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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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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Amy from our Wellbeing Team shares 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), but too much of it can lead you to feel out of control and can make it harder for you to take
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to manage your revision time effectively. It can be really hard to find self-motivation as the exam period gets closer. It requires a great deal of discipline and organisation to revise, especially when the joint demands of different courses or modules become overwhelming. Good planning skills
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House hunting, need a Guarantor? Know what a Guarantor is and how to get one?

Posted on 4th April 2017 by

Siobhan from our Advice and Money team tells us more about Guarantors, what they are and how to get one… Just as you were thinking “that house hunting malarkey was easier than I thought it was going to be” the letting agents hit you with who’s your guarantor? You’ve never heard the word before and have
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How have you found adapting to life in Cardiff? Tips on managing ‘culture shock’

Posted on 30th March 2017 by

Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team explains more about culture shock… All international students coming to Cardiff have different experiences when they first arrive at Cardiff University. Everyone has their own expectations and have heard different things about life in the UK, which is one of the reasons why some students may settle
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Trans Day of Visibility and support for Cardiff students

Posted on 29th March 2017 by

Jo from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Day of Visibility: 31st March 2017…   Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show your support for the trans community! It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people everywhere while fighting sexism and transphobia by spreading understanding of trans
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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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Appy Valentines Day – recommended relationship themed downloads

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s day, Tsvetina from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team shares her recommended downloads…   In the month of love, February, we believe that self-care and relationship appreciation should be a priority. If you have some doubts about the relationship that you are in, have a look at our blog explaining
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Staying in Cardiff for the holidays and feeling homesick?

Posted on 9th December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares tips on coping with homesickness… Staying at Cardiff over the holidays is an option that a lot of students go for due to a number of reasons. If you are one of those folks that happen to be here for the winter recess please rest assured that it is normal
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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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6 Christmas markets worth a visit

Posted on 3rd December 2016 by

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

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, tells us more about the December hotspots and her role as a Wellbeing Champion… If you aren’t feeling your best and could use a wellbeing boost and some tips to get you ready for enjoying your Winter break, come and see us at our Student Wellbeing Champion Hotspots
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The 12 blogs of Christmas… Information, Advice and Important Contacts for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

As the festive season fast approaches we bring you ‘The 12 blogs of Christmas’… Whatever your plans over the University’s Christmas Recess we have created a series of blogs to help give you some fun ideas on what to do and offer practical advice on your wellbeing during the holidays.
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Meet the Wellbeing Champions!

Posted on 16th November 2016 by

Tsvetina, Placement Student, tells us more about  Student Wellbeing Champions… Would you like the opportunity to talk about your health and wellbeing with a fellow student who’s trained to help? Have you ever talked about mental health and wellbeing with a friendly student wearing a blue t-shirt? You have definitely missed out on a lovely
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Jo from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service talks about Transgender Awareness Week, running from the 14th – 20th November. Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues this community faces. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is
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Have you registered with a Doctor yet?

Posted on 11th November 2016 by

Our Student Intern, Victoria, tells us more about the health service available for staff and students at Cardiff University…   Did you know that there is a health surgery right next to the Students’ Union? Park Place Surgery is a branch of Roath House Surgery (100 Penylan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff) but resides on our
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Halloween is for dressing up… not mocking mental health

Posted on 31st October 2016 by

Jo, a member of the Student Wellbeing Team, talks about Time to Change… Happy Halloween! Halloween can be lots of fun, but it can also be a difficult time for people with mental health problems. Costumes, events, TV shows and horror films can all contribute to spreading misconceptions that people with mental health problems are
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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 31st October 2016 by

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what it means to be estranged and the support available to students… Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try and address this issue. But
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⌗itooamcardiff gives BME students a voice

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

We are pleased to launch our new, I, Too, Am Cardiff, Harvard-inspired campaign… Tuesday 18th October will see the launch of our new student-led campaign, which gives BME students a voice.  The campaign will be rolled out across the University for all to see. Here’s more about what we have planned and how you can get involved.
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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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What does dyslexia mean to you? Find out more and join in the fun on 6th October

Posted on 21st September 2016 by

Dylan, Student Intern, tells us more about plans for our new fun and engaging events to increase awareness around dyslexia…   Our aim is to provide students with information and support to help make their student life easier! This is a great event and opportunity for Cardiff University and we hope that you’ll join us and
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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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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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Having to repeat next year? Confused about the difference between being registered internally or externally?

Posted on 15th July 2016 by

Tania from our Advice and Money team tells us more about what to consider and do if you are having to repeat a year…   You may be reading this because you have failed a portion of your assessments, and have been given the opportunity to repeat your modules during 2016-2017. Or perhaps you are concerned
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Moving in to your new student pad? 4 things you need to do

Posted on 5th July 2016 by

Inventories, taking pictures, meter readings Why? What? When? Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more… Yes it’s moving in day. How did that come around so quickly? You may not have unpacked the car yet, but already be thinking about organising a little get together with your friends. First things first let’s
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Support for Student Veterans – Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Posted on 22nd June 2016 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about the dedicated support available to Student Veterans…   Armed Forces Day is an annual event which provides an opportunity to show our support for the men and women in the Armed Forces who are currently, or have previously served, as well as their families
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Advice for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22nd June 2016 by

Please read our latest post ‘What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped’ as the post below was published in June 2016. Please contact our Advice and Money Team for further information and advice.  Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about what to do
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