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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Löyn Toys

Posted on 25th May 2017 by

Recent Cardiff University graduate and entrepreneur, Veronika Lazarenko, shares how she brought her #ideastolife and started her own business… “Löyn Toys” is a company which offers sensory toys and products for children and young people to enhance their sensory experience and to stimulate their senses. The products of the company help with sensory integration, development of
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Celebrating our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors

Posted on 24th May 2017 by

Academic Study Skills Manager, Ann, tells us all about the annual celebration of our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors… Firstly, let us say CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s cohort of Student Mentors, Mentor Consultants and Ambassadors! The annual celebration evening was our opportunity to celebrate you and all of your hard work, so let us also
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Surf your way to better Wellbeing

Posted on 24th May 2017 by

Do you fancy learning surfing in a friendly environment this summer? Do you want to boost your wellbeing and gain more confidence? The Wave Project may be just for you… What is The Wave Project? The Wave project is a charity that was started in 2010 as a voluntary group funded by the National Health
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Get work experience before you graduate with GO Wales

Posted on 24th May 2017 by

Andrew discusses the service GO Wales offer and shares their great news with students… Graduating this summer but lacking in work experience? If you’re starting to panic about future employment, fear not! It’s not too late as Cardiff University Careers and Employability service can help.   Have you got work experience? Employers put work experience at the
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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17th May 2017 by

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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Before you graduate

Posted on 17th May 2017 by

Information Officer, Karen, and Student Intern, Sophie, have teamed up to share all you need to know (and do!) before you graduate…   With so much going on after your exams, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and miss out on important careers-related information. Spend some time
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Seeking help for self-harm or supporting someone who self-harms

Posted on 16th May 2017 by

Amy from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team discusses self-harm and the help resources available. As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are self-harming. We acknowledge that this is a coping strategy for many students and something that can be difficult to change. This blog will summarise some
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Summer Careers Fair: Hear from employers first hand about the benefits of attending

Posted on 15th May 2017 by

Helen, our Employer Liaison Officer, shares the top reasons for you to attend.   For those graduating this Summer and students from other year groups wanting to find out what opportunities employers are offering, the Summer Careers Fair 2017 is a fantastic event to meet employers. There are a wide range of companies attending the
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4 great apps to build your confidence…

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

  Try out one of these apps, recommended by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team to help you build your confidence.   Have you ever wondered what could’ve happened if your shyness or fear of rejection had not gotten in the way? Do you sometimes wish you could believe in yourself no matter what people
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“Have I left it too late?” and how the Summer Careers Fair can help you face the ‘The Fear’

Posted on 2nd May 2017 by

Are you worried about what you’re going to do after graduation? Laura, Employer Liaison Officer, explains why you should check out the Summer Careers Fair… You’ve done it. You’re nearly there! You can see the finish line. It’s a time full of ‘lasts’, the ‘last’ late night visit to the ASSL, the ‘last’ deadline, the
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In-exam guidance: Three golden rules

Posted on 25th April 2017 by

Chloe, from our Disability and Dyslexia Team shares three golden rules for the exam relevant to all students… With exams looming, here are three golden rules from us at the Disability and Dyslexia Team relevant to all students!
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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 25th April 2017 by

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager, shares organisation, revision and exam strategies for success… Prior planning and preparation are the keys to exam success. So let me introduce my exams guide, with organisation, revision and in-exam strategies to help you set a course and stay on track. From planning to procrastination and revision notes to
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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

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 24th April 2017 by

 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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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Most students experience a bit of presentation panic at some point. Your stomach drops, your mouth goes dry, your knees wobble beneath you and a lump forms in your throat. It can be especially terrifying if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand
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Help us to create a suicide-safer University

Posted on 20th April 2017 by

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner & Counsellor from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team, talks about creating a Suicide-Safer University.  Find out how you can become a Suicide-Alert Helper and learn the skills to identify and support any person who may be having thoughts of suicide… Suicide is one of the most serious issues all universities face,
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Exams and your tier 4 visa

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

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 19th April 2017 by

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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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Pontus Global Solutions

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Cardiff University graduate and entrepreneur, Andy Porras, shares how he brought his #ideastolife and started his own business… I graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 with an MSc in Financial Economics, having also completed my undergraduate degree with the university. Since leaving Cardiff I have spent some time working in a ‘Big Four’ firm and
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The 4-week, ship-out, bond-back countdown

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

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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How to complete Application Forms successfully…

Posted on 14th April 2017 by

Joanna Harris, Careers Advisor at Cardiff University tells you the tried and tested ways to succeed on your application form and help you get an interview… Are you at the section of your application where there’s a big box or several boxes, all asking you to talk about yourself, your skills and/or your experiences? Do
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7 Tips to hop over homesickness

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

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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Leaders with Disabilities Panel: How #disabilityworks for graduates entering the workplace

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, looks at what was discussed at the recent Leaders with Disabilities panel event and what it means to start your career as a graduate with a disability… 1.2 billion people globally live with some sort of long-term illness, impairment or disability (the equivalent to the population of China!). In
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Protect your eggs this Easter: Keeping your student digs secure

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

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 10th April 2017 by

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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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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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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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Phytoponics

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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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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Why work at a Start-up?

