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Things to know this week - 20 February 2023

Posted on 20 February 2023

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

UoY community update

Strike action paused
Following progress at the national negotiations, planned strike action will be ‘paused’ until Thursday 2 March to enable further talks to take place. Teaching and learning will continue as originally planned in the next two weeks. See student information on industrial action.

Semesters are coming
At the moment our academic year is split into three terms. From 2023/24, we’re changing this to two semesters. It means that the start and end dates of the academic year, and the timings of vacations and breaks, will change. Find out more about semesters and look out for details of our semesters Q&A on Instagram later this week.

Togetherall: 24/7 wellbeing support is changing
There are some changes to student wellbeing support coming soon. We currently provide access to Togetherall for 24/7 wellbeing support for students but next month this will change to a new provider. More details to come.

1. Changes to the Exceptional Circumstances procedure and self-assessment

Following a recent YUSU campaign, the University has met with the Students’ Unions and agreed to make some changes to the self-assessment procedure, in particular streamlining the process for vulnerable students. Find out more about the changes to the Exceptional Circumstances procedure.

2. The future of sport

This week we are launching the University of York Strategy for Sport and Active Wellbeing, developed in collaboration with our Students’ Unions. The strategy outlines our vision for the future of inclusive and engaging sport, physical and wellbeing activity at the University. Learn more about our objectives and initiatives.

3. Bursaries to fund short language courses

Many bursaries are available to registered postgraduates, including UK and International students, to cover the costs of a short Languages For All course (depending on the availability of places). See bursary eligibility and application details. Note that bursary places are limited and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

4. Injustice and Resistance: Iran past, present and future

What exactly is happening in Iran? And what events and factors have led to this moment? Join experts from St Andrews and Plymouth for an important and timely conversation explaining the current situation in Iran, the country’s political heritage and history and what its future might look like. Register for your free place.

5. Have your say on the future of YUSU

Decide on the representatives of your Union, and the future of YUSU, for the year ahead. Voting for this year’s YUSU officer roles takes place this week, opening midday today (Monday 20 February) and closing this Friday (24 February). Find out more about this year’s candidates, their manifestos and how you can cast your vote to make a change.

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