Student Support Centre

Things not going to plan with your studies? Struggling to cope and thinking of taking time out? You are not alone, help is at hand

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Please see our latest advice in our new blog post ‘Are you struggling to cope, thinking of taking time out , have been unwell or something has affected your studies?’   Tania from our Advice and Money Team helps explain what you need to consider if you are thinking of taking time out of your course
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Using alcohol & drugs safely – new student drop-in service

Posted on 28 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, provides more information about a new drop-in drugs and alcohol service for the university…  As part of the Student Support team, we are aware that student safety is one of the most important things to focus on, and this encompasses many things, including: safety at night; safety with money; sexual safety;
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It’s LGBT+ History Month: this Week ‘T is for Trans’!

Posted on 26 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month, this week ‘T is for Trans’… Following on from our previous weeks’ blogs in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘L is for Lesbian’, ‘G is for Gay’, ‘B is for Bisexual’), this week’s blog is ‘T is for Trans’…
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bel, Counselling & Wellbeing Placement Student, provides more information about Eating Disorder Awareness Week…  What is an Eating Disorder? An eating disorder can be any one of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa).
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3 things to think about when looking for a student house

Posted on 22 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about student housing and gives her 3 tips on choosing carefully …     It’s that time of year where you can’t miss the to-let signs up around Cathays and Roath advertising properties for next year. Some of your flat mates in halls or friends on your course
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It’s LGBT+ History Month – this week ‘B’ is for Bisexual

Posted on 19 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team talks about LGBT+ History Month – this week ‘B’ is for Bisexual…     Following on from last week’s blog in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘G is for Gay’), this week’s blog is ‘B is for Bisexual’… A number of events have already taken place on campus in
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Money on your mind? Money worries and mental health

Posted on 9 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah from Advice & Money  and Amy from Student Wellbeing have teamed up to tells us more about money worries and mental health… This year’s theme for National Student Money Week is Money and Mental Health. If you don’t already know, mood can really be affected by money worries and in some cases specific mental health conditions
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‘G’ is for Gay! A closer look at LGBT+ History month

Posted on 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month, this week ‘G’ is for Gay…   Following on from last week’s blog in recognition of LGBT+ History Month (‘L’ is for Lesbian), this week’s blog is ‘G’ is for Gay. So far there have been some great events
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What sexual consent means and how it might affect you

Posted on 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, our Wellbeing Practitioner talks about the importance of knowing more about sexual consent and how it might affect you… Checking for consent should be an ongoing process in any sexual relationship or encounter as both parties should have the freedom and capacity to choose to participate. The consequences of not getting consent can be devastating
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It’s National Student Money Week – free financial advice at Cardiff Uni

Posted on 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

  Hannah from our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Student Money Week 2016 – Students, Money and Mental Health Today marks the start of the sixth National Student Money Week (NSMW) run by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). The Advice & Money Team, the Wellbeing Team and the Students’ Union
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New Support for LGBT+ Community

Posted on 8 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from our Student Wellbeing Team talks about a new kind of support available for LGBT+ students… February is LGBT+ History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. For more information about LGBT+ History Month, please visit the Student
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STEM Careers Fair, what is that about?

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Employer Liaison Officer, tells us more about the STEM Fair and event sponsor MeetingZone … Next Tuesday 9th February, the Spring STEM Careers Fair will be taking place in the Engineering Forum from 10am-2.30pm. 23 organisations will be exhibiting, all targeting students from Engineering, Physics, Maths, Technology and Computer Science. The companies at the fair
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Support for Cardiff Uni students whatever the weather

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Intern, tells us more about the University’s student support teams and how to get your hands on one of our new umbrellas …   No matter how long you have lived in Cardiff, it is easy to see that it rains quite frequently! I am one of many students who have experienced walking to
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Become a Student Mentor – Cardiff University is recruiting Mentors now

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann, Student Mentor Scheme Manager explains what it’s like to be a Mentor, how valuable their support is to other students and how to apply … Being a Student may mean making some great new friends, having an awesome social and sporting life, having some unique experiences and of course getting a degree! However, not all students
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Top tips from the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Employer Liaison Assistant, gives us a roundup of Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week … If you joined us thank you, if you missed the event/s then don’t despair, here’s a roundup of how the week went.  Last week, from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th around 1300 students engaged in the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering
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LGBT+ History Month

Posted on 1 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from the Student Wellbeing Team (Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service), talks about LGBT+ History Month and the activities and events the University has planned …   February is LGBT+ History Month, and 2016’s theme is Religion, Belief and Philosophy: A Leap of Faith. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are also Christians, Muslims, Jews,
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5 ways not to spend your student loan in 52 days!

