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Masters News 2020-2021

(see previous years' issues here)

Sent to all postgraduate students in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester,
from Norman Paton, Director of Postgraduate Studies.

Masters News • Tuesday 8 June 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Introduction by Professor Norman Paton

2. Results

3. Mitigating Circumstances

4. Personal Information

5. Global Pride Summit.

6. Human-Robot Interaction Study


Introduction by Professor Norman Paton

This is the last week of exams; I hope that there have not been too many surprises, and that you are confident that you have given it your best shot.  The end of the exams means that the full-time period on the project is about to start.  It may seem that there is a long period for working on the project, but it is just 3 months, and it will pass quickly.  So, please try to establish momentum on your project as quickly as possible, and seek to meet with your supervisor during the week commencing 14th June.

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Results

The Faculty Exam Board (FEB) will be held on 23rd July 2021. After the FEB, you’ll be able to see your provisional marks from the afternoon of 23rd July 2021. From this, you will be able to see if you are likely to have any resits. Before marks can be released officially in the form of a transcript, they need to be formally approved by the University Exam Board (UEB). Your marks are called ‘provisional’ until this time, although they are unlikely to change. The UEB will be held on 27th July 2021.

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Mitigating Circumstances

The deadline to submit mitigating circumstances for semester two is Monday the 14th of June. You can find a link to the form and instructions on the intranet pages here.

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Personal Information

It is essential that you keep your personal information up to date so that you can be contacted by the University during the summer period. This is even more essential for students who will be graduating this summer. To ensure that all of your information is up to date go to My Manchester > Student Centre > Personal Information. You then need to check the information listed and ensure that it is still correct. If this information is not correct and you are graduating this year, there may be delays in you receiving your graduation certificate.

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Global Pride Summit.

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Global Pride Summit is back and coming up on June 21st - 25th! It's time to get you to get your FREE TICKETS & get ready to meet with hundreds of leading tech companies about full-time and internship roles. Companies that recruit at Global Ride Summit include: Amazon, Facebook, Google, Peloton, Netflix, IBM, Adobe, Square, Deloitte, LinkedIn, Nike, Snap, PayPal, Disney, PwC & more.

What’s included in a FREE student ticket:

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Career Fair - Students can talk directly with thousands of recruiters all week about open internships and full -time roles. You can direct them to our LinkedIn event to RSVP.

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Speed Mentoring - Students can participate in speed mentoring sessions where they will get career advice from leaders in their fields.

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Industry specific knowledge - From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence, we have panels, lightning talks, and break out sessions where your students can learn about trends in the technology industry and hear directly from the experts. 

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Human-Robot Interaction Study

Martina Ruocco writes: Take part in a Human-Robot Interaction study to play a game with the robot Pepper! The aim of our research is to investigate the interaction between Humans and Robots. Participants will be asked to play an Investment Game with Pepper. We are looking for people that don’t have much experience with Robots. The study will take approximately 40 minutes and your participation will be rewarded. Please DO NOT fill the doodle if you joined our price game experiment last year. If you would like to participate, please express your time slot preference following this link and write here your name (the same you used in the doodle) and your email. Alternatively, you can also contact us by email: Martina Ruocco or Wenxuan Mou.

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Masters News • Tuesday 1 June 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Exam Results.

2. Exam Resits

3. Report and Support

4. Library Opening Hours Over Summer

5. Library Book Returns


Exam Results.

The Faculty Exam Board (FEB) will be held on 23rd July 2021. After the FEB, you’ll be able to see your provisional marks from the afternoon of 23rd July 2021. From this, you will be able to see if you are likely to have any resits. Before marks can be released officially in the form of a transcript, they need to be formally approved by the University Exam Board (UEB). Your marks are called ‘provisional’ until this time, although they are unlikely to change. The UEB will be held on 27th July 2021.

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Exam Resits

The resit period will run from 23rd August – 3rd September 2021. The resit timetable will be published by 16th August 2021. Your student record will note if you are required to take any resit assessments.

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Report and Support

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a micro-aggression or any form of a harassment, discrimination or hate you can report it anonymously or report it and get support from an advisor. Things that you can report about include but are not limited to, hate crime, discrimination, sexual harassment and assault. Please go to the report and support website here if you would like to find out more or if you have an incident you want to report.

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Library Opening Hours Over Summer

Gemma Smith writes: From Sunday, 13 June to Sunday, 19 September, you will be able to access study spaces at the following Library sites and study spaces:  

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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday)  

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Main Library (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday) 

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Eddie Davies Library (open to AMBS students only when the AMBS building is open; not staffed by Library staff).  

These Library sites will be closed for the day on Saturday, 12 June. Read this article from the Library for full information about its spaces and services. Find out about all Library services that are currently available on the Service availability webpage.  

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Library Book Returns

This from Gemma Smith: If you are graduating, please return your books to the Library before leaving Manchester if you can. Books can be returned at the book return bin in the Main Library entrance. If you will not be able to return your books, contact the Library team via Library Chat.  If you are returning next year, your books will be automatically renewed until June 2022. Remember, if you need help you can talk to the Library via LibraryChat. 

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Masters News • Tuesday 25 May 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Exams Wiki

2. SSO Update

3. Study Spaces

4. Counselling Workshops


Exams Wiki

It is vital you read the Computer Science Exams Wiki Page ahead of your first exam. The wiki contains key information such as where you access the exam in Blackboard, what to do if you have a query on the paper and what to do if you experience IT issues during the exam. The exams microsite contains the full list of course units and the dates of the exams. If you have any questions about your exams please contact SSO by email in the first instance. SSO will also be available to call on 0161 549 1288 between 9am – 5pm for the duration of the exam period.

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SSO Update

Jessicca Kateryniuk-Smith sadly leaves SSO this week to move onto new pastures. Jess has been a wonderful addition to the team and has supported many students over the past few months in her role as Student Support and Welfare Administrator. Thank you for everything Jess, and best of luck in your new role! Hannah Cousins will be the DASS coordinator for the department from 28th May so please do get in contact if you would like to discuss your DASS support plan or are considering registering with DASS. If you require pastoral and welfare support please contact SSO in the first instance. 

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Study Spaces

Need to find a study space on campus? Spaces in the library can be booked two days in advance and sessions are released for booking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Residence study spaces across the Fallowfield, Victoria Park and City Campus are also available on a first come, first served basis. There are additional study spaces available for FSE students across the Schuster, Williamson, Kilburn and Barnes Wallis buildings. Office 2 PC cluster in the Kilburn building is also available for advanced bookings for students who are unable to take their exam at home. More information can be found here.

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Counselling Workshops

The Counselling Service is offering a series of workshops to help you through the assessment period. From calming your brain and challenging unhelpful habits to managing anxiety and mindfulness, these group sessions offer some practical tips to help you take care of your wellbeing. All workshops are on Zoom and need to be booked in advance. Find out more here. They will also be running a programme of workshops over the summer, from June to September. You can find out more information here.

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Masters News • Tuesday 18 May 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Semester 2 Exams.

2. Code Mixing and Code Switching

3. Library Study Space Booking

4. Purple Wave

5. Faculty of Science and Engineering Study Spaces

6. Student Support Spotlight.


Semester 2 Exams.

It is vital you read the Computer Science Exams Wiki Page ahead of the exams period starting on Wednesday. The wiki contains key information such as where you access the exam in Blackboard, what to do if you have a query on the paper and what to do if you experience IT issues during the exam.  If you have an examination for a Non-COMP course unit such as MATH/BMAN/BIOL then you should familiarise yourself with any specific information from the owning School or Department before your first exam. The exams microsite contains the full list of course units and the dates of the exams. If you have any questions about your exams please contact SSO by email in the first instance. SSO will also be available to call on 0161 549 1288 between 9am – 5pm for the duration of the exam period.

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Code Mixing and Code Switching

This from Arina Belova: This research is aimed at finding answers to three the most important questions:

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Can borrowing words from the acquired language be the cause of new word formation in the first (native) language?

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How does the language culture impact code-mixing?

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How much does the emotional coloring of words affect this?

The theme of code-switching and code-mixing is very important nowadays since cross-cultural communication is becoming more and more popular. As people move to live in other countries, and students study in various cultures, this inevitably leads to code-blending in their speech. We are inviting adults between the ages of 18-45 who speak two or more languages fluently to take part in this survey. The voting is completely anonymous. The survey contains 10 questions. Also, you will be asked to recall as many phrases with borrowing words as possible (there are seven examples of phrases with borrowing words in the survey). The whole survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please follow this link to the questionnaire. If you have any questions, please contact Alina Vasko alinavasko@yandex.ru or 1032177544@rudn.ru. This study has been externally approved by the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.

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Library Study Space Booking

This from Gemma Smith. Library study spaces can now be booked two days in advance. To help manage demand and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to book a study space, sessions can be booked online for the next two days only. Sessions will be released throughout the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Monday sessions can be booked on a Friday.​ Although spaces are regularly fully booked, 50% of booked sessions are not attended. If you cannot keep to the session you have booked, please cancel your space via our online booking system (instructions on how to do this are in your space booking confirmation email).​ Book a study space​. You can also book a University teaching room to study between your timetabled teaching sessions through ResourceBooker.

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Purple Wave

Join us on the 22nd or 23rd May to complete a 10k or Half Marathon in the UoM Virtual Purple Wave! You can sign up here. The Purple Wave brings together thousands of University student’s staff and alumni through our mass participation running, walking or jogging events! This year we are running an extra competition in the School of Engineering. One random student from the Department which has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up will win a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher! Make sure to get friends and lecturers from Computer Science to sign up, so that one of our students wins the voucher!

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Sign up for the Virtual Purple Wave 10k or half marathon events here

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Run, walk, or jog 10k or a half marathon on 22nd or 23rd.

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We will calculate which Department in the School of Engineering has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up.

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One student from the winning Department wins a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher.

More info and the sign up via this link! If you have any questions please email.

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Faculty of Science and Engineering Study Spaces

Students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering who are currently eligible to use on-campus study spaces are now able to access the following spaces on a drop-in basis. If you are using these spaces, for your own and others safety, please remember to comply with all COVID guidelines. This includes maintaining social distancing by not congregating in groups, even if you are in the same household, and not moving the furniture in the study spaces. 

Schuster Building – Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm

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Rooms in the library

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GA10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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PC Cluster M, Room 1.15

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Open space in the annex

Williamson Building – Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Computer clusters (rooms 2.20, 2.22c, 2.45)

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EES Library (G20)

Barnes Wallis – Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm

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PC Cluster

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Quiet study spaces in G.067 and G.070

Kilburn Building - Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm

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Ground floor PC Cluster

To support FSE students during the exam period, Office 2 PC cluster in the Kilburn Building is available for advance bookings. These spaces should only be used in exceptional circumstances where students are unable to complete the exam at home. Students will be able to book a slot up to two days in advance via ResourceBooker.  The maximum booking is 4 hours, with no more than 2 bookings per day. 

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Student Support Spotlight.

The Counselling Service: The University counselling service is free to students and can offer help and support with a range of personal issues. Support is provided through a range of activities including;

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Confidential one to one appointments

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Group workshops

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Online support materials and self-help tools

You can refer yourself to the counselling service by booking an appointment online. Remember you can always contact the Student Support Office in Computer Science for any advice or help at any time.

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Masters News • Tuesday 11 May 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Professor Norman Paton's Introduction.

2. Semester 2 Exams

3. Mental Health Awareness Week

4. Purple Wave

5. Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2021 themed around ‘Space’

6. Volunteering Spotlight

7. Careers Spotlight.

8. Society Spotlight


Professor Norman Paton's Introduction.

For full time students, this is the last week of teaching on your MSc.  I hope you have enjoyed the units, and feel that you have learned a lot; hopefully the final coursework submissions are in hand.  Alas, with the end of teaching comes the start of exams; information on these is below.  I hope the exams go smoothly, so that you can transition with confidence into the period when you are full-time on your projects.

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Semester 2 Exams

Please make sure you know when your semester 2 exams are running - the exams microsite contains the full list of course units and the dates of the exams. Please note: you will not be provided with a personalised timetable in My Manchester. The Department Exams Wiki Page contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully before the exam period and contact SSO if you have any questions regarding your exams.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, inspiring the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. It’s all about starting conversations around mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year’s theme is nature, and the aim is for us all Take Notice of nature and try to make a habit of connecting to nature each day. However, the week also offers a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that you might want to – regardless of the theme. Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, and it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. Therefore, during the week, The Mental Health Foundation are asking you to do three things:

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Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature. Take Notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!

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Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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Talk about nature: Discuss with your friends, family and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.

There are a number of things you can do to mark Mental Health Awareness Week:

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Join the Wellbeing Strava group and complete a walk during Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May). While listening to a wellbeing or mental health podcast, upload and share your walk with a comment about the podcast you have chosen to listen to!

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Six Ways to Wellbeing Walk: Wherever you are in the world, take yourself on a trip in your local area and use our Six Ways to Wellbeing checklist to engage with your surroundings and give your wellbeing a well-deserved boost.

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The 4D's of Dealing with Distress:  On Friday 14th May, Dr Warren Mansell will be presenting The 4Ds of Dealing with Distress: Distract, Dilute, Develop and Discover. 4Ds is a brief, accessible stress management training session in which you learn how to apply simple principles in your life to manage stress, by putting you in control. The session will involve practising a variety of methods and is best done in a private setting. 

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Finally, check out @uompodium through the week for some honest and open advice from our Wellbeing Champions about how to manage and stay on top your mental health.

More Recommendations

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Mental Health Webinars: A webinar series focusing on various aspects of Mental Health.

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Manchester Walk Routes: Check out our #SundaySuggestion post on Instagram @uomwellbeing for some walking routes in Manchester!

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Or why not Find a Walk Route Near You

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Purple Wave

Join us on the 22nd or 23rd May to complete a 10k or Half Marathon in the UoM Virtual Purple Wave! You can sign up here.

The Purple Wave brings together thousands of University students, staff and alumni through our mass participation running, walking or jogging events! It started in 2016 when members of UoM Sport decided they should enter a group of university staff and students into the Great Manchester Run. The event has continued to grow and develop each year with over 3000 members of the UoM community taking part in the 2019 PurpleWave.

This year we are running an extra competition in the School of Engineering. One random student from the Department which has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up will win a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher! Make sure to get friends and lecturers from EEE to sign up, so that one of our students wins the voucher!

1. Sign up for the Virtual Purple Wave 10k or half marathon events here

2. Run, walk, or jog 10k or a half marathon on 22nd or 23rd May

3. We will calculate which Department in the School of Engineering has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up

4. One student from the winning Department wins a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher!

You don’t have to be a runner to take part! Every year staff, students, and alumni come together to take part in the Great Manchester 10k or Half Marathon – some will run the whole thing, some won’t, as long as you complete the distance it doesn’t matter how you take part! The Great Manchester Run isn’t taking place this year, but we still want as many staff, students, and alumni as possible to take part in the Purple Wave virtually. Find more info and the sign up link here!

If you have any questions please email michael.ramsey@manchester.ac.uk.

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Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2021 themed around ‘Space’

To enter, participants are invited to write a space-themed micropoem and tweet their poem with the hashtag #micropoem21. The competition launched on World Poetry Day – Sunday 21 March 2021 – and will end on the longest day of the year, Monday 21 June 2021.

Prizes

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1st prize £500; 2 runner up prizes, each at £250; 10 pairs of tickets for Literature Live, autumn 2021 programme

Authors of the top three poems will be invited to attend a celebration event in September 2021 and to read their poem along with published poets.

To find out more about the competition please take a look at the competition web page.

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Volunteering Spotlight

Outreach Community and residential Services: Web Developer Support Guru (remote). 

Outreach Community and Residential Services, provide person centred holistic support to adult service users who identify with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs; with service users being from all faiths, beliefs and denominations; and across all sections of the wider community.

This role would particularly suit a person desiring knowledge, awareness and experience; in pursuing a professional career in for example. Web development, Web testing, Web editing, Technology consultancy, media and advertising. Equally, in setting up Web businesses.

Tasks may include as appropriate and/or directed:

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Ongoing development and management of the Outreach website.

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Uploading content provided by Outreach employees and volunteers onto the website.

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Providing guidance to individuals in respect of Outreach website. i.e Content format.

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Responding appropriately to requests for Outreach web support.

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Web troubleshooting and problem solving.

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Offering input in respect of and in relation to web development and/or other IT solutions.

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Ensuring electronic data is stored securely in line with Outreach policy and procedure.

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Taking instruction in respect of required tasks and duties from appropriate members of the Outreach team.

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Support wider IT in ensuring that no inappropriate content and/or threats are present.

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Monitoring of Outreach website hits, clicks, etc.

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Supporting the volunteer programme manager in determining for example; the hit/click conversion rate in respect of volunteers applying to volunteer with Outreach.

Find out more information and apply here. 

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Careers Spotlight.

Free Student Webinar: Applying With A Disability – How To Account For Mitigating Circumstances.

