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. This will be the last Linked before Easter but we will return on Friday 16 April. 

You can find wellbeing support information at the end of this newsletter and, as always, 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 11 items for you this week, including UG results publication, DASS support for the exam period and a reminder of the benefits of the Ethical Grand Challenges.


University Closure Dates & Support During the Easter Break

University staff will be on hand as usual to support you throughout the majority of the Easter break. However, please note that the University will be closed between Thursday 1 April and Tuesday 7 April (inclusive). Should you need pastoral support over the Easter weekend, please remember that our Mental Health helpline (0800 028 3766) is available every day of the year, 24/7. 


DASS and Assessment Pledge Automatic Extension Deadlines over the Easter Break

Some DASS or Assessment Pledge Automatic Extension students may note that their automatic one week extension takes some of their submission deadlines into the Easter University Closure Days (Thursday 1 – Tuesday 6 April) when staff will not be immediately available (Please see DASS FAQs). You are encouraged not to leave submission to the last few moments before a deadline in case of unexpected technical issues with Turnitin. Should you come across any technical issues preventing you from submitting, email your UG Programme Administrator or PGT Programme Administrator before the deadline, attaching your work. The date and time received via email will be used as your submission time. Please ensure that you send only MS Word or PDF format versions of your work; not Pages files. Staff will not be available between Thursday 1 – Tuesday 6 April but they will be able to respond to you and help resolve your submission issue from Wednesday 7 April.

Check out this 60 second video demo to ensure you’re submitting successfully and remember, only work that is the correct version and is received before the submission deadline will be accepted as on time so please do leave plenty of time before the deadline to submit and email your programme administrator with your work, as above, if you have any technical issues.


UG Semester 1 Results Publication

We are pleased to confirm that Undergraduate Semester 1 course unit marks are now available to view via My Manchester. Marks for Postgraduate Taught students will be published on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

How to view results

  • *Login to My Manchester
  • Go to Tools and select Student System
  • Select Self Service > Enrolment > View My Grades (select the academic year if applicable; to view individual component marks, select ‘Assignments’)

If your status shows “A restriction has been placed on your records”, you will be unable to view results online until the outstanding debt is cleared. In accordance with University policy, we are unable to provide results via telephone or non-university email addresses. Please contact the Credit Control Team for assistance with this matter: self.funding@manchester.ac.uk


Moderation and Enhanced Moderation

Course unit marks for Semester 1 units published via My Manchester will have already been considered under Internal Moderation and Enhanced Moderation processes as explained below. Semester 2 and Full Year course units will be considered in the same way in June 2021. All marks will remain provisional until the final Exam Board at the end of the academic year.

Moderation is the process by which we make sure that assessments are graded to the same standard from one year to another and across different programmes.  Every year, exam papers and other assessment tasks are reviewed before you are asked to sit them to check that they are not significantly more difficult (or easy) than in previous years and to ensure that they provide opportunities for you to demonstrate your skills and abilities in the subject. Once first marking is complete, a second marker (known as a moderator) reviews the marking and the marks for each course unit to check for consistency within and across course units. A summary of this process is explained in this video.

This year, in addition to the normal marking and moderation process, we are providing an extra layer of scrutiny through Enhanced Moderation. This means that, for every course unit, we compare the marks this year to the marks in previous years when the course has run. We consider:

  • Whether the average mark for a cohort is lower than we might normally expect
  • If the average mark is significantly lower than in previous years
  • If a higher proportion of students have achieved marks in the lower classifications (thirds/fails) than in previous cohorts

Full details regarding Moderation, Enhanced Moderation and all other aspects of the Assessment Pledge can be found on the SALC Student Intranet under ‘Assessment Pledge Update 12/03/21’


Need Support for a Disability/Dyslexia in Exams?

If you need extra time, rest breaks or other support because of a disability, please contact the Disability Advisory Support Service (DASS) via 0161 275 7512 or dass@manchester.ac.uk ASAP to register. Please note that you must have fully registered with the DASS and have met with a Disability Adviser to discuss and agree any exam adjustments by 4pm, Monday 26 April 2021, in order to receive support in the May 2021 examinations. Appointments with Disability Advisers in the week leading up to the deadline become booked up very quickly, so please ensure that you contact DASS as early as possible. If an adviser is not able to see you to determine appropriate support before the deadline, it is likely that DASS will not be able to put support in place for you.


Ethical Grand Challenges

If you haven’t completed the Social Justice Challenge yet, there’s still plenty of time! It only takes 60 minutes, allows you to explore topics such as race, migration and mental health.  The Workplace Ethics Challenge is still open for final year UG  and PGT students and will help you to get to grips with ethical dilemmas in the workplace ahead of graduation this summer. Both challenges contribute to the Stellify Award, the University’s extra-curricular programme that can help you to boost your CV and learn new skills. You can register for the Social Justice Challenge via www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/socialjustice/ and the Workplace Ethics Challenge via www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/workplace-ethics/online/.


Wellbeing Calendar

With many wellbeing events happening across the University and being delivered by different services, sometimes it can get a little confusing about what is happening and when. To make things easier, you can now visit the new wellbeing calendar on the student support website where you can view and book onto all of the wellbeing events that are coming up. You can book onto as many events as you want, as often as you want!


Gardening by the Moon

The Confucius Institute would like to invite you to their latest interactive online talk: Gardening by the Moon – an insight into sustainable farming. Join them to explore how the 24 seasons of the traditional Chinese lunar or Moon calendar were used since the beginnings of farming and how you can achieve more sustainable ways of gardening in simple steps on Tuesday, 30 March, 4pm. To book tickets for this event please visit: https://bit.ly/3rZB2Th


Volunteering Opportunities of the Week

Wigan & Leigh Archives have three volunteer roles available at the moment – Family History Volunteer, Learning Volunteer and Visitor Engagement Volunteer. Alternatively, there are several opportunities to help and promote the Muslim Arts & Culture Festival (MACFEST), including photography, videography, social media and event support.  You can view information on these opportunities, as well as a wealth of other volunteering roles tailored to your interests, via the Volunteer Hub. 


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.


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 Work Experience scheme for undergraduates offers financial support for accommodation, travel and/or dependent care costs. Why not also check virtual work experience opportunities.

Manchester Graduate Talent 2021 has now officially launched and details are on https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/graduatejobs/mgt/

All careers events are listed on www.careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk.


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. We hope you have a fantastic Easter break! If you have any feedback for us or have some content that you’d like to contribute to Linked, please get in touch via salcstudents@manchester.ac.uk.