Posted on 1 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Advice & Money teams offers advice on making your student loan last …                 In Gair Rhydd last semester Mark Sweeney wrote an article about a recent survey undertaken by Voucher Cloud. This revealed that students, on average, will have spent their entire loan only
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Good news for the graduate job market

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sarah Allbeson from Careers & Employability highlights new positive statistics about graduate employment in the UK … The 2015 edition of What do Graduates do? shows the graduate employment rate is 76.6% (up from 75.6% in 2014) and unemployment rates are down at 6.3%, the lowest level since before the recession. The number of graduates
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Need work experience? We did and here’s how we found it

Posted on 27 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our final year interns, Phoebe and Will, offer advice on how to gain valuable work experience … Read their stories and find out more about the support available to you whilst you are at Cardiff University.
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Careers and Employability helped me land a Graduate Scheme

Posted on 26 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Claire Blakeway, SU President tells us more about how Careers helped her land a graduate job …     What should I apply for, how and when …  My name is Claire Blakeway and I am the President of Cardiff University Students’ Union. Back in September, I began the long and, what felt like, daunting process of
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‘L’ is for Lesbian! We’re celebrating LGBT history month

Posted on 25 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern tells us more LGBT History month, this week, ‘L’ is for Lesbian …   Over the next 4 weeks we will posting blogs to recognise and raise awareness regarding LGBT+ History Month. LGBT history month is an annual celebration and recognition of anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, and takes
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Has a rough time during exams affected your performance?

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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.     Despite your best efforts to concentrate and revise it’s quite possible that Murphy’s Law will strike and anything that can go wrong,
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How to make the most out of the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Fair

Posted on 18 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Next week sees the start of the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week and Fair, here Virginia, Fair Organiser, shares her tips on how to make the most of these events … Next week, on Thursday 28th January, the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Fair will be taking place in the Students’ Union Great Hall
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5 reasons to start Dry January now – tea anyone?

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern tells us more about her experience of dry Jan so far, and why it’s not too late to join in … Stop-tober, Dry Jan, it’s not uncommon for people to pledge they are going to give up something, usually alcohol, for a given period of time. Being a student this was a
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Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week – the secret to getting ahead in your quest for your dream job.

Posted on 12 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kirsty McCaig, Employer Liaison Manager explains why Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering are vital in securing a graduate job … The Christmas festivities are well and truly over, the stress of exams will soon be a distant memory and the Spring Term is in full swing, so what to do now? If you’re in your first
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Have a holiday from booze – it’s Dry January

Posted on 4 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team invited Andrew Misell, Director at Alcohol Concern Cymru, to tell us more about Dry January …   Alcohol Concern work closely with the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team at the Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place and Cardigan House. Together they aim to support students by offering a range of
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10 top tips to prevent you feeling lonely at Christmas

Posted on 16 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team shares her top tips for preventing loneliness this Christmas … The Christmas period can be challenging for people, especially those 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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8 tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 15 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that time of the year where you will be revising for your exams, here our Wellbeing Team offer 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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Estranged? No contact with your family? Disowned? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 15 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what its 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.
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 5 – The mobile apps you need this holiday

Posted on 11 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you ensure it’s a time filled with fun, love and support…     The holidays are usually at time for fun and festivities, however it is also a time
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 4 – Top tips for staying healthy and positive over the holidays

Posted on 10 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you to banish those winter blues… The Christmas holidays are pretty renowned for being a time when people can become a bit bogged down with the cold and wintery weather,
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 3 – Festive recipes for you to try

Posted on 9 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help …   It’s that time of year where most people are enjoying a few festive treats. For the third part to our survival guide, I’ve lined up
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Moustache to baby face as we ‘shave’ goodbye to Movember

Posted on 8 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

November has flown by, December has begun and my Movember moustache has gone! Will tells us more about his effort and  Male Health Awareness… My moustache was a slight improvement from last year’s attempt and I can take some encouragement from that. A few team mates of mine from Aberystwyth Exiles F.C produced some fine efforts that
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 2 – Top tips for combatting homesickness

Posted on 8 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you to banish those winter blues and make the most of festive period, ensuring it’s a time filled with fun, love and support… Being at University over the
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 1 – Activities and things to do over the holidays

Posted on 7 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you to banish those winter blues and make the most of festive period, ensuring it’s a time filled with fun, love and support…   There are a number
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Top tips for enhancing your note taking skills…

