Brum Bulletin: your summer plans sorted

The Brum Bulletin - your student news

In this issue...

  • Fancy attending a 10-day FREE festival in Birmingham this summer?
  • Read student Ned’s inspirational story about battling cancer
  • Learn more about how you can get involved in the 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games this August
  • Graduates - your big day is almost here!
  • Have you explored Winterbourne House and Garden on campus yet?


Congrats to all those graduating!

Excited for your big day? Keep an eye on our socials where we'll be capturing grad moments and celebrating you. Got any questions? We've got you covered. Read more.

Graduating after battling cancer

During his second year, Ned Hilton was sadly diagnosed with brain cancer. But that hasn't stopped him. See what Ned has been up to including a sky dive for charity! Read Ned's story

IBSA World Games are coming

Your plans for August are sorted. Join the multi-sport event for blind and partially sighted athletes, with more than 1,600 competitors taking part on campus. Find out more.

Been to Winterbourne yet? If not, you're missing out.--

As a student, you can head down to Winterbourne for free – a hidden gem on campus. Have a stroll through the beautiful botanic gardens or enjoy a classic afternoon tea. Watch our student vlog.

PG Corner

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

Catch up on the 2023 Postgraduate Research Festival

Missed out or want to relive the events? Check out the finalists for our Research Poster Competition, browse our Images of Research exhibition, and watch recordings of our Keynote Speakers and PGR Talks.

You can also read the full announcement of our UGS Awards Winners, recognising the amazing work of postgraduates and their supervisors across all Colleges!

PGRs! The deadline for the University Graduate School (UGS) Scholarships is coming up...

Want to support your postgrad community by running events, helping to plan the 2024 Postgraduate Research Festival, and gain new skills and experience? Then read on.

The University Graduate School recruits ten postgraduate researchers (PGRs) every year to act as UGS Scholars conferring a £2,500 bursary in exchange for half a day of work per week. Applications are now open until 23:59 on Tuesday 25 July 2023! Find out more and apply.

What's on this summer

PGTs can join dissertation support workshops, co-working sessions, a clothes-mending workshop, and UGS Scholar (PGT) events. View events.

PGRs you're invited to join PGR Lunch Club throughout the summer, as well as Film Club, a clothes-mending workshop, and more! Book now

Our diary picks

Birmingham Stories: Story Exchange
Saturday 15 July 2023, 13:00-16:00
Assembly Room, The Exchange, Centenary Square

Can you remember a moment when you felt truly at home? What stories would you tell to explain what home means to you? Everyone is invited to join us at our Story Exchange, an inclusive workshop that connects people through stories. Read more.

Colmore Food Festival 2023
Friday 21 July - Saturday 22 July
Cathedral Square (Pigeon Park) at St. Philip's Cathedral

The much-loved Colmore Food Festival is making a return to Birmingham for its 10th anniversary. The FREE, must-visit festival will provide guests with a tasty and affordable spread of mouth-watering mini dishes from local traders’ latest menus. More info.

FREE Lapworth Museum Tours
Monday 7 August, 12:00-13:00
Lapworth Museum (on campus)

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

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

10 days of FREE fun in Brum

Birmingham Festival is back and we're so excited. Running from Friday 28 July - Sunday 6 August in Centenary Square for FREE everyday, enjoy an irresistible blend of live acts, fun activities, and big screen entertainment. Don't miss out

And finally...

Scheduled train strikes this July

West Midlands Railway and Cross Country will be striking on:

  • Thursday 20 July (final day of degree congregations)
  • Saturday 22 July
  • Saturday 29 July

There will be a reduced timetable and some routes will not be served. There may be further strike action on other days in the month. Find out more and what to do next.

Good luck to UoB students attending the Student Social Mobility Awards on Thursday 13 July

Congrats to our brill students who have been nominated for the Student Social Mobility Awards after defying the odds to achieve outstanding success as they prepare for life after university. The Awards, organised by upReach, celebrates students who have managed to find success despite facing socio-economic challenges. We've got our fingers crossed!

Moving house made easier

Are you looking for a house to rent in the local community? Student renting in Birmingham can feel daunting, but don’t worry – Marks Out of Tenancy is here to help! Through their online review system, you can find the perfect property. Tell me more.

Samaritans Awareness Day (24/7)

Monday 24 July (24/7) is Samaritans Awareness Day. On this date and throughout July, they'll be running their awareness-raising campaign Talk to Us, to remind people they're here for anyone who needs someone to listen.

Remember, if you need to talk to someone, we have UB Heard; a confidential listening and support service for all students that gives you emotional and mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Get paid to promote an inclusive campus culture

Are you passionate about promoting equality and inclusion for students? Apply to be an EDI Student Ambassador and help to develop and deliver university-wide projects in diversity and inclusion. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to apply before the deadline of Friday 21 July. 

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