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Things to know this week - 22 January 2024: Skills guides

Posted on 22 January 2024

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

During this exam period, remember our tips for study and exam success.

UoY community update

Pause on Student Centre development
We are sorry to update that the new Student Centre, temporarily on hold from summer 2023, has been paused for a further three year period. The decision comes as a result of escalating costs and the impact of inflation and global market uncertainties. The Student Centre remains a firm commitment in our 2030 Strategy and will be re-initiated as soon as possible, and we will continue to keep staff and students informed of progress.

Fee payment reminder - 31 January 2024
A quick reminder that if you pay your own tuition fees or campus accommodation costs, a payment instalment is due at the end of this month. The easiest way to pay is via direct debit or the ‘My Finance’ section in e:Vision.

1. Skills guides: Working with PDFs

The ABBYY FineReader PDF editing tool is now available for all students to access. The tool allows you to edit text, tables and the layout of PDFs without having to convert them first. Access it on classroom PCs or by using our Virtual Desktop Service. See our guidance on working with PDFs, including ABBY FineReader.

2. YUSU Community Conference

Come to YUSU’s first ever Community Conference on Friday 9 February, a celebration of the academic and creative work students are doing. The programme includes roundtables on some of the hot topics in higher education, skills workshops led by YUSU and the Careers Team, and student-led talks. If you have made a poster as part of your degree or something you've been involved with, get in touch with before 31 January to have your work displayed at the conference. Book your place at YUSU’s Community Conference.

3. Get Carbon Literacy accreditation

Carbon Literacy training supports you to make an impact in your workplace, community, university or another setting. Achieve Carbon Literacy accreditation by attending two online half-day sessions on 30 January and 2 February covering climate change and why it’s relevant, carbon footprints and how you can do your bit.

4. New campus nursery opens

With places for 94 children over different age groups, the new nursery on Campus East has opened. Students are eligible for discounted York Campus Nursery fees.

5. Holocaust Memorial Day

The Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture, The Wiener Holocaust Library at 90: Ruth Wiener’s story, takes place tomorrow (23 January). Ruth Wiener, daughter of the founder of the Wiener Holocaust Library, survived both the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen camps. The story that unfolds within her documents is both compelling and extraordinary. By showcasing items from this unique collection, this talk aims to give an insight into the incredible journey and life of Ruth Wiener.

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