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Join us in supporting Trans Day of Visibility

Posted on 29 March 2019 by Maddie Duffield

Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, tells us more about Trans Day of Visibility and how you can show your support for the transgender community. Sunday 31st March is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), part of the LGBT+ awareness days – but this year it will be celebrated on Friday March 29th. TDOV is an opportunity to celebrate diversity
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Tackling interviews – a guide to success

Posted on 19 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Second year Business Management student and Careers Ambassador Josh shares his advice on tackling interviews. Hi all, I’m Josh, the Careers Ambassador hoping to give you an insight into my top tips and tricks for succeeding in interviews. Once I leave University I know how competitive the market is for jobs so I know that
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What it’s like to work in Cardiff as a graduate!

Posted on 15 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Over the past few weeks I’ve been speaking to Cardiff graduates who stayed on in the city after they’d finished their exams and handed back the keys to their cold houses in Cathays. They have all been people who are keen to let soon to be graduates know that you can make it happen in
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World Sleep Day – “Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake” Friday 15 March

Posted on 14 March 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Wellbeing Champion, Georgina, provides you with tips and strategies to help you to get a good night’s sleep. What is World Sleep Day? It is a day to focus on the importance of sleep – and to recognise the burdens a sleeping problem can bring. It is a global day aimed at spreading awareness of
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Free co-working space with Ymlaen!

Posted on 12 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you looking to develop your business idea or looking to freelance? Find out how you could get a free desk space in a Cardiff co-working hub together with seed-funding to bring your idea to life. The Ymlaen! (Welsh for ‘onwards’) scheme offers a free desk space for current students and graduates in a local
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University Mental Health Day – Use Your Voice!

Posted on 6 March 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Marios, Student Wellbeing Champion tells us all about University Mental Health Day and the theme this year – Use Your Voice. Thursday 7 of March 2019 is ‘University Mental Health Day’ and Cardiff University could not be any less of a great supporter of this year’s message “Use Your Voice”. What is the University Mental
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Life after Graduation – It’s all in the planning!

Posted on 4 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I don’t think I ever once said ‘a town planner’. My first experience of town planning came much later, during a week of work experience at the local council while I was still in the Sixth Form. It was an intriguing and eye-opening week
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Could you be a Student Mentor? Find out more about the role from the mentors themselves…

Posted on 1 March 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

The Student Mentor scheme is currently recruiting Mentors for 2019/20.  Becoming a student mentor can help improve your employability and leadership skills whilst doing something worthwhile to help new students settle into University life. Here five students tell us about why they became Mentors and what they gained from the role: Katie, English Language Student
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Sustainability Week 2019

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Maddie Duffield

This year sustainability week has the theme of sustainable food. Join us between 4-8 March for events which are free and open to students and staff. Drop-in day, 4 March 11:00 – 14:00 Our opening event will be a drop-in day on Monday 4 March 11:00 – 14:00 in the VJ Gallery. Come along and
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My experience at Delio…What it’s like to work at a Fintech start-up!!

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

I was first drawn to Delio at the ‘Integrated Placement Programme Speed Network Event’ in March, 2018. As a first year Business Management student, I was keen to gain some real-life working experience whilst studying my degree but, I didn’t really want to leave Cardiff for a whole year! The placement semester suited my needs
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Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor, talks about the new support options available for LGBT+ students at Cardiff University…

Posted on 22 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Being at University can be full of high and lows, and this can be heightened if you identify as part of the LGBT+ community. On Monday 18 February, the Student Support and Wellbeing Service launched some new support options, specifically for LGBT+ students. LGBT+ Mental Health Research from Stonewall – an organisation which campaigns for
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What is a guarantor?

Posted on 18 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

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 no idea who or what could be your guarantor. What is a guarantor? A guarantor is someone who is
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Getting noticed in the Graduate Market

Posted on 15 February 2019 by Maddie Duffield

Getting noticed in a sea of graduates seems like an incredibly daunting task, and with the graduate market getting more and more competitive, you really need to pull out all the stops to get hired! Final year Genetics student, Maddie, talks about her application experience and how she got onto the Vodafone graduate scheme. After
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Remember to re-apply for funding for next year!

