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Hi <<First Name>>,

It's not long until the start of term – we cannot wait to have you join us!

To help you immerse yourself in our UAL community and get to know your peers, we show you how you can get involved in various projects across the University, take part in our Welcome Week events and how to stay safe ahead of the start of term and beyond. 

For all information on Welcome Week and how to get involved in our UAL community, check out our Big Welcome guide.

Let Welcome Week begin!

Staying safe

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Stay safe online 

Check out our webpage for all you need to know about information security and how to protect yourself online. Guidance includes

  • how to avoid spam and phishing
  • how to identify scams 
  • how to spot identity theft 
  • cyber safety advice 
  • how to protect your devices
and more.
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Complete our consent training 

We’re committed to promoting a positive consent culture, which is why we encourage everyone to complete our online training module where you'll learn about consent, how to tackle rape culture and where to find support.  

Please be aware the module includes scenarios that discuss rape and sexual assault. We recommend being in a safe space when you complete the module and considering if there is any support you might want or need.

Tell Someone 
Report racism, bullying, harassment and sexual violence 
Staying well 
Find out more about health and wellbeing support in our student guide 
Social purpose at UAL
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UAL's anti-racism strategy

UAL is committed to becoming an anti-racist university. To achieve this, we brought together students and staff to inform our anti-racism strategy, which includes objectives to decolonise the curriculum, increase diversity among students and staff, and implement anti-racism education across the University.  

Visit our website or download our anti-racism  action plan to find out more. 

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Decolonising the arts

Students have previously been involved in our Changemaker programme: An initiative which supports students to help dismantle systemic racism in academia and the arts and is set to be rolled out across all Colleges.

UAL is also home to the Decolonising Arts Institute, which seeks to challenge colonial and imperial legacies, disrupt ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making to drive cultural, social and institutional change. 

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Climate justice at UAL 

We are currently working on embedding climate justice and sustainability into the curriculum and decarbonising the University by 2040. Here are some ways for you to get involved in climate initiatives at UAL:

Take a look at our Climate Action Plan to learn more about UAL's climate goals.

Climate justice projects 
Check out some of our climate projects through Knowledge Exchange and Research 
Get involved at UAL and beyond 
Find out more about our values at UAL 
Welcome Week 
Check out Arts SU’s Welcome Week events 

New Course Support Service

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The new Course Support Service is here to help you answer general course enquiries that you may have for example around Moodle, attendance or other UAL policies. 

Find out more about what we do, who’s who and how to get in touch on our Course Support page.

Events

Meet your Chancellor Grayson Perry
21 Sept | online 

Join your Chancellor Grayson Perry for the chance to hear insights into his career as a working artist, learn from his advice and also get a chance to ask him a question

Book your online ticket 

Online yoga
21 Sept | online 

Join us for an online yoga session with a qualified instructor who has been leading classes for over 10 years. The sessions are open to everyone regardless of experience or fitness levels. Classes include breathing exercises, short meditations and gentle posture and stretching positions. 

Find a timeslot that works for you 

Making money doing what you love as a student
22 Sept | online 

Do you need to make money whilst at university? Worried you are going to be skint?

This online talk introduces you to the variety of ways you can make money as a student: finding part-time vacancies, freelancing or creating your own job, as well as selling your work and taking advantage of other opportunities.

Find out more 

Find more Big Welcome events
If you have missed any of our Big Welcome newsletters – don't worry. You can find all you need to know in our Big Welcome web guide and look through each newsletter in our archive. 




 
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