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 items for you this week, including a Volunteering & Stellify information session, the Face to Face Language Exchange Scheme and the launch of the latest edition of the Manchester Historian magazine.  

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


Volunteering & Stellify Information Session

Are you looking to gain new skills and have rewarding experiences outside of your studies during Semester 2? If so, volunteering could be exactly what you are looking for. Come along to our online volunteering information session on Thursday 4 February, 2pm. During this session, which is designed specifically for SALC students, Volunteering & Community Engagement Consultants Kirsty Hutchison and Emma Richardson will give you an overview of the volunteering opportunities available to you during lockdown and beyond. Kirsty and Emma will also talk about how the Stellify programme can boost your CV with the skills that graduate recruiters are looking for whilst making a really positive contribution to the University and the wider community. With Student Volunteering Week starting on Monday 8 February, this session will give you the inspiration to help you get involved! Join us on Zoom with this details:


Meeting ID: 957 2940 5985
Passcode: 069246


Automatic Extensions

Just a reminder that you now need to complete the Automatic Extension Request form should you wish to use one of your automatic extensions as part of the University’s Assessment Pledge. The form and accompanying guidance can be found on the Student Intranet, under the Assessment Pledge: Automatic Extension Request sectionPlease read the guidance carefully. 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. Please note that, due to the amount of extension requests, it is not possible for the School to confirm that your extension has been registered. However, you will receive an email from us within 2 days of completing the form if your request has been rejected so, if you don’t receive such an email, you can assume that your request has been registered and you can work to your new deadline. 


The Face-to-Face Language Exchange Scheme is Online!

If you’d like to improve your language skills through conversation with a native or fluent speaker, why not join the Face-to-Face scheme? This is a way of connecting with other language learners at the University of Manchester, to chat in your respective languages and learn about your respective cultures.

How it Works

– We create a card for you and post it on the Padlet noticeboard

– We send you the link to the board where you can view your card and other students’ posts

– You contact one another by email to arrange when and how to chat

Face-to-Face is completely informal so you can ask to join or leave at any time. To join Face-to-Face, or for more information, please contact angela.farrand@manchester.ac.uk


Manchester Historian Online Launch Party

Join us the Manchester Historian team at 2pm on Wednesday 3 February for the launch of their 37th Issue on ‘Oppression and Resistance’. They will be discussing the magazine, with key contributors speaking about their articles. Example articles include exploring Liberation Theology, and looking at the contributions of Olive Morris. Register now via Eventbrite.


Counselling Service Workshops

As we all take stock after a busy assessment period, the Counselling Service are running a wide range of workshops next week to help you to prepare for Semester 2. Sessions include Reducing the Stress of Perfectionism on Monday 1 February, Managing Anxiety 1: Physical Symptoms on Tuesday 2 February and Social Media and Mental Health on Thursday 4 February. However, that’s just a selection of the 13 workshops taking place next week. For full details, please see the Counselling Service’s workshop calendar. 


International Society Events

The International Society has a host of online events coming up and everyone is welcome to get involved! You can join their online language classes from Monday 1 February and have a go at Speed Friending at 11am on Thursday 4 February  The International Society also has a weekly online social (members only – sign up here) at 3pm each Friday and you can join their International Students in Manchester Online community to meet new friends from all over the world.


Your Careers Service

The Careers Service website is a great resource and includes information on any career area, internships, placements and jobs and much more. You can also access CareerSet, our new online CV checker, Shortlist.me for video interview practise and psychometric tests, including personality profiling and ability tests such as numeracy, verbal and situational judgement. The fantastic new online appointment booking, vacancy and events system, CareerConnect is due to go live next week. Check for information on the Careers Service website. While we transfer over to this new system you can still contact us via our Ask Us live chat and social mediaWe’re busy putting together a schedule of events for semester two and you can see confirmed ones on our Events page and on the attached messages. Events  include Careers Q & A sessions for SALC UG students (Wednesday 10 February, 14:15 – 15:15) and PGT students (Friday 26 February, 13:00 – 14:00). Links for these sessions will be sent to students at the beginning of February.


Work Experience Bursary & Virtual Opportunities

The Careers Service’s Work Experience scheme for undergraduates offers financial support for accommodation, travel and/or dependent care costs.  For info, click on bit.ly/workexperiencebursary.  Why not also check out our virtual work experience opportunities?


That’s everything from us this week. We hope that you are able to find some time to relax next week before the beginning of Semester 2. 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.