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 11 items for you this week, including a reminder of the mental health support available to you at the University, a creative writing workshop and your chance to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Awards.

Remember, SALC’s Student Support and Engagement Officers, Gareth and Emma, are 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.

University Mental Health Day

Thursday 4 March is University Mental Health Day (UMHD). UMHD aims to bring together the University community and make mental health a University-wide priority. Even though this year we can’t be together physically, we wanted to take UMHD as an opportunity to signpost to the different support services available.

You can 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’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.For more information on mental health support, take a look at our mental health support and support services pages on the Student Support website.

Student Support Drop-in Sessions

Are you experiencing difficulties with your wellbeing and would like to chat to someone? As well as SALC’s Student Support & Engagement Officers, the University’s Central Student Wellbeing Team are offering Zoom appointments between 10am-11am & 2pm-3pm, Monday-Friday. They can help talk through any issues you are facing, signpost to different services and help you move forward. You can email studentsupport@manchester.ac.uk for the link and to arrange a time.

Outstanding Staff Awards 

Has a lecturer, supervisor or member of staff this year had a positive impact on your learning? Why not nominate them for a Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Staff Award. There are 7 categories of award, including an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award introduced for 2020/21. Nominating is really easy to do and should only take 10 minutes of your time. Please include examples of your nominee meeting the criteria. You can find out more and complete the nomination form here. Nominations will close on 7 May 2021*. Winners will be announced shortly after. You can find more information on the Awards here: https://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/connect/outstanding-staff-awards/

*The Outstanding PGT Dissertation Supervisor Award will remain open for nominations until 16 July 2021.

Disclosing a Disability and Reasonable Adjustments Session

Running on Tuesday 2 March, 13:00-14:30, this session will give you information about disclosure and adjustments, a deeper understanding of how to request the support you need in the recruitment process and the workplace plus the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of disability specialists. For further details, including how to register, please head over to the event booking pageThe event will be recorded and available afterwards on the Careers Service YouTube Channel.

Brazilian Cultural Exchange Event

Join the UoM BHZ Connection Brazilian Society as they celebrate Brazilian culture in an online event on Saturday 6 March, 14:00-17:00. The event will include talks about Brazilian music, drama and literature and members of the society will share their experiences of working with BHZ Connection. For more details, please see the society’s Facebook page.

Careers Service Blogs

We have two new Careers-related blog posts for you this week. On our SALC Students blog, Louise Sethi, one of the Careers Services’ consultants who specialises in support for SALC Students, has written a blog post on all the different ways that the Careers Service can help you. The Careers Service is here to support you whatever your background and, over on the UoM Careers blog, you can also find out more about careers support for students from underrepresented groups.

Managing Your Time & Workload in a Digital World

 With the first submission deadlines of the new semester on the horizon for some of us, now seems a good time to remind you of the SALC Digital Essential resources on time and workload management. The guide brings together all of the University’s resources on this topic and contains tips on creating routine and structure, as well as planning a timetable that is flexible, personalised and realistic for you.  

Creative Writing Workshop

The Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute and CPs Day Off are hosting a workshop for participants to discover the joy in writing, and demonstrate writing as a tool for self-discovery, awareness and reflection. It will encourage attendees to overcome challenges in academic writing by enabling free flow of writing and self-expression, in a safe space. Participants often report feeling that, not only does their work improve, but they feel more confident, connected and inspired after writing this way. The workshop takes place on Thursday 18 March, 15:00-17:00. Places are limited so, if you’re interested, register now via Eventbrite!

Assistance for International Students from India

If you are a student from India and you need support at the moment, please contact the Consulate General of India by emailing inf.birmingham@mea.gov.in or calling 0044 – 07405158288.  Consular services offer help and advice provided by the diplomatic agents of a country to citizens of that country who are living or traveling overseas. Assistance may take the form of provision of replacement travel documents and providing guidance.

Volunteering Opportunity of the Week!

For this week’s volunteering opportunity, you could be part of a 2 week virtual languages course, being organised by Laura Bawyan, a Manchester University Student, where you will teach a language of your choice at a beginner level (French, Spanish, and Japanese are highly desirable). This role is a fantastic opportunity to make use of your language skills, enhance your verbal and written communication skills, and create an excellent addition to your CV. All funds raised from people’s payments for joining the course will go directly to S.A.L.V.E. to provide children who have been living on the streets the chance to return home to their families and return to school. Even though prior experience of teaching is highly desirable, it is not compulsory. All volunteers will go through training sessions to prepare them prior to the start of the program. You can apply for the role via Volunteer Hub, where you can also search volunteering opportunities tailored to your interests and skills.

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, which includes our Media Club Facebook group (our next event is ‘Careers in Publishing on Tuesday 2 March, 17:00-18:15 – Register on CareerConnect!). 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.

Want to get experience of group work? Why not try our ‘Get Experience: Presentation and Group Work Skills’ workshop (Wednesday 3 March, 13:00-15:30)? This workshop is an interactive session where you will work with other students to prepare a presentation of your ideas in response to a task you will be set during the session. Register on CareerConnect!

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.