Welcome to the 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 9 items for you this week, including information on study support for the upcoming assessment period, revision tips from a recent UoM graduate and a reminder of where to find your exam timetable

There’s a wide range of academic and personal support available to you at the University; see our blog for more information. You can also find a full list of support services (including the Counselling Service) on the University’s Student Support website as well as details of our 24/7 Mental Health helpline (0800 028 3766). The website is also full of resources to help support your wellbeing and studies. If you are struggling to cope, please remember that you are not alone – please take a look at the University’s support and advice for help in a crisis. 

If you have experienced mitigating circumstances that have had a significant adverse effect on your academic performance or ability to meet upcoming deadlines, 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 open and 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.


Study Support – Library Drop-In Sessions

The Library team are running sessions during the assessment period to support you with your studies. Their online Library drop-in sessions give you the chance to ask questions about any aspect of your work, from referencing, to essay writing, to revision strategies. The next session is on Wednesday 20 January, 14:00-15:30 and you can book a place now.


Revising Together

Would you like to revise alongside other students whilst learning new revision tips and strategies? The Library is running a ‘Revising Together’ session on Monday 18 January. Revising Together is a focused revision session where students come together to prepare for assessments. The session will introduce different revision strategies for you to try out in allocated blocks of time. You can then talk to other students and members of the Library team about how you are getting on.  If you are interested, you can book your place now.


Study Support – Online Resources

The Library also has a whole host of online resources designed to get you prepared for your assessments. The resources include articles on open book assessments, a guide outlining revision strategies and a tool that allows you to practise breaking down exam questions and planning your subsequent answers. Headlining all of this is the comprehensive Start to Finish: Revision guide, which brings everything together in one place.  If you need a break from your computer, why not try the Library’s revision podcasts? The podcasts cover a range of areas, including motivation, managing exam stress and time management.


Revision and Motivation Tips from a Recent UoM Graduate

To help those feeling daunted by the prospect of the upcoming assessment period, the Student Wellbeing team have put together a few tips and tricks to help build up motivation and focus. A graduate student who completed final year during lockdown has created newsletters on focus and motivationrevision strategies, and feeling overwhelmed, drawing from their own experiences of being a student during the pandemic.


Coping with Uncertainty

Change and uncertainty can leave us with many negative feelings to navigate. Our prolonged attempts to maintain our wellbeing over the past year, may also impact our outlook on how to manage these feelings.  These feelings can also directly impact various aspects of life, including routine, mindset, our home environment, eating habits and our sleep pattern. For more information from the Student Wellbeing team on how to manage each of these areas, click here.

Evidence suggests that accepting change, uncertainty and our subsequent emotional responses can be one of the most effective ways to support our wellbeing.  In attempting to reframe our outlook on uncertainty, it may positively impact our wellbeing and carry us through this incredibly challenging time. When we realise we can’t predict or control the future, it gives us space to and energy to stay grounded in the present.


Library Access During Lockdown

In line with the new guidance issued on 7 January by the Department for Education, the Library is now physically operating on an essential use only basis. Study spaces should only be used by students on specific courses or those requiring additional support, including for mental health and wellbeing issues. In exceptional circumstances, study spaces are available to students who do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their accommodation. All students are therefore asked to think very carefully before booking a library study space about whether or not it is essential for them to do so. For further information, please see this article from the Director of The Library.


Semester 1 Exam Timetable

You can view the SALC Semester 1 Exam Timetable on the Student Intranet. Here you can also view general guidance on how to undertake these exams; please ensure you read this information carefully. Course-specific guidance relating to word limits, rubrics, marking criteria and referencing expectations will be issued to you in due course by individual Course Unit Directors. Unlike on-campus exams, your individual exams will not be displayed on your personal My Manchester timetable. Therefore, please take note of when exam papers or Blackboard tests will be released and the deadlines for submitting your answers.


Your Careers Service

There are all kinds of ways the Careers Service can help you in 2021.  Please use our website for information on any career area, internships, placements and jobs and much more. You can also find details of how to book a one-to-one appointment and access to CareerSet, our new online CV checker and Shortlist.me for video interview practise. We’re busy putting together a schedule of events for Semester Two and you can see confirmed ones on our events page. There are vacancies on Careerslink which have been uploaded by employers who want to receive applications from Manchester students. You can engage with us via our live chat Ask Us or contact careers.info@manchester.ac.uk and our social media. Finally, we’re introducing a fantastic new online appointment booking, vacancy and events system, CareerConnect.  Please note that appointments and access to Careerslink won’t be available between 22 – 31 January while we transfer over to this new system.


Calm Your Brain

A reminder that you can book a place on the Counselling Service’s Calm Your Brain workshops everyday, 9:30-10:00, between Monday 18 January and Friday 29 January. These sessions use guided relaxation to help start your day with a sense of calm and acceptance to enable you to face the challenges ahead more easily. You can book your place now. 


That’s everything from us this week. If you have an online event or society that you would like to shout about, please let us know via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and it could be included in the next edition of SALC Linked.