Weekly Update

Wednesday 17th March

Graduate route open to international students

The Graduate Route is expected to launch on 1 July 2021. It will require a new work visa application which will only be possible from inside the UK, the payment of a visa fee of £700 and the payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year of visa granted. The visa will allow new graduates to stay and work in the UK, initially for 2 years (3 years for PhD graduates).

If you began your studies in autumn 2020, you will have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK with permission as a student (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021), in order to be eligible to apply. If you began your studies in January or February 2021, you will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

You will need to know the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number you used for your recent student (or Tier 4) visa application and also be holding a valid student visa at the time of application.

Find out more about Graduate Route here.

Join UKCISA on 25 March, 2:30 - 4:00pm here. The session will explain who is eligible, how to apply, and what the Graduate route allows you to do.

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Supporting PGR Communities: In Conversation with the Students’ Union and the Doctoral Academy

Thank you to the researchers who attended this event in February. There were interesting questions and issues raised for discussion, I hope you found it informative. I have compiled some useful information in response to the main themes raised which you can read here.

English for Dissertation Writing Course

The University is offering an online 5-week generic English for Dissertation Writing course to support non-native students on taught Master’s programmes who are writing, or preparing to write, a dissertation. This course aims to develop students’ confidence to deal with the cultural and linguistic challenges of writing a dissertation.

The classes will take place via Zoom in Spring 2021 (starting from w/c 19th April) and will operate on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. They will focus on the general structure, function, and useful language for different parts of the dissertation, including: Abstract, Introductions, Literature Reviews, Methods, Results and Conclusion

The classes are open to all international students whose first language is not English, and that of course includes students with dyslexia. Inevitably, as they are writing classes, there will be a significant amount of reading (e.g. texts to illustrate aspects of writing) as well as written exercises. To accommodate all types of students:

  • Worksheets would be sent out in advance to allow students with additional needs time to prepare for the interactions in the live class
  • In-class PowerPoints (which contain quite detailed explanations) would be available after the classes, so that students can revisit and go through them at their own pace and convenience
  • Some Panopto videos of lesson have been created and would be made available to all students in case they wish to review the lessons with an audio commentar
  • All students are also welcome to sign-up for live one-to-one tutorials with English tutors. These could be used to clarify content from classes as well as to discuss individual issues in their own written work

Find out more details and register for English for Dissertation Writing here.

All students have access to assistive technology via the student intranet. We do not use these in our classes but an individual student could use them with our material before or after the classes. The student can obtain further information about these technologies through the student intranet here.

Book a COVID Test

The Cardiff University Screening Service has been designed to support students and staff who will be spending time on campus. If you are not spending time on campus, you are encouraged not to travel if that action is contrary to current Welsh Government guidance. However, if you are feeling particularly anxious, you are asymptomatic, and a test would put your mind at rest, then the Screening Service is available to you at this time.

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Postgraduate Community

There is a large and active postgraduate community in Cardiff and we are working each year to build on this. If you would like to get more involved or have an idea, get in touch with Jane at VPPostgraduate@cardiff.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research Students' Association

This Association represents all postgraduate research students at the university. They provide a platform for socialising, to cultivate a sense of community and support for PGRs during their time here at Cardiff, as well as formal representation of the collective PGR interests. Membership of the Association is free - join here.

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 like the page to stay updated!

Academic Reps

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UCU Union

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