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 of a change to the Big White Wall, a Counselling Service workshop on perfectionism and a reminder that SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers are here for you.

The University’s support teams and services, including the Counselling Service, are 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.


Want to Talk About the New Academic Year?

The new academic year is an exciting time but also brings new challenges with it. If you are concerned about the transition back into University life, or if you have any issues that you’d like to talk over, the Student Experience team are here for you and can signpost you to the most appropriate support. Gareth and Emma, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, are 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.


Big White Wall Becomes Togetherall

Big White Wall, the free, confidential, 24/7 online mental health support community, has rebranded and is now called Togetherall. The service will continue to work in the same way and is a safe space for students to interact anonymously to get support from others. It also has courses to help you to manage your mental health and free resources, including articles, tests and techniques to help you take control of your wellbeing. Learn more or register for free at togetherall.com


Wellbeing: Top Tips to Make You Feel Good

The latest article on the SALC Students blog site is written by Sarah, our brilliant student intern and is called Top Tips to Make You Feel Good. The blog focuses on 15 wellness tips to help you to maintain good mental health as you prepare for the new academic year.


Course Unit Selection

A reminder that Course Unit Selection is still 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. If your programme structure allows you to take Free Choice units, you can also look now at all the Free Course Units you can select. 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.



Busting Low Mood Behaviour: One Step at a Time

On Thursday 10 September, 1pm-2pm, the Counselling Service are running a Zoom session that will encourage you to think about the psychology of perfectionism and how perfectionism becomes self-defeating. If you find that you are never really satisfied with your achievements, spend a lot of time procrastinating rather than working and are increasingly self-critical, then this could be the workshop for you. 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. 


That’s everything from us this week. The start of the new year is the perfect time to promote your society and its activities so, if you want to reach out to new members, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and we could be including your content in the next edition of SALC Linked.