Brum Bulletin - 30 November 2022

The Brum Bulletin - Your student newsletter

In this issue... 

  • Counting down to Christmas 
  • Are UoBe Ready for assessment season? 
  • Share your views on teaching and learning 
  • Meet our community of stem cell donors 
  • Win a trip to Luminate Birmingham 

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


Ready for 'Countdown to Christmas'? 

We’re counting down to Christmas with a packed programme of events and activities to spread some joy this winter. This way for festive fun

Assessment season support

Workshops, revision timetable template, sharing study spaces, making time to talk - some of the ways we are supporting you to shine in the upcoming assessment period. You've got this! Find out more

Student Evaluation of Learning & Teaching 

You could win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers by completing the SELT survey. Your feedback is vital and will make a real difference to improving your course next semester and beyond. Fill in the survey

Your exam timetable is now live 

You can view it in the MyUoB app or desktop version

Our community of Stem Cell Donors

Hear from Birmingham Marrow, our student volunteers, and alumni who are raising awareness around stem cell donation. Read more 

It's okay to not be okay 

"I’m Gracie, a third-year student. University can be an exciting time for many, but also a very lonely time too...". Read Gracie's story

PG Corner

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

Postgraduate Christmas Events on Campus 

Join the University Graduate School (UGS) for a host of festive events in the run up to the winter break. 

For PGTs, join our festive-themed Short Story Club in the Guild of Students for British Christmas traditions and food. Find PGT events here

For our PGRs, we’re holding Christmas film night (with festive jumpers encouraged!) and our annual PGR Christmas Party at Westmere House. See all PGR events here

Meet Our UGS Scholars! 

Each academic year, the UGS recruited ten PGRs and ten PGTs to support and promote UGS activities, as well as initiating and delivering their own events for postgraduates. We’re delighted to announce our 2022-23 teams! If you have ideas for events that you’d like them to put on, please get in touch. 

Meet our UGS Scholars (PGT)

Meet our UGS Scholars (PGR) 

Time to Talk?

UBHeard is a confidential listening and support service that gives you immediate emotional and mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Watch the video

Our diary picks

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

  • Carol service 

12 December 2022, 6.15pm, University Great Hall

Staff, students, alumni, family, and friends are welcome to this traditional service of carols, readings, and a spectacular selection of festive music from the University of Birmingham Music Department. 

  • Lights switch on 

Thursday 1 December, 5.00pm, Bramall Music Building in Chancellor's Court 

Come along and join our special guest Santa switching on the Christmas tree lights. Keep a look out for our beloved Old Joe having a festive surprise! 

  • Sober Social's Game Night 

Friday 2 December, 7.00-10.00pm, Nuffield Building - G17, G18, G19 and G22 

Sober Socials run weekly events, every Friday from 7pm until 10pm. Come along for a variety of games such as Werewolf, Exploding Kittens, Coup, Jackbox and more! 

What's on in Brum

Flock to Birmingham city centre this Christmas to explore a stunning free family trail featuring giant penguins up until Friday 6 January 2023. Find out more

And finally...

Train Strikes 

The RMT union have announced industrial action on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December 2022 
  • Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January 2023 

Plan ahead if you're going home for the holidays and once you return. 

Returner students: Accommodation 

University-owned accommodation isn’t just for your first year! Some of the benefits include fixed rents for the entire year, all bills included with no hidden costs, and a short walk from campus. 

Register by logging on to the accommodation portal from Thursday 1 December. 

Proposed new parking policy – drop-in sessions 

You are invited to share your views on what the future of car parking should look like at the University. 

  • Tuesday 6 December, 3.00-5.00pm - venue TBC 
  • Wednesday 7 December, 10.00-11.30am via Zoom. 
  • Thursday 8 December from 10.00am-12.00pm - venue TBC 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Harriet Kent at

Get an insight into sustainability initiatives at the University

Join the Sustainability Town Hall online or in-person on Tuesday 6 December from 12.00-1.00pm. Book a place

Win a wintry light trail at the Botanical Gardens 

You could win two tickets to Luminate, a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue. Enter Now

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