Welcome to SALC Linked – the weekly round-up of news, tips and resources for students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Please look out for SALC Linked each week as it contains important reminders and announcements relating to your studies and University services. There are 10 items for you this week, including important information on the travel window and testing, details of the Stellify program, how to become a Wellbeing Champion and tips for avoiding coursework submission problems!

Remember, there is a wide range of academic and personal support available to you at the University summarised on our blog. You can also find a full list  (including the Counselling Service) on the University’s Student Support website, including details of our new 24/7 Mental Health helpline (0800 028 3766). 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.


Get Tested Before You Travel

If you are travelling home for Christmas, the University strongly encourages students to take two COVID-19 tests, as set out in emails to you sent on Tuesday 24 November and Thursday 26 November. The suggested dates for SALC students to travel home for Christmas are Friday 4 December and Saturday 5 December. This means that the suggested date for getting your first COVID-19 test is Monday 30 November and the suggested date for getting your second test is Thursday 3 December. For more information on how testing works, where to get tested and how to book your slot, please visit the University’s dedicated testing information website.


It’s Time to Stellify!

Stellify, the University’s CV boosting programme, equips you with a whole range of skills and that are sought after by potential employers. Stellify gives you the chance to volunteer alongside some incredible organisations, consider some of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century and challenge yourself to take up leadership roles. For further information on how you can earn the Stellify award (and have some incredible experiences along the way), have a look at our Stellify blog. 


Crucial Coursework Submission Tips!

Don’t be caught out by late or accidental non-submission! Here are some ‘dos and don’ts’ to ensure you submit successfully to Turnitin:

DO NOT upload your file from smart devices (phone, tablet)

DO NOT upload your file from cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, Windows365)

DO NOT upload using the Safari browser or Internet Explorer

DO NOT leave it to the last moments to submit your work

DO ALLOW for plenty of time to submit before the deadline. Last Date of Modification of a file will not be accepted as a substitute for the submission time; only the time stamp on Turnitin will be accepted as the true time of submission

DO UPLOAD from a desktop or laptop

DO UPLOAD only.pdf or .docx files

DO UPLOAD from a supported browser; Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox

DO PREVIEW your file in the Turnitin preview window. If you submit an incorrect file and the deadline has passed, the correct file submitted after the deadline can be marked but will be subject to late submission penalties

DO CONFIRM by clicking the final ‘Confirm’ button during submission

DO CHECK for your confirmation email receipt as evidence of submission

DO EMAIL your UG Programme Administrator / PGT Programme Administrator in the event of technical difficulties as soon as possible, ideally before the deadline and with your work attached.

Check out this 60 second video demo to ensure you’re submitting successfully and remember, only work that is the correct version and is received before the submission deadline will be accepted as on time so please do leave plenty of time before the deadline to submit.


Extended Library Opening Hours

The Main Library and Alan Gilbert Learning Commons have extended it’s opening hours. Study spaces can now be booked online for use between 9am-8pm, Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday. Please book early to avoid disappointment – these study spaces are extremely popular.


Last Call for the Work Experience Bursary

Have you secured work experience? Perhaps it’s a Christmas internship, or a January insight week, maybe you’ve secured a virtual research project. Whatever it may be, you’ve got until Monday 30 November to submit your Work Experience Bursary Application, for it to be considered at our first panel of the year. To make an application and find out more, click here: bit.ly/workexperiencebursary. 


Become a Wellbeing Champion

Are you enthusiastic about destigmatising mental health? Are you passionate about advocating proactive changes to wellbeing? If so, the Wellbeing Team’s Wellbeing Champion program is an exciting opportunity for you to engage and support the student community as well as being an enriching experience for you as an individual.

This is an opportunity for you to plan and create campaigns that actively promote ways to take care of your mental health. You could plan and deliver an event, workshop or performance. You could write a blog post or article, run a social media campaign, conduct an interview, create zine or curate an online exhibition – the choice is yours. This is a chance to share your knowledge and make a stronger and healthier student community.

The program will be accessible to all students, whether working remotely or on campus and in the UK and abroad. The program also contributes to Step Up and Lead Roles for the Stellify award and can go on your HEAR record.

The registration on the website is now closed but we have extended the deadline for SALC students until Friday 4 December, 17:00! Get more details about the role and sign up now!

Follow @uomwellbeing for regular wellbeing updates and check-ins!


Volunteering is Good For You!

Through volunteering you can expand your social interactions (yes, even in this new socially distanced world!), and subsequently help you develop more support systems through meeting new people and making new friends. Check out this blog from the Volunteering & Community Engagement team, which summarises all of the different ways that volunteering can help you to maintain your wellbeing.


Does the Balance System Affect the Way We Hear?

The Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) would like to invite musicians to take part in an online research study to assess the influence of the balance system on hearing abilities. Participants will take part in two online testing sessions, each lasting 30 minutes, and will be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers. Participants must actively play an instrument at least 3 days a week (and have done so for the last 3 years), be aged 18-45, not have clinically defined hearing loss and not have ear malformation and disorders, neurological or systemic disease, or a history of ototoxic/vestibulotoxic drug use. For further information, please see the online questionnaire. 


The International Society

Please see below for a list of the International Society’s upcoming events. For more information on joining the International Society, which is open to everyone and a great way to connect with other students from across the globe, have a look at their website.


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 and connect with us via our social media.

Vacancies and events are listed on Careerslink, including our Build skills. Get Work Experience event  on Tuesday 1 December 2020, 14:00-15:00. Join us to get advice and tips on how to find experiences relevant to your ideas for the future.


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.