Student Support

Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on 19 May 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Scot, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about Mental Health Awareness Week…   It’s mental health awareness week and it couldn’t come at a better time! Exams and deadlines are happening for many of us, or are looming in the near future, so let’s not forget to take care of ourselves. The theme this year is stress and
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Speaking out about depression and anxiety

Posted on 11 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Polly, Geography Student and Wellbeing Champion, talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety…. In 2015, I came to University, and symptoms of depression and anxiety made their appearance. Being in an unfamiliar place, away from my usual support network, made this even more challenging and I struggled to speak about how I was feeling.
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Speaking out about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on 2 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Psychology student and Wellbeing Champion, Nichola, discusses her experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how one honest conversation can make a world of difference. After suffering silently with PTSD at University, one honest conversation spurred a positive path towards acceptance and coping strategies. From once struggling to even express my feelings to friends,
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Exams and your tier 4 visa

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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
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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager, shares organisation, revision and exam strategies for success… Prior planning and preparation are the keys to exam success. So let me introduce my exams guide, with organisation, revision and in-exam strategies to help you set a course and stay on track. From planning to procrastination and revision notes to
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What to do if something affects your exam performance

Posted on 1 May 2018 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, will go
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Advice for my fellow PhD students

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Carolyn, Postgraduate Peer Supporter, shares some key advice for postgraduate students and tells us more about the Postgraduate Peer Support group. An old piece of advice and a lifesaving strategy for me and my work has been to “kill your darlings.” In other words, get rid of my most precious and especially self-indulgent passages for
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 1 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Bring your creative dream to life with Ymlaen!

Posted on 24 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jannat, founder of the creative writing magazine, Lucent Dreaming, discusses her experience of starting her own creative business and how you could do the same… Have you ever just wanted to drop everything and do your own thing? You’ve spent years in education trying to get a foothold on real life and now you’re here
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Start-up accelerator

Launch your idea with Start-up Accelerator.

Posted on 23 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that exciting time of year when we invite you to apply to be part of our 3-day Start-Up extravaganza.  But why should you come along this year…                   Why should you come? Do you have a business idea?  Not sure how to bring it to life?
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Stand with LGBT+

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the Students’ Union’s new LGBT+ Mental Health Campaign: Stand with LGBT+, and how you can show support and get involved! For the LGBT+ Community, the risk of struggling with poor mental health is higher.   What does LGBT+ mean? ‘LGBT+’ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other identities. The phrase
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Join us in supporting Trans Day of Visibility

Posted on 27 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, tells us more about Trans Day of Visibility and how you can show your support for the transgender community. Saturday 31 March is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), part of the LGBT+ awareness days. TDOV is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and show your encouragement and support for trans rights and
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Commercial Awareness: What you need to know

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Emily McCarthy from the Work Experience Team explains what commercial awareness is and what you can do to be more commercially aware… What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is a term that refers to a candidate’s general knowledge of business, their business experiences (or work experience) and, specifically, their understanding of the industry which they
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Brexit and your graduate job prospects

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Emily from the Work Experience team discusses Brexit, the possible effect on the graduate job market and how you can negate it effectively. On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on whether Britain should withdraw from the European Union. With a 52% vote in favour of leave, the UK Government triggered Article 50
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Married students – is your partner paying too much tax?

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a married student? Money Adviser, Max, shares how your partner could save some tax… Marriage.  An institution as old as the hills. Maybe even as old as some of my jokes. And it has seen a lot of change through history (Henry VIII even created a whole new church to get out of
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Speaking out about Social Anxiety

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Final year geography student, Callie, discusses her experience of social anxiety and the impact that being more open about mental health can have. In 2016, I finally admitted I had Social Anxiety and found help at University. This year I helped to launch a University Campaign and found out I have an interview for my
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My Student Innovation Experience

Posted on 12 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Idoia, Innovation Ambassador, tells us more about her involvement in the Student Innovation Festival and the event she helped organise… Volunteering in an area related to your professional aspirations is one of the best things I would recommend every single student to do. Is all about gaining valuable experience without the fear of failing or
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What’s on your mind? #LetsShare

Posted on 21 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Time to Change Champion, talks about Cardiff University’s new Mental Health Campaign: What’s on your mind? #LetsShare, encouraging us all to share more when it comes to mental health… Mental health problems are common. One in four of us will be affected at some point in our lives. So being able
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Move out (with a full deposit!)

