Welcome to SALC Linked – the weekly round-up of news, tips and resources for students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Please be sure to keep an eye out for SALC Linked each week as it will contain important reminders and announcements relating to your studies and University services. There are 10 items for you this week, including information about the move to online learning, support for self-isolating students and a session with tips on cultivating an indoor garden to create a calming workspace.

Throughout your time at the University of Manchester, our support teams and services are ready to offer advice and guidance. You can find a full list of these services (including the Counselling Service) on the University’s Student Support website. The website is also full of resources to help support your wellbeing and studies. Gareth and Emma, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, are also on hand for to answer your questions and support you, either by email or a 1:1 Zoom appointment. In the first instance, please email them via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.

 

Online Learning Until End of October

All SALC students were sent an email on Tuesday 6 October with the news that almost all SALC teaching will be moving online until the end of October in response to the current levels of infection in the Manchester area. There are a very small amount of exceptions and, if this applies to you, you will have already been contacted by your department. This move to online teaching is intended as a temporary measure and will be reviewed at the end of October.

You can access your timetable online and you can also find information and resources via your course Blackboard pages. Please note that the campus is still open. You can book study spaces in the Library and Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and in selected teaching rooms. You can also access computer clusters remotely to use software that you may not have on your personal device. If you are having any issues with accessing any teaching sessions, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do contact your course unit directors, academic advisor or programme administration team.

 

Support if You Are Self-Isolating

If you are self-isolating at the moment, we want you to know that we are here to support you. In the first instance, it is important that you complete the University’s Online Self-Isolation form and have a look at the University’s microsite for self-isolating students, which includes advice on supplies and practical help. The University has a dedicated self-isolation support team that you can contact via email and you can also get support from the SALC Student Support & Guidance team. SALC Student Support & Engagement Officers, Gareth and Emma, are also available for 1:1 Zoom appointments (Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm). To arrange an appointment, please email salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk. If you live in University of Manchester accommodation, the ResLife team are also there to support you and the contact details of your ResLife advisor will be displayed in your accommodation. Finally, the Student Support team have put together ideas for activities for you and your bubble whilst self-isolating, a weekly planner to help you structure your day and links to a range of wellbeing resources and support services.

 

Timetables

The issues relating to the Publish programme are still to be resolved. Therefore, please continue to use the link below to view your timetable until further notice. We really appreciate your patience in this matter and will contact you as soon as we have any updates.

https://my.manchester.ac.uk/uPortal/f/home/p/timetable.u23l1n3101/max/render.uP (Student ID and password required). Enter your Student ID into the search bar at the top of the page and click ‘Search’.

 

Togetherall

We understand that things are tough for many people at the moment but help is available for all of our students. One source of help is Togetherall. Togetherall is a free, 24/7 online community, monitored by trained clinicians offering free mental health and wellbeing support. You can talk through issues anonymously with other users in the Community space or speak to a ‘Wall Guide’ (a trained healthcare professional) at any time of the day or night. There is an extensive bank of resources, including journals, goal setters and self-assessment tools to help you to improve your wellbeing. There are also courses on managing anxiety, coping with grief and managing depression (and many more topics) which include community discussion so that you can share learning and advice with people in a similar situation as yourself. You can register and find out further information using the Togetherall website.

 

Wellbeing: Planning your Indoor Garden

As we spend more time than ever at home, a calming workspace is essential. SALC and the Confucius Institute have teamed up with Mark Frith, a horticultural therapist and the founder of Growing Togetherness, for an online session with tips on growing plants indoors to combat stress and worries one seedling at a time. During this one-hour session, Mark will explain how to plan your indoor garden, select plants and how to propagate from them. Mark will also be able to answer any of your questions, no matter whether you are an experienced gardener or a complete beginner. The session will take place on Tuesday 13 October, 15:00-16:00 and you can register now via Eventbrite.

 

Prepare for the Careers Fairs 

Join this webinar to prepare you for the upcoming Virtual Careers Fairs! By attending, you  gain insight into what to expect of a Virtual Careers Fair, how to prepare for it, how to approach the event on the day and an opportunity to ask questions in order to feel as confident as possible. The webinar takes places on Wednesday 14 October, 14:30-15:30 and you can register now.

 

Online Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your University experience. You can make new friends, become part of the local community and develop new skills that will contribute to the Stellify award and look great on your CV. The Volunteering Service have hand-picked several online volunteering opportunities for SALC students, including: working with ReachOut as a volunteer mentor for primary school children in disadvantaged communities, providing animal themed artwork and activities for isolated individuals and working as a Social Media Marketing Assistant with the Nostalgia Trust. These and loads more volunteering opportunities are available on Volunteer Hub. To search for online opportunities in particular, select ‘Yes’ for ‘Show volunteering from home opportunities only’ when searching in the Hub.

 

French Studies: Peer Mentoring & Netflix Party Night

Bonjour à tous et à toutes !

If you are a French Studies student, your French peer mentors will be getting in touch with you soon to organise an introductory chat. They will also be hosting a Netflix party night on Wednesday 14 October, where all French Studies students can watch a film together. In the meantime, you can head over to Facebook and join the UoM French Studies Peer Mentoring Community 2020-21. If you don’t have Facebook, please drop a quick email to maria.butler@student.manchester.ac.uk and you will be added to the French Studies Peer Mentoring mailing list.

 

Become 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!

 

Your Careers Service

You can 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. Highlights next week include, find out about Becoming a Solicitor: Your Questions Answered on Thursday 15 October, 12:00-13:30 and Approaching Employers as a Student with a Disability on Thursday 15 October, 14:30-15:30.

 

That’s everything from us this week. If you have a society, scheme or event that you’d like to promote to the rest of SALC, please contact us via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and we could be including your content in the next edition of SALC Linked.