Rethink remembrance

Posted on 8 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about Remembrance. Join us in a two-minute silence to remember our Armed Forces’ Veterans. Every year, a two-minute silence is held to remember and honour those who served in the war to protect our freedom. This year Armistice Day falls on Sunday 11 November and staff
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Dealing with Stress

Posted on 6 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

One of our Wellbeing Champions, Tamzin, shares some strategies for dealing with stress this International Stress Awareness Week. Stress is part of modern life. Four out of ten people in the UK say that it is a big problem for them. It is actually one of the most common reasons for people seeing their GP.
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We support student carers

Posted on 5 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth, Student Support Adviser and the dedicated contact for student carers, tells us more about Carers’ and Family Week and the support available from Cardiff University if you are a student carer. Never considered yourself to be a carer? Or know someone else who might be a carer but is unaware of it? If you
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Start your Careers Journey – Science Careers Fair

Posted on 2 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hear from Careers Ambassador and Biosciences student, Jasmine about what you can expect from the Science Careers Fair The Autumn term can be loads of fun, what with starting your new modules, joining new clubs and societies, or getting back into the swing of things with your existing groups, the never ending list of party
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How to get the best out of attending the Science Careers Fair

Posted on 24 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

With the upcoming Science Careers Fair taking place, fair sponsors PCI Pharma share their top tips on how to make the most of the careers fair.  Here are our top 5 tips: Don’t rule us out Yes, we are a Pharmaceutical company, but it’s not all about recruiting scientists (although they are important too).  Any
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Am I in a Toxic Relationship?

Posted on 23 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you in a happy and healthy relationship? Take the quiz…  In a healthy relationship, both partners will share power and control equally. You should feel safe and secure in your relationship. Here are some key characteristics of a healthy, loving relationship… 1. Mutual respect You respect each other just the way you are. You
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How to Support a Friend Experiencing Relationship Abuse

Posted on 23 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Watching a friend experience relationship abuse can be scary and frustrating. You may feel like you have no control of the situation and are unsure how to help… You may want to consider the following advice on how to offer support: It is important that the person feels that they are believed. Make sure that
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How to help create a safe campus culture – become an Empowered Bystander…

Posted on 23 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

As a student of Cardiff University, we hope that you’ll play your part in creating a safe campus culture. Acting as an Empowered Bystander is easy and can have a huge impact.  What is the Bystander Effect? The Bystander Effect is a psychological phenomenon where you are less likely to receive or give aid when
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Why Christmas time can escalate relationship abuse and how to get support if you are affected

Posted on 22 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

If you’ve experienced violence and abuse of any kind, please know that you are not alone and our Disclosure Response Team are here to offer practical support and advice. Money tensions, unrealistic expectations and increased alcohol consumption make the Christmas period a peak time for relationship abuse/domestic violence. If your partner or family member is controlling,
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How We Got a Job at Escentual (And What It’s Like to Work Here!)

Posted on 19 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

When the worlds of technology, supply chain, design and editorial collide, you get a really diverse mix of people and a wide range of talents working under one roof. That’s exactly what makes Escentual so brilliant. Our multi-skilled team is hardworking, collaborative and innovative – and it just so happens to be behind one of
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Support for male victims of sexual assault

Posted on 19 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Anyone can be affected by sexual violence. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, no matter your age, your sexual orientation, or your gender identity. Men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, experience the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social
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What to do if you experience Sexual Violence or Abuse…

Posted on 18 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

No student should have to experience sexual violence or abuse. The Disclosure Response Team are here to support you and advise on your options should you choose to report… Immediately after an incident it is normal to feel shock, pain, anger, numbness and denial. Some students will want to keep themselves busy, some will want
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Do you know what true consent should sound like?

Posted on 18 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

True consent should sound like a clear, enthusiastic consensual ‘yes’ from both individuals, and they should have the freedom and capacity to give their consent. Here’s our advice on how to gain consent from a sexual partner…             If someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, unconscious or
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Housing Week: Don’t sign too soon!

Posted on 17 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early and gives some tips for when you do start house viewings. The autumn season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you must sign for next
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Have you been affected by violence?

