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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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Why we want Cardiff students to be disruptive…

Posted on 11th October 2016 by

Rhys encourages students to Disrupt the Block and be in with a chance of winning £200… Disrupt the Block is your chance to think of innovative ways to improve halls of residence, increase your employability, explore your entrepreneurial potential and win money!   Student communities Nothing else in life is like moving into university halls.
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about National Coming Out Day on 11th October… From birth, most of us are raised to think of ourselves as fitting into a certain mould. Our culture and our families teach us that we are ‘supposed to’ be attracted to people of a different sex, and
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LGBT+ Leaders Panel: An insight into being an LGBT+ graduate in the workplace

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, reflects on what was discussed at the first event held for LGBT+ students at Careers & Employability… On Monday 3rd October, Careers & Employability ran our first event focusing on supporting LGBT+ students in their future career planning. This event was held in association with the Iris Prize Film
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Workshops and courses to support you through your student life

Posted on 6th October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the different events run by Counselling, Health and Wellbeing for students… Are you experiencing stress, distress or feeling like it is difficult to cope?
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Where can your STEM degree take you?

Posted on 6th October 2016 by

Our Employer Liaison Intern Jess explores where a STEM degree can take you and how to find out more at our STEM Autumn Careers Fair… University is all fun and games until you slowly begin to realise that you cannot live in Talybont until you’re 54, nor can you get away without ironing anything for the rest
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Easy eats for students: Around the world in 5 rice dishes

Posted on 5th October 2016 by

Jess, our Advice and Money Student Intern, shares five of many rice dishes, to kick start your rice relationship. At half the price of instant noodles and with limitless versatility, rice is the king of student foods and should be a staple in every cupboard. A 10Kg bag of rice will set you back around
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Find out more about the Autumn Careers Fair and our main sponsor, Redrow Homes…

Posted on 4th October 2016 by

Joshua Golding, New Entrants Programme’s Co-ordinator for Redrow, the sponsor for this year’s Autumn Careers Fair, tells you all about their 2016/17 Graduate Scheme… Those at Cardiff University’s Student Support’s Careers and Employability Service are proud to host the Autumn Careers Fair on 11 October 2016, from 11am-3pm. This will give students the chance to
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Different programming – how learning that different is not the same as defective helped me thrive

Posted on 3rd October 2016 by

Dylan, PhD student at Cardiff University and Student Intern, shares his experience of living and studying with bipolar disorder and dyslexia. There is a quote that flies around the internet mis-attributed to Albert Einstein, often accompanied by a much shared cartoon that may well have been inspired by it: Everyone is a genius. But if
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6 Ways to save money on food

Posted on 3rd October 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her expertise in every day student saving… Do you live to eat? Or do you eat to live? Either way, these six top tips will make you reconsider the way you fill your fridge. You don’t have to be a slave to the supernoodle either, the tactical
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Are you experiencing homesickness? Here are some tips…

Posted on 1st October 2016 by

 Wellbeing Champion Natalie shares her tips on overcoming homesickness… Welcome to Cardiff! Moving away from home and coming to university… we’ve all heard stories about how great living on your own for the first time is. You can go out on weekdays, binge watch TV series’ or have two pints of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner.
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Living Life to the Full

Posted on 1st October 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about the Living Life to the Full course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… When you are experiencing stress or going through a difficult time, you may also notice how your thoughts and cognitions are also negatively affected. Imagine walking down the street and seeing a close friend walking past.
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Learn more about our LGBT+ Leaders Panel

Posted on 28th September 2016 by

Our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern Zoe tells us more about our upcoming LGBT+ Leaders Panel… Cardiff University is always seeking to promote fairness, equality and justice amongst all its students and staff members, which is why the Careers and Employability Team are looking forward to hosting our very own LGBT+ Leaders Panel Event on Monday 3rd
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