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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 – 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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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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Let’s talk about sex

Posted on 27th September 2016 by

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team talks about STIs, safe sex, sexual consent and the support available for you in Cardiff… We all have different thoughts and feelings about sex because it means different things to different people. As a student, being at university can provide more opportunities to have sex and explore your sexuality
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Managing chronic stress

Posted on 27th September 2016 by

Natalie, our Student Wellbeing Champion, gives some tips on managing stress… Stress can sometimes be a positive thing. When we are experiencing acute (or “on the spot”) stress which usually results from a new, unpredictable situation that could potentially be a threat to us or our ego, our body releases adrenaline. This not only enhances our performance but
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Overcoming adversity: 5 tips to help you get back on track

Posted on 26th September 2016 by

Natalie, Student Wellbeing Champion, discusses tips to overcoming a difficult and challenging time… Are you finding it difficult to cope with the overwhelming feelings and emotions you have been having? Perhaps you have been through a horrible and traumatic event, or perhaps there are always little things coming up that are making you constantly stressed.
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Looking after your wellbeing

Posted on 23rd September 2016 by

Amy and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service, talk about looking after your Wellbeing… The University experience for many of our students will be one to remember and one that shapes their future. Whilst we are thankful that many of our students enjoy and thrive during their university years, we also know that
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A course to develop emotional resilience: Stronger Day By Day

Posted on 23rd September 2016 by

Our Wellbeing  Champion Natalie tells us all about the Stronger Day by Day Course and how it can help you to improve your emotional resilience. Stronger Day by Day is a course which aims to help you develop emotional resilience, explore your current coping mechanisms and develop new and healthier ways of handling life’s challenges.   How Stronger Day by
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Time to Change

Posted on 23rd September 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Right now, someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem. Mental illness affects one in four of us every year, so it’s likely that at least one of your friends, family, housemates or academic tutors are dealing with a mental health
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How can the Advice & Money team help you?

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by

Money Worries? You are never alone… Victoria, our Advice & Money Intern, introduces the university staff on hand to help you. Money issues may at first leave you scratching your head, but they can also make you feel anxious or isolated. Luckily, the Advice & Money team is there to help, whatever the issue. The
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The basics of student banking

Posted on 21st September 2016 by

Student intern Victoria breaks down the basics of student bank accounts and choosing the best one for you… Overt overdrafts, fabulous freebies, daunting fees and interest-frees – but do you need a student account? How do you choose the right one for you? Whether you’re a fresher or a current Cardiff University student, you can
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Surviving freshers’ week

Posted on 20th September 2016 by

Wellbeing Practitioner Amy talks about surviving freshers’ week… It’s been months of nail-biting anticipation, preparation and fantasising about the student life ahead of you – and now you’re finally here! So step one – take a deep breath and don’t panic. University can be an amazing opportunity to meet people, have fun and learn. We
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Be drug aware

Posted on 20th September 2016 by

Amy and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talk about drug use at Uni… Whilst we do not condone the use of illegal drugs on campus, we do understand that many students are curious to try drugs or will use drugs recreationally. As adults, this is your decision to make, however, this
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Care leavers and estranged students, meet your key contact!

Posted on 19th September 2016 by

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, gives a warm welcome to new and returning students and explains the support available… My name is Einir England and I’m the dedicated contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students at Cardiff University. I’m based in the Advice and Money Team within the Student Support Centre.
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Be drink aware

Posted on 16th September 2016 by

Amy and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, explain the effects of alcohol and how to cut down. For some, the university experience involves trying new things – but don’t feel like you need to reach for the schnapps to fit in and have fun. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental
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Discover Cardiff and beyond on a budget

Posted on 7th September 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her pick of Cardiff’s best budget-friendly locations… New to Cardiff? Or a golden oldie in your third year? If you’re a new student, exploring your new home can help you feel more settled – and no matter how long you’ve been here, can you really say that you’ve seen all
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