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 11 items for you this week, including information on coursework submission, a new online tool to help you manage your workload and an invitation to the English Literature Society Book Awards!

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.


University Teaching During the Lockdown Period

Please see this message from Professor April McMahon, Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students, regarding University operations under the Government’s new national restrictions, which came into effect on Thursday 5 November.


Managing Your Time & Workload in a Digital World

The new way of studying is a big change for everyone, and you may be finding that you are having some difficulties with getting used to this and managing your workload. If this is the case for you, check out SALC’s new Digital Essential resource, designed to help you manage your time and workload. The Student Support website also has a new page on the Student focusing on workload management that includes tips, resources and links to further support.


Submitting Your Work

We’ve had a few queries this week about whether students are required to email us with back-up copies of their work. Please note that the School no longer accepts back-up copies of work and you should submit solely via Turnitin (or by an alternative means if instructed to do so by your Course Unit Director). We urge students to give themselves plenty of time to submit their work to Turnitin prior to their deadline. In the rare instance that you encounter a problem with Turnitin, you will then have time to contact your programme administration team, attaching your work (see UG or PGT contact details) via email or Instant Chat before your deadline.


Join the English Lit Society Book Awards!

The English Literature Society is hosting their first annual Book Award Ceremony on Thursday 12th November at 7pm! Tune in on the night to have your say on who wins, and see what the committee think of the shortlist voted on by you on the society’s socials! The committee will be discussing each book with you before deciding on a winner, so make sure you’re there to let them know your thoughts! For more information and to vote on the shortlist, follow @uomenglitsoc, and join on the night using this link! We can’t wait to see you there!


Join the UG Scholars Programme!

A reminder 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.


Safety Resources

Please see the University’s safety webpage, which is full of tips for staying safe whilst out and about and, as we enter this new period of lockdown, at home as well. You can also download the Safe Zone app, which allows you to contact the University’s Security team directly if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid.


Work Experience Bursary Scheme 2020-21 

Are you considering work experience, but are worried about potential costs?

Well, Monday 2 November marked the opening of the Work Experience Bursary Scheme for all undergraduate students. This is a fantastic scheme that we are very proud to offer to all undergraduate students. You can apply for a bursary to cover your travel, accommodation and, or dependent care costs. This could be just what you need, to give your CV the edge and show your commitment to gaining professional work experience prior to you entering the jobs market.

If this is something that you are interested in, please visit the Careers Service website for more information.


SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire

We are pleased to share with you the latest updates from SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire, SALC’s virtual repository for the latest music, lectures, podcasts, writing and online learning. Recently added items include a conversation with David Olusoga and a discussion by History staff and students on researching black British history. You are also welcome to join  the upcoming Music, Health and Wellbeing Workshop, – taking place on 11 November. this workshop is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the importance of musical participation in everyday life, especially for those in society who may struggle to be heard through words alone. It would be great to see you there, even if you can’t make the full duration of the workshop. For more details, see SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire.


International Society Events

Joining the International Society is a great way to meet other students, both from theUK and across the world. The society has a host of online events coming up, including an online book club on Tuesday 10 November, a ‘What Does That Mean’ Quiz on Thursday 12 November and an online social on Friday 13 November. For more details, check out the International Society website.


Become a Tutor with the Tutor Trust 

Tutor Trust are an award-winning charity who deliver 1:1 and small group tutoring to children and young people across Greater Manchester, Leeds and Merseyside. Established in Manchester in 2011, they work in schools and alongside teachers to support those pupils who are unlikely to benefit from a private tutor: two-thirds of the children they work with receive Pupil Premium, are Looked After, or are in Alternative Provision. Tutor Trust works in close partnership with the University of Manchester, with most tutors in Greater Manchester being UoM students. If you would like the opportunity to be paid for tutoring primary and secondary school pupils in Maths, English and Science, you can find out more at the Tutor Trust website. You can also attend their virtual information session on Wednesday 11th November, 13:00-14:00.


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.


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.