SELLL UG Fortnightly News 11

Monday 26th April to Sunday 9th May 2021 and Welcome Back

Welcome to the Eleventh 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. 


Weekly newsletter from the Chaplaincy Service
If you are interested in reading the weekly newsletter from the Chaplaincy Service for the University community, for w/c Monday 26th April 2021.

Mental Health in 20th Century Literature Reading Group
The next session on Mental Health in 20th Century Literature will take place on Tuesday 27th April from 5-6pm! We will be having a chat about the first chapter of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to come along even if you haven’t been to any of the previous sessions.  With deadlines coming up, it’s also fine to come along just to listen to other people’s ideas if you don’t have time to read the extract too! For the extract and zoom link, please email

 Online Meditation for Relaxation Sessions
The next session is on Wednesday 28th April at 1.15pm (30-40 mins)

SELLL CV Workshop
On Wednesday 5th May, 2-3pm, we’re hosting a SELLL CV Workshop, open to all School of English undergraduates and PGTs. 
This one-hour webinar is designed to help you create a CV that showcases everything you – as a student of English Literature, Language and/or Linguistics – have to offer. It aims to address the following:

  1. What does an effective CV look like?
  2. What skills/attributes have I developed on my degree and how can I present them on my CV?
  3. How should I present my extra-curricular experience, including any part-time jobs?
  4. What are recruiters looking for when they read a CV?
  5. Anything else you’d like to ask on the subject!

Reserve your space by filling in this online form.  Zoom details to be distributed closer to the time.

NCLA’s Spring and Summer Events Programme continues on Thursday 6th May with Niven Govinden in conversation with SELLL’s Preti Taneja about his novel ‘Diary of a Film.’ The event will run from 7pm to 8pm via Zoom and is free to attend, but please book your place to receive YouTube details.

NCLA: James Berry Poetry Prize
The first national poetry prize to offer both mentoring and publication! The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist young and/or emerging poets of colour with mentoring to help them develop their work, followed by publication of their debut book-length collection with Bloodaxe Books.

Applications for the Student Leadership Programme 2021-22 are closing soon!
Are you passionate about SELLL? Looking for paid work experience that fits around your studies? Then we want to hear from you! To find out more, and apply, please check out our news item.

The deadline for applications is: Friday 7th May at 4pm. Please send any questions to

SELLL Creative Writers of Instagram
Are you interested in having your creative writing published on the School’s Instagram page? Our student leaders are now accepting applications for the second edition of their SELLL Creative Writing showcase. Head over to the School’s Instagram page to find out how to enter, and to read some poetry by first year SELLL students Josh and Diya. Deadline to submit is Wednesday 19th May.

Module Choice Information
On the 18th and 19th of May, S3P will open for undergraduate Module Choices. This means that all students in stages 1 or 2 will need to submit their module choices for next year. Students on their year abroad or on placement will also need to submit their module choices at this time.

We’ve compiled lots of information in Canvas to help you make your module choices. We will also be releasing module videos to give you more information on some of the modules available to you next year within the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. 

There is quite a lot of information to process – including programme regulations and module pre-requisites – so please do take your time reading through the information. If you have any questions about the process, please do get in touch with the relevant Module Choice contact

The deadline to submit your module choices will be 26th May by 8pm.

Return of the Walk & Talk events through the Newcastle University Chaplaincy
Walk and Talk is open to any student at Newcastle University, providing a great way to take a little time out from your work, enjoy some fresh air as we walk through one of our city centre parks and share in good conversation with others along the way.

Join with up to 5 others on a short (45mins) walk in the vicinity of the Newcastle University campus for an opportunity to meet new people and get some fresh air.  Please click on the link above and then register to see a list of available options.

Give It A Go
Give It A Go is NUSU’s activity programme for ALL Newcastle students!  Join in with Exercise classes; World Food Quiz; Yoga; Craft Social; Virtual Book Swap; Virtual Harry Potter Tour of Alnwick Castle; Language classes and more – there really is something for everyone.

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


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 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.

SELLL has an anonymous suggestion box set up via the NCL App
SVC student reps are available to contact on the ncl app.  There is also an anonymous online form if anyone would like to raise anything with the School, or Committee anonymously.

PEC Submissions
Just a reminder that if you are submitting a PEC for an extension or other adjustment, it must be accompanied by evidence, unless it comes within the exemptions for evidence for this year.  Please see the guidance and policy for more information.
If you would like to discuss anything further or are not sure what constitutes evidence, please contact either your personal tutor, or Senior Tutor for Stage 1, Emily Murphy, or Senior Tutor for Stages 2 and 3, Martha Young-Scholten.

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 and more, click on this link for more detailed information.

Module Assessments (Royal Literary Fellows)
Whether you’re preparing an essay, or would like to review a past feedback, the Royal Literary Fellows can help you to hone your writing skills and learn from feedback. If you’re interested in booking an appointment please email or   

Other resources to help you in your assessments include:

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.

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.

 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.

and to sign off with some random sayings 😊

*Never trust someone who takes hours to text you back, but when you hang out with them, they check their phone every minute.

*If we shouldn’t eat at night, why is there a light in the fridge?

*When nothing is going right, go left

Thanks for Reading

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

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