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 7 items for you this week, including a transition resource for our new postgraduate students, a briefing about the SALC Placements Scheme and information for students who are struggling to get online.

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. Togetherall, the free, online community monitored by trained clinicians offering free mental health and wellbeing support, is also available 24/7.


Student Support & Engagement Officers

As part of their work to support students, you may receive an email or a phone call from SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, Gareth and Emma, over the coming days. As part of our efforts to support students, Gareth and Emma will contact any student who, according to our records, hasn’t been on Blackboard recently to make sure that everything is okay. If you do receive an email or phone call, please do respond so that Gareth and Emma can signpost you to any support that you might need. Gareth and Emma are also on hand to answer questions and support all SALC students, either by email or a 1:1 Zoom appointment. In the first instance, please email them via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.


Support if You Are Self-Isolating

This is a reminder that, 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. 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.


Calling all Second Years! SALC Placements Scheme Briefing

All second year SALC students will have received an email on Thursday 15 October inviting them to attend the SALC Placements Scheme Year 2 Briefing on Wednesday 21 October, 13:00-14:00The SALC Placements Scheme gives all Year 2 SALC students who don’t already have a period of study abroad/work experience integrated into their degree programme the opportunity to undertake a ‘professional experience’ placement year next year, before returning to Manchester in September 2022 to start final year. Upon successful completion of your placement, you would graduate with ‘with Professional Experience’ added to your degree title. (Please note, this briefing is not for students on a single or joint Languages programme).  During this briefing, we will give you more information about how to apply to the Placements Scheme and the various administrative processes involved, including what to do once you’ve received a placement offer. We will also hear from the first cohort of students who undertook placements last year and will have time dedicated to answering your questions. The briefing can be accessed via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95699166510, Meeting ID: 956 9916 6510. Please use your University-authenticated Zoom account to join and please note the meeting will be recorded. If you have any questions about the Placements scheme, please email SALC-Placements@manchester.ac.uk.


Starting Postgraduate Study

A big welcome to all of our new and returning postgraduate taught students! You should have received your welcome schedule for the week commencing Monday 19 October via email by now. If you haven’t received it, or if you have any questions about your course, please contact your programme administration team via salc-pgt@manchester.ac.uk. The University of Manchester has also created an e-learning resource to aid your transition into postgraduate study. The resource covers what to expect at this study level, coping, resilience and wellbeing.


Help Me Get Online 

We recognise that not all students have access to a laptop or Wi-Fi, or that COVID-19 may have affected your personal financial circumstances. Therefore, please see the University’s Help Me Get Online website for further details of the Laptop Loan and Wi-Fi Access Scheme and the Living Cost Support Fund.


International Society Activities

The International Society is open to all students and is a great place to connect with other students. Check out their events page to see what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks, including online language classes and a Tension Quiz. The society is also looking for volunteers to teach their language classes. If you are fluent in French, Korean or indeed any language, please get in touch with El Mawer, their Volunteering and Activities Coordinator, via elyshamawer@internationalsociety.org.uk.


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 the The Virtual Finance, Business and Management Fair on Monday 19 October, 11:00-17:00 and The Virtual Law Fair on Thursday 22 October, 11:00-17:00. Both events will give you chance to meet over 40 leading organisations recruiting for graduate and placement opportunities in 2021.


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.