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. We hope that you have been able to have a break between the end of the Assessment Period and the beginning of Semester 2 next week. There are items for you this week, including information on Student Volunteering Week, a bespoke careers session for SALC undergraduate students and a reminder of the University Language Centre’s fantastic Academic English workshops.

As we move into Semester 2, remember that 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

Welcome Back to Semester 2

Welcome back to Semester 2! As you prepare for your upcoming weeks of study, we would like to remind you of some of the key support services and opportunities available to you this semester.  Why not take a look at the University Welcome To Semester 2 pages? These will let you know about activities and resources, point you in the direction of key services you might want to access, and offer help and support. You can also keep on top of the latest University guidance regarding UK national restrictions via the My Manchester News site and the Library website will give you the latest news on Library service availability.


Student Volunteering Week

Student Volunteering Week takes place between Monday 8 February and Sunday 14 February and there’s loads of ways for you to get involved! There’s a full programme of sessions highlighting a wide range of volunteering opportunities, including working at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Postcards for PostPals and a ‘Volunteer for Your Career’ session. For a full list of events and how to register, please see our Student Volunteering Week website and remember, your volunteering can also go towards your Stellify award! We also know that many of you might be interested in volunteering to be part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and our full list of vaccination volunteering opportunities is now online.


SALC Careers Q&A

The Careers Service are running an event tailored specifically for SALC undergraduate students on Wednesday 10 February, 14:15-15:15This one-off Q&A careers session is specifically for students within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in any year of an undergraduate degree.  It’s an opportunity to hear from the Careers Consultants who link with the School – Louise Sethi, Delia Goodwin and Vic Geary.  They’ll introduce you to support available from the Careers Service now and for up to two years after you graduate. They’ll also share insights about the pathways former students have taken and the steps they’ve taken to get thereYou can register for the event via CareerConnect or you can email louise.sethi@manchester.ac.uk for a Zoom link. A similar event for SALC postgraduate students will be running on Friday 26 February, 13:00-14:00 further details will be shared with you via SALC Linked closer to the event. 


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!


Sustainability & Fashion Panel Event

Although the University’s student-run, zero-waste shop isn’t open at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions, Want Not Waste is still running online and are co-hosting an exciting online event next week! In collaboration with student sustainability project The Closet, Want Not Waste are hosting a panel event on sustainable fashion on Wednesday 10 February, 15:30-16:30.  The panel will discuss sustainability on a budget and what you can do to make a difference at home, at Uni and in the future. There will also be a Q&A for all of your eco-fashion queries. For further details and to sign up, please see their Eventbrite page.


The Bogdanow Lectures – László Nemes

The University of Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that its 2021 Bogdanow Lectures in Holocaust Studies will be delivered by Oscar-winning film director László Nemes. The globally acclaimed filmmaker, whose 2015 film Son of Saul won numerous international prizes including an Academy Award, the Grand Prix, the Golden Globe and BAFTA, will speak on the topic of Holocaust portrayals in fiction film. Son of Saul will be streamed online in collaboration with UK Jewish Film as part of this year’s event series. László Nemes will be in conversation with Professor Cathy Gelbin at 6pm on Tuesday 9 February and he will then present a live online Masterclass at 2pm on Wednesday 10 February. For further information and registration details, please see The Centre for Jewish Studies website.


Academic English Workshops

Would you like support with your academic writing? The University Language Centre’s programme of Academic English workshops restarts on Monday 8 February. Suitable for students who speak English as a first or additional language, these interactive online workshops, which encourage students to work on small groups to solve problems and edit texts, cover key skills in academic writing and academic grammar. For further details, including information on their Master’s dissertation writing course, please see the University Language Centre website or email academicsuccess@manchester.ac.uk.


Student Support Website Survey

The Student Support team really want to make sure that they are sharing information about the support that’s available at University in the best and most accessible way possible. That’s why they are currently looking to make some improvements to the Student Support website and they would love to hear your thoughts on the current website, and what they could do to improve it. If you’d like to share your views on this, please complete their survey about the Student Support website by Monday 8 February. The survey should only take less than five minutes to complete, but your feedback will fundamental in helping the team to make changes that should benefit students now and in the future.


Your Careers Service

CareerConnect, our new opportunities, vacancies, events and appointments platform, is now live!  The Careers Service website is also 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. Book an appointment now or connect with us via our Ask Us live chat and social media. Also, don’t forget our Work Experience Bursary scheme for undergrduates, which offers financial support for accommodation, travel and/or dependent care costs.  For info, click on bit.ly/workexperiencebursary  Why not also check out virtual work experience opportunities.


That’s everything from us this week. We hope you enjoy your weekend and that you have a really good start to 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.