Brum Bulletin: What's your fave study space?

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In this issue...

  • Need some inspiration on where to study on campus? Hannah's got you covered.
  • UoB student is an award-winning mental health advocate.
  • Discover what we have planned for Summer Term.
  • Diwali from UoB!
  • Make a difference and receive a £15 voucher with the Student Corner.
  • Win a haircut (worth £65) with Brum Stylist Danyl Knox.


Hannah's top five study spaces

Whether you're struggling to concentrate at home or need somewhere to go between lectures, get some inspiration from our Student Content Shaper, Hannah. Get inspired.

Student Spotlight: Zaynab Sohowan

Zaynab isn't only a Human Neuroscience student, but a TEDx speaker, an award-winning Youth Mental Health advocate and CEO of a charity she founded. Follow her journey.

Looking forward to Summer Term

Yes, really, we are thinking that far ahead. Find out what we have planned for June 2024. Get more from your university experience, connect, learn, and develop new skills. Discover UoB Xtra

Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas!

From Sunday 12 November, we'd like to wish a very happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas to all students and staff celebrating at UoB. Learn about the significance of each holiday and how you can get involved in celebrations.

Give us your feedback

Join The Student Corner where you can offer your thoughts on a range of University topics, plus bag a £15 Amazon voucher for your time. Join now.

Interested in postgraduate study?

If you’re thinking about your next steps, discuss your options at the Russell Group Universities Postgraduate Study Roadshow and our PG Open Day. Learn more.

Day in the life of a PhD student with Robin

Coming to UoB means meeting students from all walks of life. Is Robin your typical UoB student? Keep watching to the end to find out. Watch Robin's story.

PG Corner

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

UGS Talks: Insights into Disability and Research
Friday 17 November, 13:00-14:00, Online

As part of Disability History Month, the Graduate School presents a UGS Talks special, with academic and postgraduate speakers exploring how they're making a difference in disability. Book your place.

PGRs, have your research exhibited!

PGRs who take part in the Public Engagement and Writing workshop (hosted by Dr Felicity McWilliams from Birmingham Trust) can showcase their research in a new exhibition, The Postgraduate Research Almanac, on campus and online from 28 November-4 December 2023.

You can book for the in-person workshop on 13 November (11:00-16:00) or the online workshop on 16 November (14:00-16:30).

PGTs! Get support with applying for PhDs and with developing your writing at PGT Essentials!

This series of online workshops is designed to help you develop key postgraduate skills for your studies and beyond. Upcoming workshops include - ‘PGT Essentials: Applying for and Funding a PhD’ on Wednesday 15 November (online, 14:00-15:30) and ‘PGT Essentials: Developing Your Writing’ on Wednesday 29 November (online, 13:00-14:30).

Our diary picks

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy: Writers' Block
Thursday 9 November, 15:00-18:00
Oasis Lounge, St Francis Hall

Whether you're writing an essay, a haiku or the next Booker Prize winner, join with other writers to smash through writer's block and get those words down! Contact Sharon Jones for more info. All are welcome.

Community Wardens: Yoga Class
Friday 10 November, 12:30-13:30
Sense Touchbase Pears, Bristol Road (opposite Battery Park)

The Community Wardens' free yoga sessions are back! These classes are suitable for all levels and all equipment is provided so all you need to bring is yourself! Book now.

Barber Lunchtime Concert: Armand Djikoloum and Iyad Sughayer
Friday 10 November, 13:00-13:50
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

Nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist, Armand Djikoloum will be performing with the Staatskapelle Dresden and fellow YCAT artist Iyad Sughayer. Admission is free and unticketed. Doors open at 12.45.

Theatre Show: Ghouls Gallery
Thursday 7 December, 18:30-20:45
Lapworth Museum of Geology

Missing spooky season already? Don't Go Into The Cellar will be performing their play "Ghouls Gallery", an anthology stage show based on great tales of terror by Bram Stoker, Sax Rohmer and M. R. James. Book your ticket.

The Baggs Memorial Happiness Lecture
Thursday 14 December, from 18:00
Aston Webb Great Hall, University of Birmingham

Join us for an inspiring and thought provoking lecture with Dr Clenton Farquharson CBE. Clenton is a passionate advocate and speaker on social justice. Get your free ticket.

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

UoB's Green Week

From upcycling to a sustainable student marketplace, join us to celebrate all things eco-friendly this Autumn at Green Week, Monday 13 - Friday 17 November. Explore events.

And finally

Get Creative to Win the #BarberArtChallenge

Every fortnight the Barber – your art gallery on campus – sets a theme for creative submissions. Each theme has a winner who will get an art prize and have their work promoted on Barber's socials. Check it out.

Retention and Progression workshop
Tuesday 5 December
University of Leeds, Cloth Hall Court (travel expenses will be reimbursed by Generation Delta)

This free workshop is limited to current PGR students who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic women and who are eligible to pay UK Home fees. It will feature senior academics, current doctoral students and early career researchers discussing what progression within a PGR programme involves, ways to address racial discrimination during study, and institutional support and opportunities for PGR students.

The Curiosity Vault podcast

The new podcast series champions female researchers across the University and inspires new generations of curious minds. Join Professor Alice Roberts as she chats to Georgina Dransfield, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr Leah-Nani Alconcel, from the School of Metallurgy and Materials, about how we explore space.

Researchers at UoB discuss climate change

The University is leading research to help mitigate and adapt to the risks and impacts of climate change. Discover how colleagues in UK and Dubai are involved in COP28, and how we're addressing the reality of climate change.

In need of a trim?

Take a break from your studies and get pampered courtesy of independent Brum-based hair stylist Danyl Knox Hair. Two lucky students can win a cut and finish worth £65 by answering a simple question. (T&Cs apply). Enter now.

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