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Life as an International student – a personal insight

Posted on 28th March 2017 by

International student, Lorria, tells us about her experiences at University… An anxiously received acceptance letter, several bittersweet celebrations, a 12 hour flight and 6 overweight suitcases later, I found my exhausted self still travelling and onboard a 3-hour coach headed to my new home away from home. As a fellow international student at Cardiff Univeristy
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Thinking about or planning to stay in Cardiff after graduation?

Posted on 20th March 2017 by

Jess, our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern, gives you the low down on why Cardiff is a great place to live and work as a graduate, with quotes from young professionals who are living the dream themselves… Cardiff is a fantastic city – but you already know that, as you chose to come to university here!
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Celebrate Global Week with us

Posted on 13th March 2017 by

Sophie, our Student Intern, tells us more about Global Week and the events you can join in to celebrate Cardiff University’s diverse community… This March the University is celebrating the unique cultures and shared experiences of students and staff at Cardiff University through a series of globally themed events. The events, arranged jointly between Cardiff University and
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Take a moment to be mindful – recommended Apps

Posted on 9th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads to help you through the spring semester … The second semester is flying by and coursework is piling up. Without realising it, students often prioritise academic work beyond the healthy balance and indulge into prolonged hours of studying.  We have found some great apps that
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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 6th March 2017 by

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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March wellbeing workshops, courses and groups to support you in your student life

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout March…   In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face. Workshops are
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Perfecting your online persona #Social7

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Careers and Employability Intern Sophie shares tips on tidying up your online profile, as part of #social7… Time to perfect your online persona? According to a recent CareerBuilder study, 60% of employers reported screening candidates online before making a decision. Traces of your digital footprint might always remain online, but thankfully it’s not too difficult to
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Celebrate University Mental Health Day with us!

Posted on 27th February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, tells us all about University Mental Health Day. Thursday 2nd March is University Mental Health Day!  University Mental Health Day is a national initiative started by Student Minds, designed to raise awareness about mental health on campuses across the UK.   Get Active This year the focus is
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Would you like a chat with a friendly peer?

Posted on 23rd February 2017 by

Find out more about our Wellbeing Champions and the Peer support groups that they run… Wellbeing Champions are students who support other students to look after their wellbeing. They promote healthy wellbeing through campaigning, organising events and being a visible support to other students. They offer knowledge, experience, and social or practical help to fellow
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Enterprise… more than just business start-ups!

Posted on 22nd February 2017 by

Iheanyi, Enterprise Officer, explains why enterprise is not just about start-ups but also an employability boost. The term ‘enterprise’ can be an enigma sometimes, even for those in the sector.  Numerous definitions out there often relate it to a business or company. While this is not wrong, it is the process itself (i.e. being enterprising)
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Peer Support for Postgraduate Students

Posted on 21st February 2017 by

Find out more about the brand new support available for Postgraduate Students…. Did you know we have some enthusiastic and friendly Postgraduates who are trained in providing Peer Support? This is a brand new initiative, and aims to support Postgraduates to look after their wellbeing and manage the ups and downs of Postgraduate life. The
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Remember to reapply for funding for 2017/2018!

Posted on 16th February 2017 by

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 15th February 2017 by

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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DESire for the UK! What is the Doctorate Extension Scheme and could it be an option for you?

Posted on 15th February 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the Doctorate Extension Scheme… Have you fallen in love with Cardiff? Has the UK won your heart? If you’re thinking of staying on after your studies, then the Doctorate Extension Scheme, or DES, could be the immigration route for you.
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Love Food Hate Waste?

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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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My mentoring experience and why you should apply!

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

Student Mentor, Adam, talks about his experiences of being a student mentor… I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Student Mentor and I would definitely recommend it to any student that is interested in participating in the scheme. It is a great way to give something back to your school and to help the
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Top 10 ideas for cheap valentine’s treats.

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

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 9th February 2017 by

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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Why I applied for the Cardiff Award and recommend other students do too

Posted on 7th February 2017 by

Rosie, Cardiff Award Marketing Intern and current Cardiff Award student, tells us more about the programme and shares why she applied for the Award… The Cardiff Award is a structured programme providing recognition for you extracurricular achievements and helping you develop your employability. In a hugely competitive graduate market, the Cardiff Award can really make
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Come in! Why students should visit 50 Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

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 6th February 2017 by

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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All are Welcome! Why students should call into 51a Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Sophie, tells us more about what’s behind the colourful door at 51a Park Place… Have you ever ventured through the doors of 51a Park Place and discovered how you could get on track to secure your future career? A part of Student Support and Wellbeing, Careers and Employability is dedicated to improving your
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

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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How the International Student Support team can help you

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the International Student Support team and how they can help you… International Student Support is dedicated to the welfare and needs of our International Students. We are happy to be the first port of call and welcome all queries and questions from Cardiff University’s International cohort!
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Make a difference – become a Wellbeing Champion

