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Support for care leavers and estranged students approaching the end of the academic year

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, shares more about 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 treated you all well and you are prepared for any assessments that
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

 Victoria, our Student Intern, shares her tips for eating well on a budget during exams… Endless tesco meal deals, the occasional wi-wo, various chocolatey snacks and an array of beverages from hoffi coffi’s selection may seem like the ideal exam diet, but it’s neither brain food nor budget-friendly. I know the struggles of exam time.
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Most students experience a bit of presentation panic at some point. Your stomach drops, your mouth goes dry, your knees wobble beneath you and a lump forms in your throat. It can be especially terrifying if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand
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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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5 Hops on the Wellbeing Hunt

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Our student intern Victoria, shares 5 hops on the Wellbeing hunt for you to follow this Easter. Though Easter egg hunts may (unfortunately) be a thing of the past, you’re never too young or too old to start caring about your wellbeing. So this Easter break, join us on a Wellbeing Hunt! Easter is the
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7 Tips to hop over homesickness

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Victoria, student intern, shares some tips on avoiding and combatting feelings of homesickness this Easter break… Though it may not seem like it from the suddenly deserted streets of Cathays, a lot of students stay in Cardiff during the Easter break. Whether it’s because they have a job here, can’t afford to go home, need
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Leaders with Disabilities Panel: How #disabilityworks for graduates entering the workplace

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, looks at what was discussed at the recent Leaders with Disabilities panel event and what it means to start your career as a graduate with a disability… 1.2 billion people globally live with some sort of long-term illness, impairment or disability (the equivalent to the population of China!). In
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How to write a CV…

Posted on 10th April 2017 by

Sophie, Student Intern, answers the big questions when it comes to writing CVS and assures us it doesn’t have to be all that scary! How do I structure my CV? The norm is two pages, although exceptions can be made for academic and medical CVs. For example, some areas of the media, prefer a one page
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5 mistakes you don’t want to make on your CV…

Posted on 5th April 2017 by

Have you made any of these mistakes on your CV? Sophie, student intern explains… Are there any typos or grammatical errors? The latest research suggests your CV has 8.8 seconds in an employer’s hands. 8.8 seconds to show you’re the best person for the job. Before you send your CV off, double check your spelling and
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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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Book now for wellbeing workshops, courses and groups in April

Posted on 3rd April 2017 by

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, tells us more about the different events Counselling, Health and Wellbeing are holding for students throughout April… In addition to providing one-to-one Counselling and Wellbeing support, the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide a number of one-off workshops, taught courses (running between 2-4 weeks) and groups to help tackle the difficulties students may face.
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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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Celebrate Global Week with us

Posted on 13th March 2017 by

Sophie, our Student Intern, tells us more about Global Week and the events you can join in to celebrate Cardiff University’s diverse community… This March the University is celebrating the unique cultures and shared experiences of students and staff at Cardiff University through a series of globally themed events. The events, arranged jointly between Cardiff University and
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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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DESire for the UK! What is the Doctorate Extension Scheme and could it be an option for you?

Posted on 15th February 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the Doctorate Extension Scheme… Have you fallen in love with Cardiff? Has the UK won your heart? If you’re thinking of staying on after your studies, then the Doctorate Extension Scheme, or DES, could be the immigration route for you.
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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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All are Welcome! Why students should call into 51a Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Sophie, tells us more about what’s behind the colourful door at 51a Park Place… Have you ever ventured through the doors of 51a Park Place and discovered how you could get on track to secure your future career? A part of Student Support and Wellbeing, Careers and Employability is dedicated to improving your
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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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How the International Student Support team can help you

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about the International Student Support team and how they can help you… International Student Support is dedicated to the welfare and needs of our International Students. We are happy to be the first port of call and welcome all queries and questions from Cardiff University’s International cohort!
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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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Join our team of over 300 Student Mentors – we are recruiting now

Posted on 26th January 2017 by

Ann, Student Mentor Scheme Manager explains what it’s like to be a Student Mentor, how valuable their support is to other students, the skills you can gain, the training and support provided and how you can apply… Being a student at university may be one of the best things you have ever done but for the
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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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Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa: When Things Don’t Go To Plan.

Posted on 13th January 2017 by

Kristina Bowers, International Student Advisor, tells us more about Exams and Your Tier 4 Visa… Exam season is almost over 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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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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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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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 3rd January 2017 by

Sean, Enterprise Officer, gives you his 5 top tips to creating social media content that can help boost your following and brand awareness. One marketing trend that is hard to ignore is the power and value of visual content in your social media.  Posts that contain images produce 650% higher engagement than text-only posts.  Having
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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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Festive drinking: Don’t get too jolly

Posted on 8th December 2016 by

Victoria, Student Intern, discusses festive drinking and warns not to get too jolly… For some, ‘tis the season for festive drinks. However, don’t feel like you need to chug mulled wine just to get in the festive spirit. Alcohol can affect your university experience and your mental and physical health. The festive season often comes
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Staying safe this Christmas

Posted on 7th December 2016 by

Sophie, Student Intern, discusses how you and your friends can stay safe this Christmas… With tinsel, gifts, Christmas lights and snow loads of university work, it might be easy to put personal safety on the back burner. However, whether you’re heading home or staying in Cardiff over the holidays, it’s still important to take precautions to ensure your own and
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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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Ho-Ho Homes… Tips for keeping your student house safe this Christmas

Posted on 5th December 2016 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your home as jolly as you over the holidays… Whether you’ve decked out your student digs in the finest tinsel poundland can offer or it’s still sporting cobwebs from Halloween, keep your home jolly by making sure it’s safe and secure. Student homes can be targeted during the festive period, so make sure
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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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