Posted on 17 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University is aware of how violence and abuse affects students, and is committed to addressing these issues. A violent crime is when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt someone, and also includes crimes where a weapon is used. The police will record a crime as violent if the offender clearly intended or intends
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Are you a student who has been affected by violence or abuse? Meet our Disclosure Response Team…

Posted on 17 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students. The Disclosure Response Team is here to support you. Violence and abuse can take many different forms.  We strongly advise that you read through all the information available to you by searching ‘Violence and Abuse’ on the Intranet before submitting a report. This will
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Online Harassment: It’s Not a Game

Posted on 16 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University has a zero tolerance policy for violence and abuse. We are committed to educating and preventing against violence and abuse on campus. Please read on for more information about online harassment and accessing support. Social networking has the power to bring people together from all corners of the world. It has a great
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Posted on 16 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, talks about National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, and how to get involved. National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 is happening from 13 – 20 October 2018. A Hate Crime is a crime which you feel was targeted at you, due to your race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. This
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Discover your potential at the Business, Finance and Banking Fair!

Posted on 15 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Josh, Careers Fair Ambassador, explains why the Business, Finance and Banking Fair is an unmissable opportunity and gives his top tips on how to make the most of what’s on offer… The business, finance and banking industry is extremely varied with so much to offer to students. Whether you’re looking to discover your future career path,
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What is Sexual Violence?

Posted on 12 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University has a zero tolerance policy for violence and abuse. We are committed to educating and preventing against violence and abuse on campus. Please read on for more information about sexual violence and how to access support. The term “sexual violence” is an an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault,
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No contact with your family? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 12 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University, explains what it means to be estranged and the support available. Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try
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Speaking out about Depression, Anxiety and Loneliness

Posted on 11 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Modern Languages Student, Emily, talks about her experience with depression, anxiety and loneliness and encourages others to speak out about how they are feeling. Starting university in a new city and a new country entirely was challenging and it was at this time that my mental health began to be affected. Although things improved, they
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 8 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, discusses National Coming Out Day and how to get involved. October 11 is National Coming Out Day and Cardiff University is celebrating in partnership with Rainbow Bridge, the specialised LGBT+ domestic abuse support organisation. ‘Coming out’ means telling someone something about yourself that isn’t immediately obvious. In relation to sexual orientation
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Myth Busters: Careers Fair Edition

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Josh, Careers Fair Ambassador, explains why Careers Fairs are not just for graduate roles and tells us how they can benefit students in ALL years of University. It’s October, and that means one thing, Careers Fairs! It’s that time of the year when soon-to-be graduates start to wonder what life outside the walls of university
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‘Mind your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about ‘Mind Your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day and how you can get involved with events around campus. Mind Your Head Week is an annual event running Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October this year. It’s a week of events held around Cardiff University to raise awareness
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STEM Careers Fair: Why you should consider a place on the graduate scheme at Confused.com

Posted on 25 September 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

See what the Confused.com 2018 graduates get up to on a day–to-day basis… What would you say to someone considering the graduate scheme? Josh: Do it. If you want to challenge yourself and expand your skillset to include a wide range of useful programming languages then the Confused.com IT graduate scheme is a fantastic opportunity.
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Support for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 20 September 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Meet Einir, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students   Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available…  My name is Einir England and I am the dedicated contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students at Cardiff University. I
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Tips on surviving Freshers’ week

Posted on 19 September 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Amy from our Wellbeing team shares her tips on getting through your first few weeks at uni… I imagine, like many other new students, that you’ve had months of nail-biting anticipation and preparation for the student life ahead of you. Well now you’re finally here – welcome! If you’ve done a Google Search “Surviving Fresher’s” you’ll have seen the
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Gender Pay Gap blog

What your business needs to know about: Gender pay gap reporting

Posted on 17 September 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stacey McIntosh from Sage tells us about the new legislation around the gender pay gap and what you’re required to do. For the past 12 months, in the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap
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Working together to create a Suicide Safer Community…

Posted on 10 September 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Jo, from the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2018 and how you can be part of creating a Suicide-Safer University…   Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to
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LGBT+ PRIDE!  

Posted on 24 August 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Jo and Scot from the Student Wellbeing Team talk about Pride Cymru and the support available at Cardiff for LGBT+ students… The countdown has begun….! Pride Cymru is Wales’ largest annual celebration of equality and diversity and we’ll be there, here’s more about what’s planned, how to get involved and the support we offer Cardiff
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The Payday Loan Peril

Posted on 7 August 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Peachy. Sunny. Lolly. Happy, friendly sounding words, right? Well that’s the idea. But these are also the names of three of the UK’s ever-growing list of companies offering payday loans, which don’t bring happiness to all who take them out… One poll showed that one in three students have applied for a payday loan. Reasons
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2018 Summer of Enterprise

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Complete these easy challenges to keep your Entrepreneurial ambitions ticking over summer. Let us know how you get on by using #EnterprisingSummer! Exams are over, coursework is submitted and your room’s all packed up and ready to go: Hello Summer 2018! From us here at Enterprise, a massive congratulations to everyone for getting through another
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Are you missing out on a Cardiff University Bursary?

