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In this issue...

  • It's here - bookings for UoB Xtra are live. Don't miss out.
  • Physical movement can support your wellbeing. Check out how you can get active this National Walking Month.
  • Student Lorna discusses how she navigated depression at university.
  • You could win a £150 Amazon voucher just by telling us what you think.
  • Get on top of exam preparation with tips, and guidance on updating your university password.
  • Celebrate love with us at Birmingham Pride 2024.
  • On campus stationery and print store Ryman is giving away a huge bundle of goodies!


Book now for UoB Xtra

Bookings for UoB Xtra, our summer programme of events, challenges and opportunities, are now open. Your summer plans are sorted! What are you waiting for? Book now!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week is running from Monday 13 - Friday 19 May.

This year's theme is 'Movement: Moving more for our mental health'. Whether that's going for a walk, putting on your fave playlist and busting some moves or getting a few workouts in, it all counts!

Check out some ways that being active can support your mental wellbeing...

National Walking Month

From Quaker connections and early UoB history to the story of Ida B Wells who campaigned against slavery and racism in the 1800s, join us on expert-guided walks for National Walking Month this May. Find out more.

Dealing with depression at university

University is a time of change. For some, this can be hard to cope with. Student Lorna blogs about her experience with adjusting to uni life and how she refuses to be defined by her mental health condition. Lorna's story.

Walk your way into May

Join one of UoB Sport and Fitness' Active Clubs, where you can enjoy your fave sports at a slower pace. Whether it's Table Tennis, Basketball, Football, or Netball, there's something for everyone. Get active.

Fancy winning a £150 Amazon voucher?

Let us know your thoughts on our communications to you by filling in the Student Comms Survey. Feedback by midnight on Friday 24 May and you'll enter our prize draw to win £150 Amazon vouchers. Take me to the form.

Get prepped for exams

We’re now in the main summer examination period. Find out how you can get prepared and confident so you're feeling #UoBeReady for your upcoming assessments. Get set.

Love your Leftovers

For Stop Food Waste Day this year, we're asking you to share your food waste-reducing tips and recipes. Learn how you can take part and help us to improve sustainability at UoB. Submit your idea.

Reset your uni password

Find out what to do if you forget your university password or have been locked out of your account as well as our password policy to protect you from cyber criminals. Tell me more.

We're buzzing for the summer

Find out more about the upcoming summer term and our UoB Xtra programme running from Monday 3 – Friday 21 June. You're not going to want to miss this! Watch the YouTube video.

PG Corner

Welcome to the latest updates from the University Graduate School (UGS) specifically for taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduates

PGTs, fancy winning £150?

If you’ve been invited to complete the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), share your views on your course and be in with the chance to win one of fifteen £150 cash prizes. Fill in the survey, you have until Monday 13 May!

UoB Three Minute Thesis Final
Wednesday 15 May, 15:00-17:00
Alan Walters Building, G03 Lecture Theatre 1

Find out more about the brilliant work being done by our PGRs at the 3MT final, have a hot drink, and vote for your favourite presentation in the people’s choice vote. Register to attend the 3MT final on Eventbrite.

PGRs! Last chance to get involved in this year’s Research Poster Competition.

Would you like to share your research with non-specialist audiences, develop your design and communication skills, and compete for cash prizes? Take part in this year’s Research Poster Competition – express your interest by 23:59 on Sunday 12 May.

PGTs – get ready for a summer of dissertation support

The University Graduate School and Academic Skills Centre are putting together a series of ‘PGT Essentials’ sessions over the summer to help you with your dissertations. Check out the ‘PGT Essentials’ Eventbrite collection to find out more.

Take part in the Birmingham Pride Parade with the UGS

The University Graduate School invites you to march with us in the Birmingham Pride Parade on Saturday 25 May, 10:30-14:00. Find out more about Pride 2024.

Our diary picks

Community Wardens: Study and a snack
Friday 10 May, 10:00-13:00
Hey Brew, Bristol Road

Come and study with free coffee and cake. There'll be lots of freebies to give away to help you with your studies and colouring and card games for when you need a break.

Get into Teaching
Saturday 11 May, 10:00-14:30
Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Birmingham, B5 4EW

Whether you’re ready to start your career in teaching or just curious, expert advisers can help you work out your next steps. Get advice on your application, or find out if teaching suits you and your lifestyle. Find out more about the teaching event.

Body Clock by Azizi Cole
Saturday 25 May, 19:00-21:30
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Body Clock investigates the idea of composing a piece of music by exploring sounds of the body and combines music and movement, creating a visual and audible performance experience.

Give It A Go: Mindfulness Workshop
Wednesday 29 May, 13:00-16:30
Guild Reception

Take a break from exam stress with this calming mindfulness workshop, featuring journaling and writing activities designed to encourage relaxation and self-reflection. All materials will be provided, and you can drop in at any time. The first thirty attendees will be gifted a free bullet journal.

Sports Awards 2024
Thursday 30 May, 18:00
The Bramall Music Building

Celebrate the amazing sporting talent that we have here including sporting individuals, teams as well as clubs. More on the Sports Awards.

Postgraduate Open Day
Saturday 22 June
On campus

Considering a Masters or PhD? Hear first-hand from our staff and current postgraduate students about continuing your studies here at Birmingham. Book your place at the Open Day.

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

Let's paint the town rainbow

Birmingham Pride is coming up. We'll be marching on Saturday 25 May but want to see you there - let's make this the biggest parade yet! Plus, enter our lucky draw to win one of eight tickets to the exclusive area. Join us.

Win a huge stationery bundle

Ryman, based in the heart of the University Centre, is your one-stop shop for all your study and printing needs. They're giving away a huge bundle which includes stationery, tech goodies, accessories and more so you're stocked up this exam season. I'm feeling lucky.

And finally

Are you a student parent and/or carer?

Life as a student can be hard, but coupled with being a parent and/or carer has its own challenges as well as rewards. For Parents and Carers Fortnight in June, we'd love to give you a platform to share your authentic experience. Pitch your ideas for a blog to us by emailing by Friday 24 May and if selected, you'll receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

Call for Volunteers at Barber Institute's Family Festival

Barber are looking for student volunteers to support their Family Festival, running from Saturday 3 - Sunday 11 August. If you’re passionate about community engagement and creativity, we want to hear from you! Find out more and apply to volunteer.

Environmental Science research placements

The CENTA DTP is offering two paid summer placements in the environment sciences in summer 2024 to Minority Ethnic Home applicants who meet the general eligibility requirements for participating undergraduate students. CENTA also have further funded placement projects available for all undergraduates who meet the general eligibility requirements. If you're interested, apply directly on the CENTA website, applications for the paid placements close at 23:59 on Monday 13 May.

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