SELLL UG Fortnightly News 9

Monday 15th March to Sunday 28th March 2021

Welcome to the Ninth Edition of our SELLL UG News, for a fortnightly round up compiled by Caroline Ede, with contributions from Professional Services (PS) colleagues in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.  Lots of extra Health and Wellbeing information included in this edition.


Online Meditation for Relaxation Session
Next session is Tuesday 16th March at 12.05
Scroll down the page on the link for the March Meditation session and how to join.

Mental Health in 20th Century Literature Reading Group
Tuesday 16th March at 5-6pm on Zoom
We will be discussing extracts from Albert Camus’ The OutsiderIt’s set to be an exciting session, as this will be our first discussion on a work in translation, as well as tacking the expansive and philosophical realms of existentialism. For the session, we will be reading Part 1, Chapters 1 and 6 and Part 2, Chapter 1, all of which can be found online on the Internet Archive website:  The group is open to undergraduates and postgraduates.  To register your interest and for the Zoom link, please email

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA)
Thursday 18th March from 7pm to 8pm via YouTube
NCLA’s next free online event featuresNatasha Pulley in conversation with Newcastle University’s Laura Tisdall about ‘The Lost Future of Pepperharrow’.   You will be transported to Japan, where time, destiny and love collide to electrifying effect… 

‘As intricate as an origami sculpture.’ Spectator 

‘Wildly inventive, full of eeriness and magic, and fiendishly intricate plots.’ The Times 

To book a place, and view the remainder of the spring/summer events programme visit NCLA 

Girls Club Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday 23rd March, 6pm-7.30pm on Zoom
Informal discussion group on a different text/piece of media each month. Current theme for this term: On Consumption. Everybody welcome and not just for girls. Contact:  


Personal Extenuating Circumstances also known as PEC – is the process to use if your studies or assessments are seriously affected by unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances.  This video takes you through why you might need to submit PEC, what you will need and talks through the process of filling out the application.

Exam Boards
For more information on Exam Boards, download a copy of the PowerPoint (Understanding Degree Classifications and other Exam Procedures) that Aditi Nafde, the Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Examiners in SELLL has prepared.   Scroll to the end of the SELLL Blog, on the Board of Examiners PEC questions link to ‘Exam Board and marking for students 20-21’ and click Download.

SVC student reps are available to contact on the ncl app.  There is now an anonymous feedback form in the app that is available to all SELLL students, so if anyone would like to raise anything with the School, or Committee anonymously, you can do so in the app.

Weekly newsletter from the Chaplaincy Service
If you are interested in reading the weekly newsletter from the Chaplaincy Service for the University community.

Some ongoing Newcastle University resources that you might find useful for your health and wellbeing as below:

Sign up to some of these wellbeing workshops from how to sleep; confidence in social situations; mindfulness and lots more.  The workshops are ongoing so click on the < > keys to move to a new month for future dates.

SilverCloud is available to all Newcastle University students, free of charge. SilverCloud is a suite of online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmes, which can be tailored to a student’s specific needs.  Silvercloud’s online CBT programmes can be accessed anywhere on a PC, tablet or mobile and are easy to use.

iNCLude is a self-help app designed to help students take small steps to improve and maintain their wellbeing. The app has been designed with specialists, using evidence-based methodology and looks at how to maximise experience at University by creating positive habits to ensure students are focussing on more than just their academic studies. 

Some external resources below that you might find useful which are focused primarily on student mental health.

Student Space – Wellbeing resources, advice and expert information to help students through the challenges of coronavirus. 

Student Minds – An organisation that empowers students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. 


Are you a current UG Stage 1 student, worried about finding a flatmate in Stage 2?
The ResLife Find a Flatmate Scheme is for single students who are looking to share private accommodation, and who wish to join with others to form a group.  This service is available to all current first year registered students of Newcastle University.  Any second year and above students should contact the Student Advice Centre in NUSU.  More information is included on the above link and also to Sign up for one of the online events.

Book a study space at Marjorie Robinson or Walton Library
If you want to book a quiet place to study at the Library, book your space here.

Give It A Go
Give It A Go is NUSU’s activity programme for ALL Newcastle students!  With fun activities all year round from crafts, to cooking and baking, learning languages, fitness sessions, mindfulness and yoga, and exciting events with our many societies and clubs – there really is something for everyone.

Give It A Go is a great way to try something new, gain experiences and meet people.  All our activities are delivered safely online this term meaning you can get involved from wherever you are!

Sport & Fitness – Virtual fitness classes
Virtual can never replace the thrill and excitement of a real class, but it’s the next best thing.  Register now and download the mywellness app to enjoy.


INSTAGRAM, BLOGS & TWITTER – SELLL Student Leadership Programme
For exciting content from your Student Bloggers (Hattie, Leanna & Tom) make sure to follow the School’s Instagram account @NCL_English, where you’ll find loads of tips on how to engage in the SELLL community.  Why not also check out the Student Bloggers recent posts on The SELLL Careers Blog?  Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any internship opportunities or future posts.  Did you know that the School has its own Twitter account too?  Follow @NCL_English to see what we’re tweeting!


Student Financial Support
The Student Financial Support Team have put together a short Microsoft Sway presentation which summarises the different support funds they offer.

Student Health and Wellbeing Team
Wellbeing support is available from our Student Health and Wellbeing Teams who continue to offer one-to-one counselling appointments and wellbeing workshops.

Covid-19: Supporting our Students
Here are some of the ways you can receive support during lockdown and through this difficult period.  From Rent Rebates, IT loan scheme, Wellbeing Support, Academic Safety net and more, click on this link for more detailed information.

Library Services while you’re away from Campus
We know that many of you are studying and working away from campus in line with Government and University guidance in response to the national lockdown. The Library is still here to provide you with the information resources and support to help you study and research.   From E-Books to Click and post please follow this link for more information on these services.

and to sign off with a few random jokes 😊

Why won’t the elephant use the computer?….He’s afraid of the mouse!
Why did the boy throw the butter out the window?… to see a butterfly!
When does “B” come after “U”? … When you disturb its hive.

Thanks for Reading

From the Professional Services Staff in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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