Applying for jobs is hard work and time consuming for everyone however add in a disability, lower grades or a lack of work experience and it can become even harder not least that it is difficult to know what information to share with an employer and how to do so. As a student applying for jobs, you may be concerned about your disability or that you may have lower grades and this will automatically result in being rejected by an employer. However, genuine mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration; what is key is knowing how to position them. By positioning differences on an application positively, it is possible for an applicant to stand out for the ‘right’ reasons and ensure that an offer of an interview is forthcoming. This workshop will: Build understanding about job applications for students with disabilities. Highlight why employers ask about support requirements and mitigating circumstances. Provide insights into the benefits of being open about mitigating circumstances, and the consequences of not. Enable you to confidently position your mitigating circumstances. Provide practical tools to positively disclose a disability. We hope that you will be able to join us on 12th May. To register your interest, please email Jo Metcalf at jo@myplusconsulting.comAbout MyPlus Consulting:MyPlus are the UK’s leading experts in supporting disabled students to build their employability skills and confidence to successfully manage their disability through recruitment process and achieve their dream job. We do this via our free resources on the MyPlus Students’ Club website, as well as through our events and webinars. Also on the website, are details of all the law firms we work with including information on placements and training contracts; you can also access details of their disability expert in the graduate recruitment team. All of our resources and events are free. More information can be found here. 

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Society Spotlight

International society Events. For more information or to book any of the May events in the image above follow this link.

Online Friday Social 3pm

Make a cup of tea, grab some snacks and join us for a chat at our Weekly Socials! Meet new friends and play online games together. For more info or to sign up click here.

International Students in Manchester Online Community

The Society is the best place for you to meet new friends from all over the world. Join our online community to meet other international students and stay connected. Find out more.

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Masters News • Tuesday 4 May 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Unit Surveys

2. Semester 2 Exams.

3. Phishing Email Scam

4. Purple Wave Competition

5. Robotics Society Showcase

6. Careers Spotlight

7. Wellbeing Spotlight

8. Volunteering Spotlight


Unit Surveys

Unit Surveys are Still Open! Unit Surveys are a valuable way to gather the feedback you have regarding your courses, especially after the second full semester of blended, remote-heavy delivery. To take part, follow the links in Blackboard or in email reminders. For more information on feedback and Unit Surveys, go here.

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Semester 2 Exams.

Don’t forget that the Semester two examination timetable is available to view on the exams microsite here. Please make sure you check the timetable and make a note of when your exams are running; you will not be provided with a personalised timetable in My Manchester. The Department Exams Wiki Page contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully before the exam period and contact SSO if you have any questions regarding your exams.

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Phishing Email Scam

The University has been made aware of a phishing scam which is currently affecting some students. If you think you have been affected by this please contact the IT Helpdesk at 0161 306 5544 as the solution is very simple when they are aware of who has been affected. We are, however, conscious of the effects that this could have on the exam period. We are therefore asking that all students to check their IT account and Blackboard access are all in order 24hours before each exam. Therefore if an issue is detected, there is time to fix it before the exam. We are also reminding students at this time to not give their log-in or password details to anyone. More information on Phishing emails can be found here. 

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Purple Wave Competition

Join us on the 22nd or 23rd May to complete a 10k or Half Marathon in the UoM Virtual Purple Wave! You can sign up here. The Purple Wave brings together thousands of University student’s staff and alumni through our mass participation running, walking or jogging events!

This year we are running an extra competition in the School of Engineering. One random student from the Department which has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up will win a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher! Make sure to get friends and lecturers from Computer Science to sign up, so that one of our students wins the voucher!

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Sign up for the Virtual Purple Wave 10k or half marathon events here

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Run, walk, or jog 10k or a half marathon on 22nd or 23rd .

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We will calculate which Department in the School of Engineering has the highest percentage of their staff and students sign up.

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One student from the winning Department wins a £10 UoM Nike Store voucher.

More info and the sign up link here! If you have any questions please email michael.ramsey@manchester.ac.uk.

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Robotics Society Showcase

The Robotics Society will host an open event on Wed 5th May 18:00-19:30. Come and join us as we have a look back on this year and showcase some of our amazing projects! This is the first annual University of Manchester Robotics Society Showcase! Our members have worked hard over the year to produce some amazing robotic projects despite being in lockdown, come and join us as we have a look back on this year’s amazing achievements by our members, have a chat with current members and committee and find out more about the projects that we run and how you can get involved with the best society at UoM! The Robotics Society is a cross-departmental society which teaches students from all backgrounds the basics of how to design, build and control robotic platforms and provides more experienced members the opportunity to work on long term, interdisciplinary team projects. Please sign up here.

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Careers Spotlight

PHD Opportunity:  A fully-funded PhD position is available at University of Manchester to work on 'Applying Natural Language Processing to real-world patient data to optimise cancer care'. This project is an exciting collaboration between the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and Department of Computer Science. Due to funding restrictions, applications are invited from UK nationals only. This EPSRC studentship covers UK tuition fees and an annual minimum stipend of £15,609 per annum for a duration of 3.5 years. The position is to commence in September 2021. Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Details available here. Please contact Goran Nenadic for informal discussion. Closing date: 21 May 2021.

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Wellbeing Spotlight

Togetherall is a 24/7 anonymous online mental health and wellbeing resource for students, staff and researchers. You can access the service by going to www.togetherall.com and signing up with your UoM email address. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low or finding it hard to cope, or just want to the chance to think more deeply about your wellbeing, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings and think things through. You will have access to a 24/7 online community, monitored by trained clinicians. Togetherall is a safe space online to get things off your chest, have conversations, get creative and learn how to manage your mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall is totally anonymous and confidential, so no one will know you’re using it unless you tell them! Find out more here.

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Volunteering Spotlight

We are looking for students from different subjects to join us and mentor underprivileged sixth-form school students from across the country.

You will directly help underprivileged students in the admission process to help fight inequality in our Universities, and it counts towards Stellify too!

In the UK it takes 5 generations for the child of a low-income family to reach the average national income level. Our vision is to make this happen in one generation through your help as mentors. More Information can be found here. 

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Masters News • Tuesday 27 April 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Introduction by Professor Norman Paton

2. Exam Wiki

3. Study Spaces on Campus

4. Funding PHD Opportunity

5. Society Update.

6. Robotics Showcase

7. Meet the Computer Science Professionals Event.

8. Library Assessment Support

9. Careers Update

10. Volunteering Update


Introduction by Professor Norman Paton

Perhaps it is timely to provide a reminder that it isn’t long until your Project Overview and Plan is due. So, if you have yet to give your supervisor a draft, it is certainly time to agree a date for a draft with your supervisor, so that you have a chance to get feedback before submitting.

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Exam Wiki

Have you read the Computer Science Exams Wiki Page? The wiki has information about the exam formats for the upcoming semester 2 exams, general advice, information regarding late submission penalties, FAQs and more. If you haven’t done so already, please read this carefully before the exam period and contact SSO if you have any questions regarding your exams.

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Study Spaces on Campus

In addition to the 1200 bookable spaces at the University’s libraries, students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering are now able to access the following spaces on a drop-in-basis:

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Schuster Building – Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm

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Rooms in the library (1st floor)

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GA10, 11, 12, 13, 14 

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Open space in the annex

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Williamson Building – Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Computer clusters (rooms 2.20, 2.22c, 2.45) 

Opening hours will also be extended in the following FSE PC Clusters;

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Barnes Wallis Student Hub – Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm

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Kilburn Building – Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm

You can read more about eligibility to return to campus to use study spaces in our online FAQs. Our top priority is keeping everyone as safe as possible. We therefore ask you to familiarise yourself with 4 things you need to know before heading back to campus. You can also find out more information on COVID-19 testing here.

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Funding PHD Opportunity

Applications are currently being accepted for a funded PhD project in ‘Applying Natural Language Processing to real-world patient data to optimise cancer care’. The project is open to UK nationals only and the deadline is 21 May. Please see here for further details.

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Society Update.

Manchester Satellite development group Matilde Jahilo writes:

The Manchester Satellite Development Group is recruiting! MSDG is Manchester's one and only satellite society. Our members take part in international can-sized satellite development contests, we run our own UK-wide competition, and our CubeSat team is working hard to launch a Manchester student built satellite into orbit! There is something for everyone at MSDG, as no previous engineering experience is required. We offer a way to apply the technical skills learned at university, have fun and boost your CV. If the latter is of interest to you, consider applying to be on the committee next year - we are on the lookout for a president, treasurer, general secretary, social secretary and many more. Click this link to apply! If you are interested in joining the society as a member, remember to follow us, as member recruitment will start at the beginning of the next academic year. Instagram, Facebook.

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Robotics Showcase

The Robotics Society will host an open event on Wed 5th May 18:00-19:30. Come and join us as we have a look back on this year and showcase some of our amazing projects! This is the first annual University of Manchester Robotics Society Showcase! Our members have worked hard over the year to produce some amazing robotic projects despite being in lockdown, come and join us as we have a look back on this year’s amazing achievements by our members, have a chat with current members and committee and find out more about the projects that we run and how you can get involved with the best society at UoM! The Robotics Society is a cross-departmental society which teaches students from all backgrounds the basics of how to design, build and control robotic platforms and provides more experienced members the opportunity to work on long term, interdisciplinary team projects. Please sign up here.

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Meet the Computer Science Professionals Event.

Want to learn more about career options for Computer Science students after graduation? Come along to the Computer Science Meet the Professionals Event taking place on Tuesday 27th April 2021 5-6pm. Connect with fellow Manchester alumni who work in a variety of different tech jobs. Hear about their experiences of finding work after graduation and how they have adjusted to the new way of working, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take this unique opportunity to ask questions about their career journey, find out how to tackle job hunting and gain valuable advice on how to approach potential employers. If you have any questions about the event please email Anna Warburton-Ball. Sign up for the event here. 

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Library Assessment Support

Monday 26th April to Wednesday 9th June 2021. As lockdown restrictions ease, things are beginning to feel more positive and hopeful, but we appreciate that looming assessments may leave you feeling stressed and worried about balancing assessments alongside other commitments. This is a reminder that these feelings are completely normal and that there is lots of assessment support available during this time.  A good starting point to access this support is the Library website for assessment support. Here you’ll be able to book a drop-in session to get support and guidance on assessments from Library staff and the student team. Specialist Library Support is also available. My Learning Essentials also has many resources including a quick guide to tackling revision, that you can access in your own time. Check out Start to Finish: Revision. Here you’ll find online resources, peer support, and additional resources all in one place. If you have any questions or need further support, you can contact the Library via uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk or access the 24 hour Library Chat.

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Careers Update

Gradcracker will be hosting a Webinar for Science and Engineering students at The University of Manchester on Tuesday 27th of April at 2pm. of Gradcracker is the UK’s careers website for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students. Each year over 200 employers advertise their work placement/internship and graduate roles on gradcracker.com. This Webinar will be full of hints and tips on how to secure your ideal role as well as introducing you to hundreds of employers and exploring the many industry sectors you could work in.

Link to the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93416733846

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Volunteering Update

The University of Manchester and Student Union Volunteering teams are conducting research into student demographics in volunteering by running a series of focus groups. If you are a current student at the University of Manchester who does not have much experience with volunteering, please see the information below. 

Each focus group will each last no longer than an hour, and each participant will receive a £10 Love2shop voucher for their time. We will be using a Zoom format, and support is available for any accessibility requirements.  

We will be running five sessions, and are particularly seeking students who meet one or more of the criteria below: 

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Students from the School of Arts, Languages, & Cultures 

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Students from Engineering 

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Students in receipt of the Manchester Bursary

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Chinese international students 

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White male students 

If you are interested in taking part, please complete this short form by no later than April 28th. You will be contacted by email to confirm your place on one or more of the groups. Information on dates of the groups is available on the sign-up form. 

For any questions, support completing the form, or access requirements, please contact our staff teams via email: 

University of Manchester Volunteering: volunteers@manchester.ac.uk 

Students’ Union Volunteering & Fundraising: volunteering.su@manchester.ac.uk

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Masters News • Tuesday 20 April 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Introduction by Postgraduate Taught Director.

2. Semester 2 Exams.

3. Semester 1 Script Viewing.

4. Careers Spotlight.

5. Research Opportunity Advert.

6. Meet the professionals event

7. Wellbeing Spotlight

8. Robotics showcase

9. Society Update

10. Volunteering Spotlight


Introduction by Postgraduate Taught Director.

Message from Professor Norman Paton:

"I hope that you are back in the groove with your Period 4 course unit, and that you are starting to develop some momentum with your project.  

What stage should you be at with your project?  Different projects have different shapes; for example, in some there is more background to cover than others, so there is no single answer to this.  However, soon you should start to write your Project Overview and Plan (POP), and for that you should be able to describe the future direction of your project clearly.  As a result, by the end of the taught part of the semester, you should be familiar with the relevant literature, and should have learned enough to hit the ground running after the exams.  This is really your goal: it is important that you do not spend much time on background work when you enter the full-time phase of your project after the exams."

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Semester 2 Exams.

The Semester two examination timetable is now available to view on the exams microsite here. Please check this carefully as you will not have a personalised timetable in My Manchester. The Department Exams Wiki Page contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully before the exam period and contact SSO if you have any questions regarding your exams.

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Semester 1 Script Viewing.

To help you understand where you may have made mistakes in the semester 1 exams we have now opened up your examination scripts for viewing in Blackboard. Please see the Department Exams Wiki Page for further information on how to view your scripts.

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Careers Spotlight.

Gradcracker

On Tuesday the 27th of April Gradcracker will be hosting an event for all School of Engineering students to learn more about their site and job hunting when they have finished their course. Gradcracker is the UK’s careers website for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students. Each year over 200 employers advertise their work placement/internship and graduate roles on gradcracker.com. This Webinar will be full of hints and tips on how to secure your ideal role as well as introducing you to hundreds of employers and exploring the many industry sectors you could work in. This event will take place on Tuesday the 27th of April at 2pm. The zoom log-in details are below. 

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93416733846

Meeting ID: 934 1673 3846

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Research Opportunity Advert.

You are invited to participate in research investigating the effect of devices on information processing. Participants must be aged 18 and over, not be colour-blind and be a fluent English speaker.

This research is conducted by the Department of Computer Science of the University of Manchester and will take place online. The experiment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you’re interested in taking part or would like to know more, please visit: http://iam-research.manchester.ac.uk/stroop ;

Or if you have any further questions, please contact me via email at: madeleine.steeds@manchester.ac.uk 

Thank you very much for your valuable time,

Madeleine Steeds (Primary Investigator)

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Meet the professionals event

Want to learn more about career options for Computer Science students after graduation? Come along to the Computer Science Meet the Professionals Event taking place on Tuesday 27th April 2021 5-6pm. Connect with fellow Manchester alumni who work in a variety of different tech jobs. Hear about their experiences of finding work after graduation and how they have adjusted to the new way of working, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take this unique opportunity to ask questions about their career journey, find out how to tackle job hunting and gain valuable advice on how to approach potential employers. If you have any questions about the event please email Anna Warburton-Ball. Sign up for the event here. 

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Wellbeing Spotlight

Health Assured Helpline. 

Health Assured is a 24 hour mental health helpline and wellbeing app which offers access to mental health support from trained counsellors and advisors who are ready to listen and provide help whenever you need it. It’s anonymous, non-judgmental and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call the helpline for advice and support on a whole range of issues you might be facing, big or small. Things you could call for include mental and emotional health, managing relationships, feeling worried about yourself or someone else, dealing with stress and anxiety, money advice, and everything in between. Find out more here.

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Robotics showcase

Wednesday 5th May 6-7:30pm. 

Come and join us as we have a look back on this year and showcase some of our amazing projects!

This is the first ever University of Manchester Robotics Society Showcase! 

Our members have worked hard over the year to produce some amazing robotic projects despite being in lockdown, come and join us as we have a look back on this year’s amazing achievements by our members, have a chat with current member and committee and find out more about the projects that we run and how you can get involved with the best society at UoM!

Sign up for the event here. 

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Society Update

CRACKCHESTER: Hackers Hub will be taking place THIS WEEKEND on the 24th of April. It is a weekend long networking event pinned by a CTF that we built and organised. It will be filled with challenges, workshops, prizes, and plenty of opportunities to talk to different people and companies. The winners of the CTF will also receive a grand prize, so be sure to check it out! We have 3 guest speakers from the industry who will discuss a variety of topics:

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Alex Smye - Senior Software Consultant at NCC Group, who will discuss Hacking@Home@Work

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Mike Fortune - Operations Head & Lead Security Behaviors at BT, who will discuss the human firewall and the threat of social engineering

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Adam Kramer - Secops Director and Honorary Professor, who will discuss the power of reverse engineering

Hurry and get your tickets using this link to register for the event. To take part in the CTF and win the prize, you need to be a registered participant. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Volunteering Spotlight

Volunteering From Home: Missing Maps 

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts.

Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Step 1: Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into OpenStreetMap

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Step 2: Community volunteers add local detail such as neighborhoods, street names, and evacuation centers

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Step 3: Humanitarian organizations use mapped information to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities that save lives

It is no problem if you have never mapped before - it doesn't take long to learn. Visit the beginners section to find out how. If you already know how to edit OpenStreetMap - even better - you can get started straight away!

Sign up here. 

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Masters News • Tuesday 13 April 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Message from Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies.

2. On Campus Teaching Update.

3. Exam Timetable.

4. Exam Support

5. Computer Science Meet the Professionals Event.

6. Support Spotlight

7. Society Update.

8. Careers Events.

9. Volunteering Opportunity.


Message from Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies.

Message from Professor Norman Paton: "I hope you have had an enjoyable break, with some chance to relax and recharge your batteries.  For those of you in the UK, there has been lots of sunshine, but not much warmth; alas, the opportunity to go to a bar or to shop for unnecessary items has only come at the end of the vacation!  Only 5 more weeks in the taught element of your programme, so hopefully the break has prepared you for the final stretch."

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On Campus Teaching Update.

While there is some continued lifting of restrictions in England from 12 April, as outlined by the UK government on Easter Monday, there will be no further return of students to on-campus teaching at the current time. All students should continue to follow current arrangements. The University is awaiting further guidance from the UK government, which is expected in early May. See here for further information.

