Whilst you might think that university is all about studying, it’s very much recommended that you take advantage of the range of extra opportunities which the University provides. Take a look at some of the things you can get involved with this year:
Join a society
From the Comedy Society, to the Esports Society, to UNICEF On Campus, there are over 350 societies to choose from. Not only do you get to do what you love to do, but you’ll also meet many more like-minded people from every year. It’s also great to put on your CV – future employers will love the fact that you have committed yourself to something outside your degree! Hint hint, third years…
Join a sports team
The University has 89 teams across 36 sports, so there are plenty of opportunities to relieve the stress of a degree. Whether you want to join one of the University’s football teams, or you want to try something new like ultimate frisbee, there’s lots of ways to get active. All our clubs are run by highly-qualified head coaches, all run in top-of-the-range facilities.
Not looking to join a team? Get yourself involved with Sporticipate – sport sessions run for those who want to play more casually. There are lots of weekly sessions on offer, and all sessions are free! Check out their Facebook for more information.
Are you looking for part time work to earn a bit of extra cash whilst studying? JobShop offers an easy to use platform to help connect University of Manchester students to businesses across the city who need staff. JobShop is completely free for students to use and shows regularly updated listings from reputable employers.
Vacancies can be found on our website, social media channels and on our jobs board in the foyer of the SU. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.
Learn a new language
Here’s your chance to broaden your language skills! The University Language Centre provides over 80 course units in up to 17 languages. Not only will this be a fun and enjoyable opportunity, but you’ll also increase your employability for your future career.
There’s a wide spectrum of volunteering opportunities at the University. Whether it be engaging with the local community in Manchester, or aiding overseas communities in Uganda, volunteering will provide you with new skills and fantastic experiences.
Have a look at the Volunteers page for more information.
By involving yourself with Peer Support, you’ll be helping lower level students with both the social and academic sides of their University life. Not only will this provide you with skills for your future employability, but you’ll also enjoy involving yourself within a new community!
There are three roles for students:
- Peer Mentor – connecting with lower year students on a personal level, helping with the degree you both take
- PASS Leader – liaising with students and relaying back students’ first year experiences to Staff
- Student Coordinator – organising events for your scheme and supporting Peer Mentors and PASS Leaders
More information on how you can get involved with Peer Support can be found here.
Don’t forget – volunteering and Peer Support both count towards achieving the Stellify Award.
Stellify is an easier way to make the most out of all the opportunities here at the University. It will enhance your employability and help you make new friends and connections.
To achieve the Stellify Award, you also need to complete the Ethical Grand Challenges. If you’re in first year, you’ll be able to complete the first – the Sustainability Challenge – on 18 September. Check your inboxes for more info! For more information on Stellify, take a look at their website.