University is your time to thrive. Explore the opportunities available so you can be sure you make the most of your time here.

Your School or Department is where you will spend most of your time at the University. Make sure you get to know the relevant people in your Department and where to find them. Most courses have induction sessions arranged in the first few days. Details can be found through your Welcome Timetable, which you can personalise with both your course-specific activities and your preferred optional events.  

Welcome Week is the week before your classes will officially begin. You will probably have some induction sessions arranged by your course, which you should attend, but otherwise this is your chance to explore the opportunities on offer at the University, take up an existing interest or try your hand at something new. The University has an extensive choice of events and activities to keep you interested.

Societies

The Guild of Students has a huge number of societies. Why not have a look through their societies page to see if there's something you've always wanted to take up or perhaps there's a longstanding interest you'd like to continue with. Most Schools and Departments will also have their own societies, which will help you to get involved with your coursemates and maybe get some tips from the more senior students. 

Sport

Your University is a great place to be for sports. Whether you want to play competitively or simply for fun or to keep fit, there's something for everyone. 

Mentoring 

The University has a number of mentoring schemes available to students. Each has its own focus and benefits, and are open to different students. There are some which may be particularly relevant to you as you start at the University:

  • The Student Mentor Scheme is aimed at all students living in University accommodation, to find help you find your feet and resolve any issues relating to their living situation. You can contact the Student Mentors before you move in.
  • Careers Network mentoring is available to students throughout their time at the University.

  • The Global Buddies Scheme offers peer-to-peer support for international students.

  • Graduate Mentoring is open to final year undergraduates and postgraduate taught students
  • The LGBT Mentoring Scheme matches students with employers across a range of occupations in Birmingham to get advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee.

Working and volunteering

Working and volunteering are great ways of getting involved in the University community. If you need to get a job along side your studies, that can be a great way of getting involved and making connections, as well as making some money, whilst volunteering offers great experiences and ways to meet like-minded people.

Worklink provides students with access to on campus University-related work. It can be flexible and will ensure you are not expected to do more hours than is advisable for your course.

The Guild of Students have a number of volunteering-related societies to help you get involved, as well as listing current vacancies for volunteering and paid work in the local area through their jobs, skills and volunteering team.

Student communities

The University has a hugely diverse student body. Find out what student communities and groups are available.

Other University opportunities

  • Personal skills award - the University's recognised employability programme for undergraduate students.
  • PASS - Peer assisted study sessions.
  • Birmingham Project - An opportunity to take part in a 2 week, true to life project at the end of your first year.

There are so many opportunities being offered, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, but remember to try out as many opportunities as possible in your first few weeks. It may take you a while to establish what you want to concentrate on. You can always reduce your commitments later, if you've taken too many on!

 

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