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Exam Timetable.

The semester two exam timetable will be available to view on the exams microsite here from 12pm on Thursday 15th April. Please check this carefully as you will not be provided with a personalised timetable in My Manchester. We have created an exams wiki page which contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully before the exam period and contact SSO if you have any questions or queries regarding your exams.

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Exam Support

Do you need support for a disability/dyslexia for your Exams? If you need extra time, rest breaks etc. because of a disability, please contact the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) ASAP to register. Alternatively you can contact the Department DASS coordinator Jessicca Kateryniuk-Smith to discuss a referral. Please note that you must have fully registered with DASS and have met with a Disability Adviser to discuss and agree any exam adjustments by Monday 26th April 2021 in order to receive support in the May/June 2021 examinations.

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Computer Science Meet the Professionals Event.

Want to learn more about career options for Computer Science students after graduation? Come along to the Computer Science Meet the Professionals Event taking place on Tuesday 27th April 2021 5-6pm. Connect with fellow Manchester alumni who work in a variety of different tech jobs. Hear about their experiences of finding work after graduation and how they have adjusted to the new way of working, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take this unique opportunity to ask questions about their career journey, find out how to tackle job hunting and gain valuable advice on how to approach potential employers. If you have any questions about the event please email Anna Warburton-Ball. Sign up for the event here. 

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Support Spotlight

The Faculty of Science and Engineering Student Support Hub in the Booth Street East Building is now open again for support after the Easter Break.. The hub opening hours will be Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00. SSO are still available to support you via email and by phone (0161 549 1288) however do feel free to use the on campus support hub if you’d like to talk to someone in person.

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Society Update.

UNICS: This from Jennifer Tirok: Hi everyone! Our nominations are coming up, watch out for our social media posts!

Crackchester: Hackers Hub is less than 2 weeks away and we are proud to share with you two exciting details. We are very pleased to share that our second confirmed speaker is Mike Fortune - Operations Head & Lead Security Behaviors at BT. Over his 20+ years in BT, he has spent 8 years within cyber & physical security and completed 200+ ethical social engineering attacks. He will be discussing the human firewall and the threat of social engineering - what it really is, why we are all vulnerable to it, some real-life examples of its impact, and how businesses and individuals can defend against it.  We are also very pleased to announce that BT will be sponsoring our event. Please be sure to get your tickets here.

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Careers Events.

14/4/21: 12:00-13:00 - Interviews and assessment for taught postgraduates: Q&A.

14/4/21: 16:00-18:00 - GamesJobs Live: Midlands. 

21/4/21: 10:00-14:00 - North West of England Careers Fair: April 2021.

21/4/21: 16:00-18:00 - Games Jobs Live @ Pocket Gamer Digital Connects 6. 

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Volunteering Opportunity.

Sovereign House GH: IT Teacher/ Support Assistant. 

This volunteering opportunity is open to anyone who will like to give their time to help children - ages 7 to 14 years - to enhance their computer skills. No previous experience of volunteering or teaching is required as there will be training opportunities available for those who need it. The volunteer needs to have computer skills in any of this programs: Coding, Sequence, Variables, Program Constructs, Python, Algorithms, HTML, CSS, JavaScripts, etc. You must have enthusiasm for the internet and technology, be patient and happy to help children as well as good at explaining things in simple terms to the children.

The free computer learning program runs on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6-8pm every week. This program is intertwined with guest speakers who come and talk with the children about future aspirations and goals. We keep each class small, a maximum of 12 children per class, to give scope to helping the children to understand the skills they are learning.

We found that most of these children do not have access to computers at home, alongside the lack of understanding of computers and programming by parents or guardians, which puts them at a disadvantage to their peers. The programs that we teach are not taught as standard in the local schools.

Find out more information here: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/11729

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Masters News • Tuesday 30 March 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. University Closure

2. Library Opening Hours.


University Closure

The University will be closed from Thursday 1st April 2021 until Wednesday 7th April 2021 for the Easter break, which includes the Faculty Student Support Hub situated on Booth Street East.

Student Support

We understand that this is still a time of uncertainty and anxiety for some of our students so if you’re finding things difficult, there is still lots of help available even though the University will be closed.

Should you need help in a crisis or emergency please visit the Counselling Service website. You will find information about where to turn if you are worried about the safety of yourself or someone else. You can also find here, under the Build your Mental Health Expertise tab, the 24/7 online community Togetherall.

Further student support resources can be accessed here:

http://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/taking-care/ ; This includes the 24/7 mental health and wellbeing help line/app that you may find really helpful out of office hours, you can find out more here: http://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/taking-care/mental-health-helpline

Coronavirus information:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/coronavirus/support-current-students ;

You can request mitigation if you experience any circumstance that you feel may have prevented you from completing a piece of coursework on time, or to the best of your ability, or has affected your attendance at or performance in an exam. A mitigating circumstance needs to be something that was unforeseen and unpreventable, and that has had a significant impact on you. To apply for mitigating circumstances please complete the online form here: https://www.mitcircs.manchester.ac.uk/ , please note the applications will not be viewed until after the break.

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Library Opening Hours.

Easter 2021 opening hours [1st April – 6th April]​​

All Library sites and study spaces are closed Thursday, 1 April to Tuesday, 6 April, with the exception of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons which will be open as follows:​​

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Thursday, 1 April: Open 24 hours​

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Friday, 2 April: Closes at 9pm​

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Saturday, 3 April: 9am-5pm​

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Sunday, 4 April: 9am-5pm​

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Monday, 5 April: 9am-9pm​

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Tuesday, 6 April: 9am-midnight​​

Students on campus can book study spaces via the Library website. ​​

To find out how to access Library services and support during closure, please visit our Service availability webpage.

You can read more about eligibility to return to campus to use study spaces in our online FAQs. As more students start to be invited back to campus, our top priority is keeping everyone as safe as possible. We therefore ask you to familiarise yourself with 4 things you need to know before heading back to campus. You can also find out more information on COVID-19 testing here.

More Library Spaces becoming available. 

Joule Library is now open, with the following opening hours:

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Monday: 9am to 5pm

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Tuesday: 9am to 5pm

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Wednesday: 9am to 5pm

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Thursday: 9am to 5pm

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Friday: 9am to 5pm

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Saturday: closed

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Sunday: closed

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Masters News • Tuesday 23 March 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Update from Postgraduate Taught Director, Professor Norman Paton.

2. Exam Support.

3. Women in Computer Science Event.

4. Research Survey.

5. Social Media Competition.

6. Athena Hackathon

7. Take part in a Human-Robot Interaction Study.

8. Careers Service Update.


Update from Postgraduate Taught Director, Professor Norman Paton.

This is the last week of term before the 2 week Easter Vacation.  You should certainly try to have some time off; hopefully some of you will manage a change of scene, and in the UK we also get to start some new things as lockdown eases; for example, I am looking forward to getting back on a tennis court.  However, please remember that your exams are not many weeks away, so making sure you are on top of any coursework and that you are reasonably placed for exams on your Period 3 unit makes sense.

Your 1st Semester exam results will also be published on Wednesday the 24th - the SSO will let you know when they are available. These are later than usual this year, as the process for reviewing marks has become more extensive than usual.  Many people will be happy with their results, but of course there are some people who have struggled.  If you have any concerns about your results, please speak to your advisor.

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Exam Support.

Do you need support for a disability/dyslexia for your Exams? If you need extra time, rest breaks etc. because of a disability, please contact the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) ASAP to register. Alternatively you can contact the Department DASS coordinator Jessicca Kateryniuk-Smith to discuss a referral. Please note that you must have fully registered with DASS and have met with a Disability Adviser to discuss and agree any exam adjustments by Monday 26th April 2021 in order to receive support in the May/June 2021 examinations.

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Women in Computer Science Event.

The Student Experience team in collaboration with UniCS will be running a social event for Women in Computer Science on Wednesday the 31st of March at 6pm. This event will include a short panel featuring female academics within the department and alumni who have recently graduated who will talk about their experiences within Computer Science. We will then move onto the social where students can get to know each other and play some games in a safe and inclusive space. This event is open to all students who identify as female. The link to sign up is here.

 

 

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Research Survey.

Survey for MSc students with at least one year’s experience working in industry

My name is Omar Alghamdi and I am a PhD student from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. I am writing to invite you to participate in my research study about the role of the Internet on programming. We are looking for people who have at least one year of industry experience in a programming role to take part.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be invited to answer a few questions about how you program. The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes. In recognition of the time spent you will be able to enter a prize draw to win £50 as Amazon vouchers.

Remember, this is completely voluntary. You can choose to be in the study or not. If you wish to participate in the study, you will have no positive or negative impact on your relationship with the university/department.

If you'd like to participate, please visit the website http://bit.ly/TheSurvey2. If you have any questions about the study, please email me at omar.alghamdi@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk.

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Social Media Competition.

All this week (Monday 22nd to Friday 26th) your Student Experience Team will be running a competition on our social media accounts for Computer Science students. Every day this week Kilburn McKilburny will be hiding in a picture we post on our social media. Find and circle him to be in the change of winning a £10 Amazon Voucher. Full information on how to enter can be found on Instagram and Facebook respectively. Rules and T&C’s.

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You can only submit 1 entry per day.

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If you have won one of the days you cannot win again.

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Only current registered students from the Department of Computer Science can enter the competition.

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If posted on Instagram, your profile must be public so your submissions can be seen.

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The competitions will be run on alternating days on Facebook and Instagram. Monday: Facebook. Tuesday: Instagram. Wednesday: Facebook. Thursday: Instagram. Friday: Facebook.

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Athena Hackathon

The Athena Hackathon 2021 will take place between 12 - 24th April and is an all-women/non-binary hackathon themed around the circular economy. The hackathon includes a series of webinars, panels, speakers and workshops as well as the hack itself, which takes place over the weekend. You can find out more information from this flyer.

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Take part in a Human-Robot Interaction Study.

Take part in a Human-Robot Interaction study and play a game with the robot Pepper! (Please DO NOT fill the doodle if you joined our price game experiment last year) 

The aim of our research is to investigate the interaction between Humans and Robots. Participants will be asked to play an Investment Game with Pepper. We are looking for people that don’t have much experience with Robots. The study will take approximately 40 minutes and your participation will be rewarded.

If you would like to participate, please express your time slot preference going to https://doodle.com/poll/uvumfk75e27a6exz?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

(please, make sure to write your EMAIL alongside your name in the Name box) 

Alternatively, you can also contact us:


• Martina Ruocco: martina.ruocco@manchester.ac.uk


• Wenxuan Mou: wenxuan.mou@manchester.ac.uk

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Careers Service Update.

Go to TargetMyCV and upload your CV and the job description and receive a personalised feedback report on how to improve. The AI checks skills listed in the job description and searches for the same skills in the CV highlighting where they are missing.

Link to find out more information is here: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/applicationsinterviews/cv/careerset/

 

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Masters News • Tuesday 16 March 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Semester 1 Results

3. Covid Testing while on Campus

4. Library Opening Hours

5. Student Support Hub

6. Reclaim the Night

7. Faculty Forum

8. Careers Events

9. Volunteering Opportunities


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

Message from Professor Norman Paton, Director of Post Graduate Taught Studies.

"I hope all is well. 1st Semester marks will be released next week. In the meantime, in line with the university’s Assessment Pledge, we have been carrying out “moderation in line with previous years”. Quite a lot changed in relation to assessment this year, with open book exams, and more units moving to coursework only. As a summary of the marks review process, marks in Semester 1 for the MSc in Advanced Computer Science are up slightly on last year, and no scaling has been carried out."

 

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Semester 1 Results

Semester one exam results will be released at around 9am on Wednesday 24th March following the Faculty Exam Board on the 23rd March. Results will be released via the student system and SSO will email to confirm when they are available to view. Please see the Department Exams Wiki for information on additional processes we are undertaking following the Assessment Pledge made by the University.

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Covid Testing while on Campus

On campus? Get tested regularly to help keep our community safe and our campus open. As more staff and students begin returning to campus, it’s important that everyone using on-campus facilities gets tested twice weekly at our free COVID-19 testing centres. All staff and students who use on campus facilities (such as the Library or study spaces), attend in-person teaching activities or live in halls of residence can get tested. This testing is for those who don’t have symptoms (or who are self-isolating) – even if you don’t feel ill, you may still have COVID-19 and pass it on without realising. If you do have symptoms, you should instead get a free test through the NHS. Read more here. 

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Library Opening Hours

Changes to the library opening hours, the buildings which are open and the services available. 

Main Library: Monday to Friday, 9am-midnight 

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Saturday and Sunday, 10am-midnight 

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Study spaces, PC spaces, study spaces for interactive online learning available

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Printing, photocopying and scanning. 

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons: 24 hours a day, seven days a week 

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Study spaces, study spaces for interactive online learning and PC spaces available 

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Printing, photocopying and scanning. 

Stopford Library 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday 

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Study spaces available, printing, photocopying and scanning.  

Oddfellows Hall (PG only) 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday 

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Study spaces available.

Changes to when Library study spaces can be booked from 15 March  

From 15 March, you will be able to book a study space for the following day only. 

Library study space bookings are in high demand. Although spaces are regularly fully booked, 50% of booked sessions are not attended.  

To help manage demand and ensure every student has the opportunity to book a space, from Monday, 15 March you will be able to book a space online for the next day only. You will be able to book a study space for the following day from 10am. 

You must book in advance in order to use a Library study space, and you must keep to the session you have booked. Book study space 

Please cancel your space via our online booking system if you no longer need it (instructions on how to do this are in your space booking confirmation email). If you cannot book a Library study space, other spaces are available across campus via ResourceBooker. 

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Student Support Hub

The Student Support Hub in the Booth Street East Building will be reopening from Monday 15th March. The hub opening hours will be Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00. SSO are still available to support you via email and by phone (0161 549 1288) however do feel free to use the on campus support hub if you’d like to talk to someone in person.

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Reclaim the Night

Reclaim the Night is an annual campaign against sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Each year we take to the streets to march for an end to violence against women and the right to feel safe on our streets at night. 

No woman should ever have to fear for her safety on our streets and the devastating events of recent days have shown how important it is that we continue to raise our voices against sexual violence and street harassment. 

While COVID-19 restrictions mean we can’t come together to march this year, we will still unite, to raise awareness, amplify the voices of women and demand action from local authorities to make Manchester’s streets safer.

From 15-19 March, we will be reclaiming the night through a series of online events, fundraising activities and campaign actions. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2PFqien

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Faculty Forum

The next Faculty Forum will be taking place at 15:30–17:00, Wednesday 24th March, and we want your opinions! This is an opportunity for students and staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering to weigh in on relevant issues. We particularly encourage Faculty Officers and Student Reps to attend, but all are welcome. We will be discussing the design and structure of assessments and feedback, with particular focus on the differences between online vs face-to-face assessment/feedback, and what support the Faculty and University can offer to support students in overcoming obstacles to online assessment/feedback, and what enables it. Sign up to take part here. Sign-up will end at 10 am on 24th March; if you want to sign up after this point please email.

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Careers Events

W/C 15.3.21

Tuesday 16th

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Google International Women’s Day with Google Students. All Day 

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Meet CERN – Discover Opportunities At The Cutting Edge of Engineering and Technology. 12:15-13:15

Wednesday 17th

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Interview Practice Day 13:00-16:00

Thursday 18th

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Career Safari – Career Event for Bulgarian Students/ Graduates by Tuk-Tam - 10:00-18:00

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Working in Charities - 13:00-14:300

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Volunteering Opportunities

Code Your Future Ambassador. 

We are a non-profit organisation that supports refugees, asylum seekers and other disadvantaged people. We teach them how to code, support with personal development and help them find meaningful work.

Be part of a team motivating students and volunteers to join the movement, organise events, and help us partner with NGOs and companies. This could be your first marketing or organising role which will help you develop your skills whether it's social media, events organisation or building effective networks!

As an ambassador you will work with a team to help support CodeYourFuture's activities through a range of activities: Running social media campaigns, building networks with NGOs, hosting events to inspire socially excluded groups to participate in the course, and much more! Link to find out more: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/33213

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Masters News • Tuesday 9 March 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Update from PGT Director.

2. Semester One Results

3. Automatic Extension

4. Library Update.

5. International Women's Day Event

6. Suspicious Email Alert.

7. Support Service Spotlight

8. Wellbeing Calendar

9. Be Active Inclusivity

10. Student Support Website Focus Group

11. Careers Events


Update from PGT Director.

Message from new PGT Director Norman Paton:

You may have noticed that Caroline signed off as Postgraduate Taught Programmes Director last week; she is moving on to a new research leadership role in the School of Engineering. 

As a result, overall academic responsibility for masters programmes in computer science has passed to me.  I have been a professor in the department for just over 20 years, and indeed had the postgraduate taught director role previously, though of course there have been some changes in the meantime, and everything is somewhat unusual this year.  I have been trying to learn the ropes from Caroline and the SSO team, among others, and look forward to meeting with more of you in due course; so far the only masters students I have met are those taking my projects!

Replies to Masters News email come to me, so if there are things you would like to bring to my attention, good or not-so-good, please send me a mail.

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Semester One Results

Semester one exam results will be released at around 9am on Wednesday 24th March following the Faculty Exam Board on the 23rd March. Results will be released via the student system and SSO will email to confirm when they are available to view. 

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Automatic Extension

As part of the University Assessment Pledge you can choose to have an automatic extension of up to seven days, for up to two individual assignments or pieces of coursework in the remainder of this academic year. This allows you to choose how to best resolve any challenges arising from deadlines ‘bunching up’. The Department wiki page describes the process for applying for an automatic extension. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact SSO.

