What's on for students

Our student events calendar will help you find events taking place over the coming semester. From meeting new people to developing skills, there are a variety of events taking place across the University. We've hand-picked some of the highlights that we think you will find interesting and useful.

Unless specified otherwise, events are suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Got a student event you would like to be added? Contact us with the details.

Your highlights

Cost of Living Fair

Meet services from the University and Birmingham City Council to find out what is available to help you through the crisis

Events this week

UoBe Festival is back!

Join us for UoBe Festival - your chance to relax after exams and try something new! Frop into the UoBe Festival Marquee 11:00-17:00 Monday-Friday for a daily programme of hands on activities and live performances from student groups, enjoy the free Big Wheel and Helter Skelter next to Old Joe, and check out the booking site for the full range of activities and events!

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Barber Student Workshop: Blackout Drawings with the Barber's Drop-in and Draw

Tuesday 24 January, 11:00-15:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

As we start to emerge out of the darkest time of year, draw with us this UoBe Festival and celebrate the dark and rejoice in the light. This calming workshop will offer a space for mindfulness, reflection and relaxation.

Using 'blackout' and 'whiteout' drawing techniques, we will create abstract sketches that explore negative space, storytelling and narrative, inspired by Elisabeth Frink's Canterbury Tales print within the Barbers collection.

This workshop is part of UoBe Festival. Free. No advance booking necessary, drop in anytime.

Preparing for your viva for Postgraduate Researchers

Tuesday 24 January, 11:00-12:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

The viva is an important part of the assessment for your research programme. This workshop and/or online course will demystify the process so you know what to expect on the day. It also covers strategies to help you prepare for the viva, including advice on how to deal with difficult questions.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team and will also take place in-person on Friday 24 February.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Support for Over 25s

Tuesday 24 January, 14:00-14:30, Room CM3, Medical School Building

Suitable for students aged 25 or over

Delivered by the University's Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, and hosted by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences Wellbeing Team - this talk will cover what support is available to students over 25, how to access that support and referral pathways in the community relevant to over 25s. This talk is open to students from all Colleges.

Book via the UoBe Festival Booking site.

Reading and note-making strategies for Postgraduate Researchers

Wednesday 25 February, 10:00-11:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

A huge quantity of reading is required for postgraduate research and this workshop helps you develop strategies to read effectively and efficiently, extracting the key information into your notes for future use.  Please bring some of your own reading material so that you can practise reading and note-making strategies during the session.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team and is also running in-person on Monday 13 March.

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Barber Student Workshop: 'A Kind of Map Work' with the Barber's Print Club

Wednesday 25 January, 10:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students

Roll, smudge, scratch, press and stain with artist printmaker Laura Onions as part of the UoBe Festival’s Print Club 2023.

In this fun and messy workshop, you will create etched topographical (landscape) prints using an array of mark-making and collage techniques. You get a hands-on experience of the skills required to craft the beautiful works on display in our 'The Architecture of Topography: a 'kind of map-work?' prints and drawings exhibition.

This relaxed event is a great chance to get creative whilst meeting other artistically minded students at the University of Birmingham. All materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. £3 per student. Limited capacity. Booking is required.

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Welcome and Talk: The advice I wish I’d had as a PGR

Thursday 26 January, 10:00-10:45, online

Suitable for PGR students

As the University’s PGR Careers Adviser, Holly doesn’t want to lecture you on what to do after your research degree before you’ve even properly started it. 

Instead, she will share the top tips that she wishes she’d had when starting out on her own PhD, and gives some key pointers as to what you can do during your research degree to put you in the best position when the time comes to look at your next steps. 

Join Zoom Meeting - details tbc

Barber Student Gallery Tour: Materials, Techniques and Processes

Thursday 26 January, 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00, Barber Institute

Suitable for all students

Step into the artist's shoes for this free Barber Institute tour.

Focusing on key artworks, we will visually explore the wonderful and sometimes weird materials and processes used to make some of our collection's world-class paintings and sculptures. We will take a closer look at colour, form and composition and how they have developed throughout art history.

Walking around will be paced and kept to a minimum; gallery stools will be freely available.

