Don't forget about us

Published on 1 June 17

The nights are lingering, your exams are (almost) over and the summer lies ahead of you. But before you file away the memory of your degree, spend some time thinking about what you'll be coming back to.


Changes to the Student Union

Over the summer, and into early next year, there will be exciting developments at your Student Union! Keep up to date with the plan here.  There’s also the development of the £50m Alliance Manchester Business School


What modules are you going to take next year?

Many of you will be sent a course handbook or given a list of modules to choose from, make sure you dedicate some time to thinking about your next course modules. Find out who will be teaching what because this could influence your decision. Additionally, don’t just look at the introduction or title, instead try and find out what’s covered each week. If in doubt, you can email the course leader to find out more. On a similar note, if you want to experiment on studying outside your degree, check out the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning. They offer a wide variety of course units that support you in developing your interpersonal skills and having a well-rounded education.


Start thinking about work experience or volunteering

You've got a long summer ahead of you, and whilst months of relaxing and taking some time out seems like the best idea right now, in a couple of weeks you’ll probably be bored out of your mind. If you have an idea about what you would like to do when you graduate, try to secure some work experience in that field – the Careers Service can help.

If you're not sure what you want to do, but fancy learning some new skills that'll be handy in the future, you can do some volunteering. Charities are always looking for people to help them out, so find one you like and email them.

Here are some charities the University works in partnership with:

The British Heart Foundation


Mustard Tree



Are you a second year student? Start thinking about dissertation topics

We understand, the last thing you want to do is think about that dissertation, but getting a head start or even putting together a simple plan will massively help you in the long term. Why not hold off on that Netflix binge session and have a think about your dissertation. You can enjoy your Netflix marathon afterwards! Do some brainstorming, mind maps or even a gantt chart whatever you’re interested in, then think about topics and narrow it down as much as you can – dissertations are deceptively short.


Want to do a year abroad? Start thinking about it now!

If you want to do a year abroad then it’s time to start planning it, you will have to set things in motion at the start of next term.  The benefits and experiences of this can be extremely eye opening and rewarding. However, spending a year abroad will extend your degree by a year so you will have to think carefully whether this is feasible for you. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Visit our Twitter to keep up to date with us over the summer.

And finally…We'll miss you!


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