Posted on 16 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… If you’ve caused significant damage that clearly isn’t general wear and tear, the likelihood is that you won’t get all of your bond back. These things happen. In my second year I blew up my oven because
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Housing hacks

Posted on 14 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, shares some housing hacks that all students should know this Student Money Week… You’ve completed your first-term and there’s a whole host of people you’ve yet to even meet. Some will be acing the independent living, though maybe you still haven’t quite figured out how to use the oven without
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Could you knock £1500 from your Student Loan debt?

Posted on 14 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a Welsh student (and apply to Student Finance Wales for funding?) Do you want to knock £1500 from your student loan debt? If you started a course in Sept 2010, or later, and you took out a maintenance loan of at least £1505 in one academic year from Student Finance Wales, then you should
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Guarantor Scheme for care leavers and estranged students

Posted on 13 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you a care leaver or an estranged student unable to find someone to act as a guarantor to secure accommodation in the private sector? If so, Cardiff University has a Guarantor Scheme to assist you. Basically, this means that the University will act as your guarantor so you can secure somewhere to live in the private sector
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Speak about your mental health, creatively

Posted on 9 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, discusses creative ways to speak about your mental health and improve your wellbeing. I’m one of over a hundred Student Wellbeing Champions (trained students who offer peer to peer support around campus and via online instant messaging) and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health is something we’re all passionate about. On
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Violence and abuse against students, #ItsNotOk and is #NotOn!

Posted on 5 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

We know violence and abuse affects our students. IT’s NOT ON and we are addressing it. We are here to help you if you are affected, and you can help by recognising the signs and telling us if you know a student is at risk.  Violence and abuse can happen to people of all ages,
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Let me tell you how you can do something positive, develop your skills and help other students

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Graduate Intern (and dog lover), tells us about the events and activity you can get involved in to help yourself and others this February… Getting involved in student causes and volunteering your time at University to support others can be a great way to boost your wellbeing and CV – I’ve done it and
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Why you should Chat to a Champion

Posted on 29 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hannah, one of our Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Online Peer Support and the new Chat to a Champion service. The Chat to a Champion online drop-in launched last term! It’s a great way for us Wellbeing Champions to offer peer support to students over the internet. What I think is so great about it
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New year, new you, new experiences

Posted on 23 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

2018…Let’s make it all about you! Emily McCarthy from the work experience team explains how you can make this your year… It’s a fresh new year, a time for new starts and as the once popular boyband McFly serenaded us once, ‘It’s all about you’. Let’s make an agreement that this year, 2018, is going
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Winter survival guide: Information, advice and guidance for students

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

With the holidays fast approaching, our winter survival guide is here to provide information, advice and guidance for Cardiff University students. Whatever your plans over the winter 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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December Downloads: Apps to keep you on the right track

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Nichola, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing placement student, shares her recommendations on the best apps to support your wellbeing, study and finances… December is known for its festive activities which bring joy to many but can also be frustrating for others. Winter recess is that time of the year when many student houses empty for a couple
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Why Christmas time can escalate relationship abuse and how to get support if you are affected

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

If you’ve experienced violence and abuse of any kind, please know that you are not alone and our Disclosure Response Team are here to offer practical support and advice. Money tensions, unrealistic expectations and increased alcohol consumption make the Christmas period a peak time for relationship abuse/domestic violence. If your partner is controlling, coercive or threatening towards
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A Careers Christmas Carol

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily from the Work Experience Team gives a careers twist on a well-known tale… We all know the seasonal story of Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, and if you don’t then I would advise watching the Muppets version of this classic at once. In this post, we will visit the three Careers Ghosts of
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Things to do in Cardiff over the holidays

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

English Literature and Philosophy student, Christabel, shares some things to do in Cardiff over the winter break. Whether you want to make the most of some time off to get involved with some festive fun before you head home for Christmas or are staying here during the winter break, check out these 10 things to
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Estranged from your family this winter?