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Library Update.

This from Gemma Smith: From the week commencing 8th March the main library opening hours will be extended to:

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9am-midnight, Mon-Fri​

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10am-midnight Sat and Sun​

This is in response to the new government guidance on COVID-19. Students on campus can book study spaces at the following Library sites and study spaces via the Library website: 

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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (24 hours a day, seven days a week)  

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Main Library (9am-midnight, Monday to Friday; 10am-midnight, Saturday and Sunday)  

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Stopford Library (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) 

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Oddfellows Hall (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday; postgraduates only) 

You can use the Click and Collect service to access physical resources from some Library sites. Find out more here. To find out how to access Library services and support, visit our Service availability page. For Library help and support, visit our Library Help page or contact us on Library Chat.

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International Women's Day Event

Monday 8th March is International Women's Day. We will be celebrating this throughout the week on our social media pages, and we will be advertising events being run by WISE, WES, and other societies. The biggest event of the week will be the Women in STEM Q&A panel, which takes place from 1-2pm on Friday 12th March. The panel features female academics from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering who will be answering your questions about further study, including Dr Sarah Clinch from Computer Science. This event is aimed at women and gender minority students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering who are considering continuing their study. At this event we will invite you to talk openly about your expectations, your concerns, and any barriers that you may feel stand in your way of further study. We will put these to a panel of our female academics and professional staff who will share their experiences of postgraduate study, answer your questions about how it is to be a woman in STEM, and debunk some misconceptions about the experience. This is a casual event, and as this takes place over lunchtime you are invited to bring your lunch. Sign up to the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-stem-qa-panel-tickets-143954193869?aff=ebdssbeac

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Suspicious Email Alert.

There have been reports over the weekend of students receiving suspicious emails that look to have come from University accounts. These are clearly phishing attempts, so please do not open any attachments or provide any personal data. You should report such incidents to IT Services - please see their email phishing website for advice.

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Support Service Spotlight

ResLife. If you live in University of Manchester Halls of Residence then check out your local ResLife team who live onsite and can help you get all the support and guidance you need during your stay. ResLife can offer support relating to your mental and physical wellbeing, your safety on campus and adjusting to life in a new place. They also organise lots of fun events and extracurricular activities to help you meet people, make friends and feel at home in Manchester. Click here for contact information for your halls.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Wellbeing Calendar

With many wellbeing events happening across campus and being delivered by different services, sometimes it can get a little confusing about what is happening and when. To make things easier, you can now visit the new wellbeing calendar on the student support website where you can view and book onto all of the wellbeing events that are coming up. You can book onto as many events as you want, as often as you want!

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Be Active Inclusivity

By inclusivity, we mean the inclusion of different identities, abilities and bodies within the realm of exercise, wellness and sports. Exercise isn’t just about keeping fit. Physical activity can help us to think and feel positively, have more energy and can help us to feel present in the moment. However, ideas surrounding sports and exercise are heavily associated with an emphasis on visual aesthetics and athletic ability, resulting in many feeling excluded from taking part. But remember, Be Active has a range of mental and physical benefits that all of us can advantage from, no matter who we are or what we look like. In our discussion of inclusivity, we are looking to diversify the image of sports, exercise and wellness. As well as diversifying the attitudes we have towards sports, exercise and wellness. If you’d like to learn more about Inclusivity within Fitness, take a look at the following resources:

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Parasport UK

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Meet 7 Fitness Trailblazers Determined to Redress The Whitewashing of The Fitness Industry

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8 Fitness Pros Making the Workout World More Inclusive – and Why That’s Really Important

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Hearing Our Voices: Speaking to the Fitness Industry’s Inclusivity Problem

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Diversity and Inclusion in Fitness – Why We Need More of It

Don’t forget to follow @uomwellbeing on Instagram for more Be Active Inclusive content, created by Wellbeing Champions!

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Student Support Website Focus Group

We really want to make sure that we are sharing information about the support that’s available at University in the best and most accessible way possible. That’s why we are currently looking to make some improvements to the Student Support website and we would love to hear your thoughts on the current website, and what we could do to improve it. We will be holding six focus groups over the coming weeks to gain student feedback on the website, and we still have some places available for each session. As a thank you for taking part, all participants will receive a £10.00 voucher. You can book your place below 

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Monday 8th March 4pm-4.45pm – Book your place here

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Wednesday 10th March 2pm-2.45pm – Book your place here

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Wednesday 10th March 4pm-4.45pm – Book your place here

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Friday 12th March 3pm-3.45pm – Book your place here

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Monday 15th March 10am-10.45pm – Book your place here

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Thursday 18th March 3pm-3.45pm – Book your place here

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Careers Events

Tuesday 9th March:

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Schlumberger Women in Technology Day – Field 2021

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Placement Drop-in, 12:00-13:00.

Wednesday 10th March: 

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North West of England Careers Fair March 2021, 10:00-14:00

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EU/ International FAQ Session, 13:00-13:30.

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EY Accelerating Gender Equality in the Workplace Event, 18:00-19:30

Thursday 11th March

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Applying for Jobs for Taught Postgraduates: Q&A, 12:00-13:00

Friday 12th March

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Peak – Do Great Things and Build an Amazing Company, 10:30-11:30. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 2 March 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. University Mental Health Day

3. Support Service Spotlight

4. Investment in Student Support Explained

5. Sexual Harassment Survey

6. Student Volunteers Wanted.

7. Careers Service Spotlight.

8. Volunteering Service Update.


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

We hope you are keeping safe and well as we move into March. This is my final Masters News as Postgraduate Programme Director. Next week you will hear from Norman Paton, who is taking over. I have very much enjoyed meeting and supporting you over these challenging months, and wish you all the best for the rest of your degree. 

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Caroline Jay


University Mental Health Day

University Mental Health Day (UMHD) aims to bring together the University community and make mental health a University-wide priority. Even though this year we can't be together physically, we wanted to take UMHD as an opportunity to signpost to the different support services available. Taking the first step to reach out for support can be really tough, so there are a range of ways that you can access support - whether that be by speaking to someone, connecting with others online, via self-help resources or by sending a text. Remember, the support is here for you. You can choose whichever support service you feel most comfortable with:

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The Counselling and Mental Health Service: you can try these resources in the first instance. If you need to talk to someone, please complete this online questionnaire. You can then call their appointment line on 0161 275 2864 between 10.30am-1.30pm (Monday – Friday), stating the colour suggested on completing the questionnaire and you will be booked-in for the next day. For urgent support out of working hours please click here.

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Togetherall: a 24/7, safe online community that helps support its members with self-guided courses and resources.

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The Students’ Union Buddy Scheme: if you’re experiencing feelings of isolation, you can sign up for a peer buddy. 

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Health Assured 24/7 Helpline: our new 24/7 mental health support phone line and app means there is always someone available to offer support.

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Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 Helpline: ring freephone 0800 953 0285 for round the clock mental health support.

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Shout: text SHOUT to 85258 to access mental health support from a trained volunteer.

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The Samaritans: freephone 116 123 or 0161 236 8000 charged at local rate (when phoning from the UK). Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to talk confidentially about any problem, however big or small.

For more information on mental health support, take a look at the Mental Health Support page and the Support Services page on the Student Support website.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Support Service Spotlight

The Students’ Union Advice Centre. The Students’ Union offers advice and support with any wellbeing problems you’re facing in a safe and confidential space away from the University. What can they do?

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Give free, impartial and confidential advice or simply offer a place to talk.

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Provide free contraception and sexual health tests.

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Help you report a hate crime, and give you advice and support if you have been the victim of a hate crime.

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Provide confidential advice and support if you have been a victim of sexual assault.

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Help you understand University procedures around bullying, harassment and discrimination.

You can find more information on their website. Remember you can always contact the Student Support Office in Computer Science for any advice or help at any time.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Investment in Student Support Explained

Responding to student feedback, the University has shared an article disclosing how much is spent on student support services. Click here to learn more about the University’s recent investment in accommodation, financial support, and mental health services.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Sexual Harassment Survey

If you are a student at the University of Manchester, you are invited to take part in a research project investigating barriers against help-seeking for experiences of sexual harassment on campus. The study will take no more than 30 minutes to complete, and all participant information will remain anonymous. Psychology undergraduate students will receive course credits for participation. This project is being conducted as a postgraduate thesis for the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health programme in the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester. If you are interested in participating, please use this link if you have any questions please email the researcher. A participation leaflet can also be found here.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Student Volunteers Wanted.

The School of Engineering is looking for a diverse group of UG and PGT students from across the School to join a select group of students who would be willing to represent the School/Faculty at key University events and meetings. Interested students will be approached about these activities on an ad-hoc/one-off basis to attend events where student insight is valued. Why should you put yourself forward?

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It will be an ideal opportunity for you to influence key School of Engineering decisions and gain an insight into the workings of a university.

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It will be great for your own personal development and will boost your employability.  It will be good to add into your CV and future interviews.

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You will get to work with academics, including Department Heads of Education, and key Professional Service staff.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Stacey Kendall with the following details: 

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Student ID Number.

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Full name.

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Your academic department (Computer Science).

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Careers Service Spotlight.

Asia Careers Insight Series. 

The Asia Careers Insight Series will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with organisations looking to hire students and graduates across Asia. During the month of March 2021, we will be hosting a series of employer presentations, panel discussions and skills workshops to help you enhance your employability and become more attractive to local and international employers. All sessions will be delivered online so you can access them from home, on the go or wherever you are!

You will find the webinar schedule for employer sessions and skills workshops on this website. Keep checking these pages as more webinars will be added throughout the month. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Volunteering Service Update.

Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Do you have a friend or housemate that's actively involved in volunteering? Maybe you are and your volunteering has made a big difference?

In a year like no other, the impact of COVID19 has demonstrated just how incredible volunteers are. Now is the time for this to be recognised by making a nomination in the University's Volunteer of the Year Awards. You can nominate in the individual student category as well as the student group category.

You may also have a friend that's already graduated that's been involved in great volunteering or know of your lecturer's volunteering. If so, you can nominate them too in the alumni and staff categories.

The deadline to make your nomination(s) is Sunday 7 March at midnight. Find out more and make a nomination

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 23 February 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Discover CareerConnect

3. Support for students affected by Farmers Protest in India.

4. PHD Opportunities

5. Student Service Spotlight

6. Apply to be a UniBuddy Ambassador!

7. International Society Events

8. Hyper Loop Society

9. Volunteering opportunities.

10. Careers Events.


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

Hello everyone - we hope all is going well. This week we have PhD opportunities and information about student support and volunteering. Do also take a look at the extensive events that will be run by the Careers' Service this semester. Have a great week!

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Caroline Jay


Discover CareerConnect

Your introduction to the new Careers Service system - Want to find out how to book careers appointments, find vacancies, sign up to events and lots more? Come along to “Discover CareerConnect”, a guided tour of our new Careers Service system. Thursday 25th Feb, 11am-12.00pm. https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=371&service=Careers+Service. ;

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Support for students affected by Farmers Protest in India.

As many of you will be aware, there are currently protests that are happening in India. We would like to ensure that all students who are affected by this are able to require the support and assistance that they need. 

For mental health and wellbeing support and advice, call the Health Assured confidential helpline on 0800 028 3766 whenever and wherever you need it. The 24 hour mental health helpline and app offers access to mental health support from trained counsellors and advisors who are ready to listen and provide help whenever you need it. It’s anonymous, non-judgmental and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call the helpline for advice and support on a whole range of issues you might be facing, big or small.

We also recognise that some of our students may require consular services at this time. Students can access support from the Consulate General of India by emailing inf.birmingham@mea.gov.in or calling 0044 – 07405158288. Consular services provide help and advice provided by the diplomatic agents of a country to citizens of that country who are living or traveling overseas. Assistance may take the form of provision of replacement travel documents and providing guidance.

If students have any queries or concerns about this topic then we encourage them to get in contact with the Student Support Office in whatever way they feel comfortable. Email: compsci-sso@manchester.ac.uk. Phone: 0161 549 1288.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


PHD Opportunities

Applications are invited for 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network on “PErsonalized Robotics as SErvice Oriented applications” (PERSEO) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

The network will train 15 early-stage researchers in the context of research and development for “PErsonalized Robotics as SErvice Oriented applications”. The consortium is formed by 8 prestigious European Universities and 2 leading robotics businesses plus 9 partner organisations to cover a full training programme on scientific, technical, and personal development skills. Placements will include secondments in current world-leading organisations in Spain, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, etc. to gather the necessary knowledge and implement it in Europe. Thus, collaboration within the network is strongly encouraged.

More information can be found here. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Student Service Spotlight

Living Cost Support Fund.

The Living Cost Support Fund, open to all students, is designed to help students experiencing financial hardship to ensure no one is struggling whilst studying at The University of Manchester. This has become increasingly prevalent due to COVID-19, resulting in the government distributing an additional £50 million to assist students. The fund is designed to help as many students as possible, so if you feel that you are struggling to make ends meet and cover essential daily living costs, please apply, whereby you will be assessed to determine what kind of assistance may be offered to you. Before you do so, you should have accessed all other sources of funding available to you, including your full entitlement of student loans/NHS Bursary. The fund cannot assist with the cost of tuition fees for any student. The University funds are discretionary with a maximum non-repayable award of £2,000. Awards are granted on a case-by-case basis after consideration of each application, and we cannot guarantee financial support to every student who applies. The Living Cost Support Fund for the 2020/2021 academic year is still open and available to all students to apply to via a portal on MyManchester. You can find out more about your eligibility, what you may be entitled to and the application process on the university website. Contact them by email if you have any queries.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Apply to be a UniBuddy Ambassador!

The University is looking for MSc Computer Science students to apply for a position as a UniBuddy representative. UniBuddy is an online chat-box platform where current students speak to prospective applicants about the course and life in Manchester. To explore the platform please visit: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/chat-with-our-students/

If you are interested in one of these paid positions, please email fserecruitment@manchester.ac.uk detailing why you would be suitable for the role – with the email subject ‘Unibuddy Position – PGT Computer Science’. Hours vary from 1-10 hours per month depending on volume of conversations. These positions are open to both overseas and home students, but you must be currently residing in the UK.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


International Society Events

The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide international students with a warm and friendly welcome when they begin their studies in Manchester, and to make their time in the UK a wonderful experience. Their activities include trips, language classes, weekly socials, events and volunteering. Due to Covid-19 they have moved the majority of our activities, including events and classes, online but are unable to run the weekend trips at the moment. Find more information on their website.

Upcoming Events:

Friendly Feud Team Game: Thursday 25 February, 11am - 1pm 

Virtual Tour of Manchester: Wednesday 3 March, 11am

Weekly Activities: Online Friday Social 3pm 

International Students in Manchester Online Community

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Hyper Loop Society

 

The Hyperloop Manchester team is a student-lead project aiming to design a unique pod that will compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop competitions and we would love to recruit new members for the coming academic year. We intend to enter the first competition that is arranged following the COVID-19 situation and are making progress designing our first pod. It is an exciting time to be part of this diverse and innovative team.

We have three main sub-teams - Mechanical, Electronics & Software and Business & Outreach. The Electronics & Software team is now open for applications. 

Application form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRgezSWN7DjFf4mvhY1UrSNlJoID7Uq-u3U_TFkUI_DoNmuw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please see our website for more information:

https://www.hyperloopmanchester.com/

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Volunteering opportunities.

Tech First.

Tech First impact is an organisation designed to empower charities and non-profits to accelerate their technology adoption, providing them with access to trained socially minded technology students who can volunteer their time to build the tools needed to make a lasting impact. We can do this by working with people on the ground, identifying opportunities and tech that can help increase productivity and support teams to allow them to work more efficiently on real problems.

https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/32784

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Careers Events.

Tuesday 23 February, 12-1pm: Navigating the job market for taught postgraduates: Spring 2021 update https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=299&service=Careers+Service

Tuesday 23 February, 1-2pm: Build Skills. Get Work Experience https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=191&service=Careers+Service

Wednesday 24 February, 12-2pm: DXC Technology - Seize the day! The power of women in a disruptive world. https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=359&service=Careers+Service

Wednesday 24 February, 1-2pm: How to succeed in the Workplace https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=365&service=Careers+Service

Wednesday 24 February, 1-1.45pm: Qube Research & Technologies Presentation: 12-month placement opportunities: https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=383&service=Careers+Service

Thursday 25 February, 4-6pm: UK Games Industry Internships, Graduate Schemes and Traineeships
https://careerconnect.manchester.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=357&service=Careers+Service

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 16 February 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Support Spotlight.

3. Mitigating Circumstances Form

4. Automatic Extensions

5. Quiz Results

6. Game Jam

7. UK Games Industry Internship

8. Cease Domestic Abuse Workshop

9. Careers Connect

10. Wellbeing Tips

11. Careers Events

12. Volunteering Hub


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

Good morning all. We hope you have settled into your new timetable and routine. It was great to see such a good turnout for the virtual students vs staff quiz on Thursday. Many thanks to Anna Warburton-Ball and the UniCS team for organising the event and Diana-Cristina Irimia and Zeynep Tezduyar for being excellent quizmasters. We have a new mitigating circumstances form (details below). Remember to get in touch with SSO and your academic advisor if you're experiencing difficulties - hopefully we can help to manage them. Have a good week.

