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 items for you this week, including information on the University’s decision to remain at DfE Tier 3, the UG Scholars programme and an invitation to learn Qigong with us.

As always, 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. SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, Gareth and Emma, are also here to talk through any issues that you might be having. To book a telephone or Zoom appointment, please email them at salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.


The University Remains at Tier 3

The University, in conjunction with Public Health England and other key partners, has agreed to continue to operate at Department for Education (DfE) Tier 3 after a review. This means that teaching, including Academic Advising and small group sessions, will continue to be delivered online. The University remains committed to moving back towards more in-person teaching when it is safe to do so and the situation will be reviewed again on Wednesday 11 November. Campus remains open, including bookable study and library spaces, catering outlets and remotely accessible computer clusters


Join the UG Scholars Programme!

 We are pleased to announce that SALC’s Undergraduate Scholars Programme (or UG Scholars for short) is open for applications! This exciting, extra-curricular, non-credit-bearing programme of research is open to all intellectually adventurous undergraduate students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, whatever your subject and whatever your level of study.

We have a wide range of exciting research projects running this year. You can have a look at the Project Outlines and for further details of each project. You can also get a sense of what it’s like to be a UG Scholar by looking at the presentations and summaries of projects undertaken by our brilliant UG Scholars from previous years!

As well as enhanced independent research skills, participants in the UG Scholars programme will gain an experience of interdisciplinary research, experience in presenting that research, and a series of other key skills in research design, group work, digital literacy and more. Ultimately, the more you put in, the more you will get out!

UG Scholars takes place throughout Semester 2, culminating in a celebration event in June. Upon successful completion of the course, it will also be recorded formally on your Higher Education Academic Record so it will appear on your final degree transcript.

Interested? Have a look at our UG Scholars programme information sheet and apply by downloading the application form and sending it to salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk by Monday, 23 November 2020.


Qigong – A Feel-Good Routine to Start Your Day

Join SALC and the Confucius Institute on Wednesday 4 November at 13:00 for a live tutorial of this easy to follow physical and spiritual routine of an ancient Chinese exercise! Qigong, also known as Chinese yoga, is a gentle form of exercise that can be practised by absolutely everyone! These eight silken movements are a perfect way to start your day during these dark winter months.

Since the Coronavirus outbreak back in February, Manchester Confucius Institute has introduced new ways for people to engage with Chinese language and culture with an emphasis on supporting physical and mental wellbeing by introducing traditional Chinese wellness practices.

In collaboration with experienced Qigong and Tai Chi instructor Dr Amily Wang Guenier, the institute developed a series of short video tutorials demonstrating the 8 Brocades of Qigong in English. If you enjoy this Zoom exercise class, we will make sure to share the link to the video tutorials afterwards, so you can repeat this in your own time and on a more regular basis. Register now on Eventbrite!


Looking After Your Wellbeing Online

With the majority of studying happening online, and much of our social lives too, much of the day will be spent looking at a screen. Being online is essential in order to stay connected and complete your course, but it is also essential to look after your wellbeing whilst online and find balance in each day. With this in mind, the Student Support team have created this workbook where you can manage your screen time and create an awareness of how you feel at the end of a day. There are also tips and activity ideas to help create a healthy wellbeing balance.

One of our History student’s, Matt kindly agreed to write a short blog about how we adapt to online learning from a student perspective. Thank you Matt!


Living Cost Support Fund

A reminder that the University’s Living Cost Support Fund is available to provide financial support to help students overcome financial hardship. To find out more about eligibility and how to apply to the fund, please visit: bit.ly/Livingcostsupport.


Stay Connected

In uncertain times, it important to stay connected with others. Check out the Student Support team’s connect page, which has tips on what to do if you’re feeling isolated, how to look after yourself socially and how to avoid Zoom fatigue. Connect is part of the University’s Six Ways to Wellbeing – a suite of resources designed to help you to feel good and live well.


SU Buddy Scheme

A reminder that the Students’ Union have set up a buddy scheme to help anyone struggling at the moment to connect with other students. As part of the scheme, students can be paired with a peer buddy for weekly phone or video calls, providing some social contact and the chance to make a new friend. The peer buddies aren’t trained counsellors but are students who may be studying on a similar course or have similar interests. They will be able to signpost you to to Students’ Union and University services should you need them. If you are feeling isolated or struggling at the moment, you can use the online form to request for a buddy to contact you. You can also sign up to be volunteer as a peer buddy.


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.

Please check our weekly email for a full list of events. An example is  Developing Leadership Skills with Teach First (event id 6413) 4-5pm, Monday 2 November 2020.
Join Teach First for their leadership skills session to learn about leadership styles, the difference between managing and leading and much more.
Hosted on Zoom: use the passcode on Careerslink to access the Teach First event


That’s everything from us this week. Have a fantastic weekend and please look out for each other. 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.