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UGS Talks: Inspiration from our Postgrad Alumni

Thursday 26 January, 15:30-18:00, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Suitable for all postgraduate students

Join the University Graduate School for inspiring talks and reflections from postgraduate UoB alumni, followed by postgraduate networking.

Introduced by University Directors for Postgraduates, Professor Michael Hand(PGR) and Dr. Graham Timmins (PGT), the event will be opened by Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education Professor Deborah Longworth.

Then, inspiring talks from University of Birmingham postgraduate alumni, sharing the journeys of their careers: the highs and lows, the vital skills they learnt as postgraduates, and their advice to those graduating in the coming years.

The talks will take place 15:30-17:00, followed by networking over drinks and nibbles 17:00-18:00.

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Barber: Yin Yoga

Thursday 26 January, 18:00-19:15, Barber Institute

Suitable for all students

Enjoy this peaceful and reflective yin yoga practice, surrounded by our intimate gallery space. The practice will connect us with ourselves while we reflect on how artists have represented the body and the intimate and thoughtful approaches to the human form in art making.

We’ll start the workshop by looking at an artwork in the gallery to set the theme for the evening. Tickets cost £3 per person.

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UoB Korfball: Mono-Korf Tournament

Sunday 29 January, 14:30-16:00, Munrow Arena, Sport and Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students

Join UoB Korfball for a free tournament, playing a simplified version of Korfball. Never played Korfball before? It's a bit like basketball and netball. Teams will be made up of 4-8 people - sign up with friends, or register individually to be matched with a team. It doesn't matter if you've never played before! If you find you like it, UoB Korfball have reduced memberships for the second half of the year.

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Events in February

Monday 30 January - Sunday 5 February

Reviewing the literature for Postgraduate Researchers

Monday 30 January, 14:00-16:00, Fourth Floor Training Room, Main Library

Suitable for postgraduate research students

A literature review is an analysis, critical evaluation and synthesis of previous research on a topic.  Writing a literature review is an important part of postgraduate research and this workshop or online course will help you understand the nature of a quality literature review and provide advice on constructing an effective synthesis of the literature you have read.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team.

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Careers Network: Top tips for CVs, Cover Letters and Applications

Monday 30 January, 17:00-18:00, online

Suitable for all students

Whether you are looking for part time work to compliment your studies, applying for an internship or seeking graduate opportunities, this session will give you valuable information on best practice for creating CVs, cover letters and applications.

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Society Spotlight: Holocaust Memorial Day with JSoc

Tuesday 31st January, from 19:30, Lecture Theatre 2, Teaching and Learning Building

Suitable for all students

In honour of Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January), the Jewish Scoeity are pleased to invite Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick to campus for a talk, with questions and answers.

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Searching for the Higgs boson: a virtual tour of ATLAS

Wednesday 1 February, 12:30-13:30, online

Suitable for all students, their friends and families

In a huge cathedral-like cavern 100 metres below the Swiss countryside, the 7000-tonne ATLAS experiment is searching for evidence of new physics to complement and enhance the discovery of the mythical Higgs boson, first discovered in 2012. Following this breakthrough discovery, researchers are using ATLAS to search for new particles and carry out experiments that could shed light on the identity of dark matter and uncover the existence of extra dimensions.

Whilst predicted in 1964, the search for the Higgs boson has occupied generations of physicists. How did the team at ATLAS finally confirm its existence? How can physicists ‘see’ fundamental particles? How can they be sure that they have seen something new among the vast amount of data that is produced? This tour consider these questions, led by the University of Birmingham researchers participating in the search and those that built and run the equipment that facilitates it.

This event is presented as part of the public programme for A History Through Objects: Research and Innovation at the University of Birmingham.

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Working effectively with your supervisor for Postgraduate Researchers

Thursday 2 February, 10:00-11:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This workshop will help you understand what to expect from the supervisor-researcher relationship and how to get the most from your supervisory team. It also covers the support available across the University which complements your supervision, and who can help you if things go wrong. 

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team.

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Society Spotlight: Langar on Campus with Sikh Society

Thursday 2 February, 11:00-15:00, Marquee by the Law Building

Suitable for all students

The Sikh Society are once again hosting their popular Langar on Campus! Lnagar is a community kitchen serving food to all people, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, caste, ethnicity or religius creed. You can expect a free vegetarian meal with vegan options - typically a lentil coup, vegetable curry, and chapatis.

