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Things to know this week - 3 June 2024: Summer on campus

Posted on 3 June 2024

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

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1. Summer on campus

From next week, catering venues and shops on campus will follow revised summer opening hours so you’ll need to check to see when your favourite spot is open. You can still access the usual academic support. The Library is open 8am until midnight and the Academic Skills Community continues with its programme of workshops and one-to-one appointments to help you work on all things related to academic reading, writing and statistics. Check the MyUoY app for student events continuing over the summer.

2. Studying off campus over the summer?

If you’re planning on studying off campus at some point over the summer, you may need to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) so you can access restricted services and get access to your filestore. For those who will be using IT resources overseas, make sure you read our using University IT facilities overseas guidance before you travel, as some countries restrict the IT services you can access. Students working from China should use China Connect to access University services and Google workspace.

3. Free money advice

Our financial education platform, Blackbullion, isn’t just about budgeting advice - though there are great tools for that! - it can also help with all those financial queries you don’t know where to start with. As we head into the summer when many students find work, learn more about tax. You can also discover how your credit score works or even pensions and investing. Sign up for Blackbullion for free with your York email address.

4. Support your fellow students at York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas began this weekend with a packed programme of over 200 mostly free events. In addition to welcoming world class authors, community organisers and renowned academics, many of this year’s events are created and led by our own excellent postgraduate research students here at York. Interested in where a masters by research or PhD could take you? Keep an eye out for events featuring their work, including:

Also, make sure not to miss Festival highlight From Page to Hollywood Screen with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), author Vikas Swarup (Q&A, filmed as Slumdog Millionaire) and Katie Razzall, BBC News Culture and Media Editor.

5. Marketing your Masters

As a Masters student, you have developed a range of advanced skills, knowledge and experiences that employers look for and value - but, what’s the most effective way to convey them on paper? Join our Careers team for an interactive workshop on 11 June to help identify your strengths and ways to promote them for use in your CV, applications or LinkedIn profile. Looking for work as an international student? Join us for an additional session for international students to explore the resources available to you to help find opportunities.

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

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

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