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Things to know this week - 16 January 2023

Posted on 16 January 2023

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

UoY community update

Graduation and new Chancellor Inauguration
This is an exciting week for the University. We’re welcoming back graduating students for ceremonies taking place between Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 January. You may notice some changes to catering on campus during this time and Car Park South and Car Park West will both be closed. Please use other means of transport or other campus car parks, and avoid parking in local residential areas.

We welcome new Chancellor, Dr Heather Melville OBE, for her inauguration ceremony on Wednesday 18 January. Students are welcome to attend - reserve your place at our Inauguration Day.

1. Don’t let Blue Monday get you down

This time of year can be difficult at the best of times. The NHS estimates that the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around two million people in the UK - so you’re not alone if you’re feeling down at the moment. Read our five tips for beating winter depression.

2. Kickstart Spring Term

There’s lots going on to help motivate yourself and develop your academic skills this term. We are running a series of workshops on academic writing - what it is and how to do it, how to take notes, and how to structure essays - as well as general sessions on communication and having confidence to speak up. Kickstart your term by taking a look at forthcoming Academic Skills Community workshops.

3. Funding to attend GSA events

Created in collaboration with YuFund, the Postgraduate Events Hardship Fund is for postgraduates who are struggling to attend GSA events due to financial constraints. Apply to the Postgraduate Events Hardship Fund. This funding is specifically relating to events - if you are struggling financially, please see support and advice on our cost of living hub.

4. LibInspo 2023: win £1,000

How could the Library improve? LibInspo 2023 is an innovation competition giving students the chance to work with the Library to shape and improve services. The winner receives £1,000 and gets to implement their idea. It could be about the resources that the Library stocks or the space or technology that we provide. Competition deadline: Sunday 29 January. Find out more about LibInspo 2023.

5. What will you do this summer?

Get forward planning for 2023 and register for the Summer Opportunities Fair on Wednesday 25 January. Find out more about Summer Schools, International Study Centres and travel awards as well as work experience, internship and volunteering opportunities abroad. Where will you go?

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

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