Come along for food served by students, and donated by Nishkam Sevak Jatha and supported by the British Organisation of Skih Students and the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy. No booking necessary, just come along.

China Institute: Lunar New Year 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Thursday 2 February, 18:30-20:00, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Suitable for all students, their friends and families

To welcome the year of the Water Rabbit, we warmly invite you to join us in person for a spring-themed concert to celebrate our special anniversary, bringing together traditional and modern Chinese music!

Featuring world-class artists, pianist Di Xiao, dancer Hangyu Zhou and percussionist Beibei Wang, along with performances from Max Gittings, Dan Du, Shuai Zhao and artists from the Overseas Chinese Association School.

Admission is free, but tickets are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

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Writing clearly and concisely for Postgraduate Researchers

Friday 3 February, 09:00-11:00, Fourth Floor Training Room, Main Library

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This workshop discusses what it means to write clearly and concisely at postgraduate research level and provides practical advice on sharpening up your own writing to communicate your research and ideas more effectively. It will be most useful for those who have draft texts.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team and will also be offered online on Friday 3 March.

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Monday 6 - Sunday 12 February

Discover Islam Week

Monday 6 - Friday 10 February, 9:00-17:00 daily, marquee next to Old Joe

Suitable for all students

UoB's Islamic Society are delighted to announce that they are back with the annual 'Discover Islam Week' campaign, open and welcoming every single one of you, regardless of faith or background, on and off campus!

Find a beautiful array of stalls, discussion circles, free food (freshly made waffles and tea!) and Muslim students on hand to answer all your questions. This week is a space for open discussion, to ask the niggling questions you’ve always had at the back of your mind and discover more about Islam.

There will be daily talks at 12.15, each addressing a range of themes from a Convert’s Story to Islam, the rise of Feminism, Justice with Faith and discussing the miraculous nature of the Qu’ran.

Cost of Living Fair with Community Living

Monday 6 February, 11:00-16:00, Great Hall, Aston Webb

Suitable for all students

Community Living is hosting a Cost of Living Fair to help you find out about support available from University services and Birmingham City Council. There will also be free hot drinks, live talks, and a clothing swap hosted by the Guild of Students!

There'll also be a series of talks in Room G33, Aston Webb throughout the day:

12:00-13:00 - Managing your money

Learn how to maximise your income and budget effectively for the academic year

14:00-15:00 - Black Voices on the Cost of Living Crisis

Amira Campbell, lead of the Black Voices Campaign at the Guild of Students, will be delivering a talk discussing the disproportionate impact of the cost of living crisis on marginalised communities, the potential for community organising practices to make an impact, and what steps the University and Student of Birmingham can and have taken in making positive changes.

15:00-16:00 - Finding Part-Time Work with Worklink

Did you know that there’s casual employment opportunities on campus? You can find them through Worklink!

Not sure who Worklink are or where to find them? Worried about applying for jobs or interviews? We’re here to help! Come along to our session to find out more. We will give you tips for your applications and your interviews to give you the best chance at securing a role.

A Walk through Queer History: Rose Sidgwick and memory at the University of Birmingham

Monday 6 February, 11:30-13:00, meet at Aston Webb

Suitable for all students

Join a walking tour as part of LGBTQ+ History Month 2023. This event will look at the life and times of Rose Sidgwick, who was a History lecturer until her early death in 1918, and her partner, Margery Fry, a warden and founder of the University’s hostel for women.

The walking tour will be led by leading academics in the areas of queer identity, queer history, gender and memory, internationalism and more. You will find out more about the life and work of Rose and Margery and uncover some of their hidden history, from a romantic birdbath to a surprising inscription in the Great Hall. We will ask: how should Rose Sidgwick and Margery Fry be remembered in the 21st century?

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Lapworth Museum Tours

Monday 6 February, 12:00-13:00, meet at reception, Lapworth Museum

Suitable for all students

Dumbfounded by dinosaurs, confused about clastics, puzzled by pyrite? Why not join us today a tour of the Museum and get the chance to see behind the scenes!