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Tsvetina, tells us more about how you can make a difference to our university community, by becoming a Wellbeing Champion… University can be a challenge for many students and it is no secret that it sometimes causes us excessive stress and headaches. Sometimes stressful situations are considered to be a normal part of our university experience.
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#ITSNOTOK Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about how you can get involved to show your support…   Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, 6 February- 12 February 2017 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence is happening across the UK. Statistics in the NUS Hidden Marks report show that 1 in 4 students will experience unwanted sexual advances whilst at
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Interview with an Entrepreneur – Adam Dixon

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Cardiff University Graduate, Adam Dixon, shares his entrepreneurial success story with us…   Adam graduated from Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University in 2015, and since then has taken the plunge and started his own business. We met up with him so that he could tell us more about his business. Tell us about your business
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1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem – It’s Time to Talk Day 2 February 2017, join the conversation!

Posted on 1st February 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor and Tsvetina, Placement Student, from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team tell us more about the importance of getting people talking about mental health…   At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. How we act, talk and react can
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Volunteer as a Student Mentor – it’s a great experience!

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

The Student Mentor scheme is currently recruiting for 2017/2018.  Read three students experiences of being a mentor… Photo: 2015/2016 Mentors at the celebration event Students who volunteer as a Mentor recognise that they get to give something back to the uni, but that they also gain fantastic employability skills, take a look at what Kalika, Geoff
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Fancy a brew and a biscuit brown? Forces’ Veterans’ meet up event Thursday 7 Feb

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up…   If you served or are you serving in the British Armed Forces  and studying at Cardiff University we would like to invite you to our Forces’ Veterans’ Meet Up to meet with other Student Veterans for the opportunity to get to know each other
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Join our team of over 300 Student Mentors – we are recruiting now

Posted on 26th January 2017 by

Ann, Student Mentor Scheme Manager explains what it’s like to be a Student Mentor, how valuable their support is to other students, the skills you can gain, the training and support provided and how you can apply… Being a student at university may be one of the best things you have ever done but for the
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What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped

Posted on 25th January 2017 by

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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Book now for our Student Wellbeing workshops, courses and groups this February

Posted on 23rd January 2017 by

Natalie, outlines the great range of student events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing this February – come and join us! You are not alone in experiencing difficulties whilst at University. These events provide a friendly, supportive space to gain information on strategies to overcome your difficulties, offering a safe and confidential place to explore issues, share concerns and develop new skills.
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Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa: When Things Don’t Go To Plan.

Posted on 13th January 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost over 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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Students – be aware of the signs and symptoms of Influenza, aka ‘the flu’

Posted on 13th January 2017 by

Our Student Occupational Health Team tell us more about Influenza… If you are wondering whether you or a fellow student has a cold, the flu, influenza, or similar.  Or you’d like to know how to prevent becoming unwell or what to look out for, then please read this blog for more information about what, signs
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Has a rough time during exams affected your performance?

Posted on 11th January 2017 by

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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Exam tips to help keep you focused

Posted on 11th January 2017 by

Chloe from our Disability and Dyslexia Team shares some great exam tips relevant to all students… With the exam period upon us I felt it timely to share some tips from the team. We hope you will find these tips useful and please share your tips with us by commenting on this blog post or via
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Top tips for eating healthy during exams

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

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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8 tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 10th January 2017 by

It’s that time of the year where you will be revising for your exams, here Amy from our Wellbeing Team offers some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress … It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), too much of it can lead
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20 tips to help with revision and exams

Posted on 9th January 2017 by

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager shares her top 20 tips for revising and exams… Prior planning and preparation are key to success and here I’ve shared my top 20 tips, from prioritising to procrastination, revision notes to sitting the exam, it’s all here for you in this easy to follow list.
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Advice on dealing with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 9th January 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about strategies for coping with exam anxiety…   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 situations.
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8th January 2017 by

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 4th January 2017 by

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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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 3rd January 2017 by

Sean, Enterprise Officer, gives you his 5 top tips to creating social media content that can help boost your following and brand awareness. One marketing trend that is hard to ignore is the power and value of visual content in your social media.  Posts that contain images produce 650% higher engagement than text-only posts.  Having
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Deadly Silence: Men and Mental Health

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about men’s mental health and Time to Change… Mental health stigma affects all people differently and this stigma is particularly unique for men. So, why is it hard for men to talk about mental health problems?
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Estranged from your family at Christmas? Advice on what to do and support available to you

Posted on 11th December 2016 by

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 10th December 2016 by

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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10 things to do during the Christmas break

Posted on 6th December 2016 by

Don’t be a lonely snowman this Christmas, Victoria, Student Intern shares some great tips for things to do … Being away from home during holiday season is always hard, especially when you step outside and you realise Cathays is completely deserted! However, just because student life stops for a few weeks, it doesn’t mean you have nothing to
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