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Things to know this week - 9 October 2023: Take part in York research for World Mental Health Day

Posted on 9 October 2023

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

UoY community update

IMPORTANT: Have you completed your ‘Right to Study’ check?

Yorkshire Marathon car park closures
Campus West will be extremely busy from Thursday and over the coming weekend (12-16 October) with limited access and restricted parking due to the Yorkshire Marathon. See the full list of car park closures and restrictions this weekend.

New look for classroom PCs
From tomorrow (10 October), all classroom PCs will have a new University branded lock screen. The design celebrates the University with three iconic University of York buildings: Ron Cooke Hub, Central Hall and Heslington Hall.

1. Take part in York research for World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow (10 October) is World Mental Health Day. You can play a part in important research taking place right here at York by completing our SWANS survey into student wellbeing. By letting us know in the survey how you have been feeling over the past couple of weeks, you’ll contribute to much-needed research into student wellbeing so that we can inform effective strategies to support students generally and make positive developments in our student support services. Check your UoY inbox tomorrow for your invitation to take part in the SWANS survey.

And, don’t forget, there are lots of people at the university who are here to help with your wellbeing. You can also download the TalkCampus app to talk with other students about the ups and downs of student life.

2. Get active: could you walk to campus?

Walking, if you are able to, is a great way to keep active and has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing. Encounter landscaped gardens, tranquil lakes and our vast wildlife as you move around campus. Check out our inter-campus travel guide and learn about sustainable methods of transport. Want to improve your fitness? See York Sport’s Wellness Wednesday offer.

3. Celebrating Black History Month

Throughout October, we're marking Black History Month which this year has the theme 'Saluting our Sisters'. Find out more about our actions as a University, about local and national groups and networks, and about the events on offer, including film screenings, discussions, and a gentle hair day. Find out more about Black History Month.

4. Try out tech for free

Explore Augmented Reality (AR), 3D design, podcasting, 360 filming and recording, video editing, plus much more, for FREE at the Creativity Lab in the Library. There are events and training sessions including introductory kit workshops or get one-to-one with the Lab Technologist - perfect if you are working on a specific project but are facing some challenges. There are also drop-in days throughout the week that are a great way to build on digital skills and experience. Find out what you could do with the Creativity Lab.

5. Rate your Landlord has arrived in York

We’ve teamed up with YUSU, York St John University and Unipol Student Homes to launch Rate Your Landlord York, a review and ratings website that allows student tenants to leave feedback about their renting experiences. It’s an open, fair and balanced forum for tenants to have their say, for landlords to respond, and for students to learn what's what in the world of renting. Whether it’s good or bad experiences, head to Rate Your Landlord York now to have your say - every review is an entry into a prize draw to win £250 cash!

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