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Make the most of Semester 2

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January exams are over, spring is just around the corner and Semester 1 has come to an end. As we enter Semester 2, here’s just a few ways you can make the most of your time and studies in Manchester.

Remember, it’s never too late to try something new and who knows, you could make new friends along the way…

Welcome back and refreshers

There’s plenty going on to help you settle into the semester and explore things you might like to get involved with this year!

Visit the Students’ Union on 1st Feb for the refreshers fair  to find out more about societies and what’s on this semester or take a look at University events to welcome you to Semester 2.

Get active!

  • Join PurpleWave 2022

UoM Sport is working with the Great Run Company to provide students and staff with the opportunity to take part in the Manchester 10k and Half Marathon event on Sunday 22nd May 2022.  Visit the PurpleWave webpage  to register your interest and check out what other run, walk or jog opportunities are available.

  • Sporticipate 

If running isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still loads of other ways to get active and make the most of the uni’s sports offerings. Sporticipate is a beginner-level sport and physical activity programme that any student can get involved in, with classes varying from badminton to breakdancing and everything in between. 

Keep your Stellify journey on track

Whether you need a final push to complete your award or you’re just looking at getting started, there are lots of ways to keep your journey on track this semester.

Sustainability photography competition

You’ve got until the 4th March to take part in the University’s first sustainability photography competition. The competition is your chance to raise awareness of an issue that’s important to you and be in with the chance to win up to £200 for yourself and a sustainability charity.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at The University of Manchester.

Join in Student Volunteering Week
7-13th February

Student Volunteering Week is an annual event that celebrates student volunteering and the opportunities that are open to students all year round. Expect information sessions, opportunities to try volunteering, and loads more. 


The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning introduces you to new topics and ways of thinking, tackling the key questions facing society in the 21st century. Open to undergraduates and postgraduate taught students from all disciplines, UCIL allows you to study units from across the university that contribute to your degree programme, and each one is free and fits into your timetable.

Lead MCR and SU Elections

The annual campaign to elect your SU officers kicks off on the 7th February, when applications open. There’s been some changes to the officer positions available this year. You can find out all about them here, and see if it’s something you might be interested in.

Applications close on the 21st Feb and voting will take place 7th – 10th March; so even if you don’t want to stand, remember to have your say on who will run your Union by voting!

Get Career ready

Whether you know exactly where you’re heading or you don’t even know where to start, the Careers Service is here to support you, and this semester there are plenty of events to help you explore options and work out what’s next.

Check out Career’s Connect to find out the huge range of things on offer, from meet the employer opportunities to guidance sessions and support with summer placements, there will be something for you. Here’s a round up of 6 ways you can get involved this semester.

Explore the city, and beyond!

As the days grow longer again it’s a great time to explore beyond Oxford Road! Taking a break and recharging is just as important as anything else, and there’s some great ways to do that in Manchester, and just beyond! Student blogger, Imogen has recently shared her favourite day trips, and take a look at winter walks and 100 things to do in Manchester for more inspiration!

Get ahead of your workload

If you need help getting back into the swing of things after the busy assessment period and Christmas break, read out student blogger, Allison’s helpful guide to getting ready for a new semester. By preparing ahead of a new term, the transition back into your normal workload will feel a lot more manageable and will help you stay on top of all your readings, coursework and deadlines.

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