Advice & Money

Advice & Money including: Practical Advice for Student Life, Specialist Funding Advice, Money Skills and Emergency Funds, Guidance on Academic Issues and Bursaries & Scholarships.

Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula Barker from our Advice and Money Team explains what it means to be estranged and the support available to students… 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 to address this issue. But
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EU Undergraduates and Tuition Fee Funding

Posted on 5 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah from the Advice and Money Team discusses the tuition fee funding available to EU undergraduates. As an European Union (EU) undergraduate student you can apply for funding from Student Finance Wales (SFW) to help you meet the cost of your tuition fees. For those of you starting this year (2017/18), or continuing with your studies,
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Meet Paula, the key contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 4 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, 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 Paula Barker and I’m the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Graduate Centre (3rd floor)
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Are you prepared for university?

Posted on 26 August 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Kate, our Student Intern, reveals what you need to do to prepare yourself for the big move from home to halls.   The time has come, the boxes are being packed up, you’re choosing between your favourite bed sheets and your friends and family are starting to give you advice about being a real adult and
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Having to repeat next year? Confused about the difference between being registered internally or externally?

Posted on 4 August 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tania from our Advice and Money team tells us more about what to consider and do if you are having to repeat a year…   You may be reading this because you have failed a portion of your assessments, and have been given the opportunity to repeat your modules during 2017-2018. Or perhaps you are concerned
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5 tips to get you started after you graduate…

Posted on 21 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Whether you’re excited to embark on the future, or a little bit apprehensive – don’t worry. Sophie, our student intern, explains… I can’t believe that this is it, I’ve received my results and I will be graduating from Cardiff University with a 2:1! The last three years have flown by. It feels like only yesterday
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Re-sitting an exam? Top tips to keep you on track

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern Victoria shares some advice for students re-sitting exams this summer. After months of lectures, work and revision, it can be really disheartening to get your results only to realise that you have failed an exam. As a previous student shared, ‘nothing can prepare you for that sinking feeling’, and whether the news
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Meet Paula, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 26 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students will be going on maternity leave from the end of June 2017 and would like to introduce you to Paula who will be the dedicated contact in her absence. Some of you have seen me over the past few months and will know that I will
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Guidance for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from the Advice and Money Team shares 5 steps for students who have failed their exams. The exam board has met and you will have received an email to say your results are available to be viewed on SIMS.  When you viewed yours did you find a dreaded F, or a lower classification or pass
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Repaying your student loans and the ultimate top tip

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Advice and Money student intern, Rosie, shares all you need to know about repaying your student loan, along with a top tip that could save you a huge sum of money… Graduation can be a bit of a crazy whirlwind without having to worry about repaying your student loans as well. But I’m here to
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Top tips for getting your funding right for your placement year

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what students need to do to apply for their placement year funding … It’s that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are on a sandwich course, the application this time will be slightly different because next academic year you will be
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Postgraduate funding for master’s study

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money student intern, shares information about postgraduate funding with students considering further study after they graduate. Ah, graduation. Just the word itself brings on an instant cocktail of excitement and complete and utter dread inside of me. Having just finished my second year of University, I’m now teetering on the edge of
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Financial Assistance Programme Awards for final year students

Posted on 2 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with Advice and Money, shares some important information about the Financial Assistance Programme Awards available for final year students. If you’re a final year undergraduate student it’s likely you’re familiar with one of the biggest contributors to student stress: money problems. As a student myself, I can totally relate, we all can.
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Struggling to fund yourself through summer? Find out about the FAPA summer fund!

