There are plenty of ways for you to get involved with the School and to meet other research students and staff.
Every Tuesday there is a cookie break. Cookie breaks are designed to encourage research students to talk to one another, sharing ideas, recent news and biscuits. Attending cookie breaks is a great way to get to know other people within the school as well as a good place to ask for ideas or advice from other research students - or to simply take a break. If you would like more information, or would like to host a cookie break, visit the cookie break webpage.
The School and the Staff Research Students Consultative Committee (SRSCC) arrange various social events within the school for research students and staff. In recent years, these have included a welcome event for new students in the Autumn Term (in the past we've been bowling, to restaurants and on a boat trip around Birmingham's canals), an end-of-term Christmas party and a barbecue at the end of the summer term. Keep an eye out for emails about social events and contact your SRSCC representative if you have any suggestions or would like to organise a new social event.
The School hosts many talks and seminars, particularly during term time. This includes both department-wide seminars and series of talks associated with the various research groups. See here for details.
The Staff Research Students Consultative Committee (SRSCC) is composed of several staff members and research students from within the School, and is chaired and run by its student members. It provides a forum for research students to consult with staff on a variety of issues, but it also organizes events and so is a vital part of the research students community.
More information can be found on the SRSCC website. There is also a formal list of positions and members in the staff handbook, as well as a description of how the committee functions. SRSCC has representatives on the School Committee and the Research Committee, and a Teaching Assistant member of SRSCC typically sits on the School's Teaching Committee and other Staff-Student Committees. The Chair is normally the second year rep.
The committee meets at least twice a semester to discuss issues affecting research students and to provide feedback and suggestions to the school. Meetings are open to all research students, and the minutes are posted online. If you feel things could be improved upon, or would like to let the school know that a current system works well, then please contact your SRSCC representative! If you would like to be involved then you can volunteer throughout the year.