Posted on 12 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Are you in your first, second or penultimate year of study?  Do you get student funding now?  Would you like it again next year?  Did you know that you need to reapply for funding each academic year?  The Advice and Money Team tells us more … In the talks we, the Advice and Money Team, give to Cardiff
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Managing your financial commitments

Posted on 12 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Managing your financial commitments can be a bit like juggling elephants…you know what they are, roughly when they’re going to land, but if you don’t catch them at the right time they might just squash you! Financial commitments go beyond the things you have to pay, like your rent and bills. It also covers the
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Money, food and…climate change?!

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and money management advice. Managing your food shop can not only save you pounds but can also help with climate change. No I’m not talking rubbish………hmmmmmmm well yes I am, food caddie rubbish. The science bit: Food waste is listed as the 3rd biggest
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Budgeting Basics

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

The looooooooooong second term and the dreaded ‘B’ word (Budgeting of course!) Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and budgeting advice. You’ve managed through the first term of the academic year, survived the money pit of Christmas and finally reached the second instalment of funding pay day; hurray!! Finally, your
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Make sure you and your friends stay safe

Posted on 6 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Stay safe as you move around Cardiff and the university by following our tips and making use of the safety initiatives available to you. Please be sure to: Be safe and sensible Look out for your friends  Make sure someone knows where you are  Keep your belongings out of sight, particularly mobile phones, wallets and laptop bags
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Interview with a graduate entrepreneur – Mohamed Binesmael

Posted on 30 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Recent graduate, Mohamed Binesmael, shares with us his new start-up and how he took it to Dubai. My name is Mo, I studied civil engineering at Cardiff University, and I’m from Cardiff.  I’m an avid competitor and love to program, hence I joined Cardiff Racing at the earliest opportunity, and founded Cardiff Racing Driverless, bridging
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Getting the funding right for your placement year or study abroad

Posted on 21 January 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Siobhan and Tania from our Advice and Money Team explain what students need to do to apply for funding for a work or study placement year.   Photo credit: Hugh Doyle, BA History, George Washington University, USA It’s nearly that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are going on
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Tips and advice for your exams and assessments

Posted on 7 January 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period. Our exam and assessment tips are here to help you through the next few weeks.   Whilst it’s important to work hard and try your best, try not to overdo it. Taking regular breaks and sticking to a healthy routine can improve your time management and make your
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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 7 January 2019 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
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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 7 January 2019 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
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In-exam guidance: Three golden rules

Posted on 7 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Chloe, from our Disability and Dyslexia Team shares three golden rules for the exam relevant to all students… With exams looming, here are three golden rules from us at the Disability and Dyslexia Team relevant to all students!
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Top tips to help you revise effectively

Posted on 7 January 2019 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
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The Exam Diet: Your guide to budget-friendly brain food

Posted on 7 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

27Kate, 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
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 7 January 2019 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
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Tips on coping with anxiety before and during exams

Posted on 7 January 2019 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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A Placement Year: The best way to prepare for the world of work!

Posted on 4 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Deciding whether to do a placement year can be a seriously big decision for some University students, and it’s completely understandable why! There can be so many things that you find yourself taking into consideration. You’re deciding if you want to take a year away from your friends, debating whether it will be worth elongating
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Explore your options: Informa Graduate Fellowship Scheme

Posted on 2 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Now in its fourth year, graduates on this scheme get the chance to experience various parts of Informa over the course of a two-year development programme. The Informa Graduate Fellowship Scheme is one of the many ways Informa looks to attract and recruit new talent. The scheme consists of four, four-month rotations working on projects across
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Why should you consider applying for the Frontline Programme?

Posted on 11 December 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Alfie is a second year participant on the Frontline programme, and is based in the London Borough of Southwark. Alfie originally studied Criminology at university, and then went to work for a schools advice organisation that provided support to senior leaders in schools across the UK. It was whilst tutoring for the Access Project, a
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Start your Careers Journey – Science Careers Fair

Posted on 2 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hear from Careers Ambassador and Biosciences student, Jasmine about what you can expect from the Science Careers Fair The Autumn term can be loads of fun, what with starting your new modules, joining new clubs and societies, or getting back into the swing of things with your existing groups, the never ending list of party
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How We Got a Job at Escentual (And What It’s Like to Work Here!)