Posted on 2 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with the Advice and Money Team, shares some key information for students struggling to fund themselves through the summer… Rent, books, bills, parties and polka-dot wrapping to adorn that last-minute birthday present for your favourite flatmate – it all piles up! As students, we all understand how difficult it can be to
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Four ways to get your bond back

Posted on 30 May 2017 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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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern and Postgraduate Ambassador, Victoria, shares all you need to know about the Master’s Excellence Scholarships available. Graduation looming, but unsure of your next steps? Don’t be left looking befuddled rather than triumphant on graduation day, clutching your cap for dear life and thinking ‘What next?!’ It’s good to have a rough plan of
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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, shares more about the support available as we approach the end of the academic year. I can’t believe we are in the final term already! This academic year has gone so quickly. I hope this year has treated you all well and you are prepared for any assessments that
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Victoria, our Student Intern, shares her tips for eating well on a budget during exams… Endless tesco meal deals, the occasional wi-wo, various chocolatey snacks and an array of beverages from hoffi coffi’s selection may seem like the ideal exam diet, but it’s neither brain food nor budget-friendly. I know the struggles of exam time.
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The 4 week housing countdown

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team lets students know everything they need to do before moving out, in the 4-week, ship-out, bond-back countdown! Wow, where has the time gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but another academic year has flown by and already it’s nearly time
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7 Tips to hop over homesickness

Posted on 12 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, student intern, shares some tips on avoiding and combatting feelings of homesickness this Easter break… Though it may not seem like it from the suddenly deserted streets of Cathays, a lot of students stay in Cardiff during the Easter break. Whether it’s because they have a job here, can’t afford to go home, need
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9 Things to do this Easter

Posted on 11 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, student intern, shares 9 things to do this Easter, to help you to keep busy, recover after a stressful term and prepare for another. It’s Easter at last! Another term has whizzed by, the deadlines are done, the Welsh weather has suddenly transformed and Varsity has left everyone with that victory glow. Now a
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Protect your eggs this Easter: Keeping your student digs secure

Posted on 11 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your student digs secure this Easter… Student homes can be targeted during the holidays, so make sure not to leave burglars an Easter trail right into your home – you could lose more than just chocolate eggs! That’s if of course, you’ve exercised extreme self-control and not gobbled them
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Are your finances in order for your year abroad? 6 top tips to help you

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Before heading off on your year abroad, Einir from our Advice and Money Team has 6 top tips to ensure your finances are in order… Off on your year abroad? Getting your finances in order will ensure you can live comfortably and budget for any additional adventures you want to embark on whilst you’re there. Here are
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House hunting, need a Guarantor? Know what a Guarantor is and how to get one?

Posted on 4 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from our Advice and Money team tells us more about Guarantors, what they are and how to get one… Just as you were thinking “that house hunting malarkey was easier than I thought it was going to be” the letting agents hit you with who’s your guarantor? You’ve never heard the word before and have
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Are you struggling to cope, thinking of taking time out , have been unwell or something has affected your studies?

Posted on 6 March 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tania Hardisty, from our Advice and Money Team, helps to explain what you need to consider if you are thinking of taking time out of your course… Do you feel you are struggling to cope at the moment? Perhaps you are thinking of taking time out of University, or even considering leaving? Perhaps you have been
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Remember to reapply for funding for 2017/2018!

Posted on 16 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

The Advice and Money Team talks us through reapplying for funding … Are you in your first, second or penultimate year of study? Do you get student funding now? Would you like it again next year? Did you know that you need to reapply for funding each academic year? In the talks we, the Advice
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How to: Stick to a budget

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern shares her budgeting tips and advice … If you have not yet seen that video check it out first as it provides useful advice on how to work out your weekly budget. (Having a weekly budget is important as it helps you to not overspend or run out of money.)
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Love Food Hate Waste?

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern, feeds back on her ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ training … Who are Love Food Hate Waste? Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign run by the charity called WRAP, who are working alongside the Advice and Money Team at the Student Support Centre and the Student Advice Team at the Students
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National Student Money Week 2017: ‘Waste Not Want Not’

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money Intern, tells us more about what going on at Cardiff University during National Student Money week #NSMW17 Are you struggling to balance you finances and budget your money? That’s ok, so am I. When I first started University last year I hadn’t even considered that budgeting would be something that affected my
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Top 10 ideas for cheap valentine’s treats.

