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Things to know this week - 6 March 2023

Posted on 6 March 2023

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

UoY community update

Your semesters questions answered
Last week, our UoY Instagram was taken over by YUSU Academic Rep, Deb, to answer your questions about the introduction of semesters next academic year. With updates on how semesters will affect teaching patterns and holidays - and more -  see Deb’s video answers on how semesters might affect you.

‘Missing pieces’: discussing the experiences of our international students
The next Middle Ground event takes place on Tuesday 14 March and focuses on the experiences that international students face. Middle Ground events aim to normalise difficult conversations, raise awareness of issues faced by different members of our community and to encourage everyone to understand different perspectives. Everyone is welcome to get involved - register your free place at the Middle Ground event.

1. University Mental Health Day

There’s lots you can do to improve your wellbeing for University Mental Health Day this Thursday (9 March). 

  • Download the TalkCampus app
    TalkCampus is our new instant, free 24/7 support for student mental health. Replacing Togetherall, TalkCampus is for students to talk with other students from around the world about the ups and downs of student life. It’s anonymous, safe and moderated and is designed as a place where you can just be yourself and talk about how you’re really feeling. Download the TalkCampus app.
  • Help inform student wellbeing research
    You can directly help inform research into student wellbeing. Researchers based in the Department of Health Sciences are looking into the best strategies to improve student wellbeing and they need your input. Look out for our SWANS student wellbeing study survey invitation in your inbox later this week.
  • Get connected: sign up for Holiday Connect
    We know that many students stay on campus over the break. Help us to help you make connections by signing up for Holiday Connect. Just like Student Connect, we’ll match you with a group of other students staying at uni and you’ll also be invited to social get-togethers over the vacation. Sign up for Holiday Connect before Monday 13 March.

2. Marking International Women’s Day

Join us for talks, panels, exhibitions and more throughout the week to celebrate this year’s theme ‘Embracing Equity’. From discussions on Iran to live music and networking, there are a range of events to explore. Find out about International Women’s Day events on campus, including our special student-curated event Be the Face of Your Story. This exciting event will feature personal stories and inspiring live music from students.

3. Learn a language this summer

Learn a language at a relaxed pace with a discounted Languages For All short course next term. A variety of languages are on offer with options for beginners through to advanced learners, including Arabic Intercultural Understanding, French Everyday Communication, and business, management and culture in Spanish-speaking countries. Book your Summer Term eight-week language course.

4. NEW: Student Sustainability Opportunities Hub

The new Student Sustainability Opportunities Hub has been launched today and is a space to discover sustainability-related opportunities, from modules and courses, to internships and volunteering. Find out how to develop your sustainability skills, knowledge and experience or simply enjoy sustainability opportunities and events on campus. Look for student sustainability opportunities.

5. Get involved with Digital Creativity Week

Digital Creativity Week is a week-long event in June for students to get hands-on with digital and creative technologies, explore archival material and research, and develop skills. It culminates in the creation of digital artefacts for an exhibition celebrating the University of York campus and collections. Apply to get involved in Digital Creativity Week by Friday 21 April.

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