Newsletter for MSc students.
Hopefully you are now settled into Manchester, and your first week of study has gone well. This newsletter contains information relevant to your studies, and events happening around the University.
Information about exams at the University can be found here: http://www.exams.manchester.ac.uk/
Examinations and religious observance
The University will make every effort, in its timetabling of examinations, to avoid holding examinations on religious days or festivals which occur during examination periods for those students whose commitment to the observance of their faith would otherwise cause them to miss the examination. If this affects you, you must fill in the Examination and Religious Observance form from the Student Services Centre by 26th October for first semester exams, and 15th February for second semester exams.
Changes to exam format
This year, all exams will contain only compulsory questions. This makes things straightforward for students: it simply means that in every exam, you answer all the questions. We're letting you know about this change because past exam papers, which are available for most course units, may contain optional questions. Course unit leaders will give you further information about exams, and how the questions this year relate to those in past papers.
Enjoy your year safely
We want all of you to enjoy every aspect of your student life here at Manchester and that includes keeping you and your belongings safe. Unfortunately - at this time of year especially - criminals see lots of new people with expensive equipment, entering a city which they may be unfamiliar with, as an opportunity to catch them off guard and take a laptop or a phone. Please don’t let that be you.
Keep your bag with you at all times and try not to have expensive items on view, especially when walking in the street. Remember to keep yourself safe too by staying in groups when out and about the city, plus secure your home by keepings windows shut and valuables out of sight.
• See more tips on staying safe, from My Manchester
Celebrating Black History Month
‘Brilliant and BAME: Celebrating Black History Month’ which is taking place at the University on Wednesday 3 October, 12pm-3.30pm. This exciting University-wide event will consist of guest speakers, an exhibition of stands showcasing different organisations and opportunities, live music, street food and art and is open to staff, students and the local community.
Cyber security...hands on!
If you have been bitten by the cyber security bug of enthusiasm or wonder if you'd like to be...then get on to Immersive Labs (www.immersivelabs.com) who offer exactly the right kind of progressive on-line cyber security learning experience to complement our studies. Your University of Manchester of Manchester will get you a free registration.
And what's more, every time you complete a lab, you earn points for the University in an International league table! (In August we ranked 68 out of 365 institutions.) Enjoy. Learn. Develop the skills...let's make the connected world a safer place for all.
All I ask is an occasional e-mail to let me know how you're getting on. (firstname.lastname@example.org)