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern shares 10 DIY valentines treats to share with loved ones without breaking the bank… Love is in the air, but for us students that doesn’t mean money magically appears from the air as well! So this blog is full of meaningful gifts for you’re loved ones that won’t break your bank at
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We asked you how our Advice and Money team were doing, and this is what you told us

Posted on 9 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

2,900 students who’ve used Advice and Money were asked for feedback, 306  had their say, Tania from our Advice and Money team tells us more… Our team offers a great range of services designed to support students. We genuinely appreciate and value student feedback as it helps us to ensure that we continue to enhance our services to best help students
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Come in! Why students should visit 50 Park Place

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about what resides behind the colourful door of 50 Park Place… Most students will have walked past these doors on a daily basis, but how many actually know what the Student Support Centre has to offer them? We’d like all students to be aware of the centre and that
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped

Posted on 25 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy and Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tell us more about what to do if you think that your exam results won’t be quite as you hoped… You probably haven’t received your January exam results yet but you may have an inkling that they didn’t go well. If you had difficult circumstances in
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Has a rough time during exams affected your performance?

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Advice and Money Team tells us more about ‘extenuating circumstances’ and how you can make sure that a difficult time in your life does not unduly impact your academic chances … Please also read our latest post ‘What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped’. Despite your
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Top tips for eating healthy during exams

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern offers her tips for eating healthy at Uni, during exams and on a budget …   A quick fast food fix may look tempting when you are up late revising or doing the dreaded library day. However, your body and brain need proper fuel for revision. Eat fresh fruit and veg, swap
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period and this week we will be publishing a series of blog posts providing tips and advice for students to help support you through the next few weeks… From managing exam stress to healthy eating and practical tips on staying focussed to extenuating circumstances, here’s more
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Nervous about a presentation? Help is at hand

Posted on 4 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Your stomach drops at the very thought of it; the dreaded P word that has students quaking in fear and dreading presentation day. It’s especially fear-inducing if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand and panicking are the worst things you can
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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 12 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her tips on the best apps on the market to help you get through the month of December … December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when student
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Estranged from your family at Christmas? Advice on what to do and support available to you

Posted on 11 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money shares her tips to prevent becoming lonely at Christmas time… The Christmas period can be challenging for people who have become estranged from their families.  You could risk feeling lonely and isolated if you stay in your halls of residence or on your own in your student home.
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Top 10 things to do in Cardiff over Christmas

Posted on 10 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares her top ten things to go in Cardiff over Christmas… In Cardiff over Christmas and stuck for things to do? Look no further! This blog is your essential student guide for all the things to do in Cardiff over the Christmas break.  
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Festive drinking: Don’t get too jolly

Posted on 8 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, discusses festive drinking and warns not to get too jolly… For some, ‘tis the season for festive drinks. However, don’t feel like you need to chug mulled wine just to get in the festive spirit. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental and physical health. The festive season often comes
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Staying safe this Christmas

Posted on 7 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, discusses how you and your friends can stay safe this Christmas… With tinsel, gifts, Christmas lights and snow loads of university work, it might be easy to put personal safety on the back burner. However, whether you’re heading home or staying in Cardiff over the holidays, it’s still important to take precautions to ensure your own and
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Ho-Ho Homes… Tips for keeping your student house safe this Christmas

Posted on 5 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your home as jolly as you over the holidays… Whether you’ve decked out your student digs in the finest tinsel poundland can offer or it’s still sporting cobwebs from Halloween, keep your home jolly by making sure it’s safe and secure. Student homes can be targeted during the festive period, so make sure
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DIY Christmas gifts for student budgets

Posted on 4 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, shares 5 DIY Christmas gifts to help you get in the festive spirit without breaking your fragile budget… The temperate drops… and with it so does your stomach. Christmas is round the corner and you barely have enough money to buy a pack of Brussel sprouts, even with your 10% NUS discount
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6 Christmas markets worth a visit

Posted on 3 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern, shares the top six Christmas markets to cheaply access from Cardiff… It’s that time of the year again! The nights are longer, the weather is colder and everything is a bit more sparkly and covered in fairy lights! This is your guide to exploring the UK’s best Christmas markets at the lowest prices
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