All tours are free of charge and are run on a first come first served basis - please meet at reception.

Refreshers Fair at the Guild of Students

Wednesday 8 February, 10:00-16:00, Debating Hall and the Underground, Guild of Students

Suitable for all students

Are you ready to start the new semester in style? The Guild are excited to announce that Refreshers’ Fair is back for 2023 and YOU are invited!

The fair will take place in Deb Hall and The Underground with freebies, discounts and a number of fantastic brands for you to meet, so make sure you get your ticket!

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Careers Network: Internships and Work Experience Fair

Wednesday 8 February, from 11:00, Great Hall, Aston Webb

Suitable for all students

The Internships and Work Experience Fair will be taking place in the Great Hall on 8 February, and then virtually on 15 February.

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Open Office with the Vice-Chancellor

Thursday 9 February, 11:00-12:00, Vice-Chancellor's Suite, Aston Webb

Suitable for all students

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell, is hosting a series of in-person open office sessions for students.

Come and chat to Adam about anything to do with the University - it could be something you care a lot about, or something you wish would start, stop, change, or happen more. Adam is one of the most senior people at the University, and has general oversight of the whole institution including teaching, student services, campus facilities, accommodation, finance, and more.

You can join Adam for a one-to-one chat or small group conversation - you're welcome to bring someone from your course or student society, or anyone who would like to discuss the same topic. To make best use of the 10 minute slots, we recommend you come along with a particular area you'd like to discuss.

Open offices will also be held on Wednesday 8 March and Wednesday 19 April.

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Starting to write for Postgraduate Researchers

Friday 10 February, 09:00-11:00, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

This workshop is for those at the beginning of their development as postgraduate research level academic writers. It provides an introduction to: the writing process, your knowledge of yourself as a writer, and strategies for planning and creating text.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team.

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Monday 13 - Sunday 19 February

Postgraduate Study Fair with Postgrad LIVE

Tuesday 14 February, 12:00-15:00, Great Hall, Aston Webb

Suitable for all students considering postgraduate study

Thinking about Masters or PhD study but not sure where to start? Postgrad LIVE Birmingham is your chance to find out what programmes are on offer at over 40 top universities and how to secure your place on them.

Discuss your options, get personalised funding advice and find out what Masters and PhD study is really like. Be sure to grab your seat for the packed talks programme including the popular masterclasses.

This event is organised by Postgrad LIVE and is free to attend.

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BlackChat: Launch Week

Tuesday 14 February, 14:00-15:30, Beale Room (opposite Aston Webb Student Hub)

Suitable for students who identify as Black (African, Carribean, Mixed with Black heritage)

Following the success of last year’s launch, BlackChat is back! BlackChat is a therapeutic talking group which allows students to engage with each other in a safe space to connect, share, and together find helpful ways to manage mental health and wellbeing whilst at university through group discussions.

The group will run each Tuesday from 14 February for 6 weeks for students who identify as Black (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage).

BlackChat is facilitated by a Psychotherapist however it is student group. This group allows space for students to just “be”. The group works by free-flowing discussions, meaning there will be no set agenda by the facilitator. Students will be asked to “check-in” at the beginning of each group and from there the group will decide what will be explored week to week.

This is a drop-in group and you don't need to register, just attend whichever sessions you want to. Spaces for each group are limited to 12 people, students arriving after capacity has been met will be asked to return the following week. Contact Sarah-Jane Otoo for more information.

The search for rare and strange: a virtual tour of NA62 experiment at CERN

Wednesday 15 February, 12:30-13:30, online

Suitable for all students, their friends and families

Join us on a virtual exploration of the NA62 experiment with University of Birmingham physicists researching the rare unstable particles, kaons. The Big Bang should have created equal amounts of matter and antimatter but one of the greatest challenges in physics is to figure out why we see don’t see this antimatter. Studying the breakdown of kaons is key to the search for new phenomena explaining the shortcomings of the ‘Standard Model of particle physics’ and is helping to uncover new insights into antimatter.

The work undertaken at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. They provide particle accelerator facilities to researchers from across the world, including the Large Hadron Collider and the Super Proton Synchrotron to advance the boundaries of human knowledge.

