Welcome to another edition of 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 our new netiquette resource, a ‘Meet the SALC Graduates’ event and the first of our regular Volunteering Opportunities of the Week features.

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. 


LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month brings us together to celebrate the lives and struggles of LGBT+ people in the UK and worldwide. It celebrates international icons such as Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson sparking the Stonewall Riots, and those closer to home, such as mathematician Alan Turing and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. The Mancunion has rounded up some ways you can celebrate LGBT+ History Month, whether you are in Manchester or elsewhere. Read the full article their for recommendations on how to celebrate at home, including virtual events, TV series, walk routes, book recommendations and more! You can also join UoM Sport as they celebrate LGBT+ History Month. Each year, UoM Sport join the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign to show their support of the LGBT+ community within sport. 


Meet the SALC Graduates

On Wednesday 24 February at 2pm, you have the chance to hear from graduates from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures about their career experiences.  The theme is Curious, Connected, Courageous!  It’s a great opportunity to get some inspiration and receive helpful tips from graduates who not so long ago were at the same stage as you. If you would like to join the event, register using CareerConnect!


Workplace Ethics Challenge

If you’re a final year undergraduate or postgraduate student who hasn’t completed the Workplace Ethics Challenge (WEC) yet, there’s still plenty of time to do so! The WEC will help you to get to grips with ethical dilemmas in the workplace, whatever your career plans. No matter which WEC workshop you choose, you will gain skills and experience that will improve your confidence and help you stand out in a crowded graduate job market. You can sign up for individual Blackboard workshops now or join other students in virtual Zoom workshops. The WEC contributes to the Stellify Award and will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).


SALC PGT Careers Q&A

The Careers Service are running an event tailored specifically for SALC postgraduate students on Friday 26 February, 13:00-14:00.  This  Q&A careers session is an opportunity to hear from Elizabeth Wilkinson, the lead Careers Consultant for postgraduate students, and Louise Sethi, the lead Careers Consultant for SALC. Elizabeth and Louise will introduce you to support available from the Careers Service now and for up to two years after you graduate. They’ll also share tips for how to find opportunities that may not be advertised and ideas for how to pitch yourself to employers.  Please register on Career Connect or email louise.sethi@manchester.ac.uk.


#Whitworth Invents

The University’s very own Whitworth Art Gallery are launching a new idea called #Whitworth Invents and they are looking for creative, imaginative and enthusiastic students of all disciplines to participate!  ‘Invent Challenges’ will be sent out fortnightly on the Whitworth’s Twitter platform for you to respond to as imaginatively and creatively as you wish. The first challenge, ‘Take something useless and turn into something useful’ has been launched already and a winner will be announced on 3 March 2021. You can work individually or in groups to complete challenges. If you are interested in working in groups, please act in line with the latest COVID-19 government guidance. Post your picture and description to @WhitworthArt using #WhitworthInvents for a chance to be selected and for your idea to be displayed online (and, when possible, in the Whitworth’s new School of Creativity – an experimental, shared workspace to celebrate all forms of creativity and to test out new ideas). #WhitworthInvents is a space for creativity, friendship and fun – everyone is welcome!  



Image Credit: Jernej Ferman

Even though we’ve been learning online for a few months now, navigating the challenges and expectations of online learning is still tricky for all of us. For tips on how to approach online seminars during Semester 2, as well as a guide to communicating online in a respectful and professional way, check out the new SALC Digital Essentials Netiquette guide.


Volunteering Opportunities of the Week!

In collaboration with the Volunteering Service, we will be showcasing some of the most interesting and inspiring volunteering opportunities available to you over the coming months. This week’s opportunities give you the chance to volunteer as a Music Class Leader with the Manchester-based homelessness charity Mustard Tree and support budding social entrepreneurs or help with digital marketing through Acts of Gratitude. To search volunteering opportunities tailored to your interests and skills, check out the University’s Volunteer Hub.


International Society Events

The International Society has a host of online events coming up and everyone is welcome to get involved! You can have a go at their online Friendly Feud team game at 11am on Thursday 25 February or join their Virtual tour of Manchester at 11am on Wednesday 3 March. For further details, including how to register, head to their events page. 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

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 first and second year undergraduates, 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? If you are in your final year and interested in Manchester Graduate Talent please join the Facebook group for MGT 2021 to receive news of when applications are open.


That’s everything from us this week. Your feedback is really important to us so, if you like SALC Linked or if you have ideas for how we can improve, please let us know via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk. We also want to hear from you if you have any content that you’d like to contribute! Perhaps you would like to write a blog on a subject close to your heart or on your experiences of life in SALC? Perhaps you have an online event or society that you would like to shout about? Either way, please let us know via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and we could be including your contribution in a future edition.