Career Future Services

Things you need to know (or do) before you leave for good

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Your time at University is quickly coming to an end and although it unfortunately looks different to what you expected, there are some life-admin things that you either need to do or know about to make your transition out of undergraduate student life as easy as possible.  There is obviously still some uncertainty over some things, but  here to help is the most up to date information in our finalist check-list:

Your IT account

A short while after you graduate, your IT account will close. This means that you will no longer have access to your documents, email, Blackboard course materials or My Manchester. If you’re graduating this summer, your IT account will close at the end of the day on Tuesday 31 August. IT Services will be in touch with you closer to the time however, it may be a good idea to make copies of those emails, documents and other files that you’d like to keep to avoid a last minute rush. For more information visit the IT Services website.

On the other hand, being an alumni means you will have access to the Your Manchester alumni portal. Just make sure you have updated your details in the student system.

Returning your Library books

You can return books to the book return bin in the entrance of the Main Library. However, if you are returning next year or live locally, please hold onto your loans for now. Don’t worry you won’t accrue any fines.

If you have any concerns, Library staff are still available and happy to help. Please contact them through Library Chat or the online enquiry service.  

You can find out more information and updates on the library website.


All of our students should have now received an email from the Vice-Chancellor confirming the postponement of our July 2021 graduation ceremonies.  We are currently looking at alternative ways to mark your achievements both remotely this summer and then, when time allows, in person; as we recognise how important this celebration is to you and your families.

Receiving your Award certificate

You will shortly be receiving an email containing important instructions for receiving your award certificate. In it, you will be  asked to update and confirm that all your details are correct in the student system. This is to make sure that your certificate has the right details on and is sent to the correct address.  Please check, and if necessary update your details by Wednesday 28th July.

For more information on Graduation visit Graduation FAQs.

Know how to get your transcripts

 An official record of the grades you have achieved (your transcript) will be available electronically in mid-August. Online transcripts can be accessed through Digitary for free. For more information on accessing your electronic transcript visit our Graduation pages.

Access Careers support

You’ll still have access to the career service for two years after you graduate. Although the Careers Service on campus has temporarily closed, we are still here for you. You can contact us via live web chat or the queries section on CareerConnect to discuss how we can help. Remember though, you will need to register for your graduate account to access CareerConnect for opportunities and events.

Graduates will also have access to CareerSet Online CV Checker, which allows for instant CV feedback 24/7. Log into CareerConnect to find your exclusive alumni code, then use it to create your CareerSet account. Remember to use the same email you used when you registered for CareerConnect.

The Careers service is also hosting Final Year Future Week, 14th -18th June.  There will be a week of panel discussions, workshops and presentations to help you boost your employability and learn about different career possibilities. Check out the schedule. 

Stay connected

After graduating, you’ll be part of the largest global alumni community in the UK.  Remember that the University is here to stay connected with you through exclusive events and opportunities as well as providing career support. Find out more on the alumni page on what’s available.

Moving out/Leaving Manchester

Check out our guide to leaving your accommodation and how you can recycle your unwanted things.

Get tested

Updated 21 July: Our campus COVID-19 testing centres will be closing from 23 July, but you can still get regular rapid lateral flow tests at multiple locations across Manchester. Visit the City Council website to find out more.

It’s important that you continue to test for COVID-19 regularly, and especially before you travel elsewhere – home or to visit friends. You can access free rapid testing twice a week on campus or collect home testing kits from various places in the city, including the following places on campus:

  • Fallowfield Squirrels Bar – 3pm-6pm
  • Oxford Road, Old visitors centre (Whitworth Building) – 2pm-5pm
  • North Campus, Barnes Wallis (Ground floor) – 2pm-5pm

 If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and order a PCR home test or book a PCR test at a test centre. The twice-weekly lateral flow tests should only be used if you aren’t showing any symptoms.

Keep updated

Although the official end date of the academic year  is , all student services will still be here throughout the summer, preparing for virtual graduation celebrations, and available for support. As your student emails will still be active until the end of December, we will be continuing our communications to you over the summer with any information or important updates from the University. So remember to keep checking them to stay up to date.

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