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Caroline Jay


Support Spotlight.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) at the University is a specialist service supporting students with any condition that has a significant, adverse and long term effect on normal day to day activities. DASS helps students with a range of conditions which includes but is not limited to dyslexia and other learning difficulties, autism spectrum condition, mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, mobility and sensory impairments, unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, chronic fatigue, IBS and Crohns. DASS can help students access exams, study and specialist support but only if you register with them. Make an appointment and register with DASS here. For advice talk to the Department’s DASS coordinator Jessicca Kateryniuk-Smith. If you decide you don’t wish to register with DASS, this may affect the level of support that you can receive from the University.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Mitigating Circumstances Form

We have a new online form for applying for mitigating circumstances from semester 2 onwards. You can find a link to the form and instructions on the intranet pages here. Please don’t hesitate to contact SSO if you would like to discuss applying for mitigating circumstances. If you have applied for mitigating circumstances for semester 1 and need to update your form, please contact SSO.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Automatic Extensions

As part of the University Assessment Pledge you can choose to have an automatic extension of up to seven days, for up to two individual assignments or pieces of coursework in the remainder of this academic year. This allows you to choose how to best resolve any challenges arising from deadlines ‘bunching up’. This also applies to dissertations, but not to any examinations. The Department wiki page describes the process for applying for an automatic extension. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact SSO.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Quiz Results

Thank you everyone who attended the Students vs Staff quiz on Thursday night! We had 27 teams who entered and over 100 people who took part. After a very thorough and rigorous marking process we now have some winners! In 1st place we have team “Eman Throw Counter” with 41 marks out of 42! We also have two 2nd place teams who both got 40 points “Computer Says No” and “Patrices United”. The winners of the UniCS prizes are “404: Team Name Not Found” for the best team name and ‘are ya winnin son’ for the best screenshot. Well done to all the winners I will be in contact with you via email to organise your prizes! And now the bit you have all been waiting for… Who had the highest average, students or staff? The staff teams had an average of 37 out of 42 while the student teams had an average of 33 out of 42!

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Game Jam

Starting Sunday 21st Feb, Games Jobs Live have the next Game Parade Game Jam! Last time we had almost 400 participants produce 80 amazing games to get in front of the industry judging panel, all looking to identify the next wave of talent to hire. And this time, we've even more industry judges including Universal Music, Team 17, Sumo Digital, Avalance, Sharkmob, Double Eleven, Storm in a Teacup, and plenty more! Check out the showreel of the quality of the last one, as well as all the details about this upcoming one here.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


UK Games Industry Internship

On Thurs 25th Feb Game Jobs Live have partnered with Into Games to put together a very special event focussed on UK Games Industry Internships, Graduate Schemes and Traineeships. With speakers from some of the top AAA studios in the UK such as Ubisoft, Creative Assembly, Sumo Digital, Splash Damage, Mediatonic and Lucid Games. It's free to attend. Eventbrite link. Careers Connect Link.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Cease Domestic Abuse Workshop

This four-session workshop programme accessible to all students and starting next week, aims to help to you: 

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Recognise the subtle indications of an abusive relationship 

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Understand who you could talk to if you suspect or personally experience domestic abuse 

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Know what you could do if you suspect or personally experience domestic abuse 

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Create Empowerment And Self Efficacy

These sessions are being delivered by Remedi, who specialise in restorative justice and victim support. 

The programme is taking place over Zoom at 11am on 15/02, 22/02, 01/03, and 08/03. To sign-up, you simply need to email the facilitator to book your place and complete the Pre-Evaluation form. A facilitator will be in touch with the zoom link before the session. 

If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact adviceandresponse@manchester.ac.uk

If you are experiencing domestic abuse right now and need support, get in touch with a confidential and specialist advisor.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Careers Connect

CareerConnect is now live! CareerConnect is your new one stop shop platform for everything careers related, from vacancies to events to appointment booking. Access the platform here. Click here to watch a short Youtube video summarising everything the Careers Service has to offer in Semester 2. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Wellbeing Tips

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome. Imposter syndrome is the feeling or belief that you've been given something you didn't earn or don't deserve. It affects students of all backgrounds and in different ways. However, research has shown that imposter syndrome is more prevalent among women and minority students. It can also impact mature students, who are prone to the sense that they don’t belong. If this is something you feel you can relate to, check out this resource on Dealing with Imposter Syndrome.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Careers Events

Bank of America have opened applications for their Global Quantitative Management Analyst Programme, closing date: 26th March. 

The Quantitative Management Analyst Programme (QMAP) is designed to develop and coach analytical and quantitative talent to be deployed throughout various Bank of America business groups. Upon completion of the program, QMAP graduates have a broad range of global career opportunities within the bank. Link to job opportunity. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Volunteering Hub

Whatever you're studying, wherever in the UK you may be at the moment, you can be part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

This page lists all opportunities we're aware of where you can be part of vaccination efforts in the UK.  While many opportunities focus on Greater Manchester, there are a number that students who are currently based elsewhere in the UK can apply to.  Our priority is promoting volunteering opportunities but we've also included paid opportunities that we're currently aware of (mainly for healthcare students).

Many opportunities are being run by different parts of the UK health service.  Each opportunity provides a specific link where you can find out more and apply directly to the correct agency. Please note that most roles will require training to be undertaken. Link to the volunteering hub. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 9 February 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Course Unit Changes

3. Study spaces availability between now and March 5th

4. Department Students vs Staff Quiz

5. Assessment Pledge

6. Student Support Spotlight

7. Women in S.T.E.M Games Night


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

Everyone has been working incredibly hard recently. We hope you all managed to have a relaxing weekend and are enjoying your new Period 3 course units. For a bit of light relief this week, sign up for the Students vs. Staff quiz, which takes place on Thursday (details below).

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Caroline Jay


Course Unit Changes

You can change your semester 2 unit selection until 10am on Friday 12 February.

Your selection must fit with one of the Pathways. If your change fits with the pathway you are currently registered on you should be able to make the change yourself – there is guidance available here.

If you wish to change pathway you will need to contact the Student Support Office to make the change – please email compsci-sso@manchester.ac.uk with details of your new units and pathway.  

You can see the timetable for all units at http://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/pgt/timetable. ;

You will have been allocated a group for the dissertation unit which meets on either Wednesday or Thursday morning - you can check which in your personal timetable. If you have changed units and now have a clash please let us know and we will move you to the other group.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Study spaces availability between now and March 5th

Between now and 5 March, students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering are able to use the PC cluster and study spaces located in the Kilburn Building, office 2. You do not need to book a space in advance. Please note that Barnes Wallis will continue to remain closed during this period. 

We ask that you think carefully before visiting campus so that we can protect the health of our students and staff by reducing footfall on campus. We would also like to remind you that when on site you will must follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines and we  strongly recommend that if you are intending to come on to campus, you take two COVID-19 tests three days apart to reduce the risk of onward transmission. Every student is eligible to book a test, as long as you don't have COVID-19 symptoms, or are a contact and have been advised to self-isolate. You can find out more about testing on the COVID-19 website.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Department Students vs Staff Quiz

You still have time to sign up for our department Students vs Staff quiz taking place on Thursday 11th of February at 6pm. You can enter in teams of up to 6 people with £25 each for the winning team, £10 for the 2nd place team and £5 for the third place team. Please use the link below to sign up your team before Wednesday 10th of February at 5pm, if you do not have a team please get in contact with me at anna.warburton-ball@manchester.ac.uk and I will sort it out for you.

Link to register a team here. 

Links to zoom calls and streaming services will be emailed out to those who have signed up this week.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Assessment Pledge

As part of the University Assessment Pledge you can choose to have an automatic extension of up to seven days, for up to two individual assignments or pieces of coursework in the remainder of this academic year. This allows you to choose how to best resolve any challenges arising from deadlines ‘bunching up’. This also applies to dissertations, but not to any examinations. We are still working on the process for informing us when you want to use an extension and we will let you know what the process is as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact SSO. We have created a wiki page that will provide details. Please note that some assignments, mainly those involving group work, or where the answers are released following the deadline, are not covered by the pledge, the wiki page lists these.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Student Support Spotlight

The Counselling Service. The University counselling service is free to students and can offer help and support with a range of personal issues. Support is provided through a range of activities including;

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Confidential one to one appointments

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Group workshops

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Online support materials and self-help tools

You can refer yourself to the counselling service by booking an appointment online. Remember, you can always contact the Student Support Office in Computer Science for any advice or help at any time.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Women in S.T.E.M Games Night

Join W.I.S.E and 10+ other women based societies from across the UK for a games night which brings together and celebrates women in science and engineering on Saturday 13th of February at 1pm.

This event is in collaboration with IC Women in Maths, IC women in Physics, IC women in EE, IC Women in SET, KCL Womxn in STEM, Cambridge Women in Computing, Cambridge Women in Physics, Cambridge Women in STEM, Edinburgh Hoopers, Manchester Women in Science & Engineering, Durham Women in STEM, Warwick Women in Engineering & Science. 

Link to sign up: https://forms.gle/4NVdoUij6jHPNivG7?fbclid=IwAR2ZS-JHnoWNTFr_9lSEI_n4gbWdBb8rGSrb2vVm_HDZpeR2Fsk2aSwVrJ0

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 2 February 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. In-year Academic English support

3. Exams

4. Assessment Pledge

5. Students VS Staff Quiz.

6. Women in STEM Graduate Careers Event.

7. Nightline Volunteers


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

It's a busy time for our PGT students. We're half way through the exam period, and will be starting Period 3 week. We hope that you are all keeping safe and well, and are able to manage your workload and deadlines. The University has made an assessment pledge to help with this - more details below. We'd also encourage everyone to engage with the Academic Success Programme, which has a wealth of workshops and other resources that will help people as they start to think about their projects.

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Caroline Jay


In-year Academic English support

From the 8th of February, the in-year academic English support will be restarting. At this time we realise that many of our masters students will be looking ahead to their dissertation and subsequently a new package of support has been developed. ‘Writing your Dissertation' consists of flexible self-study materials and live online workshops. It will explore how to write the major dissertation chapters and unpack some of the challenges students encounter on the way. The live workshops are interactive and encourage small group work to solve problems and edit texts.

The popular Academic Writing and Academic Grammar workshops will also be re-running this semester. 

Go to www.manchester.ac.uk/academicsuccessprogramme and click on ‘Academic English Workshop’ for more details and registration. Should you have any further queries please email academicsuccess@manchester.ac.uk.

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Exams

The exam period has now started  and the timetable is available to view here. Please check this carefully as you will not have a personalised timetable in My Manchester. We have created an exams wiki page which contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully. If something happens on the day such as illness or internet connectivity please let SSO know as soon as possible.

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Assessment Pledge

As part of the university’s Assessment Pledge, you can now request an automatic 7 day extension for up to two assignments. You can find more details of which assessments the Automatic Extension can be applied to on the FAQs.

If you wish to request an automatic extension please email compsci-sso@manchester.ac.uk with the following details:

*

Your student ID number

*

The course unit

*

The assessment for which you want an extension

*

The current deadline

The request for an automatic extension must be made before the original deadline.

Automatic extensions are intended to help you manage competing deadlines. If you are unable to meet a deadline due to mitigating circumstances, for example if you are ill, you should submit a mitigating circumstances application.

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Students VS Staff Quiz.

Do you think you know more about Manchester trivia than Dr Paul Nutter? Think you could identify more film posters than Dr Uli Sattler? If so, come along to our department Students vs Staff quiz, in collaboration with UniCS, on Thursday 11th of February at 6pm. You can enter in teams of up to 6 people with prizes for the members of the teams who win 1st 2nd and 3rd place. Please use the link below to sign up your team, if you do not have a team please get in contact with me at anna.warburton-ball@manchester.ac.uk and I will sort it out for you.

Link to register a team: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RtBIPhF_P1YAprCjXI04LsMdVU6SU2qadfpDno02TsE/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true

Links to zoom calls and streaming services will be sent out to those who have signed up closer to the event.  

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Women in STEM Graduate Careers Event.

STEM Women are running a virtual Careers event on Wednesday 17th February, noon - 4:30pm, focused on STEM UK wide graduate roles and internships. The event will give you the opportunity to hear live talks from employers, participate in panels and Q&As and network live with graduate employers. 

You can also apply for graduate roles and internships within the event platform, and previously at these events students have been able to skip interview stages through networking with graduate recruitment teams, so this is a valuable opportunity if you are looking to work in industry. 

The event is free for all students. It is targeted toward students who identify as female but all students are able to attend.

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Nightline Volunteers

Manchester's anonymous listening service run by students for students are looking for new volunteers! If you're not in your final year of study and have a good level of spoken English you can apply. Nightline training is a good way to bolster your CV and support the student body. Apply here. Training takes place online and runs across 3 weekends, starting from 20th February 2021.  

If you'd like to talk about anything at all, Nightmail can be reached at nightmail@manchester.ac.uk. Any further questions about the training can be answered by emailing heads.of.training@manchester.nightline.ac.uk.

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Masters News • Tuesday 26 January 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Exams

3. Assessment Pledge

4. Nightline

5. Careers Update

6. Black Tech Broadcasts

7. Covid Volunteering


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We're now in the exam period. If you have any queries check the Department wiki, and if you have any problems with an exam then please let SSO know immediately by email. If you are experiencing difficulties, remember to get in touch with your academic advisor or course unit leader in the first instance, and fill in a mitigating circumstances form as soon as possible.

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Caroline Jay


Exams

The exam period has now started  and the timetable is available to view here. Please check this carefully as you will not have a personalised timetable in My Manchester. We have created an exams wiki page which contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully. If something happens on the day such as illness or internet connectivity please let SSO know as soon as possible.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Assessment Pledge

As part of the university’s Assessment Pledge, you can now request an automatic 7 day extension for up to two assignments. You can find more details of which assessments the Automatic Extension can be applied to on the FAQs.

If you wish to request an automatic extension please email compsci-sso@manchester.ac.uk with the following details:

*

Your student ID number

*

The course unit

*

The assessment for which you want an extension

*

The current deadline

The request for an automatic extension must be made before the original deadline.

Automatic extensions are intended to help you manage competing deadlines. If you are unable to meet a deadline due to mitigating circumstances, for example if you are ill, you should submit a mitigating circumstances application.

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Nightline

Greater Manchester Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. They offer anonymous, non judgemental and non-directive support for all callers, regardless of the situation. You can talk about anything you like. Their instant messaging service is now open between 8pm and 2am every night during term time. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates. You can also contact them through Nightmail - a confidential email listening and information service run by Nightline. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and they aim to respond to emails within 48 hours.

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Careers Update

You may have seen that on 21st January 2021 CareersLink came to a close. However, the Careers Service are gearing up to launch the new CareerConnect platform! More information will be released about this soon. This means that for the week of 22nd-31st January there will be a short break in access to some services. Bookings can be made from 1st February. In the meantime if you need any further careers information then visit the careers service website. 

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Black Tech Broadcasts

“Black Tech Broadcasts” is an event series from Hype Collective aimed at helping young black talent get into the world of tech and succeed.  These events are at 4 pm every Thursday from 4th February until the 25th. They are focused on the challenges and opportunities available for black students, and free and open for everyone to attend. 

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Covid Volunteering

Promoted on behalf of Volunteer Centre Manchester who are supporting Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) with its recruitment to support Manchester's Covid-19 vaccination programme at community-based sites across the city. At present, the majority of vaccination sites urgently need Volunteer Marshals to safely direct patients on site when they arrive, receive their vaccination and exit, along with supporting car park traffic and handing out PPE and information.

There are vaccinations sites across Manchester including in the areas of South and Central Manchester where many students live. These Vaccination Sites are open 7 days a week. Volunteers are asked to share their availability, and commit to shifts or sessions that ensure adequate coverage of vaccination sites. Most shifts or sessions are split into morning (8am-12:30pm) and afternoon/early evening (12pm - 5:30pm); and evenings (after 6pm) at some sites. All necessary health and safety precautions and resources are in place for everybody supporting and visiting vaccination sites (risk assessment, PPE etc.) as well as training for all volunteers. Expenses for travel and subsistence (food, drink etc.) are provided to all volunteers.

Please go to https://manchestercommunitycentral.org/vaccination for more information and to apply.

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Masters News • Tuesday 19 January 2021


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

2. Exams

3. Mitigating Circumstances

4. Library Opening Hours.

5. Support Spotlight.

6. How to Access Departmental Support.

7. Careers Service Update.

8. Student Representative Update.

9. Sporticipate.


News and updates from the Department of Computer Science

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. The UK is in another lockdown, which we know is particularly challenging for students. We hope you are able to continue with your studies without too much disruption. If you are experiencing difficulties, remember to get in touch with your academic advisor or course unit leader in the first instance, and fill in a mitigating circumstances form as soon as possible. We're also approaching the end of Semester 1 and moving into the exam period. If you have any queries check the Department wiki in the first instance.

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Caroline Jay


Exams

The exam period will run between 25th January – 5th February, and the timetable is available to view here. Please check this carefully as you will not have a personalised timetable in My Manchester. We have created an exams wiki page which contains further information regarding exam formats, timeframes, advice and FAQ’s. Please read this carefully before the exam period. If something happens on the day such as illness or internet connectivity please let SSO know as soon as possible.

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Mitigating Circumstances

 A reminder that the deadline for applying for mitigating circumstances for semester one coursework and examinations is Monday 8th February. Further information can be found on the intranet pages here.

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Library Opening Hours.

Gemma Smith writes: Service availability at The University of Manchester Library has changed in response to the new national lockdown. Study spaces: if you can study in your accommodation, please do so, and avoid travelling on to campus.

