Win a chocolatey day out and where to fill up on campus

The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • Marking Parents and Carers Fortnight this month
  • How we celebrated Birmingham Pride on the weekend
  • Some spots on campus to stay hydrated
  • Have you filled out our Student Wellbeing Survey?
  • How to look after yourself during assessment season
  • LAST chance to enter our Cadbury World competition where two lucky students can win four tickets each!


Marking Parents and Carers fortnight

Studying while being a parent or carer is often rewarding but can come with its own challenges too. Take a breather and meet like-minded students this June. Explore free events.

Love unites UoB's LGBTQ+ community and allies

Birmingham Pride 2023 took place on Saturday 27 May, and what a celebration it was. Hundreds of you joined our march through the streets of Brum - bring on next year! Catch up on the day.

Are you drinking enough water?

Staying hydrated during exams is really important! Mimi, our Student Content Shaper, reveals some of the spots on campus to refill your water bottle. Visit our 'UoBe Ready ' intranet page for more useful assessment tips and support. Watch video.

Boost your mood with exercise

Feeling stressed during assessment season? Sports instructor and nutritionist Peter takes you through the science behind exercise and mental health. Find out more.

How can we support your wellbeing?

Tell us what's working well and how we can improve your student experience and our services through the Student Wellbeing Survey. Take survey.

Student Ella's self-care tips

From journaling to scheduling in some fun, check out these self-care tips you can practice to keep you positive and stress free during assessments. Continue reading.

What's on in Brum

Take a well-earned study break and wander around the tranquil oasis of Winterbourne Gardens. Free for all UoB students! Explore events.

PG Corner

Welcome to our Postgraduate section. Here you can find the latest updates specifically for taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduates!

Digital Research Conversations – Software Licensing

Join us on Wednesday 7 June (12-2pm) to hear from expert speakers on Intellectual Property and copyright, as well as Research Software Engineers who have created and shared their own code. Book your place via the software licensing session Eventbrite page.

Three Minute Thesis: Vote for Your People’s Choice Winner!

On Wednesday 17 May, The University Graduate School (UGS) crowned the University of Birmingham Three Minute Thesis winner for 2023, who will go on to represent UoB in the national finals. Find out more about the grand final and our judges’ winners.

You can watch recordings of all presenters on our YouTube Channel, and vote for your favourite in our People’s Choice Award! £250 given to the presenter with the most public votes at the UGS Awards Ceremony as part of the Postgraduate Research Festival, 27-28 June 2023. Vote for your People’s Choice Winner.

Postgraduate Research Festival: Announcing our Keynotes!

With just a month to go until the biggest postgraduate event of the year, we’re delighted to announce our two Keynote Speakers at the Postgraduate Research Festival, 27-28 June 2023.

Join us in the Teaching & Learning Building to hear from our key note speakers who are distinguished academics at different stages of their research careers. Each will discuss the journey of their research and the unexpected paths a life in research can take.

  • Tuesday 27 June - Dr. Synda Obaji Assistant Professor in Energy Law whose work has been cited by the United Nations Human Rights Council,
  • Wednesday 28 June - Prof. Janet Lord CBE, an internationally-renowned and award-winning Professor of Immune Cell Biology.

Have you got your ticket yet? Registration is live! Learn more about the exciting events happening across the Festival, and book your place.

Postgraduate Summer Events

UGS has opened its summer programme for bookings! Online and in-person PGT events include dedicated dissertation PGT Essentials workshops and co-working sessions, PGT Short Story Club, and a summer party to celebrate the end of the year: PGTs book your place! Online distance learning PGTs can also sign up for our online Match & Meet socials.

PGRs book your place to join our PGR summer social, PGR Film Club, Lunch Club, and Academic English workshops. Our last mental health workshop of the year focuses on stress management and is open to all postgraduates.

Parents and Carers Fortnight: Free drinks vouchers and family events!

UGS is also supporting Postgraduates as part of Parents and Carers Fortnight, 29 May – 9 June. If you are a postgraduate who is also a parent or carer, pop along to Westmere House (G15 on the campus map) between 10am-4pm on any weekday to receive free drinks vouchers for any campus outlet: perfect if you’re visiting one of the many family events across campus included in the Parents & Carers Fortnight calendar of events.

PGR parents and carers are also warmly invited to bring their families to our PGR Lunch Club on Tuesday 6 June at Westmere House: enjoy our beautiful gardens and historic buildings at this child-friendly social, with lunch on us! Book your places now.

Our diary picks

UK Games Expo
Friday 2 June - Sunday 4 June
National Exhibition Centre

UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK - where all aspects of the tabletop gaming hobby are represented under one roof. There are tournaments, seminars and workshops and live entertainment shows. Find out more.

Print Club with Laura Onions
Wednesday 7 June, 14:00-16:30
Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Get messy with a hands-on printmaking workshop with local artist Laura Onions. Laura will guide you through the skills needed to create your own beautiful, printed artwork inspired by the Barbers collection. No previous printmaking experience is required. Book your place.

Illyria present Twelfth Night
Friday 23 June, 19:00
Winterbourne House & Gardens

Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy a glorious summer’s evening watching this enchanting, fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedies. Performed in the open air, with costumes, music and dance. Suitable for all students, friends and families. Book now.

Careers Network (throughout June)

Careers Network have a broad programme of events covering all your careers needs, from help with making career choices to meeting employers and succeeding in your job applications. Explore programme.

Visit our What's On page for the latest student events.

And finally...

Interested in environmental science and looking for a research placement this summer?

The CENTA DTP is offering paid summer placements to undergraduate students who meet the general eligibility requirements. There's exciting projects in pollution monitoring and modelling volcanic carbon emissions. Further information, closing dates and details of how to apply can be found on the dedicated webpage

Free fitness classes for 'Destresstival'

This exam period, Sports and Fitness are hosting a range of FREE classes and social sport sessions for you to attend to help you to de-stress! All you need to do is simply book via the Sport & Fitness app, or book on arrival at Sport & Fitness reception. Places are limited, so book in advance, and cancel if you can no longer attend!

WIN a chocolatey day out to Cadbury World!

Cadbury World has relaunched its special student offer for just £12 each and to celebrate, they’re offering two lucky students the chance to win four tickets to enjoy a choc-filled day at the iconic Birmingham attraction! Enter now.

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