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

Austin, Marketing Assistant at Click Mechanic, shares 5 simultaneously challenging and rewarding reasons why working at a Start-up could form your way forward. My name is Austin, Marketing Assistant at ClickMechanic. The business has been operating since 2012, with huge growth and success, as they offer the digital solution to car repairs. A walk back from
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Festive drinking: Don’t get too jolly

Posted on 8th December 2016 by

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 7th December 2016 by

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 5th December 2016 by

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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Struggling at university and considering withdrawing?

Posted on 29th November 2016 by

Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with university and considering withdrawing … Starting university is exciting but it also comes with some anxiety. It’s quite common to feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks and wonder if you are in the right place, or
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Wellbeing Champions here to help!

Posted on 22nd November 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, introduces us to some of the Wellbeing Champion and informs us of upcoming hotspots… This week’s Meet the Champions post features another two amazing volunteers that have committed their time to be of benefit to others. Read on to learn their stories and about what made them want
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Changes to TV licensing laws

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

Kate, student intern, talks about the changes to TV licensing laws and how this will affect you… Changes to TV licensing laws mean that you now need a TV license for watching TV online, as well as on your TV. Being caught watching TV illegally could land you with a fine of up to £1000.
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Women Leaders Panel: What it means to be a #GirlBoss

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, reflects on what was discussed at the Women Leaders Panel event and advice for a female graduate entering the workplace… On Monday 7th November, Careers & Employability ran the Women Leaders panel event to encourage female students to consider themselves as future leaders in whatever profession they may choose
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Smartphone Wellbeing: Anxiety Apps

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Placement students Tsvetina Ivanova and Kristian King, discuss anxiety apps and how they can help you… In a modern world everybody relies on their mobile phones for a whole range of activities such as communicating, information gathering or just filling some time while waiting. Given their almost constant presence in our daily routines, they begin
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Interview with an entrepreneur: Barnfield Bros

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Cardiff University Graduate, James Barnfield, shares his entrepreneurial success story with us… James Barnfield obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Cardiff University in 2013, 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.  
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3 Top tips for surviving the financial tightrope of student living

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, explains financial capability and shares her top tips for boosting yours… There are two words every student should know, and they aren’t ‘baked beans’, ‘student discount’ or ‘pre-drinks’, although all these may be key phrases and phases in your time at Cardiff University. The two words are ‘financial
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Struggling to settle in at Uni, experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness? Help is available

Posted on 28th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Long-term Group Work sessions offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. We all need a little support and guidance when things become tough. It may be that you are struggling to settle in, or are experiencing emotional difficulties or a mental illness. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team at Cardiff
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Asexual Awareness Week

Posted on 25th October 2016 by

Jo and Tsvetina from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talk about Asexual Awareness Week: 23rd October – 29th October. Asexual Awareness Week is an annual international campaign designed to raise awareness about and promote visibility of the asexual community. Not everybody is interested in sex! An asexual person (sometimes known as ‘ace’, for short)
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Bad thoughts spotter: Do you have unhelpful thinking habits?

Posted on 23rd October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses 9 types of unhelpful thinking habits that may negatively affect the way we think. The way we think has a big impact on our mood and behaviour. Have you recently felt that your mood and the way you act are impacted by irrational negative thoughts? Sometimes, our mind performs a trick and convinces us
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Mindfulness and how it can help you

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Mindfulness course offered by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing. There are misconceptions of mindfulness as being religious or solely based on meditation. However, there are so many different ways in which you can practise mindfulness such as walking, sitting, eating or doing breathing exercises. Our Mindfulness sessions are all about
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4 Tips for dealing with panic attacks

Posted on 18th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to help you manage panic attacks… A panic attack is a rush of anxiety which exaggerates your body’s normal response to fear, stress or excitement. It is a rapid build-up of overwhelming physical sensation, usually accompanying a feeling of fear that you are losing control, going to faint, have a
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My friend told me they have depression…what can I do?

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about depression and tips for supporting a friend experiencing the illness. Depression is more than just ‘feeling sad’, it is a mental illness which causes people to experience low self-esteem, lack of motivation and permeating feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, negativity and helplessness. You can’t just make it go away or snap
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Support for LGBT+ students

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about support for LGBT+ students… Victim Support are back this year at the Student Support Centre with their two projects: Rainbow Bridge and the All Wales Hate Crime Project. Team members will be at the Student Support Centre once per month, offering information, support and advice
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The Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run 2016

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares the best bits of Cardiff University’s first ever Student Life Fun Run… On the 1st October 2016 the streets of Cardiff were invaded by hundreds of students taking part in the Student Life Fun Run, a new event exclusively for Cardiff University students. The 2.4km route looped twice around Cardiff’s Civic
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5 Ways to keep on top of your money

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Victoria our Advice and Money Student Intern, shares the best ways to keep track of your finances whilst at uni… Does the word budgeting make you begin violently gnawing on your lower lip? You aren’t alone, but there’s no need for the budgeting blues. Your student loan will come in three instalments, and planning your
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Walking to Wellbeing – My story

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Sophie, Student Intern, shares her experience of joining the Walking to Wellbeing group for their first walk of the year… Do you enjoy meeting new people and visiting the beautiful sights of Cardiff for free? Does the idea of fresh air and a healthier mind interest you? If you answered yes to any of the
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