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Hello,Undergraduates

We wanted to say a huge WELCOME to all new starters and WELCOME BACK to our returners who are getting ready to arrive on campus!

We know you probably have lots of questions about University, what your studies are going to look like this year as well as what we have planned for Welcome Week, and guess what - you are in the right place to find out!

We’re also very aware that many returners, didn’t get the standard Welcome experience last year, so rest assured there will be opportunities to get involved and socialise with your student community.

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.

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!

The Guild is run by a Team of elected student Officers who represent all students across so many areas of student life. From sports to societies and even student democracy - your Officer Team are here to support and represent YOU.

Meet your Officers.

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

Official Welcome 2021 Facebook group
UOB Virtual Neighbourhood Facebook group
Following the Guild on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and TikTok

Get to know your fellow students by joining our Official Welcome 2021 Facebook group. Here we’ll be sharing all the latest news and updates about your Welcome celebrations and it’s a great place to introduce yourself to your future course mates.

Each hall has its own Facebook group, which is a great place to find your flatmates and get to know them ahead of starting University.

Find your halls group.

Advice and Support

If ever you’re struggling and need some academic support, Guild Advice are here to help. They offer confidential one-to-one advice on a range of subjects including: workload, revision tips, appeals and extenuating circumstances.

However there are lots of different ways to access support, which you can view in our Support Along The Way section.

If you’re a new student living in halls and you’re worried about budgeting, the Student Mentors can offer you some practical tips. The Mentors are current students who’ve been through it all themselves and have lots of great advice.

For any support with housing or contracts you can speak to Guild Advice, who should be able to help or point you in the right direction.

If you’re a new starter in halls who’s feeling homesick or struggling to adjust to University life, you can always speak to the Student Mentors.

Guild Advice are also available to support all students from all years. They offer confidential one-to-one support across a range of areas i.e. if you’re feeling stressed about deadlines, need some academic advice, if you’re feeling homesick or just need someone to chat to.

Get Involved

There are a few ways that you can get to know our 500+ student groups:

  • Firstly you can explore them all in the student groups section of our website.
  • We’ll also be sharing information all about student groups on our social media so be sure to follow us and also check out our Welcome Facebook group.
  • We’ll be hosting a Societies Fair during welcome week, giving you the chance to meet our groups and become a member.

Great question! As well as looking after student groups, we’re also the home of student democracy. This means that we’re regularly running elections giving students like you the chance to run for a position.

From becoming a member of our Officer team, to representing students as a College or School Rep – there are SO MANY opportunities!

You can even volunteer to become a Student Rep and be the person responsible for representing your fellow students’ academic interests, ensuring they have the best experience on their course.

You can take a look at University of Birmingham Sport’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest information about sports clubs, fitness opportunities and more!

For information about available gym facilities, memberships and Covid safety measures across on-campus facilities, have a look at the University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness’ website.

There are so many spaces on campus where you can hang out and a big one is Joes 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 famous 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.

The Guild offers a range of flexibile part-time jobs to fit around your studies. Want to try your hand at marketing, working in Joe’s Bar or on Reception? Keep checking our website and social media for any upcoming vacancies.

You can also contact Worklink about part-time vacancies within the Univeristy.

As a student at Birmingham, you can apply for a TOTUM card. TOTUM (formerly NUS Extra card) gives you access to a number of discounts on food, fashion, technology and more! You can purchase a year-long TOTUM card online, or you can even opt for a multiple year card, to keep on bagging those bargains.

Welcome 2021

Each September we welcome students to Birmingham, by hosting a variety of fun events and activities. This allows you the chance to get to know your fellow students, the campus and the Guild.

We’re excited to be hosting a range of virtual and in-person events giving you the opportunity to meet your student community, get to know campus and have fun! A few key events which we’re really excited to be hosting for you are our Freshers Fair, Societies Fair and Fab N’ Fresh Club nights.

But it doesn’t stop there, we have so much more planned which will be posted right here on our welcome site and our social media.

*Please note, we will continue to consult changing Government guidelines as we progress with our Welcome plans and will communicate any updates and changes as soon as possible.

We’ll be posting more information about upcoming events in the coming weeks so keep checking our events page and our social media.

Yes! We have a fantastic range of club nights, including our Welcome Party, UV Rave, Uniform Services Party, T-Shirt Party and our Freshers Ball. You can now buy individual event tickets, or get our Welcome Wristband, giving you priority access to ALL FIVE nights for £30! Our events are very popular, so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!

We’re also excited to see the return of our beloved Fab N’ Fresh club nights for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

Welcome Week starts on 20th September!

We have noticed lots of unofficial events, Facebook groups and Whatsapp chats popping up across social media asking you to part with your money. Please be aware that these groups are not associated with the Guild or University, in any way!

We can guarantee that all events hosted by ourselves and the University, are 100% exclusively for University of Birmingham students, they will all be Covid secure and delivered in line with current Government guidance.

So we ask you to only purchase tickets for official events available through our website. To make things easier we’ve added an official stamp to all of our events, so you know they’re legit!

They will! The best way to find out about their upcoming events is to explore our student groups and check out their social media.

Academic

As of July 2021, the University is planning to offer campus-based and in-person teaching this year. However, as many students have found digital material helpful for supporting learning, the University will be utilising digital resources etc. to enhance your teaching experience.

The University will also be using online learning as a back-up option for any students who are unable to make it to campus i.e. due to travel restrictions.

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

We’d advise that you keep checking the University’s website for any changes or updates.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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