Posted on 3 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max from the Advice and Money Team shares important information about the Cardiff University bursary. These bursaries are available to any undergraduate student who started in September 2017 and is: eligible for UK student funding support and whose household income is assessed as being lower than £42,000; and liable to pay tuition fees of approximately
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My experience of Anxiety and Depression

Posted on 27 June 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Wellbeing Champion and Biomedical Science Student, Abbie, shares her experience of anxiety and depression, and encourages others to talk about how they’re feeling. When anxiety and depression began to have a huge effect on my life, I found it difficult to talk about how I was feeling. I struggled to even put what I was
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Celebrating Armed Forces Day and Support for Student Veterans

Posted on 25 June 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Kirsty, Wellbeing Practitioner in the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about Armed Forces Day and the dedicated support available for student veterans… Armed Forces Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the people in the Armed Forces who are currently, or have previously served, as well as their
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Speaking out about Bipolar Disorder

Posted on 21 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

PhD Student and Postgraduate Peer Supporter, Sum, discusses Bipolar Disorder and shares his own personal experience of this mental health condition… My experience with mental health problems began when I was sixteen years old. After significant struggles and inaccurate diagnoses of depression whilst completing my undergraduate degree, I was correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since
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Moving out checklist

Posted on 19 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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Support for disabled or dyslexic students graduating this summer

Posted on 18 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Delyth, from the Disability and Dyslexia Service, discusses the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) available for postgraduate study, the access to work grants available and guidance on telling an employer about your disability. If your exams are over and you can almost feel the cap on your head, well done! I’m sure that all of your
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Speaking out about mental health problems

Posted on 14 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Music student and Wellbeing Champion, Sophie, talks about the potential side-effects of hormonal contraceptives on mental health and shares her own story… My experience with mental health problems began in school and correlated with when I began taking oral contraceptives. I suffered with low mood, mood swings and anxiety until I finally opened up to
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Carers Week and the support available for student carers

Posted on 12 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth, the dedicated contact for student carers, discusses the support available at Cardiff University. This week (11-17 June) is Carers Week, which aims to support carers to stay healthy and connected, and raise awareness about the struggles that carers can face. Our community of student carers For the last 18 months we have been working
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Win a £10,000 Branding and Website Package for Your Start-Up!

Posted on 5 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

BRAND LABS, a competition by Designdough, will give one Welsh start-up an expert website and branding makeover package to support their Entrepreneurial journey! Designdough, a progressive brand design agency based in Cardiff Bay has launched BRAND LABS for the second year running. Following last year’s success story featuring winning business, Odddot, the competition will run again this year and
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Top Tips for Graduating Entrepreneurs

Posted on 28 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rhys, Enterprise Manager, shares advice for anyone considering starting a business after graduating… Starting a business and freelancing are legitimate career paths after graduating! Enterprise and Start-up are able to help graduates up to 5 years after they’ve graduated and sometimes longer depending on demand. Here are your next steps to becoming an entrepreneurial graduate…
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on 19 May 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Scot, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about Mental Health Awareness Week…   It’s mental health awareness week and it couldn’t come at a better time! Exams and deadlines are happening for many of us, or are looming in the near future, so let’s not forget to take care of ourselves. The theme this year is stress and
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Insight into a Digital Start-Up

Posted on 14 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Austin, Marketing Assistant with Click Mechanic, asks his team about launching a digital start up. Here’s everything you need to know… Giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon dominate most business discussion as their influence on the modern world is unparalleled. Entrepreneurs are constantly hoping to be the next company to break through meaning tech start-ups
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Speaking out about depression and anxiety

Posted on 11 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Polly, Geography Student and Wellbeing Champion, talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety…. In 2015, I came to University, and symptoms of depression and anxiety made their appearance. Being in an unfamiliar place, away from my usual support network, made this even more challenging and I struggled to speak about how I was feeling.
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Speaking out about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on 2 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Psychology student and Wellbeing Champion, Nichola, discusses her experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how one honest conversation can make a world of difference. After suffering silently with PTSD at University, one honest conversation spurred a positive path towards acceptance and coping strategies. From once struggling to even express my feelings to friends,
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Exams and your tier 4 visa

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost upon us and I’m sure that all our students have been hard at work! With good preparation and sound study, hopefully everyone will get the results that they are hoping for. However, things don’t always go quite to
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Tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, shares tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams. It is natural to feel anxious prior to an exam. In fact, a little anxiety can actually help performance. Anxiety and stress cause the body to release adrenalin which can be helpful when responding to challenging
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