Student Support Centre

Chat to a Champion: Online Peer Support

Posted on 29 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo and Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioners, talk about the new online peer support available from Student Wellbeing Champions… ‘Chat to a Champion’ is an opportunity for you to chat online with a fellow student, who has received training in the areas of health and wellbeing, for support and advice about anything you might be struggling with
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What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped

Posted on 25 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 13 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Exam tips to help keep you focused

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 8 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 4 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 9 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 6 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 3 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 16 November 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

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 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Bag it up, Bag it up…

Posted on 8 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bag it up, bag it up… Student intern Kate tells us all we need to know about bins. Are tea bags for the green bin? Are eggshells for the black bin? Don’t send the bin men (and the council) reeling over the metaphorical banana peel of your waste. Bins are the dreaded household topic, and are
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Halloween is for dressing up… not mocking mental health

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 31 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 21 September 2016 by Your student life, supported

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 20 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 7 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 15 July 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 5 July 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 22 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Are you a student who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend?

Posted on 6 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gareth Davies, Student Adviser, Student Support Centre at Cardiff University tells us more about the support available for student carers at Cardiff University…   Do you care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction? If so I would like to hear from you.
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Recruiters targeting Cardiff University students and graduates at the #cusummerfair

Posted on 6 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Join our Careers & Employability team for the Summer Careers Fair – here’s a round-up of what and who you can expect… This is a great event for our students and graduate from all degree disciplines to find out more about the support available from Careers & Employability and to meet a great range of
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5 top tips to help you prepare for the Summer Careers Fair

Posted on 2 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Milly our Employer Liaison Student Intern shares her top tips on  preparing for the Summer Careers Fair… Our final Careers Fair of the year is being held in City Hall on 7th June from 11:30am. One of the best ways to appeal to potential employers is to arrive at the fair suitably prepared! To help you prepare
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Try ‘Uni Om’ today! A new office yoga workshop for students

Posted on 25 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cathy, one of our Student Counsellors tell us more about ‘Uni Om’ and the benefits for students… Have you heard of Office Yoga? It really is a ‘thing’. If I were to ask you to think about yoga, chances are, you’re making an image of someone dressed in Lycra doing yoga on a yoga mat, maybe
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Tips for recognising and reducing stress

Posted on 25 May 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about stress and strategies you can use for reducing stress… Stress is our emotional and physical response to pressure. That pressure can arise from external factors including life events, living conditions, work, study, home and family, or from internal factors such as self-criticism and the
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Moving out of your accommodation – 4 week countdown to get you ready

Posted on 11 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about moving out and the things you need to consider… Wow where has the last 12 months gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but already another academic year has passed and it’s time to pack up and
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Night of Celebrations for our Student Mentors

Posted on 9 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann Mc Manus, Our Student Mentor Programme Manager tells us more about this year’s Celebration Evening… A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants who turned out for the annual Celebration Evening. This was the university’s opportunity to thank and celebrate you and your work; THANK YOU!
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On Your Head Son! Men’s mental health awareness event and support

Posted on 27 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Intern, tells us about the ‘On Your Head Son’ football tournament and why men’s mental health awareness is so important… Our tournament referees pictured with the four semi-finalists (left to right)   On Sunday 17th April, Student Minds and the Cardiff University ‘s Student Support & Wellbeing Service hosted a 5-a-side football tournament
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All you need to know about our online counselling and wellbeing services

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Did you know that our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team offer online sessions and support?  Sarah one of our Senior Counsellors gives us a short guide to what this is and how to access it… What is online counselling and wellbeing and why should I try it? It’s having counselling or wellbeing appointments either via webcam, Instant Messaging or
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Support for care leavers and estranged students – things to do before the end of the academic year

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir, our dedicated Advisor for care leavers and estranged students, highlights the support available to you and key things you need to do before the end of the academic year… Have you seen Einir’s new video yet? Click here to view and share. English and Welsh versions available.   I can’t believe we are in
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Are your finances in order for your year abroad? 6 top tips to help you.

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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… We support many students with queries around advice and money, here is a note of the 6 key things to consider and the typical advice we’d offer in relation to finances and your
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How to get work experience and develop your career – a personal account

Posted on 23 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gerard Harris, Cardiff Business School alumni and now editor of Tuppence Magazine talks about the importance of practical experience to starting and developing your career… When it comes to finding your first job after finishing your degree or getting the graduate placement you’re hoping for, the difficulty can often be the lack of work history
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Campus Culture – what it means and what support is available?

Posted on 21 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner talks about the importance of creating a supportive culture at Cardiff University and contributing something positive… The University experience for many of our students will be one to remember and one that shapes their future. Unfortunately, for some students, their experience of University is negatively affected by some aspects of Campus Culture, including: Misogynistic
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Would you like to become a Wellbeing Champion? We are now recruiting

Posted on 21 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

A new and exciting opportunity for students – here we tell you more about becoming a Wellbeing Champion… Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? Interested in the area of wellbeing? If you answered
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Anyone for Admiral’s Grad Programme or other opportunities in Cardiff?

Posted on 18 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, our Employer Liaison Officer tells us more about the new Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair and it’s sponsor Admiral …  If you are planning to stay in Cardiff after graduation, this is an event you can’t miss! Around 30 organisations will be offering graduate opportunities in Cardiff and the South Wales area and are looking for students from
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What has the potential to make students more vulnerable to emotional and mental distress? Please help with our research

Posted on 3 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about the importance of supporting students who are vulnerable… As a Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service we have frequent contact with students who are struggling. These struggles might include difficulties in their relationships, their studies, a mental health problem, a physical health problem, their family, the transition
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My Battle With Food – A Personal Insight

Posted on 2 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, gives a personal account of her battle with an Eating Disorder… Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I’ve seen many people on my Facebook news feed take the plunge and describe their experiences in the hope of reaching out and being able to potentially help someone else in
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Self-Harm – a students personal account

Posted on 2 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

A personal story of self-harm…  Anonymous Cardiff University student talks about her personal experiences of self-harming behaviour and challenges some tired clichés…    As March is self-harm awareness month I wanted to share my story. I currently study at Cardiff University, and if we got talking somewhere on campus you’d probably think I was a
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Self-harm – what it is and what may help?

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about Self-harm and how students can get support… Did you know that March is Self-harm Awareness Month and Self-Injury Awareness Day is March 1st 2016. Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to talking openly about self-harm. Some common myths around self-harm include that it is something
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