Welcome to the Postgraduate ZONE!
WELCOME WEEK 2021
We are so glad to be welcoming so many new Postgraduate students to Cardiff University this September, and I
cannot wait to meet you! I will be in the Students' Union building every day from 22nd September until 2nd
October to hopefully meet as many of you as possible and get to know you!
If you have any questions or issues that arise over the course of your first few weeks, please do not hesitate to
get in touch and I can assist you! You can drop me an email on VPPostgraduate@cardiff.ac.uk
COVID SAFETY AND EDUCATION: FAQs
You should have received information from your Academic School prior to your arrival in Cardiff as to your first
semester teaching. If you haven't received information about style and delivery of teaching, you will
need to get in touch with your programme lead. If there are any problems that arise with this, please do
not hesitate to let me know!
BOOKING A COVID TEST
We continue to have COVID testing on-site around the corner from Main Building, and the University want to ensure
that every student has access to regular COVID testing. If you would like to book a test, you can log in
to the Student Intranet.
The University is working hard to encourage all students to take up their invitation to receive two doses of a
vaccination against the novel Coronavirus. We are currently working with the Cardiff and Vale University
Health Board to operate pop-up COVID-19 vaccination centres on campus:
- Cardiff Students' Union from 22nd to 28th September 2021
- Talybont Halls of Residence from 29th September to 3rd October 2021
You can book your slot here.
Upcoming Postgraduate Events
Your feedback and concerns
If you have immediate feedback you would like to raise with the Students' Union or the University, I would
encourage you to complete the below survey! This will enable me to collate your feedback and ensure I am raising
issues that matter to you within the Postgraduate community!
You can raise absolutely anything! If you would like to be contacted as a result of your answers, please let me
know in one of the text boxes and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
Don't forget to log in to complete the survey
There is a large and active postgraduate community in Cardiff and we are working each year to build on this. Our
new Postgraduate Association is a tool that enables all Postgraduates to work together, but we need your
assistance to make it successful! If you would like to get more involved or have an idea, get in touch
with me at VPPostgraduate@cardiff.ac.uk
Postgraduate Students' Association
This Association represents all postgraduate students at the university. I am working with Postgraduate
students across the University to create a platform for socialising, to cultivate a sense of community and
support for all Postgraduates during their time here at Cardiff, as well as formal representation of the
collective Postgraduate interests. Membership of the Association is automatic for
Postgraduates at Cardiff University - you became a member when you enrolled!
Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network
The Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network is a
Facebook group for all postgraduate students that seeks to develop an active, strong and vibrant postgraduate
community here at Cardiff. The network combines both Research and Taught students in order to develop a
supportive research environment as well as promoting the diverse and exciting extra-curricular opportunities
available to postgrads. The network gives you the chance to find out about academic and social events, get in
contact with fellow students and find out more information about what’s going on in the postgrad
community. The PG network is led by the Cardiff Students’ Postgraduate Association, the Vice President
Postgraduate Students and the Students’ Union. They are there to listen to your views, to advise, to take
effective action, and to support and facilitate your ideas, whether this be for social events or improvements in
your academic experience. Don’t forget to join
the group to stay updated!
At Cardiff University, you get an input into your academic experience. Each year, the Students' Union trains
and supports over 1,000 Reps across the University. These Reps serve as the vital link between peers, Schools,
the University and the Students' Union on educational matters. They are the Voice for your school and year
group. Contact your Rep.
If you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student, it is important that you are aware of your rights, have access
to training and feel supported in your role which can often toe the line between staff and students.
Many PGR students at Cardiff University are members of UCU (Universities and Colleges Union), and have access to
free memberships, which is one of the largest Unions in the world.
The UCU Union provides targeted support
for Postgraduates who teach, on a wide range of topics including: Employment Rights, Representation,
Professional Development, Training and Advice.
The Students' Union works closely with the Cardiff Branch of UCU to ensure appropriate representation and
support, but if we could be doing more, please let us know!