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 our Inspirational SALC Graduates event to mark International Women’s Day, some fascinating marketing volunteering opportunities and a chance to unleash your hidden inventor!

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.

 There’s also a wide range of academic and personal support available to you at the University. 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. 


Interested in Equality & Diversity?

The EDI Collective have made two fantastic interview films with Maisam Abumorr – Women’s Rights Lobbyist and MENA Analyst – and Mia Thornton – Graduate advocate at Liverpool Hope University and Co-Founder of the Go Off Sis podcast. You can now watch these on the SALC YouTube page here and here. If you want to have your say about issues affecting life in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures related to LGBTQ+ rights, disability, racism and sexism, why not join the E & DI Collective? Email your interest to Dr Eloise Moss.


International Women’s Day – Inspirational SALC Graduates Event

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re delighted to welcome back four inspirational women graduates to discuss their careers and how they drew on their experiences studying at The University of Manchester. Representing diverse careers in the media, local and national government, and theatre and the arts, our graduates will offer advice and reflections on how their careers have evolved and take questions from current students. Panellists include:

Muneera Lula, Head of Labour Markets Trade Policy and Negotiations at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Monique Touko is a London based multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, radio and film

Alice Birch at Rose Bruford and a reading of This Might Not Be It by Sophia Chetin-Leuner at Bush Theatre 

Annie Kehoe, Senior Policy Officer, West Midlands Combined Authority

Bex Tennenhaus, Senior Content Producer at the BBC and Board Member at Contact Theatre

The event will take place via Zoom Webinar at 12pm-1pm on Monday 8 March and you can book your place via Eventbrite.


Asia Careers Insight Series

The Asia Careers Insight Series will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with organisations looking to hire students and graduates across Asia. During the month of March 2021, the Careers Service will be hosting a series of employer presentations, panel discussions and skills workshops to help you enhance your employability and become more attractive to local and international employers. All sessions will be delivered online so you can access them from home, on the go or wherever you are! You will find the webinar schedule for employer sessions and skills workshops on this website. Keep checking these pages as more webinars will be added soon. You can see a full list of participating organisations including background information and roles available. For advice on how to prepare for the Asia Careers Insight series, visit the How to prepare section of our website. Where organisations allow us, we will record their session and the recording will become available on our YouTube Playlist and Bilibili account.


Investment in Student Support Explained

Responding to student feedback, the University has shared an article disclosing how much is spent on student support services. Click here to learn more about the University’s recent investment in accommodation, financial support, and mental health services.


Write for The Manchester Historian

The Manchester Historian is the University’s history magazine written and run by students. They’ve recently launched issue 37, Oppression and Resistance on Issuu, which can be read here. Now, they’re in the process of producing issue 38, ‘Language and Culture’. In this edition they are including more cultural and linguistic histories, and prompts range in topic from Ancient Nubia to punk, and from cockney rhyming slang to discourse theory. If you’re interested, have a look at their article titles by clicking this link and see if you’d like to write any. If you’d like to write one of the articles listed there, then send editors Sarah and Kirsten an email with a brief outline or structure and they’ll reserve the piece for you. Alternatively, if you want to write on a subject not listed, send Sarah and Kirsten a pitch and they’d love to print it! Articles are only 450 or 900 words – so there’s no need to worry about a mountain of extra work and references/sources are not required! For more information, email manchesterhistorian@gmail.com, or message via TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Volunteering Opportunities of the Week

The Citizens Advice Bureau are looking for a Social Media Volunteer to create engaging an compelling content across their social media platforms. They are looking for people with excellent communication skills and familiarity with platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn. For further information, have a look on Volunteer Hub. Also this week, there’s a brilliant marketing volunteer opportunity with NHS Blood & Transplant Support, which can also be found on Volunteer Hub!


Research on Barriers to Help-Seeking for Sexual Harassment

As a student at the University of Manchester, you are invited to take part in a research project investigating barriers against help-seeking for experiences of sexual harassment on campus. The study will take no more than 30 minutes to complete, and all participant information will remain anonymous. This project is being conducted as a postgraduate thesis for the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health programme in the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester. If you are interested in participating, please use this link: https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_5vwOuikjXsfVY0K. If you have any questions please contact the researcher via kate.bennett@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk. A participation leaflet can also be found at http://man.ac.uk/qYx8BX.


Maxine Peake in Conversation

Join Creative Manchester for an in conversation event with Maxine Peake, who has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Literature and Performance at The University of Manchester. The event coincides with International Women’s Day, a worldwide celebration of the role that women play in society. One of the nation’s favourite actresses, RADA-trained Maxine Peake has enjoyed a prolific career as a theatre, television, radio and film actress. Her career highlights include The Theory of EverythingShamelessDinnerladiesThree Girls, and many other award-winning TV dramas and theatre productions. Maxine will be in conversation with Professor of Poetry John McAuliffe and Professor of Drama Maggie Gale, covering a range of topics including women in the creative industries. There will also be an audience Q&A curated by and featuring students from the Centre for New Writing’s Playwriting and Screenwriting MA courses – a unique opportunity for our students to quiz one of the country’s finest actresses. The event will run online via Zoom. It is free to attend, but advanced booking is required via Eventbrite.


Unleash the Inventor in You!

The Whitworth has launched their next #WhitworthInvents challenge on Twitter and the theme is: ‘We all look at the world differently. We see it differently. What do you see outside of your window?’ Participate in the challenge by sending them a photograph, drawing, video or painting via @WhitworthArt using #WhitworthInvents  and you could have the chance to be selected to be displayed in the gallery’s School of Creativity when the Whitworth reopens. The challenge will close on the 17 March 2021 and the winner will be announced at noon. Happy inventing!


Work Experience Bursary

Are you looking to gain an insight into a certain industry to see if it is right for you, or are you looking at your CV and noticing some gaps? Perhaps now is the time to dip your toe into the virtual world of work experience. The Careers Service has great resources for you to tap into, to help you get started. To find out more click here. We also have you covered, if you find that ideal opportunity and need some financial support. The Work Experience scheme offers financial support with your accommodation, travel and or dependent care costs. With a bursary award of up to £1,000 we can help reduce the financial burden you might feel. Applications to the scheme are reviewed on a monthly basis. The application process could not be simpler. To find out more, click here: bit.ly/workexperiencebursary


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 including the Media Club Facebook group (our next event is Insight to Media, Monday 29 March – register on CareerConnect).  Our Student Experience Internships are open for applications from first and second year students. If you are in your final year and interested in Manchester Graduate Talent please  sign-up for the vacancy bulletin and join the Facebook group for MGT 2021. Want to get some practical experience? Our ‘Get Experience: Virtual Assessment Centres’ session on Wednesday 10 March (10:00-12:15 or 13:15-15:30) will give you an introduction to Virtual Assessment Centres and an opportunity to take part in a group task.  Register for the morning OR afternoon session on CareerConnect


That’s everything from us this week. Your feedback is really important to us so, whether you are happy with SALC Linked as it is 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.