Students on campus can book study spaces at the following Library sites via the Library website. There are over 900 bookable study spaces available:

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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

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Main Library (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

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Stopford Library (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

All other Library sites are currently closed. This includes Joule Library and study spaces which will be closed from 6 January 2021 onwards and will remain closed until further notice. Click and Collect: You can use the Click and Collect service to access physical resources from some Library sites, you can find out more here.

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Support Spotlight.

My Learning Essentials. My Learning Essentials is the Library’s award winning programme of skills support, including both online resources and face-to-face workshops which will aid you in your personal and professional development. Check out these tips for preparing for open book assessments.  

 

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How to Access Departmental Support.

The student support hub service based in the Booth Street East building is now closed for face-to-face enquiries due to the national lockdown. SSO are still available for support and welfare queries, so if you would like to speak to someone please contact them by email or by phone to 0161 549 1288.

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Careers Service Update.

CareersLink will be decommissioned on 21st Jan 2021, with a new service, CareerConnect launching on 1st Feb 2021. This means that there will be just under two weeks where you cannot access this service. Watch out for communications on our website and via email for news regarding this new system. 

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Student Representative Update.

The next postgraduate student staff committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd Feb. Please ensure that if you have any issues or concerns that you wish to be raised in this meeting you get in contact with one of your reps. The names and emails of your reps can be found on the CS-PGT-Community blackboard page linked here. 

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Sporticipate.

Message from UoM Sport: Just a quick reminder that UoM Sport has lots of ways to stay active via our online classes for FREE! We are currently reviewing this in response to the new National lockdown, so please keep an eye on the #ActiveAnywhere section on the website as we do plan to update our offer. Our current timetable, including pilates, HIIT, and yoga, can be found on the Sporticipate website. If you have any questions you can contact Sporticipate via email, Facebook, or Instagram. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 15 December 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and events in Computer Science

2. Christmas Closure

3. Semester 1 Exams

4. Course Unit Survey

5. Support available for students over the winter break.

6. Student Support Office Message.

7. Assessment Support

8. My Learning Essentials

9. Contract Cheating

10. Careers Service Spotlight

11. Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

12. Volunteering Opportunity Spotlight.


News and events in Computer Science

Hello all. This is the final week of teaching before our festive break. The last few weeks have been challenging, particularly for students starting a new course, and your commitment to your studies has been impressive. We hope you enjoy some time off over the next two weeks, before we start again on 4th January. We very much look forward to seeing you in the new year, and are optimistic that we will see increased activity on campus as the year progresses.

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Caroline Jay


Christmas Closure

The University will be closed from Friday 18th December until Monday 4th January 2021. Consequently, there will be no access to the Kilburn building for students during this time. Study spaces will be available at the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. From Saturday, 19 December 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021, the AGLC will be open 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday. The AGLC will be staffed by Security only over the break. It will be closed only for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. You must book your study spaces online in advance. Booking will open as follows: 

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Fri 11 Dec (for Mon 14 - Sun 20 Dec inclusive)

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Fri 18 Dec (for Mon 21 - Thu 24 Dec inclusive)

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Weds 23 Dec (for Sun 27 Dec - Sun 3 Jan inclusive)

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Semester 1 Exams

The timetable for semester 1 examinations is due to be released at 5pm on Tuesday 15th December on the central exams website here. SSO will email you when this is available. For more information about the examination period please see our Department wiki page here in the first instance. If you have any questions about your exams please don’t hesitate to contact SSO.

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Course Unit Survey

Every semester the University surveys students to ask for feedback on the course units we teach. The course unit surveys opened yesterday (Monday 14th December) and close on 10 January. We take your (anonymous) feedback seriously and we make changes to our teaching as a result of the feedback we receive. Staff are also required to provide a response to any issues raised in the feedback. You can find out more information on the University Have Your Say Webpages.

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Support available for students over the winter break.

As the winter break fast approaches, the University has released what support they have available during this time. This covers support that will be available for students who are staying in Manchester during this period and support for students who have returned home. There is information on mental health support, safety and Halls of Residence support, disability support and much more. Link to more detailed information can be found here. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Student Support Office Message.

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We are wishing everyone a happy and restful Christmas break and a very happy new year! SSO will be closed from Monday 21st December 2020 but we’ll be back on Monday 4th January 2021!

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Assessment Support

Assessment Support (previously known as Exam Extra ) will be running between the 7 Dec and 29 Jan. Assessment Support provides resources outlining revision strategies, time management techniques and ways to manage exam stress. It might seem overwhelming knowing where to start, so why not focus on one session a week? Perhaps try planning a workshop into your timetable? Click here to access online resources, revision strategies, podcast playlists and more.

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My Learning Essentials

My Learning Essentials has made a quick and digestible guide to tackling revision. Check out Start to Finish: Revision. Here you can find online resources, Library drop-ins and Revise Together sessions, Wellbeing and Peer support, and additional resources all in one place. For further Library Help and Support, such as tracking enquiries and 24 hour Library Chat, click here.

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Contract Cheating

We have received reports of programme Whatsapp and Discord chats being spammed by essay mill/contract cheating companies. Please be mindful that these companies often sell themselves as “tutoring” or “proofreading” services but then offer to provide assignments for you to use as your own. Submitting work that is not your own constitutes academic malpractice. The PGT community blackboard page contains information on academic malpractice, and you should familiarise yourself with the guidance on the University webpages.

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Careers Service Spotlight

Tuesday 16th December, 6-7:30, mthree: Introduction to Tech in Finance (event id 6621)

Wednesday 17th December, 10am-1pm: Placement Drop-in Session (event id 6384)

Thursday 18th December, 5-6pm: Kickstart your career with a Change 100 Internship event (event id 6721).R

Remember this is not an exhaustive list of events being run by the Careers Service this week, a full list can be found on CareersLink. 

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Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS).

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) at the University is a specialist service supporting students with any condition that has a significant, adverse and long term effect on normal day to day activities. DASS helps students with a range of conditions which includes but is not limited to dyslexia and other learning difficulties, autism spectrum condition, mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, mobility and sensory impairments, unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, chronic fatigue, IBS and Crohns. DASS can help students access exam, study and specialist support but only if you register with them. You can make an appointment with DASS at any time, but in order to have Semester 1 exam support in place (should you need it) you must register and have your support plan in place by Friday 8th January 2021. Make an appointment and register here. For advice talk to the Department’s DASS coordinator Hannah Cousins. If you decide you don’t wish to register with DASS, this may affect the level of support that you can receive from the University.

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Volunteering Opportunity Spotlight.

Mustard Tree.

Since 1994, Mustard Tree has transformed the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.

They have a variety of volunteering roles available including, English language roles, reception support and art club help. 

If you would like more information place search 'Mustard Tree' on the Universities Volunteering Hub. 

Volunteering Hub: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/

 

 

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Masters News • Tuesday 8 December 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. News and events in Computer Science

2. Coursework Deadline in the Travel Window

3. COVID test for international students

4. Study intentions for semester 2 survey

5. Library update

6. Marketing and Recruitment Focus Groups and Survey

7. The Rosalind Franklin Institute PhD Studentship

8. Make a Difference Awards

9. Careers Events

10. Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

11. Volunteering spotlight


News and events in Computer Science

Hello all. This week we start period two teaching - we hope you enjoy your new course units. We also have just two weeks to go to the Christmas break. We anticipate a lot of people will now have left campus, or be travelling back. See below for information on deadline extensions where travel may have caused issues for you. Stay safe and well!

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Caroline Jay


Coursework Deadline in the Travel Window

In order to mitigate disruption that may be caused due to students travelling in this period, the Faculty of Science and Engineering have decided that no late penalties will be applied to coursework (this includes lab work, exercises etc) with a due date falling in the travel window of 3 - 9 December, providing the work is submitted within 7 calendar days of the deadline. This applies to all students regardless of whether you are travelling in the travel window. If you are taking a course unit outside of FSE you should speak with the Lecturer/Unit Coordinator in the first instance regarding work that is due during the travel window.

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COVID test for international students

If you're planning international travel to return home for the winter break, your destination country may require you to take a different type of test, such as a PCR test, before you travel. You must check whether you are required to have this test before you travel. These tests aren't provided by the University and may have an additional cost. There are many companies offering this service – among the local ones are Epistem, Pall Mall and HealthWork. We have published updated information on assistance with travel costs for students facing severe and unanticipated hardship. If you require assistance from this fund in order to travel home, please read this linked article carefully as there are specific deadlines and procedures to access the hardship fund. The universities Webpage on testing is regularly updated so ensure you keep up to date on the information they are publishing there.

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Study intentions for semester 2 survey

Recently we confirmed that students have the option to study remotely for Semester 2 should they wish to. A survey to collect information on your intentions has been set up in Blackboard; this will provide us with accurate on-campus and off-campus student numbers so that the timetable can be optimised for your student experience. Please complete this survey by 14th December 2020.

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Library update

Study spaces on campus.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will be open

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9am-8pm, Monday to Friday

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10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday

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Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day​

Students can book a study space in AGLC. All spaces must be booked online.​

Study sessions will be available to book each day.

Release of booking sessions: ​

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Fri 11 Dec (for Mon 14 - Sun 20 Dec inclusive

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Fri 18 Dec (for Mon 21 - Thu 24 Dec inclusive)

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Weds 23 Dec (for Sun 27 Dec - Sun 3 Jan inclusive)​

 

All other Library sites are closed.

 

Online help and support

Library Chat will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during this period, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It will be staffed by third-party partner institutions.

Returning books

Please return books that you no longer need before you travel home. These can be returned in the book return bin in the entrance of Main Library. If you can't get on campus to return your books at Main Library, you can use the book return box outside the reception area at the entrance to Owens Park.

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Marketing and Recruitment Focus Groups and Survey

Just a reminder that the Student Recruitment and Marketing Team are running surveys and focus groups to get feedback about why you chose to study here. The team would also be keen to hear how informative, influential and useful the information you received before you started here was. This research will help inform communication between the university and future students prior to their arrival, in order for us to provide as much relevant and useful information as possible to new students.  

Focus Group 

The focus group will discuss the communication that you received on your application journey and the activities that were available that helped you come to the decision to study here. The results of the focus groups will determine and inform the strategy for future student recruitment campaigns. The team is interested to identify what influenced you the most in your decision to study at the University of Manchester.

For anyone who is interested to attend a 1 hour focus group session by Zoom call (dates and times TBC), please complete this application survey.

For those who are chosen and attend, you will receive a £10 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time. Once we have enough students signed up, we will then be in touch with details of your allocated session.

Survey

The survey is about 15 questions long and should take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete. As a 'Thank You' for completing this survey, you will entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The survey will be open until Wednesday 16th December and the winner will be notified by Friday 18th December 2020.

This is the link for UG students (4th year Meng Students): https://forms.gle/Ycpeck1vSngw8opcA

This is the link for PGT and PGR students: https://forms.gle/9TVe6qKA3Tseo745A

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The Rosalind Franklin Institute PhD Studentship

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is now recruiting students for its first PhD cohort, who will start in September 2021. The Franklin is a new research institute, based at the Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, with the mission to create new technologies to revolutionise the way we are able to visualise life. Our PhD students will work on projects which cross disciplines, have real-world impact, supervised by world-leading experts in their fields and will have access to beyond-state-of-the-art technologies in our brand new lab facilities. To find out more about what The Franklin PhD programme offers and how to apply – visit www.rfi.ac.uk/FranklinFutures.

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Make a Difference Awards

The annual Making a Difference Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners and celebrate how they are making a difference. There are nine award categories covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. If you or someone you know has made a difference then enter now, the deadline for entries is 18 January 2021.

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Careers Events

Wednesday 9th December, 11-12pm: Global Panel Event (event id 6201).

Thursday 10th December, 1:30-2:30pm: EU & International Student FAQ (event id 6198).

Thursday 10th December, 3-4pm: Meet Change 100 Internship Alumni (event id 6720)


This is not an exhaustive list of careers events which are taking place this week. A full list can be found on the CareersLink website.

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Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

SPORT ADVENT CALENDAR: The UoM sport office have put together 25 days of advent activities! Take a look each day to see what activity you can get involved with, including fun fitness challenges, Manchester facts , quiz questions and more.

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Volunteering spotlight

A message from the University of Manchester Volunteering Service: 

Ho Ho Ho, Christmas Volunteering is Here. 

I think you’ll agree, we need kindness more than ever in 2020, so who’s ready to spread the festive cheer?

There are sleighfulls of different volunteering opportunities to get involved with from Volunteer Centre Manchester - Official. 

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Festive Volunteering. 

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Mutual Aid and Community Response groups 

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Neighbourliness at Christmas 

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Giving and Campaigns 

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Winter Online Advocates 

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Masters News • Tuesday 1 December 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. This week's news and information

2. COVID19 Testing and Travelling Home

3. Projects News.

4. Staying in Manchester over Christmas break

5. Study intentions for semester 2 survey

6. Marketing and Recruitment Survey

7. The Manchester Think Tank

8. Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

9. Careers Resource Spotlight

10. Volunteering Resource Spotlight.


This week's news and information

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We've now coming to the end of Period 1, and there are less than three weeks to go before the Christmas break. If you are planning to travel home from Manchester, there is information on when you should travel, and how you can get tested before you go. We had our first student-staff meeting last week, and will be publishing the minutes of that on Blackboard soon. Thanks to the reps who attended, and to all of you who provided valuable feedback - it really helps us to improve the student experience and resolve issues, particularly under the current circumstances. The next meeting will be in January. Hope your week goes well!

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Caroline Jay


COVID19 Testing and Travelling Home

For those students still in Manchester who are planning on travelling home before the Christmas break, COVID testing has now started. The University strongly encourages you to get tested to minimise the risk of onward transmission while travelling home, or when you get home. As a Faculty of Science & Engineering student it is suggested that you should get tested first on Tuesday 1st December, followed by a second test (the required 72 hours later) on Friday 4th December. You should then consider travelling home between 5 - 6 December. For more information, including details of how to book a test and where you can be tested, see the University COVID-19 testing website.

The university has also offered support for those who will be leaving Manchester in this travelling window, more information on this can be found here. 

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Projects News.

MSc Projects Open House – Wednesday 2 December, 12-2pm

On Wednesday we will be holding an Open House for you to discuss MSc projects with potential supervisors. This will give you an opportunity to speak to supervisors about their projects before you make your selection. Each supervisor who is available has a Zoom link at https://studentnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/pgt/2020/COMP66090/project/openhouse.php. The availability is given for each supervisor – please note that not all supervisors are available for the whole session. If you are interested in a project from a supervisor who is not available for the Open House, you should contact them directly by email.

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Staying in Manchester over Christmas break

If you're one of the many students who chooses to stay in Manchester over the Christmas break, then the university is here to support you. The student FAQs have further information about support and wellbeing services that are currently available to students. There are currently additional measures being put in place which will be announced shortly. We will update students on additional measures as they are announced. 

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Study intentions for semester 2 survey

Recently we confirmed that students have the option to study remotely for Semester 2 should they wish to. A survey to collect information on your intentions has been set up in Blackboard; this will provide us with accurate on-campus and off-campus student numbers so that the timetable can be optimised for your student experience. Please complete this survey by 14th December 2020.

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Marketing and Recruitment Survey

The Marketing and recruitment team are running a  survey on why you chose to study here at The University of Manchester.  The team would also be keen to hear how informative, influential and useful the information you received before you started here was. This research will help inform communication between the university and future students prior to their arrival, in order for us to provide as much relevant and useful information as possible to new students. The survey is about 15 questions long and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. As a ‘Thank you’ for completing this survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 amazon voucher.
The survey will be open until Wednesday 16th December and the winner will be notified by Friday 18th December 2020. 

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The Manchester Think Tank

The Manchester Think Tank is an intercollegiate, autonomous student led, research and project driven think tank based in Manchester. They are a partnership between UoM, Man Met and Salford University. They provide students with the opportunity to be politically engaged in a non-partisan way; gives students the opportunity to engage in policy making and provides a platform for them to answer some of the most pressing questions facing our society today. This year’s theme is New Frontiers and New Horizons. They have a number of interesting outputs including a policy journal and a policy hackathon in the summer in partnership with the Centre for Local Strategy. They also have a range of interesting events lined up. Join Their Mailing List to be kept up to date in their events. 

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Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

My Healthy Advantage App.

This app provides you with interactive resources to help track and improve your wellbeing. Within the app, you will get access to a library of resources personalised to your preferences, wellbeing articles, videos, mood trackers, 4-week plans, mini health checks and more. The app also allows you to chat directly to an advisor using the online chat function. This option will only appear when an advisor is available to speak to ensure you get the direct support needed. Thus may be helpful for those who feel anxious phoning the health assured number. 

Downloading the app is simple, and it takes a few simple steps to set up your account. Itunes Google Play. 

To access the My Healthy Advantage app you will need to enter a unique code before you can register - you can find the code in My Manchester. You’ll then be asked to enter your details and select your preferences to tailor the content you see and select which areas you’re interested in learning about. Once that’s done, your registration is complete and you are free to use all of the app’s features right away.

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Careers Resource Spotlight

Tuesday 1 Dec, 2-3pm: Build Skills. Get Work Experience (event id 6448)

Wednesday 2 Dec, 11:30am-12:30pm: Bp Skills Accelerator: Partnering with Artificial Intelligence (event id 6698)

Wednesday 2 Dec, 5-6:30pm: KPMG Data Analytics Event (event id 6700).

Friday 4 Dec, 11:30am-1pm: Siemens Student Lectrue – “Internet of Everything” by Cedrik Neike (event id 6717).

This is not an exhaustive list of the careers events which will be taking place this week. More events can be found on CareersLink. 

