Brum Bulletin - 5 October 2022

The Brum Bulletin - Your student newsletter

Welcome to the first Brum Bulletin of the year – your fortnightly round-up of the latest updates from across the University and beyond.

  • Welcome from Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Tickell
  • Team UoB celebrate Birmingham Pride
  • How you can become a Student Shaper
  • Watch our Welcome Week highlights
  • Top pick of events.

Plus, keep scrolling for your chance to win an exclusive afternoon tea for two at the beautiful Winterbourne House and Garden!

Got an exciting story to share? Find out how you can send in your suggestions and our publishing dates.


Message from the VC

A warm welcome from Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Tickell! In case you missed it, watch his welcome message to all students here. Watch now.

Celebrating Pride

Saturday 24 September saw hundreds of students come together to march and celebrate 25 years of Pride in Birmingham. Read more.

My Attendance

Introducing My Attendance, the new way of registering attendance at taught sessions from the MyUoB app. Learn more.

Student Spotlight

A sustainable start to UoB

During Welcome, over 1,500 secondhand items were rehomed from students to students! About Hazaar

Better Than Well

Hear from former Master’s student Luke Trainor on how he and others have benefitted from addiction recovery. Watch video.

Student Shapers

Find out how you can shape your student experience and make a difference through this new scheme. Learn more.

PG Corner

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

Our Welcome events for postgraduate researchers (PGR) are continuing into October, with induction workshops, sessions for international PGRs, and Winterbourne walks. Explore them all.

For postgraduate taught (PGT) students, our PGT Essentials series for Semester One is now live! Join these online workshops, organised with the Academic Skills Centre and the Careers Network, for an in-depth look at an essential postgraduate skill, covering academic skills, research, and planning for your career ahead.

Also for PGTs, the University Graduate School is recruiting for its UGS Scholarships (PGT) until Sunday 9 October. A chance to help us run events and engage your postgraduate community, in return for a £1000 bursary.

PGR-specific careers events for Autumn 2022

Careers Network’s PGR Careers Beyond Academia webinar series is back! With sessions on how to explore career options beyond academia, non-academic job applications, and more; sign up via the individual event entries on the Careers Network PG events page.

Attendance recording

If you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught, you can use the MyUoB app or website to record your attendance at teaching sessions. Your Academic will let you know if attendance is being recorded at the session, and give out the code for you to enter into MyUoB. If no code is given out in the session, you don’t need to do anything. More information about how to log your attendance can be found on the intranet.

Attendance at teaching sessions is one of the pieces of information used to demonstrate your Student Route Visa compliance. It is important to attend your teaching sessions, and only log attendance at sessions you attend in person.


Whether you joined us for the first time or as returning students, we hope you enjoyed your official Welcome! Check out our video on some of the highlights. Watch video.

Our Diary Picks

  • UBG&S – HMS Pinafore Auditions, Thursday 6 October, 5-8pm in Bryn Gough (Guild of Students) All aboard for the University’s award-winning Gilbert and Sullivan society’s next show, H.M.S. Pinafore! Have your chance to audition for principal roles or join the un-auditioned chorus. More info.
  • The Black Heroes of Mathematics, Monday 10 October, 1-2pm at WG05 Lecture Theatre - Aston Webb Building (R4 on campus map): Hear from Birmingham born Dr Nira Chamberlain - one of the UK's leading professional mathematicians and the first black President of the prestigious Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Read more.
  • Black Heritage Careers Panel Event, Wednesday 12 October, 12-1pm via Zoom: Hear from guest speakers and find out more about organisations dedicated to supporting Black Heritage students to develop their careers via different avenues of support; including internships and mentoring programmes. Read more.

You can find more about all upcoming student events by visiting the What’s on for students page.

What's on in Brum

Birmingham Literature Festival presents a programme of incredible talks and events this weekend, from sci-fi thrillers to autobiographies, there’s something for everyone. Find out more.

And finally...

  • Sports and Fitness memberships: Why not take advantage of our world-class sports facilities and gyms? You can purchase a variety of passes now, which are sold on a first-come first-serve basis for everyone.
  • Alumni Impact Fund: Open to all students, groups and Sports clubs, the Alumni Impact Fund is offering up to £2,000 in funding, the perfect way to bring your community idea to reality; apply now!
  • EUniWell carbon footprint competition: Think you know how we can reduce the carbon footprint of universities both at local and European levels? Enter by Tuesday 11 October to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Nantes University Sustainability Forum!

Giveaway: Tea for two

Fancy winning an afternoon tea at Winterbourne House and Gardens for two? Entry to the house and gardens are free with a student ID, but one lucky person can win a mouth-watering afternoon tea experience. Good luck! Enter now.

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