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 becoming a Student Rep, a reminder of SALC’s Instant Chat Support and news of the reopening of the Want not Waste shop on campus.

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.



We’ve had quite a few queries about timetables this week. Please note that you must use https://timetables.manchester.ac.uk/ to access your timetable this year. You can also access the above link by selecting ‘My Timetable’, on the left hand tool bar of your My Manchester home screen. If you view your timetable by any other means, you will see incorrect information. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this. Your Semester 1 timetable will be finalised next week by your programme administration team so please double check it before teaching begins on Monday 5 October.


Support From Your Programme Administration Team

If you have questions about your course, for example about welcome week or selecting course units, you can speak to the Programme Administration Team. They are available via our Instant Chat Support. Instant Chat Support is available Monday – Friday, 10am–12pm and 2-4pm (UK Time). You can also contact your programme administration team via email.


Student Support on Campus

If you do need to come and see us on campus, make your way to the Student Helpdesk in the South Foyer of the Samuel Alexander Building. The Student Experience team will be available from 10:00–16:00, Monday to Friday to answer your queries and direct you to support services. Due to social distancing measures a maximum of two people will be permitted at the Student Helpdesk (with queue markers for further students outside) at any time, and you may be asked to leave the queue and to come back at a later time or day. Please observe a 2 metre social distance at all times and remember to wear a face mask when you’re in University buildings.


Be a Student Leader & Collaborate with Staff as a Student Rep!

Sign-up is now open for the 2020-21 Student Rep programme! As a student rep, you work to gather the feedback of your classmates to make real change & help your course improve for your year & future years. For more information, you can watch a conversation between two of our current students, Zoe and Dexter, about student reps.

  Sign Up Here!


Zero Waste Shop Reopening Next Week!

Want not Waste, the local plastic-free refill shop on campus, is delighted to invite you back from 11am on Monday 28 September. Keep your eyes peeled for their new upcoming Click-and-Collect online scheme, but in the meantime you can still drop by and shop with them safely in store! They offer a range of goods from refillable dry foods and snacks, cleaning and bathroom products to plastic-free gifts and sweets. The non-profit shop is open Monday through Friday and is run entirely by student volunteers (including some of our very own SALC students!) You can find them in between Academy 1 and the SU – so why not check them out? More information, like their new in-shop COVID guidelines and varying opening hours, can be found on Facebook and Instagram. 



Coping with the COVID-19 Challenge

This session, offered by the Counselling and Mental Health service, aims to provide support for anyone struggling to cope with the new challenges that coronavirus is presenting to us all. The workshop will combine a wide array of advice and resources for coping & enhancing mental health during this COVID-19 period. Accessibility to this support will help participants implement their own personal strategies for doing well in these uncertain times. The workshop will take place on Zoom on Thursday 1 October, 13:00-14:00. More information and how to book onto the session is available on the Counselling Service website.


Wellbeing: Settling In

As we reach the start of term, it is normal to feel apprehensive about settling in and adjusting to University life. You may find it useful to take a look at this pack of resources that contains lots of information and tips that should make the transition a little easier. You could also check out the dedicated settling in page on the Student Support website, for further guidance.


Social Justice Challenge & Workplace Ethics Challenge

Remember to complete the Social Justice Challenge (SJC) and sign up to the Workplace Ethics Challenge (WEC – Final Years Only)  during Welcome and Induction week (w/c 28 September) if you haven’t already done so! The SJC explores race, migration, homelessness, mental health, energy and higher education. It only takes about an hour to complete! The WEC helps students to get to grips with ethical dilemmas in the workplace, regardless of your career path. Completion of both challenges 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 the Ethical Grand Challenges website.


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.

The Careers Service host and run lots of online events, many led by employers and all are listed on Careerslink and on the careers service website. Next week, join our Finding Part Time Jobs (event id 6316) session on Tuesday 29 September 2020, 14:30-15:30, to find out where to look for part time jobs in Manchester. This talk will be repeated on Thursday 8 October.


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.