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 the opportunity to work as a paid intern in SALC over the Summer, a chance to give us your views on how Semester 2 has gone so far and the upcoming student-run Women in Media Conference.

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. 


Assessment Pledge Update

The Faculty of Humanities have now published guidance about how the Assessment Pledge will be implemented. You can access this update via the SALC Student Intranet, under the article titled ‘Assessment Pledge Update 12/03/21’. Additional to this guidance, you should have by now received an email from us about your provisional Semester 1 marks and how these can be accessed via Turnitin, Blackboard or offline feedback sheets (depending on the course unit). As a reminder, moderated marks will be made available via My Manchester on the following dates:

Undergraduate: Friday 26 March 2021

Postgraduate Taught: Wednesday 31 March 2021

The marks available via My Manchester, although moderated, will still be provisional and subject to change until they are confirmed by the final Exam Board. These Boards will be held in June 2021.


4 Things You Need to Know Before Heading Back to Campus

As a small number of our students start to be invited back to campus, the University has published guidance on what students need to know at this time. At the top of the list is the reminder that all staff and students who are using our on-campus facilities should get tested twice weekly at one of the University’s free COVID-19 testing centres. If you haven’t received information about returning to campus yet, there’s no need to worry. The vast majority of our students are expected to continue with online learning as per government guidelines. Any change to this expectation will be communicated to students in due course. 


Come and Work With Us!

SALC is looking to recruit non-final year undergraduate students to work in a variety of paid intern roles over the Summer. The roles include Student Experience & Programme Administration Intern (supporting pre-arrival and Welcome Week preparation), Digital Marketing Student Intern (planning and delivering digital marketing campaigns) and Flexible Honours Administration Intern (supporting communications to students before and during Welcome Week concerning the Flexible Honours programme). To apply, and for more information on the roles, log into Career Connect (UoM log-in details required) and search for the opportunity you are interested in by using the job title of that role as your search term. The application deadline for the Student Experience and Flexible Honours roles is 18 March 2021, while the deadline for Digital Marketing applications is 15 March 2021.


Changes to Library Spaces & Services

Students on campus can now book study spaces at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (24/7 availability) and the Main Library (Monday-Friday: 9am-midnight, Saturday-Sunday: 10am-midnight). There are also study spaces available between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, in Stopford Library and Oddfellows Hall. You can also continue to use the Click and collect service to access physical resources from some Library sites, while Special Collections access remains as digital only. To find out how to access Library services and support, visit the Service availability page, the Library Help page or contact the team via Library Chat.


Women in Media Conference

The sixth annual, student-led Women in Media Conference is taking place between 15-28 March this year. Organised by University of Manchester students, many of whom are from SALC, this year’s conference will be virtual, hosted primarily on Zoom, featuring panels and Q&A sessions. The conference seeks to engage and inspire people to go into a career within the media. There are over 70 speakers confirmed so far, including new journalists, radio presenter and social media experts such as Laura Kuenssberg (Political Editor for the BBC), Eve Bennett (Founder of the Meridian Magazine and Vlogger), Dr Radha (NHS GP, Broadcaster and Campaigner for Wellbeing), Beth Rigby (Political Editor for Sky News) and many more!  Each year, the conference’s profits go to charity, with this year’s proceeds going to MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) which helps homeless women, and Once a Month, a campaign to end period poverty. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and further information can also be found on Facebook (@WomeninMediaCon) and Instagram (@wimconmcr).


Food Waste is Bananas!

Join the student-run group Want not Waste Manchester on Tuesday 16 March, 15:30-16:30, you can learn all about what you can do to tackle your food waste in this free online Zoom workshop. It will provide information about the impacts of food waste on climate change and some practical tips to help you reduce your own food waste as well as growing your own food! Bring along any questions you have about food waste (from packaging to composting) and food growing to ask in this event! Register now via Eventbrite or join the event directly via https://zoom.us/j/97001781345.


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!


Semester 2 Student Pulse Survey

During Semester 2, SALC’s teaching staff have continued to strive to provide you with exciting and engaging online teaching and learning experiences and now we would like your feedback! As we are five weeks into Semester 2, we would like to take stock and hear about your teaching and learning experience so far within your programme of study. How are you finding access to your learning materials? Are you especially enjoying any elements of working online in particular? How are you finding your workload? We would love to hear you thoughts! To share your views, please click on the relevant link below to complete the survey before it closes on Tuesday 23  March:

UG students: https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_8CUtzNzJ9YGZM5o 

PGT students: https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_b2W2PFZwrg13ZdQ 


Volunteering Opportunities of the Week

We’ve got a range of really exciting volunteering opportunities for you this week. Roles include the chance to be a Virtual Volunteer Speaker with the Children’s Air Ambulance, a Young Women’s Advisory Committee Member for Polly (a dedicated helpline and webchat for anyone identifying as a woman or girl aged 13+ in Manchester) and a Creating Connections volunteer (connecting with people with learning disabilities by sharing your digital knowledge). All opportunities have been check to be COVID-secure and you can find a plethora of other opportunities via  Volunteer Hub! Finally, Action Tutoring, an education charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve meaningful qualifications upon leaving primary and secondary school, are running an information session on Wednesday 17 March, 2pm-3pm. If you’d like to work with them as an English or Maths tutor, register for the session now! 


Manchester Innovation Factory

Do you want to develop experience in designing an app, project management and/or marketing? A team in the Faculty of Humanities is working with a Student Software Company and industry partners to develop an app which will allow students to record and share how they connect their studies with their everyday learning. We’re looking for student volunteers to help shape how the app is designed and test the prototype. Involvement can be tailored to your interests and will give you valuable experience in user experience development and running an evaluation project. For further details please contact Amanda Banks Gatenby at abg@manchester.ac.uk.


Your Careers Service

CareerConnect, our new opportunities, vacancies, events and appointments platform, is easy to log onto using your usual student details. 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. Our Work Experience scheme for undergraduates offers financial support for accommodation, travel and/or dependent care costs. Why not also check virtual work experience opportunities? Want to get some practical experience? Our ‘Interview Practice Days’ on Wednesday 17 March and Wednesday 24 March (9am – 12 noon) will give you the chance to take part in 25 minute mock interviews with recruiters and associates. The session will also include feedback on your answers and a chance for you to ask questions.  Register now for the 17 March or 24 March session!


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 get in touch via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk and we could be including your contribution in a future edition.