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Things to know this week - 18 September 2023: Welcome Week

Posted on 18 September 2023

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

UoY community update

New year, new address
Don’t forget to update your term-time address in e:Vision. This is one of your first week tasks - have you done everything on your Things to do in your first week checklist?

Scams: don’t share your personal details
We never offer discounts on tuition or accommodation fees through third parties. If something appears too good to be true, it probably is. Please be vigilant and learn our seven tell-tale signs of a scam.

NEW: Check-In to on-campus teaching sessions
New for 2023/24, you may now need to 'check-in' to your teaching sessions. This will help us identify more quickly if it looks like you might need extra welfare and wellbeing support. Find out more about how Check-In works. You’ll find a quick link to Check-In on the student homepage.

Student Tuition Fee Refund Policy update
The University has updated the Student Tuition Fee Refund Policy to make it simpler and easier to understand. You can find the updated policy on our web pages about leaving the University.

1. What do you want to achieve this year?

Whether you’re new or returning to York, the beginning of the academic year is a great time to think about what you want to achieve throughout this year. Make some time in Freshers Week to explore our brand new Success at York Toolkit. The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help you think about not just what you might want to achieve academically, but also personally and as part of our community. Watch our Introduction to the Success at York Toolkit and take our quick quiz to get thinking about what you can achieve this year.

2. Staying well

In a large community such as ours, we all need to do what we can to minimise the spread of infectious illnesses: 

  • Register with a local doctor
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date
  • Learn the tell-tale signs of infectious illnesses

See our student healthcare web page for more information and check your department handbook for what to do if you’re ill and can’t attend teaching sessions.

3. Looking after your personal safety

We’ve teamed up with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to create some essential training for students to help you think about personal safety. Get the know-how to assess, manage and reduce risks you may face at study or at work. Shaped by students for students, the course comes in short, easy-to-watch video segments and focuses on topics such as identifying harassment, stalking awareness, and ways to deal with conflict. Complete the personal safety awareness video course.

4. Career planning

Start your career planning early and book on these forthcoming careers events: 

5. Be a student feedback volunteer

Would you be willing to give us feedback or help us with promotions? Sometimes it's just a quick survey, sometimes it's asking you if you can attend a focus group or do a photoshoot. Often we offer vouchers for your time to say thank you. Sign up to be a student feedback volunteer.

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

Log on to Handshake, our careers platform, for jobs and opportunities.

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