Student Support Centre

Make the most of the Science Careers Fair

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Nikki Vivian, Employability Advisor, School of Biosciences share her thoughts on why you should attend this years Science Careers Fair …     The Cardiff University Science Fair takes place this Wednesday.  Sponsored by GE Healthcare this Fair is a great opportunity for Bioscience students to get out there and meet potential employers, learn about career opportunities and
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National Stress Awareness Day – Support for Cardiff students

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about National Stress Awareness Day … Wednesday 4th November is National Stress Awareness Day, the annual celebration of stress education, awareness and advocacy. Every year on the first Wednesday of November we come together to focus on the effects of stress and
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A Summer Internship with Grant Thornton

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max, 3rd year Accounting and Finance student and Campus Community Manager for Grant Thornton tells us more about his Summer Internship …     As a second year student I decided I should probably start looking at getting some work experience. I’d heard of Grant Thornton through my lecturers as some of them had worked
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Great customer service for Cardiff Students

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Division has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence ® standard, here we tell you more about what this means for students … We are putting students at the heart of everything we do and are really pleased to have received the Award and acknowledgement of the work we do to ensure students receive great service
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Are you applying for the right job?

Posted on 26 October 2015 by Your Student Life Supported’

Victoria Rees, Employability Manager looks at whether you’re applying for the right jobs this Autumn…. 5 things to consider before your applications Graduate schemes and Internships are open for 2016 recruitment and everyone (mostly your parents!) is telling you to crack on and make some applications. Lots of them, get them in by the bucket
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It’s National Care Leavers Week – Here’s how we are supporting Care Leavers

Posted on 20 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir your Care Leaver contact in our Advice & Money Team tells us more about National Care Leavers Week and the support available at Cardiff University  …                     Between the 22nd – 30th October 2015, charities and different organisations around the UK will be celebrating National Care Leavers Week.
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Registering with a Doctor whilst at University

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Students are urged to register with a GP to secure access to professional advice, vaccinations and to keep yourself healthy whilst at University … Whilst you may already be registered with a doctor prior to joining University, if they aren’t local to you during your studies you wont have easy access to them.  Therefore, it’s essential that you
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3 top tips for eating healthy on a budget

Posted on 14 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern in our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team offers her tips for eating healthy on a budget …   Eating healthily at university can seem like an impossible task, and many students may get frustrated at the prospect of sloping round the supermarket looking for overpriced ingredients when they can throw a pizza in the
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Struggling at Uni and considering withdrawing?

Posted on 13 October 2015 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?’ Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with Uni and considering withdrawing …   Starting
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week – What is hate crime?

Posted on 12 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing tells us more about Hate Crime …   This week (10th – 17th October) is National Hate Crime Awareness week, this occurs annually in order to raise awareness and address what hate crime is, as well as how to respond to it. Through making people more aware
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World Mental Health Day

Posted on 10 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Mental Health …     Today is World Mental Health Day, the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Every year on 10 October we join together in shining the spotlight on a particular aspect of mental ill health. The theme for 2015
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Improve your work and confidence with Academic Study Skills classes

Posted on 6 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Academic Study Skills team are here to help all undergraduates get the most out of their time at university, to help to improve your grades and get a Cardiff University Certificate! When we study at University we are expected to study in ways which may be different to how we have studied previously.  We offer
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Overwhelmed with student life? 4 questions to ask yourself

Posted on 5 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Student Intern Annabel gives you some questions to ask yourself and tips for staying in control and positive …     Sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a number of things in every day life, such as work, relationships, money, diet, friends, and pretty much anything that may affect your
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Are you dyslexic? Understanding what it is and study support tips

Posted on 5 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

This week is National Dyslexia Awareness Week, here our Disability & Dyslexia team tell us more about dyslexia and the support they offer … Dyslexia Awareness Week DAW 2015 will be held from October 5-11 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The theme for 2015 is ‘Making Sense of Dyslexia’ and looks at how much
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Student Tips – When drinking becomes problematic

Posted on 30 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Alcohol is the most popular and common substance students tend to use to have fun on a night out. Here our Wellbeing Team provide quick tips for when drinking becomes problematic … As with all things, drinking alcohol is best done in moderation and while it can help you to have a great time, it can cause
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Need a hand sorting your Student Finance?

