to be held on campus (with the option to be accessed online if a student cannot join us on campus) remain unchanged. For further details, please see the Studying, teaching and assessment section of the University’s Coronavirus: FAQ page.


Wellbeing: Good Study Skills

Why not refresh yourself with good study skills so that you can study well and avoid poor practise in the coming academic year? With the recent changes to routines and methods of study, and whether you’re studying online or on campus, it is really important to remember how to study safely and smartly. Take a look at this page for tips, advice and lots of resources around good study skills, including the five step LEARN method.


Become a ResLife Advisor

Do you want to improve the quality of other students’ lives and their time at University? Become a ResLife Advisor and make a difference! Further information on eligibility, the role and the recruitment process can be found here. The deadline for applications to these posts is midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020.


Music Department: Virtual Concerts


The latest instalments of the Martin Harris Centre: Music Online series feature guitarist and singer Shirley Tetteh and Richard Whalley’s piano recital of music by Bach and UoM PhD Music student Maria Palapanidou. If you would like to receive updates and notifications for the online concerts, please subscribe to the Music department’s YouTube channel.


Hypnotherapy Skills for Stress

On Wednesday 2 September, 1pm-2pm, the Counselling and Mental Health Service are offering you the opportunity to learn how to relax and recharge by using guided visualisation. This workshop will show you how you can utilise this powerful tool in your daily life and there will be opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session for those who wish to engage in the chat. Interested? Book your place now!


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 the Careers Service 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.

Finally, the Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) programme sources paid gradate-level opportunities based in Manchester. Join the MGT 2020 Facebook Group and sign up to the weekly Vacancy Bulletin!

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, Tuesday 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.