It's International Women's Day, Student Sharon shares her wellbeing story and you could win £1,000

The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • It's International Women's Day
  • Santander are giving 10 lucky students £1,000 each
  • Student Content Shaper Sharon shares her wellbeing tips
  • Find out how your voice can make changes at the University
  • Do you know about our 24/7 listening service, UBHeard?
  • Win a free climbing lesson for you and your friends

Today is International Women’s Day

To mark this day, the University will be running a diverse programme of events throughout March, including an open mic poetry night. Read more and book events.


Fancy winning £1,000?

Santander Universities are giving 10 lucky University of Birmingham students the chance to win £1,000 to help with study costs. Click for the chance to win.

Your mental health matters

For University Mental Health Day, student Sharon shares her top thoughts on looking after yourself as an international student. Read Sharon's blog.

Have your say, Undergraduates

Don’t miss out on the chance to tell us what you think through either the NSS or UKES surveys.

This is your chance to give us your honest feedback about your university experience and help shape the future for students at UoB. Make your voice heard.

We're here for you if you need us

Whether you want support or know someone that does, check out UBHeard, our 24/7 confidential listening and support service. Make time to talk.

Safety update

We are aware of reports of robberies taking place on the canal near the University in Selly Oak. Please be mindful when out, try to walk in well-lit busy areas and with groups where possible.

There is an increase in patrols by West Midlands Police in the area to address the issue. The Community Safety Team at the Lodge (by North Gate) are also available if you need assistance.

In an emergency call Security Services on 0121 414 4444, and call police on 999.

For a non-emergency crime report it to Security Services on 0121 414 3000. You should also report it to the police: call 101, or report online.

You can also get in touch with your Community Safety Team as well as use the free Safezone app for extra peace of mind.

PG Corner

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

It's almost time to have your say

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) will open on Monday 13 March. Keep an eye out for communications on how to fill these in. You can help us to understand what you most value and enjoy about your university experience, and tell us what you recommend should be improved.

Images of Research 2023 now open!

Images of Research is an annual competition held by the University Graduate School offering all UoB postgraduates the opportunity to showcase their research in a creative and innovative manner. Enter to develop skills in research communication, non-specialist engagement, and creative thinking, win prizes and have your work exhibited as part of the Postgraduate Research Festival in June 2023. Can you capture your research project in a single image? Learn more.

Postgrad Spring Events from the UGS Scholars

New events from the University Graduate School Scholars are now ready for booking! Our UGS Scholars are current postgraduates, running specialised PGT and PGR events for our postgraduate community. PGRs can join an online quiz, our monthly PGR film club, and a Rugby-watching social for St. Patrick’s Day, while PGTs are invited to online group-study sessions, monthly short story club and walks in Winterbourne House and Garden on campus, with bookings open.

PG Skills
Tuesday 21 March, 14:00-15:30

March’s online PG Skills session focusses on how Project Management skills are used in industry, reflecting on how you’ll have developed these skills already as a postgraduate, how to develop them further, and how to put them into practice. Register your online place.

Our diary picks

Go Green Week: A Very Green Giveaway
Thursday 9 March, 13:00-15:00
Retail Space, Guild of Students (Near Subway)

Come and get a free vegetarian or vegan recipe kit from the Community Wardens and learn all about reducing food waste. View all Go Green Week events.

Dance Club Latino - A Night in Old Havana
09:00 Saturday 11 – 03:00 Sunday 12 March
Guild of Students

Dust off your dancing shoes, Dance Club Latino, UoB's social salsa society is back with their annual Latin Dance Festival. Get your tickets

Holi Festival with the Hindu Society
Wednesday 15 March, 14:00-17:00
The Vale - Duck and Scholar

The UoB Hindu Society are bringing the celebration of Holi back at The Vale. Although Holi is traditionally celebrated on the 8 March, the date has been revised due to predicted weather conditions. Nonetheless, you'll find traditional Holi celebrations of colour throwing, dance performances and a DJ! Get your tickets. You may also be able to get tickets at the door.

Our What's On page has the latest student events.

What's on in Brum

Birmingham artist and activist Foka Wolf's 'Why Are We Stuck in Hospitals?' gallery installation at Ikon responds to a project by UoB's School of Social Policy. Check out the free exhibition.

And finally...

Deadline for students graduating in July

Those eligible to graduate with degree-level awards in July will have received their invitation. You are asked to confirm how you would like to graduate via the Student Gateway. The deadline for this is 23:59 GMT on Monday 20 March 2023.

LGBT Hero Social Groups

A charity that works to reduce social isolation in the LGBT community and support mental well-being. Check out their Umbrella Hangouts; these are free social groups via Zoom for any LGBTQ+ person who is 18+ in the UK. The charity also have groups just for trans and gender non-conforming people. Find out more about the groups.

Fancy bouldering with friends?

Win a free climbing lesson voucher for up to four people with Redpoint Climbing Centre, where climbing is for everyone of all abilities. Enter now.

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