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 items for you this week, including news on SALC’s Winter Celebrations for students graduating in December, the Making a Difference awards and the chance to change lives through online mapping.

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.


Travelling Home

With the suggested dates for SALC students to travel home for Christmas being Friday 4 December and Saturday 5 December, many of you may be travelling home over the next day or so. If you have any questions about travel, please visit the University’s dedicated testing and travel information website. You can also contact the University’s Testing and Travel team if you have any questions.


Returning to Campus in January 2021 

You may have seen the Government’s announcement on 3 December regarding the return of students to their universities in 2021, following the Christmas break. Just as the University is offering COVID-19 testing to support your Christmas travel plans, it will also be offering testing to support your return. Details of how the return will be phased are currently being worked through and  more detailed plans for those of you who are planning to return to campus in 2021 will be communicated to you soon.


SALC Virtual Celebrations – Winter 2020

SALC Virtual Celebrations for the Class of 2020 is an alternative way to mark the achievements of our graduands remotely this Winter, as we recognise how important this celebration is to you and your families. SALC Virtual Celebrations are to be launched on 16 December 2020 at 3pm, via the SALC YouTube channel. If you are due to graduate in December, you should have received your invite on Friday 4 December. If you haven’t received an invite yet, please contact salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk as soon as possible. Individual links to the Virtual Celebration and live socials will be circulated nearer the time.

Graduating students should have now received an email from the Vice-Chancellor confirming the postponement of our Winter 2020 graduation ceremonies. We are sure that many of our students and their families will have questions about how this decision will affect them, so we have put together some FAQs for you, which we will continue to update as more information becomes available.

Please be assured, we will absolutely continue to look at how we can celebrate in person with graduands on campus, however following the Prime Minister’s statement on 22 September 2020 that suggested current restrictions may be in place for six months; it is likely that we will not be able to confirm any such plans until Spring 2021 at the earliest. Even then this will be subject to UK government advice at that time. We will be in contact with you when we have more details.

These virtual celebrations taking place in December are in no way intended to be a replacement of your graduation ceremony but in addition to. We wanted to mark such a significant occasion and celebrate all your hard work and achievements with you this winter and hope you will be able to take part. If you have any questions about the celebrations, please email salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.

As a memento from your time at University, we are giving away free Class of 2020 cotton shopper bags with orders placed through the University Gift Shop 

Please enter CLASSOF2020 at checkout to receive this gift.

These celebrations don’t mark the end of your relationship with the University but the start of a new chapter. You’re now a member of our world-wide alumni community, and the University is here to help, whatever your next steps. The Careers Service can help you explore your options, and you can access support now and for the next two years. If you’d like more personalised Careers support fill out the survey below and a member of the Careers team will be in touch. Take the survey: https://survey.manchester.ac.uk/pssweb/index.php/853325/lang-en


Keep Manchester Warm and Fed

Despite the challenges many of us have faced this year, it’s now more important than ever to look around at how we can give back to those in need. Giving has been proven to make you feel happier, lower stress levels, increase self-esteem and promote social connection. Why not get involved with the Wellbeing Team’s initiative to ‘Keep Manchester Warm and Fed’ by donating to Manchester Central Food bank and the Rough Sleepers Project?


Community Mapping Day

On World Human Right’s Day, Thursday 10 December, the School of Education, Environment and Development (SEED) are providing University of Manchester students, staff, alumni and supporters with a positive opportunity to come together virtually as a global community to make a difference as part of Community Mapping Day.

Participants we’ll be asked  to help map the Acholi Sub-Region of Northern Uganda to ensure that Community Mapping’s team of prosthetics and orthopaedic surgeons can track down those who have been left in urgent need of healthcare and prosthetic limbs following a devastating conflict that ravaged their region for 20 years. Getting involved in Community Mapping Day is a chance to change the lives of thousands of people and all it takes is a few moments of everyone’s time to help create an online map.

Mapping is easy, free and can be done wherever you are in the world, all you need is access to the internet and time to draw around some huts and tracks. Simple instructions and a short demonstrative video will be provided to those who register to take part. You’ll be able to volunteer your time at any time or place during the day and you can map for as long as you like. Our research shows that, on average, for each 50 huts accounted for, we are providing another person with a prosthetic limb – a great incentive to make the time to get involved.

If you’d like to get involved in mapping on Thursday 10 December, you can register now. On the run up to the day, you’ll be sent simple instructions on how to get involved and how you can let us know you’ve taken part.


Making a Difference Awards

The University’s Making a Difference Awards are back, open for entries and ready to celebrate even more of your outstanding achievements during these challenging times. The nine award categories acknowledge the difference our students, staff, alumni and external partners are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities.

If you or someone you know has made a difference enter now, the deadline for entries is 18 January 2021.


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. please note however, that the Careers Service will be closed between 19 December and 3 January. 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 How to Navigate the Hidden Job Market event  on Tuesday 8 December 2020, 16:30-17:30.Join us for insights on how you can unlock the hidden jobs market, make new contacts, access insider industry knowledge and secure a role in your chosen area.


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.