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Things to know this week - 13 February 2023

Posted on 13 February 2023

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

UoY community update

Turkey-Syria earthquake: student support
Following the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the International Student Support team has contacted students from the region to offer them support. Our information on supporting those affected by global crises outlines the work we do. If you would like to donate (to this or to other humanitarian appeals), you can do so through the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Industrial action: the Vice-Chancellor answers your questions
Vice-Chancellor Charlie Jeffery recently took part in a YUSU Instagram Live session, answering your questions and providing a quick summary of why industrial action is taking place and how it may affect students. There were some technical issues with the visuals during the Live but sound and captions were unaffected.

1. Cooking on a budget

The average student spends £116 per month on groceries and £49 on takeaways and eating out. At a time of rising costs, we’re all looking for ways to save money. See top tips from fellow students about cooking on a budget, including where and how to shop, as well as favourite tried-and-tested recipes. Your Cost of Living Ambassadors (COLAs) will be out and about at their drop-ins this week with fantastic ideas of ways you can keep spending low, whilst eating well. And if you are up for the challenge, why not take part in our Meal Planner competition to win a £30 voucher?

2. Master your money

The first step toward financial wellbeing is budgeting. It may feel challenging but being honest with yourself about what’s happening with your money will help you find your financial balance. We have teamed up with Blackbullion to help - complete the ‘Master your money’ module this week - and, if you find you’re still struggling, please check our cost of living hub and reach out to the Student Hub.

3. Writing Week

Like any skill, academic skills need to be learned and developed. Hone your academic skills through supportive workshops and drop-in sessions during Writing Week this week. Sessions focus on the three themes of academic listening, academic reading and academic writing. Practice and develop your skills in Writing Week.

4. Creativity Lab: free 3D printing, podcasting and more

Want to learn more about how you can use new and emerging technologies in your studies?  Check out the Creativity Lab's exciting programme of workshops, masterclasses and drop-in sessions taking place this term in areas such 3D printing, VR, podcasting, video editing and more. Events are free, informal and open to all students regardless of ability or experience. Find out more about what you can explore with the Creativity Lab.

5. One Planet Week

One Planet Week is here, sharing the University's sustainability knowledge and research to staff, students and the wider public. Find out about efforts at rewilding on Campus East and beyond, join our Live Cooking Demo, take a guided non-native tree trail walk around campus one lunchtime, or join ‘The Oil Machine’ film screening. There’s lots to get involved in! See One Planet Week events and activities and vote for your favourite in the OPW Art and Media competition.

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