Posted on 28 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you would like some help from our Advice & Money team regarding your student finance, find out more about consent to share … Can someone help me? Yes. Applying for student finance and the student loan system might appear confusing and complex, therefore some students prefer to have a third party calling on their behalf. This might
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An insight into Cardiff University’s first international careers event for graduates and finalists

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

An insight into Cardiff University’s first international careers event for graduates and finalists by Victoria Rees, Employability Manager …     Saturday 19th September and The Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai played host to this new event, collaboratively run by Universities of Cardiff, Bath, Bristol and Exeter.   Chinese students from Cardiff University were invited to
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5 tips for taking care of yourself at Uni

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Take care of yourself, take care of your wellbeing, read our Student Wellbeing team’s 5 tips …   Being ‘happy’ isn’t the natural human state, and it’s completely normal not to feel it all the time. Looking after your wellbeing helps you work towards a state of contentment and ease by tuning in with your
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Care leavers and estranged students, meet Einir your key contact at Cardiff Uni.

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

A warm welcome to all our care leavers and estranged students from your University contact Einir England …   I am the dedicated contact for Care Leavers and Estranged students at Cardiff University. I am based in the Advice & Money Team within the Student Support Centre. If you disclosed that you were a care leaver on your
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7 Budgeting Tips for Freshers

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia our student intern, shares some of her budgeting tips for newcomers …   Budgeting can be very tricky when you have no previous experience, which will probably be your case if you have just moved away from your parents’. Here are some tips and tricks from me – someone who has not needed to
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Problems with your student funding?

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sometimes Student Funding does not come as expected, here our Advice & Money team share their tips for making sure you follow the right steps …     If you are a home student you have the right to apply for a Maintenance Loan. This is an amount of money that is sent to your bank
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20 tips for dealing with Homesickness

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annabel, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing shares the teams tips for when you are feeling homesick, and how to know when it’s becoming an issue in your life …     There are different things which may lead you to feel homesick, some of which include the distance from home, a sense of anti-climax after joining or
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Employers targeting Cardiff University this Autumn

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Careers & Employability team have been hard at work organising a series of Careers Fairs that will help students meet employers and increase their career potential … Attend one or all of these events to find out more about a vast range of student and graduate opportunities.
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What is the Cardiff University Financial Assistance Programme?

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you are studying at Cardiff University and in financial struggle, you may be eligible to apply for the Financial Assistance Programme …     As a student you may face financial hardship at some point during your university life. This might happen due to different reasons such as unwise budgeting or unexpected change of personal circumstances. If this
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Making the most of IT at Cardiff University – top tips for students

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

We’ve teamed up with the University’s IT Services team to offer you some great tips for getting connected when you first start at the University and making the most of IT …     Getting online will be one of the first tasks you want to perform after arriving on campus but once your online there’s
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Opening a Bank Account in the UK

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Virginia Bonet Morell

If you are an International or EU student here are some tips from our Student Intern Virginia to help you with opening a bank account in the UK … As an EU student, I remember coming to Cardiff by myself and with loads of cash on me because I did not have a UK-based bank account yet and needed
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Tips and Hints for Surviving Fresher’s 2015

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Student Intern Annabel shares her Tips and Hints for Surviving Fresher’s …   One simple Google search will land you with a whole load of tips and hints about how to survive Fresher’s week while having a great time. This oversupply of information all boils down to one thing: everybody is just as nervous
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A tasty Welcome to Wales for Fresher’s

Posted on 17 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

We’ve teamed up with Braces Bakery to offer students the chance to take part in our Welcome to Wales Welsh Cake Challenge  …      The Braces vans are heading to the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place   New and returning students are invited to join Student Support & Wellbeing staff at our stand
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We are supporting the LGBT Hate Crime Campaign

Posted on 2 July 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about the LGBT Hate Crime Campaign and how our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team can support students …     The Campaign A major new campaign has been launched by the National LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Hate Crime partnership to raise awareness of LGB and T
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8 things to do if you’re worried about a friend

Posted on 22 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sarah, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing shares her thoughts on 8 things to do if you’re worried about a friend … When you’re worried about a friend or flatmate’s mental health it can be really difficult to know what to do. But friendship can play a key role in helping someone cope with
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What will you do after graduation? Tips for what next

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Student Intern at Careers & Employability shares her experience and offers tips on what to do next …   So you have finished your University Degree and upon you dawns the realisation that you now suddenly have nothing to do. It can be a bizarre situation to find yourself in, especially after a solid three
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Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity with benefits that will last a lifetime!