This event is presented as part of the public programme for A History Through Objects: Research and Innovation at the University of Birmingham.

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Structuring your Thesis for Postgraduate Researchers

Thursday 16 February, 10:00-11:30, online

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Designed to support those who already have some draft texts but are unsure about how these might fit together in a logical thesis structure, this highly practical workshop covers common thesis structures and strategies for creating your own, as well as giving you an opportunity to explore previous theses in your subject area.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team and will also be offered in-person on Wednesday 22 March.

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B-Film Annual Lecture and Screening: Elizabeth Henstridge Q&A and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Friday 17 February, 17:00-20:00, The Carrol (Room G15), Muirhead Tower

Suitable for all students

Join us for the B-Film Annual Lecture and Screening, in collaboration with the Department of Film and Creative Writing and the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

Hear from UoB graduate Elizabeth Henstridge, actor-director and star of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and take part in the audience Q&A. The episode As I Have Always Been, directed by Elizabeth, will also be screened.

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Baroque-Classical Orchestra

Saturday 18 February, 19:30-21:30, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Suitable for all students, their friends and families

The University's foremost early music ensemble, directed by Andrew Kirkman, presents an evening of sinfonias and early operatic overtures on period instruments under the baton of Professor Andrew Kirkman. The programme includes the overture to Alessandro Stradella’s 1678 opera The Power of Paternal Love – an opera that will be staged for the first time since the 17th century this April by Barber Opera.

  • Porpora Overture to Il trionfo di Camilla
  • Albinoni Sinfonia in G minor
  • Stradella Overture to La forza dell’amor paterno
  • Colista Sinfonia a 3
  • Lonati Sinfonia a 3 in A minor

Tickets cost £5.

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Monday 20 - Sunday 26 February

BlackChat: Week 2

Tuesday 21 February, 14:00-15:30, Beale Room (opposite Aston Webb Student Hub)

Suitable for students who identify as Black (African, Carribean, Mixed with Black heritage)

BlackChat is a six-week therapeutic talking group which allows students to engage with each other in a safe space to connect, share, and together find helpful ways to manage mental health and wellbeing whilst at university through group discussions.

This is a drop-in group and you don't need to register, just attend whichever sessions you want to. Spaces for each group are limited to 12 people, students arriving after capacity has been met will be asked to return the following week. Contact Sarah-Jane Otoo for more information.

PGT Essentials: Engaging with feedback

Wednesday 22 February, 14:00-15:00, online

Suitable for all postgraduate taught students

Engaging with academic feedback is an important part of improving your postgraduate work and developing your skills: the aims of academic feedback are to prompt you to reflect on your studies and skills, and to guide you in how to improve your work.

This workshop will equip you with the skills to interpret your assignment feedback and apply it to future work and learning: we'll look in-depth at the language used in feedback, what it means in practical terms, and how best you can use it to your advantage.

This workshop is hosted by the University Graduate School and the Academic Skills Centre as part of the PGT Essentials series.

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Preparing for your viva for Postgraduate Researchers

Friday 24 February, 10:00-12:00, Fourth Floor Training Room, Main Library

Suitable for postgraduate research students

The viva is an important part of the assessment for your research programme. This workshop and/or online course will demystify the process so you know what to expect on the day. It also covers strategies to help you prepare for the viva, including advice on how to deal with difficult questions.

This session is delivered by the Library Research Skills Team.

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UoB Aquathlon

Saturday 25 February, from 12:00, Sport & Fitness Centre

Suitable for all students, their friends and families (ages 15+)

Join UoB Triathlon club for their popular Aquathlon taking place on campus. The event will involve a 400m swim followed by a 5k Campus Run, open to all.

Entry costs £25 for British Triathlon Federation members, and £30 for non-members. The first 100 entried will receive a free bobble hat! Contact UoB Aquathlon 2023 with any questions.

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New Music Ensemble

Saturday 25 February, 19:30-21:30, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Suitable for all students, their friends and families

World premieres by Sara Caneva and Daniel Carpenter are presented alongside Ryan Latimer's work for voice and chamber ensemble. The evening includes a screening of Peter Greenaway's film M is for Man, Music, Mozart with music by Louis Andriessen.

