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 the Assessment Pledge and Automatic Extensions, a chance to learn Chinese yoga and opportunities to teach overseas as an English Language Assistant.

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.


The Assessment Pledge

As you may be aware, the University wrote to students on Tuesday 19 January to outline it’s five-point assessment pledge. If you missed the email, you can find further details on the My Manchester News website. However, for the latest advice on Automatic Extensions, please see the below.


Automatic Extensions

An email has been sent to all SALC students today (Friday 22 Januarywith further details of how to submit your Automatic Extension applications through the Automatic Extension Request form. The form and accompanying guidance can be found on the Student Intranet, under the Assessment Pledge: Automatic Extension Request sectionPlease read the guidance carefully. Please note that, if you have already chosen to use one of your extensions, you now need to complete the registration form to formally register your extension. By completing the form, you will ensure that late penalties are not applied to that piece of coursework.


Apply to be an English Language Assistant!

The British Council are offering students the opportunity to teach English overseas on a paid six-month or one-year placement working as an English Language Assistant (ELA). Teaching time is limited to between 12 and 20 hours a week, giving you plenty of time to experience the country you are in and pursue other interests. One of our current students, Lucy McCormick, has shared her experience of being an ELA on our blog, including her top 3 tips for making the most of the experience. Both second-year Language students intending to work as an ELA for their residence abroad, and final year students on any degree programme can apply to the Scheme. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 16.00 GMT and you can find more information about the scheme, including how to apply on the British Council Website. Please be aware that, although applications for this programme for 2021/22 are proceeding as normal, there may be delays or changes to the process due to COVID-19. Any updates will be communicated directly to applicants by the British Council. For further information, please refer to the British Council’s COVID-19 response information and we would like to remind you that students should always follow the latest government guidance. If you’re a second year Language student and want to work as a British Council ELA for your residence abroad, please ensure you’ve read through the ELA briefing slides on your My Placement record. The Residence Abroad Office is available to answer any questions you might have: residenceabroad@manchester.ac.uk.


Revise and Study Online with Other Students

 Want to study alongside other students? The Library has online study sessions (scroll to the bottom of the screen on the link) every Tuesday and Thursday, and is also running online Writing Together and Revising Together sessions on Tuesday 26 January and Wednesday 27 January respectively. These sessions give students the chance to study for structured periods of time, taking regular breaks to swap tips and discuss their progress with other students and members of the Library team. 


Qigong: A Feel-Good Routine to Start Your Day 

As part of their efforts to  introduce new ways for people to engage with traditional Chinese wellness practices to support physical and mental wellbeing, the Manchester Confucius Institute is holding another live tutorial, teaching some of the movements of the 8 Brocades of Qigong. In this tutorial, Feixia will guide you through the 8 Brocades of Qigong – a 10 minute routine to kick start your day! Qigong, also known as Chinese yoga. is a gentle form of exercise that strengthens the internal body defence system and can be practised by absolutely everyone! Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, these eight silken movements are a perfect way to start your day during these dark winter months. The tutorial is on Wednesday 27 January at 2pm and you can register now!


Environmental Leadership Programme

Are you concerned about environmental issues, such as food waste, carbon emissions and fast fashion, but aren’t sure how to make a difference? UpRising’s free, online, six month Environmental Leadership Programme could be the place to start. The programme’s workshops and sessions are designed to help you develop the knowledge, skills and networks to boost your confidence and career prospects. During the programme you will be part of a cohort of young people who share your passion for environmental justice. For more information, see the UpRising website. Application for the programme are now open and you can apply online.


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, access to CareerSet, our new online CV checker, Shortlist.me for video interview practise and psychometric testsincluding personality profiling and ability tests such as numeracy, verbal and situational judgement. 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 but you can still contact us via our Ask Us live chat and social media during this time. Careers events happening now and next week are listed here and on the attached messages.  We’re busy putting together a schedule of events for semester two, including Careers Q & A events for SALC UG students (Wednesday 10 February, 14:15pm – 15:15pm) and PGT students (Friday 26 February, 13:00pm – 14:00pm). Links for these sessions will be sent to students at the beginning of February.   


Careers in Humanitarianism Day

HCRI’s annual Careers in Humanitarianism Day is returning virtually for the 8th time on Friday 12 February 2021! This is a brilliant opportunity for students to hear and learn from experts in their field about working in the humanitarian sector. Find out more about relevant issues such as the need to decolonise aid, mental health in the field, and how virtual reality can be used in refugee camps to provide healthcare. Sign up via the links on the event’s agenda for any sessions that interest you!


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.