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Hello,Postgraduates

Hello, we’re your Guild of Students. We’re the Students’ Union at the University of Birmingham and it’s our job to support and represent all Postgraduate Taught (PGT) and Postgraduate Research (PGR) students throughout your time at University.

As a postgrad we know networking is really important, so we also host lots of events and opportunities for you to get to know your Postgrad and wider student community.

This has been a very strange year and we know you must have a lot of questions, so we’ve compiled this Postgraduate page filled with useful information.

If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for below, you can learn more by viewing our Welcome homepage and looking at the University's Welcome pages.

MeetDanielle

Danielle

Hi, I’m Danielle and I’m your Postgraduate Officer, here to raise the voice of all Postgrads at UoB. From providing better mental health support, to supporting with specific careers advice, there’s so much I’m hoping to focus on this year, so I can ensure that you have the best possible experience.

All questions and ideas are welcome, so please do get in contact via email or social media if you’d like to chat.

FrequentlyAsked Questions

The Guild of Students

The Guild is your Students’ Union here at Birmingham. We’re here to represent you, support you, entertain you and above all ensure you make the most of University life. Check out our website to learn more about us.

Great question! The Guild represents the voices of all students, which includes Postgraduates. We achieve this in large part through the work of the Officer Team and in particular the Postgraduate Officer who raises your voice and communicates your perspectives to the University and the Guild. Meet your Officers.

Our democratic system also provides Postgraduates with the opportunity to feed into meetings and highlight key issues for discussion. Learn more.

All registered students are automatically members of the Guild of Students. As a member you’ll receive regular emails and updates from us throughout the year – so be sure to keep checking your student emails for the latest news!

Getting Involved and Networking

There are a number of places where you can interact with your fellow students virtually and see the latest updates from the Guild, including:

Official Welcome 2021 Facebook group
UOB Virtual Neighbourhood Facebook group
Following the Guild on FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok

There are so many spaces on campus where you can hang out and a big one is Joe’s Bar - our student bar based in the Guild building. Joe’s offers a menu of treats to get you through those study sessions and is the perfect place to stop by for a drink with friends. Our Fab N’ Fresh club nights are hosted here on Saturdays.

Alongside Joe’s there are a number of campus eateries and coffee shops including: Costa, Starbucks, Go Central and Wok Fresh.

Learn more about making friends and settling in.

We’re home to over 500 student groups which cover an array of different areas, from sports to art and everything in between. So we’d certainly suggest that you explore all groups.

Examples of groups that you might like to check out are our liberation associations and our media groups.

Throughout the year the Guild hosts a number of events for you to enjoy. Whether they’re in-person or virtual, you’ll be able to see all relevant details on the Guild website.

The Graduate School is a hub for Postgraduate Taught and Research Students. They provide support and advice, as well as hosting networking opportunities to build the Postgrad community.

If you’re living in halls, then make sure you check out the range of events and activities that the Hall Reps deliver.

The Hall Reps are a team of students who are here to ensure you have the best possible time living in halls. Each hall has a dedicated Rep who will plan and host events, giving you the opportunity to network, make friends and relax.

Learn more about making friends and settling in.

Accommodation

That’s great! The University have provided lots of information about accommodation on their website, including what to pack and arrival time slots.

There are a number of measures in place to keep you safe. You can view more information on the University’s website.

Advice and Support

Guild Advice are a confidential, one-to-one service that offers support across a range of areas, including academics. From referencing, to extenuating circumstances and academic appeals, Guild Advice will be happy to help you and point you in the right direction for support.

Please do get in touch with Guild Advice if you need any support.

We’d suggest you speak to Guild Advice, as they can offer housing advice, contract checks, support with landlords and so much more.

The University offers a number of different support services, including Wellbeing Officers. However there are lots of different ways to access support, which you can view in our Support Along The Way section.

Academic

As of July 2021 the University is planning to offer campus-based, in-person teaching, however this may change if there are changes to Government guidance. So we’d suggest that you keep checking the University’s website for the latest updates on teaching.

View the University’s statement on what teaching will look like this year.

This is something that will constantly be reviewed in light of Covid-19 cases and Government guidelines, but as of July 2021 the University is planning for an in-person, on-campus University experience.

Please view the University’s website for more details about this.

Yes. You can view all information about available resources and library opening times on the University’s website.

The Student Reps System is a fantastic way to share any feedback you may have about your course. Students Reps (at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught level) and Postgraduate Research Reps are fellow students and researchers who have volunteered or have been elected to represent you at course, school, college or senate (university) level. They gather feedback on academic issues and work with staff to find solutions. Find your Reps.

And if you’d like to volunteer to become a Rep, you absolutely can. Learn more.

We don’t have an exact date, but the University is working hard to ensure that you get your timetable as soon as possible before the start of semester one.

 

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