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Things to know this week - 21 November 2022

Posted on 21 November 2022

Welcome to your taught postgraduate student news summary of key things happening across the University this week.

UoY community update

Industrial action this week
There are two days of industrial action taking place this week on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November. We don't know how many members of staff will take part in the action, as they are not obliged to tell us in advance. Please go to your teaching and learning as normal, unless you have been specifically told otherwise. For more information, visit our industrial action information pages.

Cost of living
Are you receiving all the support that’s available? See our cost of living hub for advice and resources.

1. Navigate your way across campus and the city

We’re always looking for ways to encourage active sustainable travel across the campus and the city. Take a look at our new inter-campus travel guide to help you beat the bus queues and navigate your way across campus by bike and foot. Don't forget you can claim free cycle safety gear during our ‘Light up, be seen and be safe’ event on Thursday 24 November.

2. Staying at uni over the winter break?

We know that many students stay on campus over the break. Help us to help you make connections by signing up for Holiday Connect. Just like Student Connect, we’ll match you with other students staying at uni and you’ll also be invited to social get-togethers over the vacation. Sign up for Holiday Connect before Sunday (27 November).

3. Estranged Student Solidarity Week

We signed the Stand Alone Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to students who are studying without parental support. We provide a range of support for estranged students, including funding, rent guarantees, social events, and information and guidance from our dedicated advisor, Fran Hornsby. To find out more, see our support pages for estranged students.

4. Using alcohol to cope?

Many people try to cope with difficult feelings through alcohol and it is sometimes made worse at this time of year. While drinking alcohol can sometimes have a short term positive impact on our mood, in the long term it can cause problems for mental health as well as relationships. If you’re worried about a friend - or think you may have a problem - take a look at our information on stress, alcohol and drugs and addiction in our health and wellbeing advice A-Z. There are lots of sources of support - please reach out.

5. Our sustainability plans

In October 2021 we declared our commitment to achieving net zero carbon by 2030, this was alongside the launch of our 2021-2030 Sustainability Plan. One year on we are pleased to deliver our first annual Sustainability Report which provides an account of our progress against all of our plan targets so far.

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

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