Posted on 8 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, final year English student and Intern at Careers & Employability shares her thoughts on working abroad …     Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity with benefits that will last a lifetime! We all know that. However more often than not, some of us can’t help but feel that it is an opportunity that
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Advice for students re-sitting exams this summer

Posted on 2 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

“I already knew that I hadn’t done well, but nothing can prepare you for that sinking feeling” …  read Will’s advice for students re-sitting exams this summer … Exams are over, summer has begun and it won’t be long before you receive your results either. For most, it will be a relief to read their
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7 ways to avoid loneliness, homesickness and isolation this summer

Posted on 1 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sarah, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, shares her ideas on staying happy and  avoiding loneliness, homesickness and isolation this summer … While staying in Cardiff over the summer can be an exciting and liberating experience, it may also get a little lonely at times. If you find yourself feeling homesick or isolated, give some of
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5 things to do if you’re staying in Cardiff this summer

Posted on 1 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sarah, Student Intern for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, shares her ideas on what to do with your time this summer … Staying in Cardiff over the holidays means you’ll have plenty of free time to try new things – after all, this is the only time of year when you genuinely don’t have any work
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4 reasons why you should attend Cardiff Uni’s Summer Fair

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Summer Fair will soon be here and after a year of planning and preparation, the Careers & Employability team guarantee a great event that could have a big impact on your future.     Here are just 4 reasons why you should attend the Summer Fair …
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Answers to the questions final year students are asking us

Posted on 24 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here are some great tips from staff across Student Support & Wellbeing who answer the questions final year students are asking us … These are just some of the ways we can help you now and after graduation, drop in and see us in person or online for even more services and events. 
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Winning suppport for students

Posted on 15 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir Evans shares her experience of winning the Enriching Student Life Award and why final year student Michael nominated her …     I mentioned in my blog last month that I had been nominated for an Enriching Student Life Award. Well, last Thursday night I put on my posh frock, attended the award ceremony, had a
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Handy tips when applying for Graduate Schemes

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Handy tips when applying for Graduate Schemes, by Emma Green, Student Intern for Careers & Employability … I cannot believe how quickly these three years have flown by and I have now found myself in my final year of university. Remarkably, the prospect of graduation and what I am going to do when I leave Cardiff
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Tips for Moving Back Home for Summer

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will and Sarah, Student Interns for Counselling, Health & Wellbeing share their tips on moving back home for summer and making the most of the break … The academic year is coming to an end. You have said goodbye to lectures and coursework assignments and are now preparing for your dreaded exams. Despite the sheer
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How to create the perfect CV for you

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

There are many myths surrounding CVs and cover letters. Joanne Gibson and Melanie Wortham from our Careers & Employability’s Guidance Team give their take on what works well and what to avoid when playing the recruitment game.  
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We are enriching student lives – updated – we had a 5th nomination!

Posted on 29 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

A big thank you to those students who have nominated staff in Student Support & Wellbeing – here’s who you’ve nominated and how you made them feel …
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Student support events & updates 28 April – 9 May

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s a brief note of what our teams are up to and the activity they’d like you to be aware of and get involved in over the next two weeks … Whether its exam stress, money worries, interview nerves, feeling low, job hunting, housing advice, trouble sleeping … anything … if you need support come and see us! We work with
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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir Evans from our Advice & Money team provides support for care leavers and estranged students. Here Einir gives us a reminder of the support available as we approach the end of the academic year … I can’t believe we are in the final term already! This academic year has gone so quickly. I hope this year has
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Meningitis – keep an eye on yourself, and your friends

Posted on 28 April 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

It is likely that you will have had a MenC vaccination as a young child, but you have probably heard warnings about meningitis whilst at University. So, what do you need to look out for? The Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team explain a little more about meningitis, how to recognise it, and what to do
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10 things you can do this Easter

Posted on 30 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Don’t be a lost little bunny – here are some great tips for things to do by Virgina, Jomec student and Student Marketing Intern …   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
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6 tips for dealing with homesickeness over Easter

Posted on 30 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Journalism student & Marketing Intern shares her experience of being away from home and how she deals with it …   Homesickness can appear at any given time during the year, however it usually worsens over the holiday period. For me this is because I know that my family and loved ones are gathering
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