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Things to know this week - 5 June 2023: How to sort your future

Posted on 5 June 2023

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

UoY community update

Industrial action update
We will have an update soon for returning students on how the University will manage your progression if you have work or assessments that haven't been marked due to the marking and assessment boycott.

Last chance: Household Energy Grant
Applications for the Household Energy Grant close on Friday 16 June. As a result of the increase in energy bills, we’re offering a payment of £150 per eligible household as a non-repayable grant. Look out for further cost of living support next academic year, including for students living in off-campus accommodation.

1. Come to the Graduate Jobs Fair

Sort out your future and register for our Graduate Jobs Fair on Wednesday 14 June, where over 40 graduate employers are looking to recruit for positions starting later this year. You can have your CV reviewed and your photo taken for your LinkedIn profile. You can also browse through our free-of-charge interview and business-appropriate clothing at the Work Wardrobe.

2. Get career inspiration

Have you ever wondered what a particular job actually involves? Listen to the Careers and Placements 'What do you actually do?' podcast series to answer that question. Find out what people do in their jobs, the skills they use and how they got there. Recent episodes feature a rail industry specialist, an estate manager in the heritage sector, an investigative journalist, a speech and language therapist and a barrister.

3. Thinking about a research degree?

Whether you’re thinking about applying for a PhD or already have an offer, our Online Open Day is a great way to find out more. Join us on Wednesday (7 June) to ask support teams any questions, talk through the application process, get advice about funding options and chat to other postgraduate students. Find out more and book your place at our Postgraduate Online Open Day.

4. Develop your academic skills this summer

You can still get academic support over the summer. Book one-to-one online or in-person appointments with tutors at the Writing Centre to look over a piece of work and there are also lots of academic skills workshops to help you improve on all things related to academic reading, writing and statistics. Every Friday, join dedicated academic tutors and fellow students at our Academic Writing Retreats where you can work and receive helpful advice.

5. GSA election winners

Congratulations to the newly elected GSA Officers for next academic year. Your new GSA Sabbatical Officers for 2023/24 are Mardan (President), Cytheria Shen (VP Academic) and ZeHui Zhang (Canaan) (VP Wellbeing and Community).

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

We’re working with three other universities to explore the potential for optionality within assessment, which means the possibility of giving students choice around things like when you submit assessments or the format in which you submit an assessment. Complete our Optionality in Assessment survey and then enter a prize draw to win one of four £75 Aldi vouchers. Deadline: Wednesday 7 June

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

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