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 the last call for UG Scholars applications, the History department’s joint event on Students, Sports and Anti-Racist Activism and the SU’s Access to Recreation Grant.

Please remember that there is a really wide range of academic and personal support available to you at the University. We sent you an email this week summarising these services (which you can see on our blog) and you can find a full list  (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.

If you have experienced mitigating circumstances that have had a significant adverse effect on your academic performance, you may wish to find out more about our Mitigating Circumstances process.

If you’re feeling isolated, remember that the Student Union’s Buddy Scheme is now open and Togetherall, the free, online community monitored by trained clinicians offering free mental health and wellbeing support, is also available 24/7.as well. 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.


Continuing Your Studies in the New Year

All SALC postgraduate and undergraduate students should have received an email on Friday 20 November which confirms that you have the option to study remotely and be assessed remotely in Semester 2. Please read this email carefully as it will give you plenty of information that will inform your plans for Semester 2. Whether you plan to study wholly remotely or via our blended, flexible model (with a mix of online and on-campus activities), please complete our study survey by Monday 14 December 2020 to tell us of your plans.


Your Academic Advisor

In response to some students who weren’t sure where to find their Academic Advisor’s details, we have created a step-by-step guide. Remember, your Academic Advisor is ready to arrange an appointment with you to discuss any concerns about your studies or goals that you have for this year, so please do keep in regular contact with them.


Extended Deadline for UG Scholars Applications!

The deadline for applying to SALC’s Undergraduate Scholars Programme (or UG Scholars for short) has been extended to Monday, 30 November 2020! 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.


Students, Sports and Anti-Racist Activism

Over fifty years ago, fourteen Black football players from the University of Wyoming took a principled stand against racial injustice at great personal cost. Join the Race, Roots and Resistance collective, the History department and Creative Manchester on Monday 23 November, 18:00-19:00 for an online event with original members of ‘The Black 14’, exploring sport, student protest and social justice in the age of #BlackLivesMatter.

The event will include a panel discussion with Dr Jamal Ratchford, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Program at Colorado College and former Black 14 Wyoming Cowboys, John Griffin, Mel Hamilton and Tony McGee.

This will be followed by a Q&A facilitated by student leaders from the EDI Collective in SALC. Please submit any questions you may have in advance to kerry.pimblott@manchester.ac.uk.

In order to get the most out of the event, we ask that you watch the CBS documentary on the Black 14 in advance of the session. We will send this to all registered attendees via email prior to the event.

Please register for free via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/students-sports-and-anti-racist-activism-event-tickets-128232574081


Academic Success

There is still time to register for the University Language Centre’s academic English support workshops; the next start dates will be in the week commencing 23 November. All students are welcome and can register for blocks of academic writing and grammar workshops delivered online via live synchronous video sessions. For full timetable and registration details, please see: https://www.languagecentre.manchester.ac.uk/study-english/our-courses/academic-success-programme/academic-english-workshops/

There are also self-study resources available via the University Language Centre Blackboard community – to access this, please see their online resources page.

If you have any queries, please email academicsuccess@manchester.ac.uk


Access to Recreation Grant

The Access to Recreation Grant has been set up by the Students’ Union to reduce financial barriers and to allow all students to make the most of their University experience. Eligible students can claim up to £100 (either in advance or after spending) to cover costs such as travel to SU/University organised activities, food costs, end of year balls, society and group membership fees and equipment necessary for participating in society activities. Find out more, including how to apply, at the Access to Recreation Grant web page.


Action Tutoring

On Wednesday 25 November, 14:00, join Action Tutoring, an education charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve meaningful qualifications on leaving primary and secondary school to see how you can get involved.

In the session, you will hear about how you can volunteer with Action Tutoring, where you can directly support disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future.

There are volunteering opportunities to act as an English or Maths tutor and full details can be found on Volunteer Hub.

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 988 8051 4147
Passcode: 242699


Wellbeing in Winter

Now more than ever, it is essential we check in with our wellbeing. There is a lot of uncertainty in the air and it can be stressful and overwhelming to navigate these feelings. Below are some key tips, resources and guidance to how to look after your Wellbeing in Winter.

The nights are getting darker, which can impact our wellbeing in many different ways, but we can also take this time to appreciate staying indoors. Winter is a chance to spend time getting relaxed, warm and cosy. So why not embrace the Scandinavian concept of Hygge. The word comes from a Norwegian word meaning ‘wellbeing’ and it’s a centuries old Scandinavian / Danish concept that’s used to describe a moment or feeling that is cosy.

If the short days are making you feel fatigued or sluggish, why not try to wake up earlier to make the most of the daylight? Rather than waiting until you finish your work day to leave the house, if you can, try and take little breaks throughout the day. Even being outdoors for 5 minutes will ensure you see some daylight and stimulate oxygen to the brain. If you need help motivating yourself to stick to a routine, take a look at the Student Support website for tips of motivation and focus, as well as a Daily and Weekly planner to help you get organised.

Although we won’t be leaving the house as much, it’s still important to consider how we can keep ourselves safe now that the nights are getting darker. Be sure to visit our website for more information on How to Be Safe. 

Finally, there’s no doubt that facing a second lockdown in winter might make this time more challenging than the last. However, this time round we know what to expect and we can remember what helped our wellbeing during the first lockdown and use these strategies again. For inspiration, check out this resource on  Looking after your wellbeing at home.. Having said that, it’s still important to be mindful of our mental health and check-in with ourselves and others. Here is a resource that reminds us how to be kind to ourselves and take care of our mental health during this lockdown. Here is a gentle reminder of how to check in with yourself – click here. You can also access a range of Support Services if you need help or support during this time.


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

Vacancies and events are listed on Careerslink.  Two events this week that are focusing on staying positive and playing to your strengths, are:

Staying Positive & Adapting Plans (event id 6283), Tuesday 24 November 2020, 12:00-13:00 

Understanding your Strengths (event id 6223) Thursday 26 November 2020, 10:00-11.30 

We’re also open on Chat from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, and you can find us on our ‘Ask the Careers Service’ page.


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.