Opportunities and resources for current students in Arts and Law

Undergraduate Research Scholarships

The College of Arts and Law offer undergraduate research scholarships scheme enables non-final year students to work on academic research projects in their discipline: these are full-time research opportunities for students to work for five weeks during the summer vacation.

Bank of Assessed Work

The Bank of Assessed Work is resource for current students including example assessments with feedback for students to work with to help them understand the marking criteria and how we grade. This resource is to help students improve their approach to assessments and their writing.

Academic Writing Advisory Service

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS), developed in response to student and staff feedback and headed up by Nicola Taylor (Birmingham Education Fellow), offers a range of activities to help our students find their academic voice, from early induction into academic practice to the development of an individual identity as a PhD graduate. Activities include one-to-one tutorials, email feedback, bespoke workshops and lectures, an extensive bank of online materials for self-study, and opportunities for our postgraduate students to gain valuable teaching and learning experience as academic writing tutors within the team.

Academic writing advice specifically for international students is offered by the Birmingham International Academy (BIA).

Student Experience Fund

The College of Arts and Law has developed an Experience Fund which is aimed at supporting innovative projects that will have an immediate impact on the student experience at the University of Birmingham. The College of Arts and Law also supports student-led projects which will positively impact on our students’ time studying here.

Previous projects include:

  • Book to the Future
    The University’s literary Festival celebrating the written and spoken word on campus.
  • Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group(FLAG)
    Birmingham FLAG aims to bridge the justice gap by assisting those who cannot afford legal advice. Birmingham FLAG is operated by students at the University of Birmingham, working under the supervision of qualified legal professionals.

The CAL Experience Fund offers £10,000 to support student-focused projects or projects led by students. Recent CAL supported events include the International Eisteddfod and the Modern Languages Networking and Workshop Event for MFL Teachers.

Writing Competition

The College of Arts and Law runs two writing competitions, one for undergraduate students and one for postgraduate students on taught courses. This gives our talented students an additional opportunity to engage with challenging but accessible subjects to produce original and entertaining pieces of work. Prizes are awarded to the winning entries.