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Things to know this week - 23 October 2023: Looking ahead to Consolidation Week

Posted on 23 October 2023

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

UoY community update

Fees and accommodation payment reminder - Tuesday 31 October
A quick reminder that if you pay your own tuition fees or accommodation costs, a payment instalment is due at the end of this month. The easiest way to pay is via the ‘My Finance’ section in e:Vision. If you have set up a direct debit to pay your fees/accommodation, this will be automatically taken from your chosen bank account around the due date and you’ll receive a notification of the amount beforehand.

***BUT be aware - scam alert***
We have been alerted to a scam at another university where students in campus accommodation have been targeted by scammers impersonating the university and asking for credit/debit card details. REMEMBER: We will never ask you for your card details over the phone. See our seven tips for spotting a scam..

Bus route updates
Did you know that the C1 and C2 are free intercampus shuttle buses? Note that from Sunday (29 October), changes to the C1 and 67 routes will come into place. See our information on changes to the C1 bus route or download the First Bus app to find out more about routes, timetables and prices for all bus routes in York.

ADHD medication shortage
Unity Health, the doctors’ surgery on campus, has made us aware that there is a national supply issue with medicines for ADHD. If this affects you, see NHS information about the national shortage of medicines for ADHD, which includes details of the medicines affected and how long the shortage is expected to last.

1. Looking ahead to Consolidation Week

Next week (30 Oct-3 Nov) marks our first ever consolidation week - a chance to reflect on your learning, invest in some extra reading or skills development, and recuperate before the next part of the semester. Not sure where to start? Check out the ‘Discover’ tab on the MyUoY app for a range of activities including career development workshops, revision sessions, social events and more.

Meanwhile, hone your academic skills this week with the Academic Skills Community's upcoming workshops on ‘Effective Listening in Tutorials and Seminars’, ‘Academic Writing: what it is and how to do it’, ‘Critical Thinking’, and ‘How to study smarter not harder’.

2. Fancy some retro gaming fun?

Making time for activities that bring you joy is crucial to maintaining your mental wellbeing and helping you stay on top of your studies. Looking for ways to take a breather in Consolidation Week? Join the Creativity Lab in the Library between 1-3pm on Monday 30 October for some retro fun and gaming. From Mario Kart to Pac-Man - the team have you covered! Find out more about the retro gaming session.

3. National Care Leavers Week

Wednesday 25 October marks the start of National Care Leavers Week. Here at York, we have a range of practical, financial and emotional support for care experienced students and care leavers to help navigate university, and life after leaving care. Even if you haven’t previously told us you’ve experienced care, you can contact our teams at any point in your university journey.

4. Funding for personal and professional development

Seen a development opportunity but need funding to realise it? The York Futures Scholarship provides funding for work experience, study abroad, placements, and extracurricular learning opportunities. All students can apply, though preference is given to students from certain backgrounds - check the eligibility criteria. Application deadline: Monday 20 November. Find out more about the York Futures Scholarship.

5. SUPPORT SPOTLIGHT: International students

Whether you need visa advice, guidance around living in York, help to make the most of new opportunities, or information about finding work and what happens when you complete your studies, the International Student Support Team is here for you. Join a drop-in session or fill in the self-referral form. Also, YUSU is holding Global Cafes this semester - free events for international students to meet each other and make friends. Drop in at any point during the first session on Wednesday (25 October) for free coffee, cake and conversation.

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