Posted on 30 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Disability & Dyslexia team offer tips on how to enhance your note taking skills… Studying at university means lots of time spent in lectures and seminars taking notes, these tips are designed to help you get the most out of your notes to enhance your learning.
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Student Wellbeing is Everybody’s Business – Help us to enhance the student experience

Posted on 25 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Wellbeing Practitioner from Counselling, Health & Wellbeing talks about the importance of both staff and students creating a supportive culture at Cardiff University… 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
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Sometimes what helps your wellbeing isn’t quite what you expect…

Posted on 24 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel Draper, second year psychology student & Wellbeing Champion, blogs on being flexible when managing your wellbeing… When I decided I wanted to write some blogs as part of my wellbeing champion role, this isn’t quite what I imagined my first blog would look like.  As I’m sure many of you can relate to; university
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Celebrating International Men’s Day and support at Cardiff Uni

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about International Men’s Day…     Thursday 19th November is International Men’s Day which is an annual celebration that focuses on men’s and boy’s health, gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an opportunity for men
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Are you a care leaver or an estranged student in need of a guarantor to secure accommodation?

Posted on 18 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from our Advice & Money team explains more about Cardiff University’s Guarantor Scheme and assistance for care leavers and estranged students… If you are a care leaver or an estranged student unable to find someone to act as a guarantor to secure accommodation in the private sector, the University will act as your guarantor so you can
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Find out more about Anti-Bullying Week and support for students

Posted on 18 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Anti-Bullying Week, bullying and support for Cardiff students … This week is Anti-bullying week. Bullying is something we often associate with school and growing up. As a child or teenager, it’s very likely that either you were bullied, or you knew somebody else that was. Young Minds
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You too could be a Civil Servant

Posted on 17 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kirsty Mc Caig, Employer Liaison Manager, tells us more about  Mitchell Leimon’s Guest Lecture and graduate opportunities in the Civil Service … On 9th November Cardiff Business School hosted a guest lecture from Mitchell Leimon who is Head of Major Projects and Commercial Assurance at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.  If you weren’t
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Tips for Staying Safe at Uni – join us Thurs 26th Nov

Posted on 17 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern tells us more about the upcoming safety event and why you should attend…   Next Thursday, 26th November, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team and the University Security Team will be holding a Student Safety Event in Y Plas (Student’s Union), between 11am and 2pm, to offer tips and advice to maximise
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Transgender Awareness Week and support for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 16 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Teams tells us more about Transgender Awareness Week and support for Cardiff Uni Students …     Recent years have seen important progress for trans related issues, with an increase in coverage in mainstream media about people who are transgender and several high profile ‘comings out’ and breakthrough
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7 top tips on how to protect yourself from fraud at University

Posted on 16 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Advice & Money Team offer some handy tips on how to notice fraud, as well as preventing yourself from falling into the trap… Our Advisers have seen Cardiff students targeted and want to increase awareness amongst students and encourage you to be aware of what you should look out for and what you should and
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MOVE to win yourself free gym membership

Posted on 11 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Great news, we’ve teamed up with Cardiff University Sport to bring you an exciting Movember competition! Our Student Intern Will tells us more …   So, you’ll have seen and hopefully read my blog Movember, Men’s Health and support for Cardiff Students where I  declared my allegiance to the mo and shared news of the very limited
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Movember, Men’s Health and support for Cardiff Students

Posted on 9 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Marketing Intern tells us more about Movember…  Yes, it is that time of year again. Time for men from all across the land to unite as Mo Bros and collectively raise awareness and funding for men’s health.  Here’s more about the cause and what we’ll be doing in Student Support.
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What happened on NSA Day and our 7 tops tips to help you relieve and prevent stress

Posted on 9 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about what happened on National Stress Awareness day, and how to effectively prevent and relieve stress… So Wednesday 4th November saw the return of National Stress Awareness Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about stress, the symptoms, and the strategies to relieve
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5 Budgeting Apps to help you get a hold on your finances!

Posted on 4 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy from our Advice & Money Team showcases 5 free budgeting apps that could help you …                 Putting pen to paper is a great way to work out what you are spending your money on, but it’s also a little bit old fashioned when you could instead sync information across
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A new team of Student Wellbeing Champions to support you

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

There is a new Student-led team at Cardiff Uni and they are ready to help you … meet our Wellbeing Champions … The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team are proud to introduce the Wellbeing Champions, a team of student volunteers who are on a mission to help their fellow students including you.  
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