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Volunteering Resource Spotlight.

Teach First

Tech first impact is an organisation designed to empower charities and non-profits to accelerate their technology adoption, providing them with access to trained socially minded technology students who can volunteer their time to build the tools needed to make a lasting impact. We can do this by working with people on the ground, identifying opportunities and tech that can help increase productivity and support teams to allow them to work more efficiently on real problems.

Tech First Impact are working with Girl Guides Rwanda and are looking for a group of students to aid them in improving their website and other technology pain points. This project will involve working in a team along with other student software engineers. The successful candidates will work to help provide Girl Guides Rwanda with a solution that fits their requirements. Volunteers will have to use a combination of software engineering practices to achieve this goal. Students will be managed by a professional software engineer who will oversee all work and provide training on the technologies that will be used.

Applicants will preferably be computer science students or have a very strong interest in programming and/or web development. All work will be done from home so a reliable computer system and internet connection is essential. Training will be done remotely via video conferencing as a group. Volunteers will be expected to be aware if not familiar with the following technologies:

* HTML & CSS

* Version Control Software (Git)

* WordPress

* Email Providers

More information can be found here. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 24 November 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. This week's news and information

2. Semester 1 Exams.

3. Semester 2 Study

4. General COVID information

5. Updated Library Opening Times

6. Remote User Study

7. Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

8. Careers Events

9. Volunteering spotlight


This week's news and information

Hello all - we hope you are keeping well. This week we have important Covid safety and well-being information, and volunteering opportunities. We've also got our first Student-Staff Committee happening on Wednesday afternoon, so do speak to your student reps before then if there is anything you'd like to feed back. Have a good week!

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Caroline Jay


Semester 1 Exams.

Last week we confirmed that the semester one exams, which take place in January/February 2021, will all take place online. Consequently, there is no need to present in Manchester for the exams. We are still finalising what the format of these exams will be, we will let you know in due course. The exam timetable will be published around the 2nd week of December.

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Semester 2 Study

On campus or remote study? Last week we confirmed that you have the option to study remotely and be assessed remotely in semester 2 should you wish to. Our programme of remote activities will allow you to achieve all of the Intended Learning Outcomes associated with Semester 2. For students choosing to study in Manchester we plan to deliver on-campus teaching activities as long as it remains safe and feasible for us to do so. You will be contacted this week with details of a simple survey which you can use to tell us whether you intend to study remotely or on campus – this will help up to optimise your personal timetable.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


General COVID information

It's important that you keep COVID safe, particularly when on campus. If you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings. We are now in a second lockdown until the 2nd December, so restrictions are in place; you can find out more information here. The University has released information detailing how this affects teaching. Please make sure you follow these rules. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University if you show symptoms, are self-isolating, or have tested positive.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Updated Library Opening Times

Message from Gemma Smith: We have been listening to student feedback and this week we are extending the Main Library opening hours. AGLC and Main Library will be open as follows: 

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Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, 

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Saturday 10am-4pm, 

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Sunday 10am-4pm. 

A full list of the libraries that are currently open and their opening times can be found here.

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Remote User Study

Message from Pejman Saeghe writes: We’re recruiting participants for a remote user study conducted over Zoom. It involves watching five short (~7 minutes) video clips on your laptop with the topic of nature drama. The session lasts about one hour, and you will be compensated with an Amazon voucher on completion of the session. If you have a laptop running Windows, this may be a good opportunity to take a break, watch some cool videos and contribute to science. Contact Pejman for more information or to book your slot.

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Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

New 24 hour mental health helpline and app launch.

Health Assured is a new 24 hour mental health helpline which offers mental health and wellbeing support and advice. The mental health helpline offers access to mental health support from trained counsellors and advisors who are ready to listen and provide help whenever you need it. It’s anonymous, non-judgemental and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call the helpline on 0800 028 3766.

You can call the helpline for advice and support on a whole range of issues you might be facing, big or small. Things you could call for include, mental and emotional health, managing relationships, feeling worried about yourself or someone else, dealing with stress and anxiety, money advice and everything in between. 

You can access the helpline right away for help if you’re struggling, and it’s really easy to use. Call 0800 028 3766 and one of Health Assured’s advisors will answer. You’ll be asked to confirm your University and then you’ll be asked what your issue relates to so you can be put through to the right advisor to help you. If an appropriate advisor is unavailable or on another call, you can request a call back, which means no call charges if you’re no in the UK.

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Careers Events

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Tuesday 24 November, 12-1pm: Staying Positive & Adapting Plans (event id 6283).

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Wednesday 25 November 10-11:30am: HSBC Asia: Insights into a graduate career in Technology in Asia-Pacific (event id 6657).

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Wednesday 25 November 10:30-11:30am: Careers with Huawei (UK and Globally (event id 6693).

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Wednesday 25 November, 2:30-3:30: Disability: disclosure and Adjustments (event id 6387).

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Thursday 26 November, 10-11am: Understanding your strengths (event id 6223).

This week also see the Enacts UK Employability Fair (event id 6677) from 10-3:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Volunteering spotlight

Caudwell Children: Gaming Expert - Forum Members.

The charity is going through an exciting period of growth having recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility for multi-disciplinary therapy programmes for childhood disability and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, within the grounds of Keele University. Events and Challenges form a large part of our income generation at Caudwell children, and you will join the team that create event and challenge campaigns to engage the public in fundraising for our cause.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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Monthly (Fortnightly as the event gets closer) meetings with other gamers to discuss findings on how we can progress the campaign

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Help us reach audiences via your social media and contacts.

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You will act as an expert advisor to our fundraising team to help them reach gaming audiences. Bringing your knowledge and sharing your skills to help us raise funds through gaming challenges.

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Take away from committee meetings tasks to support the group and charity. This could be approaching other gamers, research or sharing information.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA 

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Good following on chosen platforms.

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Knowledgeable about platform/s and ways to grow the audience.

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Ability to pass on knowledge to members of the team.

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Commitment to joining the forum for a suggested period of time.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA 

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Ability to visit the CICC (Either virtually through technology or at meetings at the charity HQ)

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Knowledge of how money is made/ income generated through gaming.

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Significant following on chosen platform.

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Access to internet and gaming platforms

More information can be found here: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/32043

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Exams update • Friday 20 November 2020


We've received a number of queries about arrangements for the Semester 1 exams in January/February, in particular whether students are required to be present in Manchester for those exams.

We've received a number of queries about arrangements for the Semester 1 exams in January/February, in particular whether students are required to be present in Manchester for those exams. This message aims to clarify the position. 

End of semester assessments for students in Computer Science will be online: presence in Manchester is not required. Postgraduate (MSc) exams will run in the weeks commencing 25th January and 1st February. 

The form of assessment will depend on the course unit, but will take one of several options:


• Written papers released for a window (e.g. 24 or 48 hours). Submissions must be uploaded by the end of the window period. 


• Time constrained Blackboard tests available for a short period in a window, e.g. a test that is available for 24 hours, but which must be completed within two hours of commencement.


• Time constrained tests available for a limited period, e.g. a paper that is released at 09:00 and must be submitted by 12:00.

More information about the specific arrangements for course units will be available in due course.

 

Masters News • Tuesday 17 November 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Message from the ACS Programme Director

2. General COVID information.

3. Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

4. Study Spaces.

5. Ways to get in contact with the Student Support Office.

6. Academic English Support Workshops.

7. DASS Coordinator

8. Message from ACS Student Reps.

9. CareersSet CV Checker.

10. Careers Events

11. Volunteering spotlight


Message from the ACS Programme Director

We hope you're all keeping safe, and your studies are going well. For those of you in Manchester who would prefer to study outside your accommodation, remember it's possible to use study spaces in Kilburn (some bookable, some drop-in). Also, we'll be meeting with our student reps shortly, so please do get in touch with them about any issues. More info on these and other updates below - have a good week!

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Caroline Jay


General COVID information.

Please ensure that you are staying safe and following guidelines to keep yourself and those around you safe. If you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings. Please ensure that you are following the restrictions that were put in place by the government last week, you can find out more information here. Please make sure you follow these rules. Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines will be taken very seriously by the University. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University if you show symptoms, are self-isolating, or have tested positive.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Wellbeing Resource Spotlight.

Togetherall is a 24/7 anonymous online mental health and wellbeing resource for students, staff and researchers. You can access the service by going to www.togetherall.com and signing up with your UoM email address. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low or finding it hard to cope, or just want the chance to think more deeply about your wellbeing, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings and think things through. You will have access to a 24/7 online community, monitored by trained clinicians. Togetherall is a safe space online to get things off your chest, have conversations, get creative and learn how to manage your mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall is totally anonymous and confidential, so no one will know you’re using it unless you tell them! Find out more here.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Study Spaces.

Central Study Spaces.

There are over 1000 bookable study spaces available at Library sites, including Main Library, Joule and AGLC. More information about library spaces, and the link to book a space, is available here. Spaces are in high demand and must be booked in advance. If you no longer require your booking, please cancel it. You are required to wear a face covering at all times in the Library, even while seated at a study space. This does not apply to those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings.

Faculty of Science and Engineering Study Spaces

There are a number of FSE spaces available on campus, including:

* PC Clusters - Barnes Wallis (Ground Floor) and Kilburn (Office 2)     


• Self-Study Spaces - Kilburn (2.3300, 2.1100, IT407, Turing lounge)

These spaces are only for students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. They are non-bookable, and available on a first come, first served basis. Further information on other PC clusters across the University is available here.

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Ways to get in contact with the Student Support Office.

There are many ways that students can get into contact with the Computer Science Department Student Support Office. 

Email: compsci-sso@manchester.ac.uk


• This may be your first idea to get an answer to a query and while this is a good resource, one of our other options may get you an answer quicker. 

FSE Hub: Booth Street East (building number 26). 


• Open Monday to Friday, 10-2 for drop-ins and 2-4 for pre-booked appointments. This is for students who are currently in Manchester and would like to have a face-to-face meeting with a member of the support staff. 

Phone: 0161 543 2108. 


• Dedicated student phone lines are open Monday to Friday. 2-4pm. 

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Academic English Support Workshops.

There is still time to register for the University Language Centre’s academic English support workshops; the next start dates will be in the week commencing 23 November. You can register for blocks of academic writing and grammar workshops delivered online via live synchronous video sessions. For full timetable and registration details, please see here.

There are also self-study resources available via our Blackboard community - to access this, please see our online resources page here. If you have any queries, please email academicsuccess@manchester.ac.uk

 

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DASS Coordinator

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) at the University is a specialist service supporting students with any condition that has a significant, adverse and long term effect on normal day to day activities. DASS can help students access exams, study and specialist support but only if you register with them. For advice talk to the Department’s DASS coordinator Hannah Cousins.

 

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Message from ACS Student Reps.

Hi,

The Department of Computer Science has done a great job with the blended learning approach. Obviously we understand that there are still places where there could be improvements and we're hoping we'd get a few suggestions from the students. The Student Reps for the academic year 2020-2021 are: 

Shruti Govind | shruti.govind@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Ritam Anand | ritam.anand@student.manchester.ac.uk

Abhinav Thomas | abhinav.thomas@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Mark Turner | mark.turner-7@postgrad.Manchester.ac.uk

Shefali Singhal | shefali.singhal@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

We would love to hear about any concern or issue that you are facing be it course related or personal. If you have any specific course related concerns you can contact the Student Representative who’s also studying that course unit. Otherwise you can contact any one of us and we’ll make sure to find a solution to your problem as soon as possible.

We're hoping your feedback will help us all sail through these tough times together.

Thanks and Regards,

Student Reps ACS

 

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CareersSet CV Checker.

The Careers service has recently launched CareerSet a new online CV checker which allows students to get their CV checked through an AI-based platform 24/7, 365 days a year! 

CareersSet has many functions including online resources to help your draft a CV or get personalised or Line-by-Line feedback on your existing CV. CareersSet also allows you to resubmit your CV several times after changes have been made to see how your score increases. 

TargetMyCV is an additional feature allowing you to tailor their CVs to a specific job description based on keywords and skills. 

You can access this either via the CV section on Careers Website or at  https://careerset.io/manchester. ;

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Careers Events


• Thursday 19 November, 11-12: Working in the UK for International Students (event id 6592).

This week is also PwC diversity week

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Tuesday 17 November, 2-5pm: PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Week – Social Mobility – Virtual Park (event id 6638)

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Wednesday 18 November, 2-5pm: PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Week – LGBT+ - Virtual Park (event id 6639)

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Thursday 19 November, 2-5pm: PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Week – Gender Equality – Virtual Park (event id 6640)

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Friday 20 November, 2-5pm: PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Week – Disability – Virtual Park (event 6641

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Volunteering spotlight

Caritas: Volunteer Befriending Support

St Joseph’s Welfare Centre in Collyhurst supports vulnerable, isolated older people living at home in North Manchester, delivering a very highly valued visiting and support service for people with limited mobility, declining coping capacity and poor mental health. (During the COVID pandemic much of this support is being delivered online or by telephone.) Help varies from a friendly ‘chat and check’ to escorting the client on their weekly shop and may also include negotiations with the Housing Department, the Benefits Agency, contact with GPs/Consultants and lifts to a range of appointments. A service funded by the local council, clients are referred through Adult Social Services or Community Health to boost care packages or to provide good neighbourhood support to those with needs for which no statutory help is given. More information on this opportunity can be found here.

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Tuesday 10 November 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Message from the ACS Programme Director

2. Introduction to Project Selection

3. Student Card Collection

4. National Lockdown

5. General COVID information

6. Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources

7. Student Safety

8. Careers Events

9. Volunteering spotlight


Message from the ACS Programme Director

We hope you are all keeping safe, and that you are getting on well with your studies. As you are aware, we are now in a second lockdown in England. It can be tough being isolated, so it’s important that you keep in touch with friends and family over this period. For any difficulties with your learning speak to the relevant course unit leader. Your advisor can also help with academic and pastoral issues.

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Caroline Jay


Introduction to Project Selection

The Introduction to Project Selection session will take place at 14.00 - 15.00 on Friday 13th November. 

The Zoom link for this session is: https://zoom.us/j/92592270547 ;

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Graham Richardson


Student Card Collection

Book an appointment to collect your student card 

Appointment slots are available daily, Monday to Friday, and will take place in the Student Services Centre throughout November. You will need to bring proof of your collection booking with you to the collection venue (the appointment confirmation email on your phone or print out) otherwise we are unable to allow you entry to the collection venue. Please check your spam/junk folders if you do not receive an email following the booking of your appointment.

You will need to do this if you have completed your registration but do not have a student card or if your student card is not long enough for your course.

If  you have completed registration but lost your student card you will need to purchase a new student card by following this link. 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


National Lockdown

An update on University teaching in light of new National Restrictions from Thursday, 5 November.

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We will continue to operate with the current mix of online and in-person teaching.

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You must not move back and forward between your permanent and student home.

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Study spaces and the library will remain open. PC clusters will remain accessible primarily via remote log-in only.

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Indoor sports facilities will close, with virtual class provision available where possible

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Catering outlets will offer a take-away service only.

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Students who are defined as being extremely vulnerable should stay at home as much as possible during this period and discuss arrangements with their tutor, or academic advisor.

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For more information head to our studentnews link. https://studentnews.manchester.ac.uk/…;/university-teaching…/

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Anna Warburton-Ball


General COVID information

Now we are going into another national Lockdown, it’s even more important now to ensure that you are keeping COVID safe. If you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings. Please ensure that you are following the restrictions that were put in place by the government last week, you can find out more information here. Please make sure you follow these rules. Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines will be taken very seriously by the University. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University if you show symptoms, are self-isolating, or have tested positive.

 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources

It is now more important than ever to reach out if you need help with your mental health. Here are some links to resources you can use if you feel that you are in need of help for your mental health. Remember, no problem is too small and it’s always better to reach out rather than let a problem get worse.

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You can access our online mental health and wellbeing support 24/7 through Togetherall, an online community. http://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/tak…;/togetherall/

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Samaritans are waiting for your call, whatever you are going through, a samaritan will face it with you. Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Call 116 123 (free phone number) 

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Our dedicated Mental Health Service offers one-to-one appointments.https://www.counsellingservice.manchester.ac.uk/

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Your School and support services are working together to offer you the help you need http://studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/

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Our ResLife team is here to support all those who are in our Halls of Residence. http://www.accommodation.manchester.ac.uk/reslife/…;/contact/

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Greater Manchester Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. Anonymous, non-judgemental and non-directive support for all, regardless of the situation https://manchester.nightline.ac.uk/

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Anxious? Worried? Stressed? Feeling low? Text SHOUT to 85258 for free 24/7 support in the UK. https://giveusashout.org/get-help/

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Find a helpline that suits your mental health needs specifically by using this resource. https://helplines.org/helplines/?fwp_topics=mental-health

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The NHS has advice for you to support your mental wellbeing while staying at home https://www.nhs.uk/…;/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-…/

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To request a welfare check-in from the central support teams, please email keepintouch@manchester.ac.uk.

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If you need additional support with your wellbeing which is not covered above, please email coronavirus-isolation-support@manchester.ac.uk

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Student Safety

As well as keeping yourself COVID safe, it’s important to ensure that if you are planning on coming onto campus or living in University accommodation you take care of your personal well being. The Universities SafeZone app is designed to give you extra peace of mind when you are at University owned buildings. The app allows you to contact the Universities COVID-19 helpline to ask any questions, report concerns or inform them of a positive COVID-19 test. It also allows you to contact our Security team directly if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid. The link to download the SafeZone app is here. 

