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Things to know this week - 21 November 2022

Posted on 21 November 2022

Welcome to your undergraduate student news summary of key things happening across the University this week.

UoY community update

Industrial action this week
There are two days of industrial action taking place this week on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November. We don't know how many members of staff will take part in the action, as they are not obliged to tell us in advance. Please go to your teaching and learning as normal, unless you have been specifically told otherwise. For more information, visit our industrial action information pages.

Cost of living
Are you receiving all the support that’s available? See our cost of living hub for advice and resources.

1. Support in finding private accommodation

If you’re starting to think about accommodation for next academic year, see our ‘Before You Sign’ guide for the dos and don’ts of student accommodation. You should never rush into signing a contract. Our Student Hub offers a range of services to help you secure private sector accommodation:

  • Guide to viewing properties
  • Tenancy agreement checklist
  • Contract checking service
  • Rent Guarantor Scheme and bespoke Rent Guarantee Scheme

See our private sector accommodation web pages for more information. You can also contact Stephen Cameron, our new specialist housing adviser, with any housing queries or issues - just complete the Student Hub online referral form.

2. Staying at uni over the winter break?

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 other students staying at uni and you’ll also be invited to social get-togethers over the vacation. Sign up for Holiday Connect before Sunday (27 November).

3. Estranged Student Solidarity Week

We signed the Stand Alone Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to students who are studying without parental support. We provide a range of support for estranged students, including funding, rent guarantees, social events, and information and guidance from our dedicated advisor, Fran Hornsby. To find out more, see our support pages for estranged students.

4. Using alcohol to cope?

Many people try to cope with difficult feelings through alcohol and it is sometimes made worse at this time of year. While drinking alcohol can sometimes have a short term positive impact on our mood, in the long term it can cause problems for mental health as well as relationships. If you’re worried about a friend - or think you may have a problem - take a look at our information on stress, alcohol and drugs and addiction in our health and wellbeing advice A-Z. There are lots of sources of support - please reach out.

5. Our sustainability plans

In October 2021 we declared our commitment to achieving net zero carbon by 2030, this was alongside the launch of our 2021-2030 Sustainability Plan. One year on we are pleased to deliver our first annual Sustainability Report which provides an account of our progress against all of our plan targets so far.

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

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