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 details about the Social Justice Challenge, wellbeing resources for pre-arrival worries and a call for submissions to the English Literature society’s online poetry pamphlet.

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. For the latest news on the University’s preparations for the new academic year, please monitor your emails and see the FAQ section of the My Manchester website. The Student Experience team is also here to answer your queries and you can contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.


Welcome and Induction

You will receive an email during the week commencing Monday 21 September with more details about the Welcome and Induction events planned by the University. Please check your emails and, if you do not receive this email by Friday 25 September, please contact your programme administration team.


Social Justice Challenge

Remember to complete the Social Justice Challenge (SJC) during Welcome and Induction week (w/c 28 September) if you haven’t already done so! The SJC is the second of three Ethical Grand Challenges and explores race, migration, homelessness, mental health and higher education. It only takes about an hour to complete and goes towards the University of Manchester’s Stellify Award – the programme that gives you a unique and personalised set of experiences beyond your studies and helps set you apart from other graduates. Further information can be found via www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/socialjustice/.


Workplace Ethics Challenge

In the third and last of our Ethical Grand Challenges, final year students can get to grips with ethical dilemmas in the workplace, whatever your career plans. No matter which Workplace Ethics Challenge (WEC) workshop you choose, you will gain skills and experience that will improve your confidence and help you stand out in a crowded graduate job market. You can sign up for individual Blackboard workshops from Monday 28 September onwards or join other students in virtual Zoom workshops. As with the SJC, the WEC contributes to the Stellify Award and will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).


We Want to Publish Your Poetry!

The English Literature Society are publishing their online poetry pamphlet, The Mundane Times, in a new format this year and want to feature your work! ​Whether you’re a seasoned poet or you’ve never written creatively before, they want to see your poetry! Their themes for the first Autumn edition are Release, Familiarity and Place.

The deadline for submissions for the autumn edition is  4pm on Sunday 4 October. Please submit any work to uomenglitsoc@outlook.com​ in a word document, including your name and the title of your poem.

For more information on this and their Welcome events, visit the English Literature Society’s Instagram and Facebook!


Wellbeing: Resources for Pre-Arrival Worries

We understand that this is an unusual start of year and it is completely normal to have worries or concerns before the beginning of term, especially around staying safe and healthy. You may find it useful to take a look at this pre-arrival pack that contains lots of information around staying healthy, as well as tips on how to manage any pre-arrival worries, particular for those of you who are moving back to Manchester for the start of the academic year. You could also check out the Be Healthy page that has further guidance, as well as information on how to access further support.


Your Careers Service

Please use the Careers Service website for careers information and support, practice interviews and appointments for advice on applications and PG study personal statements. You can also find vacancies on Careerslink as well as online workshops, including recordings of our previous sessions.

Interested in finding out about a particular career? Use the Which Career pages and see the Find Jobs page for internships and job opportunities. For further information, contact careers.info@manchester.ac.uk and connect with the Careers Service via social media.

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


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, 10:00-16:00. In the first instance, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.


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.