  • Andriessen M is for Man, Music, Mozart
  • Ryan Latimer Speaking of Letters and Dancing
  • Sara Caneva Crumpled Questions (world premiere)
  • Daniel Carpenter Claire Deluge (world premiere)

Tickets cost £5.

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Other events

Daily events and services

Galleries and museums on campus

Galleries at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Suitable for all students.

In our delightful Art Deco galleries you’ll find paintings by the greatest artists of their time, from Botticelli, Bellini, Rubens and Van Dyck, to Vigée Le Brun, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Magritte. You’ll also see superb works of decorative art and sculpture, as well as changing displays of prints and drawings and a coin exhibition.

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

Monday-Friday, 10:00-17:00, and Saturday 12:00-17:00, Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology are delighted to welcome visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years! Explore the collections, meet Roary the campus dinosaur, and enjoy the interactive exhibits.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages. Entry to the museum is free.

The museum will be closed for maintenance from Monday 5 July and is planned to reopen on Wednesday 21 July.

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Winterbourne House and Garden

Daily, 10:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30), Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston Park Road

Suitable for all students.

Winterbourne House and Garden is open daily, including the shop and tea room. Explore the Edwardian Arts and Crafts garden, lovingly created by the homeowners Margaret and John Nettlefield. Discover the garden's treasures, find a place to relax, and take in the views across the hidden Edgbaston pool.

Entry is free with your student ID card (and for your children under 16).

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Academic support

Academic Skills Centre appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and MRes students

The Academic Skills Centre offer confidential individual appointments for undergraduates, postgraduate taught and MRes students (for writing skills) to help with: writing skills, study strategies, referencing, and searching for high quality sources for your assignments.

Appointments are available throughout the academic year from Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00, with a reduced service outside of term time. We can offer you four appointments per academic year.

For students in Singapore, appointments are available Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:00 UK time (17:00 and 20:00 Singapore time) via Zoom. For students in Dubai, appointments are available 10:00-16:00 UK time (14:00-20:00 Dubai time). Please book five working days in advance.

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A separate form is available for students in Dubai.

Digital Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for all students

The Digital Skills team provides one to one appointments for advice or software support related to a specific task or activity.

The focus of a one-to-one session is to help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be competent in the requisite software. A one-to-one appointment offers a range of approaches that can help you to develop the skills needed to complete your tasks, activities, studies or research. They are not a passive form of learning; by this we mean that we will not “do it for you”. Instead we will help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be successful in your endeavours.

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Maths Support Centre

Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, Main Library or Zoom

Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

Many students experience difficulties with mathematical and statistical content during their university studies. We offer advice and support to Taught students from all disciplines. Whether you need help with your programme of study or guidance on numerical reasoning tests, we are here to help you develop your mathematical skills.

Drop in support is available 10:00-16:00 in the Main Library on weekdays - no need to book, just turn up to see our tutors. Appointments are available for those unable to attend the Main Library.

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Research support

Research Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Teams or Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

The Research Skills Team offers one-to-one appointments on the following topics:

  • Literature searching (advising on but not undertaking literature/systematic reviews)

  • Referencing and EndNote

  • ORCiD and curating online publication profile

  • Research metrics

  • Using other libraries

Introductory advice in Open Access, Research Data Management and copyright

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Tea with a research librarian

Tuesdays, 15:00-16:00, Zoom

Suitable for postgraduate research students

Each Tuesday one of our Research Skills Advisors makes themselves a cup of tea and waits patiently for your questions. Join them via Zoom to keep them company, and ask anything research skills or library-related.

  • Library collections and resources

  • Doing excellent literature searching

  • Managing your references

  • Basics of managing data

  • Setting up an ORCID

Anything else library related you've always wanted to ask - no question too basic!

PGRs can access the link from their Canvas course.

Digital Skills appointments

Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00, Zoom

Suitable for all students

The Digital Skills team provides one to one appointments for advice or software support related to a specific task or activity.

