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. To save you having to scroll through lots of information, you’ll notice that we’ve moved the information about the University’s support services to the bottom of this email so, if you need any wellbeing support at the moment, please scroll to the end of this newsletter. We’re always keen to hear your feedback so, if you like this change, or if you think it doesn’t work, please let us know via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk. 

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 are 10 items for you this week, including another chance to see our Meet the SALC Graduates sessiona body image and self-esteem workshop and another #Whitworthinvents challenge!


Last Chance to Complete the 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 


Meet the SALC Graduates

Did you miss our Meet the SALC Graduates event on Wednesday 24th February? Don’t worry! You can now watch the recording of the discussion panel here. Tune in to 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.


Online Open Book Exam Focus Groups

Have you completed an open book exam this year? An ‘open book’ or ‘take home’ exam is one in which you have access to learning materials (notes, texts, etc.) while completing the exam. The Faculty of Humanities is holding a series of focus groups week commencing 22 March (via Zoom) to gather student opinions on this method of assessment. We want to hear from you about your experience of what worked, what didn’t and more about your feedback on the exams you took last semester. Click here to sign up and register your interest. UG and PGT students are eligible to attend. If you have any questions please contact Amy Clarke (amy.clarke@manchester.ac.uk).


Body Image and Self Esteem Workshop

Whilst conversations about female body image – and how the media and popular culture has distorted it – are becoming increasingly frequent, it’s difficult to know how to react to them. Should we cry or laugh? Should we scream and shout or to talk rationally and persuasively? Should we tell our stories to the world or to share them exclusively with the trustworthy women around you?  In this session on Thursday 25 March, 17:30So La Flair Theatre will guide you through an hour and half workshop in which you will unpick this through discussion, creative practise, and reflection. This workshop is an opportunity for you to creatively discuss our relationship to our bodies in a safe, supportive and empowering way.  If you identify as female, register in advance for by clicking here, and find out more about So La Flair Theatre here.


Unleash the Inventor in You!


The Whitworth has launched their next #WhitworthInvents challenge on Twitter and the theme is: ‘Spring has almost sprung’. Make a piece which celebrates this season of hope and new life, incorporating symbols of spring. Your piece can be a cake, painting, sketch or even some jewellery – it’s up to you!  Participate in the challenge by sending a photograph, drawing, video or painting to @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 31 March 2021 and the winner will be announced at noon. Happy inventing!


International Society Netflix Quiz

The International Society is combining everyone’s two favourite lockdown hobbies – Netflix and quizzes! Their online Netflix Quiz takes place at 11am on Thursday 25 March and it’s time to put to the test everything you’ve learnt while binge-watching during the last year (as well as getting some inspiration on other series to watch!). Register online and you will receive the Zoom link one hour before the event. The International Society also has weekly online socials (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.


Online Learning Survey

Has learning online made you more feel more confident to share your views in discussions? How might you enhance the online learning offered by the University? Beyond Covid, would you like to see more online learning opportunities? If so, then please take a minute out of your day to fill out the Institute of Teaching & Learning’s anonymous survey. This is part of a study being conducted on online learning and will be used to improve it for University students like yourself. This interest in online learning pre dates Covid-19 and the Institute of Teaching & Learning is interested in whether online learning could offer more empowered learning opportunities for students. If so, how can we develop our online experiences from Covid to maximise that opportunity? By taking part in this anonymous survey you will be joining your fellow students in your voice being heard!


Volunteering Opportunities of the Week

This week, the Widow’s Empowerment Trust, a charity which aims to empower widows and promote social inclusion through supporting grieving and isolated individuals, are looking for a Digital Marketing Volunteer to support their digital marketing efforts. There are also opportunities to volunteer as a ‘Festival Fronteer’ at the Manchester International Festival (MIF), which takes place in July 2021. These roles are the public face of the festival and there are also opportunities to help to prepare for shows and to support artists behind the scenes. You can information on these opportunities, as well as a wealth of other volunteering roles tailored to your interests, via the Volunteer Hub. 

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 Day’ on  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!  Finishing your degree this summer? We know that your time at uni has been challenging, and that you may need extra support as you plan your next steps after finishing your course. Whether you know exactly what you want to do or have no idea, the Careers Service is here to help.  There’s still time to fill in this short survey (deadline: Sunday 21 March) www.bit.ly/whatnext2021 and we’ll be in touch over email to help you get started.


Academic and Personal Support

 There’s 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. 


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.