Posted on 19 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

When the worlds of technology, supply chain, design and editorial collide, you get a really diverse mix of people and a wide range of talents working under one roof. That’s exactly what makes Escentual so brilliant. Our multi-skilled team is hardworking, collaborative and innovative – and it just so happens to be behind one of
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Myth Busters: Careers Fair Edition

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Josh, Careers Fair Ambassador, explains why Careers Fairs are not just for graduate roles and tells us how they can benefit students in ALL years of University. It’s October, and that means one thing, Careers Fairs! It’s that time of the year when soon-to-be graduates start to wonder what life outside the walls of university
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Gender Pay Gap blog

What your business needs to know about: Gender pay gap reporting

Posted on 17 September 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stacey McIntosh from Sage tells us about the new legislation around the gender pay gap and what you’re required to do. For the past 12 months, in the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap
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2018 Summer of Enterprise

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Complete these easy challenges to keep your Entrepreneurial ambitions ticking over summer. Let us know how you get on by using #EnterprisingSummer! Exams are over, coursework is submitted and your room’s all packed up and ready to go: Hello Summer 2018! From us here at Enterprise, a massive congratulations to everyone for getting through another
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Win a £10,000 Branding and Website Package for Your Start-Up!

Posted on 5 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

BRAND LABS, a competition by Designdough, will give one Welsh start-up an expert website and branding makeover package to support their Entrepreneurial journey! Designdough, a progressive brand design agency based in Cardiff Bay has launched BRAND LABS for the second year running. Following last year’s success story featuring winning business, Odddot, the competition will run again this year and
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Insight into a Digital Start-Up

Posted on 14 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Austin, Marketing Assistant with Click Mechanic, asks his team about launching a digital start up. Here’s everything you need to know… Giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon dominate most business discussion as their influence on the modern world is unparalleled. Entrepreneurs are constantly hoping to be the next company to break through meaning tech start-ups
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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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Top tips for meeting employers at careers fairs: what to do next!

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Former Cardiff Uni graduate Clare, now Senior Student Recruitment Associate at EY, advises on how you can make yourself stand out at a careers fair. With the Big Grad Fair only days away, I got to thinking back to my time as a Social Science student at Cardiff University, before I joined EY in 2016.
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Reasons why all year groups won’t want to miss #BigGradFair

Posted on 3 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Laura from Employer Engagement explains how all students, from all year groups, can benefit from attending the #BigGradFair… The #BigGradFair is coming! On Friday 27 April, Careers and Employability will play host to over 50 top UK employers with loads of amazing opportunities for students. You can visit the Big Grad Fair from 11:00 –
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SPARK’d Out – What have our entrepreneurs learnt so far?

Posted on 2 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Get the full roundup of everything SPARK 2018 and the life lessons our applicants picked up along the way First off, a HUGE congratulations to our SPARK Winners for Plan and Venture! Find out who’s won over on our Facebook! Another year, another SPARK. It was a hugely successful year for everyone who applied for
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STEM Careers Fair: Why should you consider a career at Barclays Partner Finance

Posted on 7 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Formerly Cardiff University graduate, Sami Souabni tells us about settling in at Barclays Partner Finance and why it’s such a great place to launch your career… In 2017, I decided to join Barclays Partner Finance, based on the outskirts of Cardiff. Joining in May, my introduction to BPF was particularly warm: great weather, a lunch
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SPARK 2018 – It’s Back and BIGGER Than Ever!

Posted on 8 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Pitch your business plan or your business’ growth strategy to win up to 20,000 in cash and support! SPARK 2018 continues with your chance to share a prize pot of over £20,000 in cash and support! The annual ideas competition for Cardiff University Students and Graduates started in November with the Ideas stage, where 12
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Getting The Word Out

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Caspar, our Enterprise Intern, lets us know how your business can start making a noise even before you’ve started making money… I’m loving my new role as the Marketing Intern for Enterprise because it encapsulates my two favourite things: social media and being the centre of attention. But I must say it’s been a steep
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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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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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Take the ACTion course

Posted on 2 November 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Eleanor Brown, Student Counsellor, talks about the Take ACTion course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Do you ever find yourself have a debate with your inner voice, perhaps justifying why you have put off that task or activity you planned on doing today or arguing about why you should be doing it when all you
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BBI Group: Fancy a career as a Research and Development Scientist?

Posted on 23 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Daniel Robins is a Research and Development Scientist at BBI Solutions, part of the BBI Group. A Human Biology graduate, he started working at BBI six months ago.  He is keen to share his positive experiences with prospective employees. I saw the job of Research and Development Scientist on the BBI Group website and was
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