The focus of a one-to-one session is to help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be competent in the requisite software. A one-to-one appointment offers a range of approaches that can help you to develop the skills needed to complete your tasks, activities, studies or research. They are not a passive form of learning; by this we mean that we will not “do it for you”. Instead we will help you to develop the skills that you need in order to be successful in your endeavours.

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PGR development from the Research Skills Team

Visit our PGR development page where you will find details and booking links for workshops and online courses for PGRs delivered by the Research Skills Team in Library Services.

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Induction training

Visit our online induction material page for new postgraduate researchers where you will find information including an introduction to library resources, spaces, and support, and how we can help you to develop as a researcher, how you can use keyword and subject heading searching to make your literature search precise and effective and Key databases to help you find literature in your subject amongst lots of other useful information.

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Wellbeing support

Pause@UoB drop-ins

Wednesday and Thursdays, 11:00-17:00, Lodge No. 1 (North Gate)

Suitable for students up to their 25th birthday.

Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus, led by our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers. Drop-in sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays will start again from Wednesday 6 April.

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UBHeard - mental health support line

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Suitable for all students

UBHeard is a confidential listening and support service for all registered students (undergraduate and postgraduate) that gives you immediate emotional and mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

You will be able to speak to a mental health professional and counsellor who will guide you through any issues you may currently be facing – at University or at home. UBHeard offers immediate in-the-moment telephone support, and where appropriate, up to six sessions of counselling for mild-moderate issues.

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Student Mentors

Drop in weekdays, 16:00-20:00, Shackleton or by email and phone

Suitable for students living in University accommodation

Your Student Mentor Scheme Team are here to offer you help and support whilst you live in University accommodation.

All 15 of the Mentors are current students, so know what living in halls is really like! They can help you with information, guidance and support in a range of areas - including wellbeing, accommodation, academic and financial queries

So if you have a query or need advice from a friendly fellow student – talk to them! You can drop in to their base at Shackleton (next to the Duck & Scholar) between 16:00-20:00 weekdays during term time, or contact them by email, phone, or on their socials.

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Safety and security support and advice

Community Safety Team drop-ins 

Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, No. 2 Lodge, by North Gate

Based in the new Community Safety Hub at Lodge No.2, North Gate, our friendly team offer you a safe, confidential space to ask any safety questions or share your concerns. Available all year round and open 10:00-16:00, Monday to Friday you can pop along to pick up FREE safety and security products.

Working with the Guild, the Team are able to offer personal safety alarms, home security devices, and bike D-locks.

Selly Express

Monday-Friday, 19:00-00:00 midnight, bus stop behind the Main Library/Spar

The Guild’s shuttle bus service, the Selly Express, is your FREE evening shuttle bus service from campus to Selly Oak.

The bus runs from Monday - Friday during term time, and collects students at 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, and 00:00, close to the Main Library, behind Spar (on the corner of Westgate and Ring Road).

You don’t need to buy a ticket to ride the Selly Express. Just show up with your student ID and tell the driver exactly where you’d like to be dropped off, and we'll either drop you at the exact location, or for smaller roads that the bus may not be able to navigate, as near to your front door as we possibly can.

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Regular prayer and worship

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy are providing regular opportunities for collective prayer and worship across various faith traditions, both in person and online. Subscribe to the weekly Multi-Faith Chaplaincy newsletter to find out what is happening each week.

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UoB Sport & Fitness

Social Sport

Check out the daily timetable for social sport at Sport & Fitness! Choose from a range of sports on a Pay & Go basis, including basketball, netball, kickboxing, badminton, and boxing.

The Just Play sessions are hosted by Sport Activators to maximise your time to play, whist the Coach & Play sessions provide some coaching and the opportunity for a friendly game.

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Climbing

Did you know we have our own climbing wall? For beginners, our Taster Sessions are a great introduction with a qualified instructor. If you're already a competent climber, our Pay & Go sessions let you get stuck in - all equipment (except shoes) is included.

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Fitness Classes

Explore the range of Fitness Classes that take place throughout the week, available on a Pay & Go basis. From Barre to Yoga, Aqua Fit to Boxercise, there is something for all needs and abilities.

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Student Memberships

We offer a range of student memberships across Sport & Fitness and Tiverton Gym. Find out which one might suit you.

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Colleges

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