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 10 items for you this week, including information on Student Experience internships over the summer, a new e-learning resource on working from home and a reminder to take the Social Justice Challenge!

 As always, please 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. 


Enhanced COVID-19 Community Testing

Public Health England have found a small number of cases of the COVID variant first found in Kent in parts of Manchester, and so a community testing programme has been put in place across key areas of Manchester this week. There are extra testing sites in the Moss Side, Whalley Range, Fallowfield and Hulme areas. Street teams will be knocking on doors to ask people over the age of 16 who live in postcode areas M14 4, M14 7, M15 5, M15 6, M16 7, M16 8 to take a COVID-19 test. If you live in one of those areas you should take part in the new programme, not the University-run programme. You don’t need to isolate while you wait for results from this programme. You only need to isolate if you have symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. For further information, please see My Manchester News. If you are self-isolating or have tested positive, please use our form to let us know and take a look at our support package.


Social Justice Challenge

If you haven’t completed the Social Justice Challenge (SJC) yet, there’s still plenty of time! The SJC is one of three Ethical Grand Challenges and explores race, migration, homelessness, mental health and higher education. It only takes about an hour to complete and goes towards the University of Manchester’s Stellify Award – the programme that gives you a unique and personalised set of experiences beyond your studies and helps set you apart from other graduates. Further information can be found via www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/socialjustice/. For further information, why not read a current SALC student’s experience of completing the challenge and our guide to Stellify


SALC Support for Students During Semester 2

At the beginning of Semester 2, we just wanted to remind you of one of the initiatives we are using to support our students. Throughout the academic year so far, we have used data about students’ Blackboard engagement in order to help to identify anyone who might need support and we will continue to do this during Semester 2. Therefore, from next week onwards, if our records indicate that you haven’t been on Blackboard for a while, you might receive an email from Gareth and Emma, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, asking you to confirm if you need support. We really want to stress that any such email isn’t part of any sort of disciplinary process. Its purpose will be purely to check that you are okay so please do respond to it. If you have any questions about this process, please do contact Gareth and Emma via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.  Also, if you are worried about your studies, mental health, finances or any other issues, Gareth and Emma are here to listen and point you in the direction of the most appropriate help. They can chat via email, over the phone or via Zoom; whichever is most convenient for you. You can book an appointment by contacting them via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.


Student Experience Internships

The University’s Student Experience Internship programme opens for applications this Monday 15 February for non-final year students. These paid, fill-time internships last up to 8 weeks during the Summer and also include an exclusive training and development programme of workshops. If you are interested, you can find out more information by emailing workexperience@manchester.ac.uk. Alternatively, if you are in your final year and looking for post-graduation job opportunities in the Manchester area, please join the Facebook group for the Manchester Graduate Talent 2021 scheme to receive news of when applications are open.


A Student’s Guide to Learning from Home

As your lectures and seminars begin again, the SALC Digital Essentials team want to share some tips to help you learn from home effectively. Learning to learn online, at home and away from your normal place of study, is a skill within itself. In this resource we provide 10 steps (and links to all sorts of other resources) to help support you when studying online at home.


International Mother Language Day 2021

This year Mother Language Day is bigger & better than ever! The event celebrates the nearly 200 languages spoken in Manchester and the cultural diversity in the city. As part of these celebrations, SALC’s very own Creative Manchester, the Centre for New Writing and HCRI have collaborated on a number of online events  through a programme of online events between Tuesday 16 February and Sunday 28 February. For more information on events such as a “Manchester’s DNA” Poetry in Residence Workshop, a Macaronic Poetry Evening, and a Decolonising Mother Tongues, see https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/manchester-presents-diverse-programme-to-mark-unesco-international-mother-language-day/. 


CEASE Domestic Abuse Workshops Programme

Open to all students, This four session workshop programme, delivered by Remedi, who specialise in restorative justice and victim support. Taking place over four consecutive Mondays at 11:00 (beginning on Monday 15 February), the workshop aims to help you to: recognise the subtle indications of an abusive relationship, understand who you could talk to if you suspect or personally experience domestic abuse and Create Empowerment And Self Efficacy.  To sign-up, you simply need to email the facilitator to book your place and complete the Pre-Evaluation form. A facilitator will be in touch with the zoom link before the session. If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact adviceandresponse@manchester.ac.uk. If you are experiencing domestic abuse right now and need support, get in touch with a confidential and specialist advisor.


National Student Money Week

 This week has been National Student Money Week; a great opportunity to take stock our finances and think about how we can maintain our financial wellbeing. There is no doubt that this year has had a huge impact on the financial wellbeing of many students, with unexpected costs occurring as well as changes to income. You may find it useful to check out this page on financial wellbeing in difficult times that has information and advice around some various financial issues. It’s important to remember that if you are struggling financially, there is support available and always someone that you can speak to, including the Students’ Union’s financial advisors. You can also have a look at the National Student Money Week e-booklet for more advice and tips.



Join the International Society on Thursday 18 February, 11:00-13:00 (GMT) for their online Wipeout event! For this game you’ll need strategy and a bit of luck! Decide whether to take risks to win and be ready to get all your points wiped out if you give a wrong answer, or play it strategically passing the hardest questions to someone else at the best moment. The event is free for all and you can sign up via the International Society’s events page.


Your Careers Service

CareerConnect, our new opportunities, vacancies, events and appointments platform, is now available.  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. The Careers Service run a wide range of events to cater for all needs and interests – all are listed on CareerConnect.  They include one on Careers in Publishing on Tuesday 2 March, 17:00, with guest speakers from HarperNorth and the Society of Young Publishers. If you’re a PGT student, please register on CareerConnect for our Q&A session for SALC PGT students, Friday 26 February,13:00-14:00.   


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