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Housing Week: Don’t sign too soon!

Posted on 17 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team, explains why you shouldn’t sign for a house too early and gives some tips for when you do start house viewings. The autumn season is always accompanied by an unwarranted panic to sign for future accommodation. There seems to be this idea that you must sign for next
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Posted on 16 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, talks about National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, and how to get involved. National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 is happening from 13 – 20 October 2018. A Hate Crime is a crime which you feel was targeted at you, due to your race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. This
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No contact with your family? We are here to support you at Uni

Posted on 12 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England, the dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students at Cardiff University, explains what it means to be estranged and the support available. Most Universities in the UK recognise that students who have been through the care system face barriers in access to higher education and have developed a support package to try
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National Coming Out Day

Posted on 8 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student Wellbeing Champion, Tamzin, discusses National Coming Out Day and how to get involved. October 11 is National Coming Out Day and Cardiff University is celebrating in partnership with Rainbow Bridge, the specialised LGBT+ domestic abuse support organisation. ‘Coming out’ means telling someone something about yourself that isn’t immediately obvious. In relation to sexual orientation
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‘Mind your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, talks about ‘Mind Your Head’ Week and World Mental Health Day and how you can get involved with events around campus. Mind Your Head Week is an annual event running Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October this year. It’s a week of events held around Cardiff University to raise awareness
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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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Are you missing out on a Cardiff University Bursary?

Posted on 3 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max from the Advice and Money Team shares important information about the Cardiff University bursary. These bursaries are available to any undergraduate student who started in September 2017 and is: eligible for UK student funding support and whose household income is assessed as being lower than £42,000; and liable to pay tuition fees of approximately
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My experience of Anxiety and Depression

Posted on 27 June 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Wellbeing Champion and Biomedical Science Student, Abbie, shares her experience of anxiety and depression, and encourages others to talk about how they’re feeling. When anxiety and depression began to have a huge effect on my life, I found it difficult to talk about how I was feeling. I struggled to even put what I was
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Speaking out about Bipolar Disorder

Posted on 21 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

PhD Student and Postgraduate Peer Supporter, Sum, discusses Bipolar Disorder and shares his own personal experience of this mental health condition… My experience with mental health problems began when I was sixteen years old. After significant struggles and inaccurate diagnoses of depression whilst completing my undergraduate degree, I was correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since
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Moving out checklist

Posted on 19 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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Support for disabled or dyslexic students graduating this summer

Posted on 18 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Delyth, from the Disability and Dyslexia Service, discusses the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) available for postgraduate study, the access to work grants available and guidance on telling an employer about your disability. If your exams are over and you can almost feel the cap on your head, well done! I’m sure that all of your
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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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Top Tips for Graduating Entrepreneurs

Posted on 28 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rhys, Enterprise Manager, shares advice for anyone considering starting a business after graduating… Starting a business and freelancing are legitimate career paths after graduating! Enterprise and Start-up are able to help graduates up to 5 years after they’ve graduated and sometimes longer depending on demand. Here are your next steps to becoming an entrepreneurial graduate…
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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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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 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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In-exam guidance: Three golden rules

Posted on 1 May 2018 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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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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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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The One-Page Business Plan

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sage are here to give you the full lowdown on why a Business Model Canvas IS the new Business Plan If you’re looking to start a business or want to expand, writing a plan is a key part of the process. An effective business plan will outline what you want to achieve and highlight problems
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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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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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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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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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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 19 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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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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Working Hard Or Hardly Working? Striking A Balance When Your Office Is At Home

Posted on 5 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Caspar, our Enterprise Intern, tells us how you can stay focused on your start-up when you’re working from home It’s been full steam ahead for the past week at Enterprise. Between supporting students with their last minute SPARK applications and getting the Student Innovation Festival ready for launch, we really needed all the office hours
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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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5 Skills You Need To Start Up Your Own Business

Posted on 19 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stuart McClure, co-founder of LoveTheSales.com, lets us in on his 14 years of business management experience and how his LoveTheSales is all the better for it. Starting your own business is tough. It takes a lot of hard work, effort and emotion, but most people understand that the rewards of doing so outweighs the toil of
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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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Valentines Gifts on a Budget

Posted on 12 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kate, Student Intern shares 10 DIY Valentine’s 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! There’s no need to spend a fortune on cards, flowers and gifts; here are some meaningful Valentine’s gift
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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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Why become a Student Mentor?

Posted on 8 February 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Three current Student Mentors talk about their experience of the role and what they’ve gained from it… Many students starting university have questions and queries and sometimes it is difficult to know who to turn to for support. As a Student Mentor you are able to help first year students from your academic school settle
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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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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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The rise of the ‘Portfolio Career’

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sean, Cardiff University Enterprise Manager, tells us how the world of work has changed and it isn’t turning back any time soon. In the past many people would stay in the same job for the whole of their working life. Today, that luxury is gone and it’s unlikely that you’ll even stay on the same career path
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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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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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