 

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Careers Events

Wednesday 11th November 2020 1-2pm: How to build a network when you have limited connections (event id 6224). Join us for an online session packed with tips on how you can expand your network, use social media to forge new connections, and make the most of the networks you’re already part of; The University of Manchester and alumni communities.

Thursday 12th November 2020, 3-4pm: PhD from A-Z (event id 6643). Hear from current PhD students and ask them about their experiences of finding, funding and doing PhDs and various areas of nuclear research. This session is open to students from all disciplines to find out more about PhDs in general as well as for those who are specifically interested in nuclear research.

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Anna Warburton-Ball


Volunteering spotlight

Volunteering from Home: Post Pals. 

Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Post Pals supports children aged 3 to 17 in the UK and was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were all ill themselves. The concept is simple… They feature children on the website with a forwarding address, their interests and stories, and invite members of the public from around the world to log on and send cheerful post. Volunteers range from toddlers drawing pictures, right up to a 106 year old who knitted finger puppets!

Link to get involved: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/30004

 

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Anna Warburton-Ball

 

Masters News • Friday 30 October 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. COVID-19 safety

2. Face coverings

3. Safezone app

4. Working in the Kilburn Building

5. Academic English Workshops

6. Zoom

7. Postgraduate Virtual Open Week

8. Funded PhD Opportunities

9. PhD opportunity at Exeter

10. My Learning Essentials workshops

11. Library Drop-ins


COVID-19 safety

It’s important you keep COVID safe, particularly when on campus. If you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings, you should also follow UK government guidance at all times. Manchester is now in a Tier 3 lockdown, so restrictions are in place on socialising - please make sure you follow these rules. Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines will be taken very seriously by the University. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University.

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Caroline Jay


Face coverings

The University is providing two washable face coverings for all students. If you are a new student (and currently on campus) you should have received your face coverings as part of your welcome pack. These were distributed either in your halls of residence or by appointment at the Whitworth Hall. Returning students can collect their face coverings from the Students’ Union or the marquee outside Uni place. See here for more information.

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Caroline Jay


Safezone app

The University has launched a new personal safety app for all students and staff to use. The app is designed to give students peace of mind when coming to campus or living in University accommodation, particularly during the current pandemic.  Students can report concerns and get advice about COVID-19, contact security at the touch of a button, and 'check-in' to support contact tracing when on campus. This is an initiative from the University which can massively improve your University experience by giving you peace of mind and giving you access to COVID-19 advice. The app is available to download on Google play or on the App Store by searching for 'SafeZone'. More information can be found here.

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Caroline Jay


Working in the Kilburn Building

In the Kilburn Building (South Campus) there is a PC cluster in office 2 (where PCs have the relevant software for Computer Science students) and self-study spaces in 2.33, 2.11, IT407 and The Turing Lounge. These are available on a first come first basis. We would like to remind you of the guidelines we must all follow to maintain the safety of our fellow students and staff: wear your face covering, sanitise your hands when you enter and exit the building, and if you feel unwell, or believe you may have coronavirus symptoms,then please do not use any of the study spaces. Hand sanitising facilities are available; sanitise the desk, keyboard and mouse before and after use, using the facilities provided. Do not consume any food or drink (including water) in the room and please make sure you sit by yourself at one of the available desks and use the same study space whilst you are in the building. 

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Caroline Jay


Academic English Workshops

Academic Writing workshops are delivered via live synchronous video sessions, and offer faculty-specific support covering both the basics and the finer points of good academic writing. The sessions are interactive and encourage small group work to solve problems and edit texts. Our Academic Grammar workshops are also online and open to students from all faculties. They include the fundamentals of good sentence structure as well as more subtle ways of showing nuance and emphasis.

www.manchester.ac.uk/academicsuccessprogramme

There are also self-study resources available via our Blackboard community – details, and registration, is via the “Online Resources” link.

Should you have further queries, please email academicsuccess@manchester.ac.uk

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Caroline Jay


Zoom

Please make sure you sign up for a Zoom account using your University email (@student.manchester.ac.uk) otherwise some facilities you may need for teaching may not be available unless you have a University account. Please check regularly to see that you have the latest version of Zoom installed.

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Caroline Jay


Postgraduate Virtual Open Week

If you enjoy the research side of studying, have you considered our PhD programmes and explored our list of potential projects? To find out more, please join our PG Virtual Open Week where there will be a session on  PhD & EngD study in Computer Science with Dr Sarah Clinch (11:30-12:30 - Friday 6 November 2020), PhD Student Projects & Presentations, followed by Q&A panel (1-2pm - Friday 6 November 2020). Please book through the University website to receive all the information and Zoom session details.

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Caroline Jay


Funded PhD Opportunities

Dr Goran Nenadic has two potential PhD projects funded through MRC DTP:

* Unlocking the research potential of unstructured patient data to improve health and treatment outcomes

* Data-Science Approaches to Better Understand Multimorbidity and Treatment Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Graham Richardson


PhD opportunity at Exeter

For students with an interest in Neurobiology, PhD studentships are on offer at the University of Exeter:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=3975

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Caroline Jay


My Learning Essentials workshops

My Learning Essentials is the Library’s award winning programme of skills support, including both online resources and face-to-face workshops which will aid you in your personal and professional development. The workshops offer a relaxed group environment where you can try out new strategies for yourself while learning from and with peers whilst the online resources help you develop skills and interests which are relevant to you, at times and using the methods that suit you best. My Learning Essentials is a great way to get the most out of your time at Manchester; helping you to make the best use of all of the specialist resources and support the University has to offer.

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Caroline Jay


Library Drop-ins

This from Gemma Smith: Do you have a question about using the Library's resources or services? Our online Library drop-in gives you the opportunity to speak to one of our Library experts to get support and guidance. Online Library drop-ins start Friday 23rd October. These 90 minute sessions will run every week on either a Mon, Wed or Fri starting at 11am or 2pm. Students, researchers and staff can book onto the Library drop-ins. To find out more and to book on, visit the drop-in page. Can't make a session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email.

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Caroline Jay

 

Masters News • Friday 23 October 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. Welcome!

2. Student Support in Computer Science

3. Staying safe on campus

4. Virtual Machine Image

5. SafeZone App

6. Teaching Timetables

7. On campus study spaces for students

8. Remote PC access

9. UniCS

10. Crackchester

11. AI/ML Society

12. Manchester University Data Science Society (MUDSS)

13. Google Student Developer Club

14. The Open Research Working Group

15. Disability Advisory and Support Service

16. A game to help you learn about academic malpractice

17. SU Buddy Scheme


Welcome!

We wish all our new students a warm welcome to the Department of Computer Science. We hope you have (virtually) settled in and are ready to start learning on Monday. This is the first of a regular newsletter that will provide news and updates about things happening in the Department and University. 

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Caroline Jay


Student Support in Computer Science

The Student Support Office (SSO) are there to help you throughout your studies and can be contacted by email. Usually SSO are located in the Kilburn building but this year (at least for the first few weeks) they will be located in the new FSE student support hub in Booth Street East. You can find out more information about contacting SSO here. 

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Hannah Cousins


Staying safe on campus

It’s important you keep COVID safe, particularly when on campus. When you are on campus please abide by the measures that have been put in place including following one way systems, using cleaning and hand sanitising stations, and wearing face coverings. Full details, including handy summary animated video, can be found on the Staying Safe website. You should also follow UK government guidance at all times, including restrictions currently in place in Greater Manchester on socialising. Breaches of COVID-19 guidelines will be taken very seriously by the University. Please make sure you let SSO know immediately by email if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate, or have tested positive for the virus. Please do not come into the University.

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Caroline Jay


Virtual Machine Image

Given that much of the teaching and learning activities will be on-line this semester, it is important that you have access to your own computing hardware and access to the internet during semester 1 for you to be able to engage with your studies. To help support remote learning for our course units during semester 1 we have produced a Linux VM image for VirtualBox. Please make sure you install the image. If you have any issues then please contact the support team.

 

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Caroline Jay


SafeZone App

SafeZone is our mobile app designed to give you extra peace of mind when coming to campus or living in accommodation, particularly during the current pandemic.

It allows you to contact our COVID-19 helpline to ask any questions, report concerns or inform us of a positive COVID-19 test. It also allows you to contact our Security team directly if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid.

For more details and to download the app visit: https://www.welcome.manchester.ac.uk/welcome-and-induction/arriving-on-campus/staying-safe/safezone/

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Caroline Jay


Teaching Timetables

Teaching starts next week so make sure you follow your personalised timetable which you can access via My Manchester. Course unit leaders will let you know which links to use for live teaching sessions. Don't forget to familiarise yourself with the course unit Blackboard space beforehand for further information. 

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Hannah Cousins


On campus study spaces for students

Study spaces are available on campus for those students that need to use this option.

Some are purely a space to study whilst others also have access to a PC.

In order for us to safely manage access to our buildings at this time it is essential that these spaces should be booked up to 24 hours in advance.

The centrally managed spaces are operated by the library and you can find out more about the libraries current service offering here or go straight to booking a study space here for AM/PM slots.  Below is a high-level summary of the main facilities available.

 

 

Alan Gilbert

Main Library

Joule

Opening times

Mon-Fri 9-5

Mon-Fri 9-5

Mon-Fri 9-5

No. study spaces

66

339

139

No. PC spaces

73

97

20

Facilities

Printing, Copying, Scanning

Printing, Copying, Scanning, Click and Collect

Printing, Copying, Scanning, Click and Collect

 

In addition to the centrally managed spaces, each Faculty also has its own local spaces. In FSE, there are a number of spaces located in the following buildings:

* Barnes Wallace (Ground Floor) and Kilburn (Office 2) – PC clusters


• Kilburn (2.3300, 2.1100, IT407, Turing lounge) – self-study spaces

If you need to use a computer for completing coursework, it's advisable to use those in Kilburn, as these will have the correct software. These spaces are not bookable in advance and are available on a first come first served basis. 

We will continue to review and update our offering of on campus facilities in response to the changing circumstances and will send further updates out as necessary. The ongoing safety of both staff and students is our primary concern.

Files:


• Library_spaces_weekly_update_002.pdf (128.29 KB)

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Caroline Jay


Remote PC access

You can now remotely connect to PCs in computer clusters running Microsoft Windows using the Remote PC service. This easy-to-use service means you can download software to access the cluster PCs, or you can even access them using your web browser. In the case of Linux, the only remorse access is via SSH but you will require two factor authentication running for this to work - see the Department Wiki for details. For instructions on how to use the remote access service, please login to the Support Portal and search for RPC. More information can be found on the Questions and Answers about RPC FAQ page.

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Caroline Jay


UniCS

UniCS is the University of Manchester's tech society. We are a big community with a passion for technology and creating innovative solutions for everyone to enjoy. Through our hackathons and other events, we aim to bring students and industry closer together. When we aren’t organising our own events we also travel to events in places like Barcelona, Helsinki, and Bordeaux, amongst other exotic destinations, often free due to various hackathon sponsors. Come join us to see what we get up to this year! Our new application ‘KB’ that will be launching soon, via which you will be able to create your own profile and use our networking feature to video call and text chat with your new colleagues. Follow all our social medias and join the Facebook group for event updates (Facebook, Insta: @unics_uom, Twitter: @unics_uom, Website).

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Caroline Jay


Crackchester

We’re Anonymous Crackchester. We are a society whose main focus is to bring life to the idea of hacking and cyber security within the University of Manchester. We host tons of fun events such as Capture The Flag, our flagship events that often have practical components such as lock picking and escape rooms, as well as workshops. This year we are launching a monthly competition (with prizes!) and a cyber security podcast featuring guests from the different companies across the industry. And if this wasn’t enough for you, guess what? We have Dev Officer, Events Officer, Social Media & PR Officer and Content Manager committee positions available. If you have any questions about these roles don’t hesitate to contact us. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and join our discord server.

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Caroline Jay


AI/ML Society

Hello everyone, welcome to the University of Manchester, we are the AI/ML society! We are a group of AI loving, machine learning enthusiasts with a passion to teach and share our interest with others. We have a lot in store for you this year, ranging from basic and advanced workshops, to social events to relax and get to know one another better. Joining will allow you to increase your knowledge about this industry leading technology and meet a group of people who share your passion/interest. So, no matter if you’re a beginner or advanced, join our society today by following our social media: Facebook and Instagram.

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Caroline Jay


Manchester University Data Science Society (MUDSS)

MUDSS is a new and dynamic society here to accelerate the development of your data science skills via hands-on, industry-level workshops and sponsored hackathons. MUDSS is for students of all levels who are ready to take their data science skills to the next level. The workshops place an emphasis on machine learning and cover topics that are not only fascinating in and of themselves, but also likely to come up in technical interviews. While still very new, we are one of the fastest growing societies on campus. Find out more and register at our website and/or like our Facebook page  in order to stay up to date with workshop dates, and careers events.

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Caroline Jay


Google Student Developer Club

Google Developer Student Club has come to Manchester this year! Developer Student Clubs are groups of passionate students which are interested in developing practical skills which build on the theory which we learn within University. We focus on learning web and mobile technologies which can are being used in the real world right now. This year we are focusing on education through workshops and technology talks from both student experts and professionals. If you any of this sounds interesting to you and/or you want to get involved come along to our introductory talk. We also have social media channels which you can use to keep up to date with all our new events and contact us if you are interested in helping run and create events! See our Community, Instagramand Facebook pages.

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Caroline Jay


The Open Research Working Group

The Open Science Working Group (OSWG) is a forum bringing together researchers from across the University at all stages of their careers to discuss, address, and share best practice related to conducting Open and Reproducible Science. If you're thinking about studying for a PhD or pursuing a career in research it's a great way to meet like-minded researchers. Read more here and join the mailing list.

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Caroline Jay


Disability Advisory and Support Service

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) at the University is a specialist service supporting students with any condition that has a significant, adverse and long term effect on normal day to day activities. DASS helps students with a range of conditions which includes but is not limited to dyslexia and other learning difficulties, autism spectrum condition, mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, mobility and sensory impairments, unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, chronic fatigue, IBS and Crohns. DASS can help students access exams, study and specialist support but only if you register with them. Make an appointment and register here. For advice talk to the Department’s DASS coordinator Hannah Cousins.

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Caroline Jay


A game to help you learn about academic malpractice

Play an interactive fiction game, learn more about academic malpractice, and help future students. 

As part of his MSc project, one of your fellow students has developed an interactive fiction game for teaching the academic malpractice content. The game attempts to be an interesting and more engaging way to learn about academic malpractice. It provides Computer Science grounded scenarios that you might encounter during your studies. The student is looking for people who would be interested in playing the game and providing feedback. Participation is voluntary.

https://sites.google.com/view/academicmalpracticegame/home

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Caroline Jay


SU Buddy Scheme

The Student Union has now started a Buddy Scheme, here's what they say about the initiative and why you might want to get involved.

We recognise that this is a really difficult time for many of our students, especially those who have to isolate or those who are new to Manchester and are unable to meet many people due to COVID19 restrictions. Right now, it’s more important than ever that we come together as a community and help one another through this time.

That’s why we’ve set up our UMSU Buddy Scheme - to help connect you with other students! As part of the scheme, we’ll pair students with other students who will get in touch for weekly phone or video calls, providing some social contact and the chance to make a new friend.

More information can be found here:

https://manchesterstudentsunion.com/buddyscheme

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Hannah Cousins

 

Message from the University Language Centre • Tuesday 6 October 2020


A very warm welcome to those of you who are starting on the Advanced Computer Science MSc. The University Language Centre is offering a package of Academic English support aimed at Master's students to get them ready for the year ahead.

A very warm welcome to those of you who are starting on the Advanced Computer Science MSc.

The University Language Centre is offering a package of Academic English support aimed at Master's students to get them ready for the year ahead.

To enrol, please visit www.manchester.ac.uk/academicsuccessprogramme and click on “Master’s Student’s-your October Induction” for more details and registration.

The Academic Writing workshops are delivered via live synchronous video sessions, and offer faculty-specific support covering both the basics and the finer points of good academic writing. The sessions are interactive and encourage small group work to solve problems and edit texts. Academic Grammar workshops are also online and open to students from all faculties. They include the fundamentals of good sentence structure as well as more subtle ways of showing nuance and emphasis.

 

Masters News • Monday 22 June 2020


A newsletter for PGT


Masters News - Contents
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1. COVID-19

2. Remote working survey

3. Counselling and Mental Health


COVID-19

Please keep an eye on any developments through the University guidance and FAQ, but if you do have any immediate concerns please contact SSO. To help answer your questions, we have compiled a FAQ about Department arrangements which we hope you will find useful - this has recently been updated. The University has also produced some guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you think you may have the virus, call the 111 NHS helpline, do not go to a GP/hospital/pharmacy. Please email SSO to let us know. Meanwhile we hope you all continue to stay safe and well.

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Caroline Jay


Remote working survey

We would like to build a picture of the general level of computer equipment and internet connectivity available to students working from home, as well as identify any issues they have encountered engaging with online teaching since we moved online in March 2020. To do so, we would be grateful if you could complete this survey. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete. 

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Caroline Jay


Counselling and Mental Health

The Counselling and Mental Health Service are delivering a series of workshops now and over the Summer. These have been tailored in response to the particular challenges COVID-19 poses in looking after and supporting mental health and wellbeing. Sessions will include live Zoom versions of the familiar Mindfulness, Calm Your Brain, Managing Anxiety and Busting Low Mood workshops alongside a new online programme to tackle ‘Unhelpful Thinking Habits’ which is accessible 24/7.

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Caroline Jay