Posted on 7 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Paula, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students shares some advice for students estranged from their families this winter. The festive period can be challenging if you are estranged from your family. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the never-ending advertisements featuring happy families around the Christmas tree may make you feel angry,
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Staying safe over the holidays

Posted on 7 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Student Intern, discusses how you and your friends can stay safe this winter… 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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Stay drink aware this festive season

Posted on 7 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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Winter study tips

Posted on 6 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel from the Student Wellbeing Team shares tips on how to stay on track with your studies whilst also enjoying the winter break. There are always a million and one things to be done over the festive period – whether it’s making sure you’ve bought gifts for everyone, arranging to meet up with friends or catching
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Try a different language this Global Week

Posted on 23 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bonjour, Gutentag, Ciao, Hello and Helo! George, Journalism Student and Marketing Intern, talks about the opportunities to learn a language during your time at Cardiff Uni…   How many times have you said that you want to learn a language? How many times have you been envious of the foreign tongue of your chosen destination,
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Where will you GO?

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

George, International Journalism student and Marketing Intern tells us more about Global Opportunities… Have you ever considered studying in China or Canada, volunteering at a French festival, a year abroad in Belgium or Hong Kong? There is a world of opportunity out there and it’s no secret that the university’s Global Opportunities team can talk you through
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Put off Procrastination!

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion, gives her 5 Top Tips for beating procrastination and boosting productivity! Procrastinating is one of the major student vices and we all fall victim. Right now, I’m writing this blog while putting off my primary source analysis… Here are my top tips to help manage and overcome procrastination! 5 Top Tips to
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Be Suicide-Alert

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tamzin, one of the Student Wellbeing Champions, talks about Suicide Safety and how to become a Suicide-Alert Helper. Suicide – it’s a difficult topic but we need to drop the stigma and say the word. Suicide can affect anyone. There is no template for who can be suicidal. Be Suicide-Alert I recently attended a four-hour
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Adjusting to life in the UK and culture shock

Posted on 21 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

George, Student Intern shares his insights into culture shock and tips from our International Student Support advisers… Having lived in either England or Wales for the entirety of my life, I’ve never really experienced ‘culture shock.’ Sure, I’ve been abroad and experienced different cultures and ways of life, but I have never lived in a
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Have you been affected by violence?

Posted on 17 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University is aware of how violence and abuse affects students, and is committed to addressing these issues. A violent crime is when someone physically hurts or threatens to hurt someone, and also includes crimes where a weapon is used. The police will record a crime as violent if the offender clearly intended or intends
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 16 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, talks about Transgender Awareness Week, 13 – 17 November, and Transgender Day of Remembrance, on 20 November… Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise the  awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues the trans community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place just after Transgender Awareness Week, and is
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Don’t sign for a house too soon!

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early. Every year for as long as I can remember (and I’ve been here a while), the festive season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you
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Support for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor Brown, Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent. This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Find out how our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service could help if you grew up with an alcoholic parent. Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week and the support available here
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Alcohol Awareness Week

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Eleanor, Counsellor and Wellbeing Practitioner, talks about alcohol at uni… This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. Take some time to find out about drinking safely and the support available at Cardiff University. Find out more about the support available for students who grew up with an alcoholic parent or guardian here 3 Tips for drinking
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Three reasons why work experience is vital

Posted on 10 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily McCarthy, Internship Project Officer, explains the importance of work experience… In a fiercely competitive graduate job market, it is becoming increasingly clear that work experience is no longer an added extra but a vital necessity. It is what employers value more than anything!  Within such a fierce job market, having relevant work experience is
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