Paid brain imaging study

We are looking for healthy controls over the age of 30 for a brain imaging study examining whether there are differences in brain waves and chemicals between healthy individuals and those with psychosis. This study will take place in CUBRIC until Mar/Apr 2015. You will be paid £35 for your participation. If you are interested in participating or would like more information then please e-mail or phone on 02920 870345. Thank you.

Researchers at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University are looking for Staff and Student volunteers for research on memory

Payment: £20

Time Required: 2 hours

When: As soon as possible; whenever you are free

WHO CAN TAKE PART? Right-handed, native English speakers, aged 18-30, with normal or corrected to normal vision (if you have corrected vision then glasses are preferable to contact lenses), no current use of psychotropic medication, and not dyslexic.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? We study the processes that contribute to memory retrieval. You will be asked to complete a memory task for objects displayed on a computer screen. This study involves recording the electrical activity of your brain via electrodes housed in a cap which would be placed on your head (electroencephalography; EEG). There will be some gel left in your hair after the experiment. We have hair washing facilities available (time to wash your hair is included in the time slot). Please note that we cannot record your brain activity if you have braids in your hair, or dreadlocks, or styling products, when you attend the recording session.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE INFORMATION? All the information provided will be anonymised immediately after you have completed the experiment. This means that the data cannot be traced back to you. Only the research team will have access to the data.

HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART? For further information please contact Angharad Williams at

We will tell you more about the project and answer any questions you may have.

SIMS Unavailability – Thursday 31st July to Friday 1st August

Dear SIMS User,
Due to school structure changes for the new academic and financial year we would like to inform you that SIMS client and SIMS Online will be unavailable from 5pm Thursday 31st July to 5pm Friday 1st August. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Further details are given below:

  • What is being done? Due to the organisational changes being made across colleges for the new academic and financial year, SIMS is being updated to reflect such changes.
  • When is it being done? 5pm Thursday 31st July – 5pm Friday 1st August
  • Who will be affected? ALL users of SIMS Client and SIMS Online
  • How will this affect users? There will be no access to SIMS Client or SIMS online.
  • Why is it being done? To update SIMS with the latest changes to Schools.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact INSRVConnect and log a call to the SIMS Support Team.

Regards, SIMS Support Team

Part-time and affordable routes to a degree from Cardiff University

Have you always wanted to study for a degree?  → A range of subjects to choose from → Pathways are part-time → Funding may be available → In most cases, you won’t need prior qualifications → Study support and advice is available Is it time for You?

All pathway subjects are listed in the new Pathways prospectus which is available by calling 2087 0000 or visit our pathways website now.

Receive staff and student discount on part-time Choices courses. New courses out now!

We have hundreds of part-time courses available in a variety of subjects starting this autumn. If you are a member of staff or a student at Cardiff University, there is a discounted fee.

You only have to pay the concessionary fee (which is discounted up to 20%).  If you are a full time Cardiff University student please call us to find out if you are entitled to a discounted rate.  Learning can enhance your life in so many ways.  So if you want to improve your CV, keep your mind active, meet like-minded people, gain a qualification or simply love to learn then enrol on a course today.

For a copy of our prospectus call 2087 0000 or visit our website now for the full course listing.

Online Food Study

We are looking for participants (aged 18+) for an online experiment on food and positive emotion.   This should last 20-30 minutes and we’re offering a 50p donation to the mental health charity MIND and the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher (for every 50 participants) as reimbursement for your time.

All of the information you should need can be found on our website:

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch: Rachel Adams (

Think Tank – Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August, 09.00-17.00, Bute Building

Ever thought about putting your expertise to use as a consultant?
Think Tank challenges post-graduates to come up with solutions to real business problems to develop their skills in consultancy. They are presented with consultancy scenarios for which they must seek a solution over the two day event. By working with local businesses, the participants gain an appreciation for how their expertise are required by companies to bring benefits to the economy and wider society. Think Tank is hosted by Cardiff University Enterprise.

For more information, please visit Cardiff University Enterprise Blog | Think Tank!, or contact

Senghennydd Library closure

The Senghennydd Library will be closing throughout August to enable essential maintenance works in the library. The Library will close from Monday 28th July (the last operational day will be Friday 25th July), and will reopen on Monday 1st September.

There will be no access to the Library during this period. No loans will be due back during the closure, but the book return bin will remain in the entrance to the Senghennydd Building, and be checked daily. Items can also be returned to any other Cardiff University library. Core items from the School of Mathematics reading lists will be moved to the Trevithick Library, and will be available for in-library use only.

Student enrolment for Lifelong Learning courses, and registration of the Alumni, SCONUL, and Community Membership schemes will move to Room 0.07 in the Senghennydd building (opposite the Library entrance) and be available 11am – 3pm Monday – Friday.

Please contact the Senghennydd Library for more information – email; telephone 029 2082 74611.

View the Information Services web pages for more information.

Do you need extra time, or other arrangements for your exams?

Any student requiring a specific provision for the Resit examination period must apply through the Disability and Dyslexia Service before the 28th July 2014. The application must be accompanied by documentary evidence, requests for specific provision will not besupported without appropriate documentary evidence.

The Specific Provision Application form can be found by following the link below

Student Support Centre

Demonstrating Research Impact: University Graduate College Lunchtime Sessions

The University Graduate College is running a series of sessions aimed at postgraduate researchers that aim to demystify impact and discuss how it can be demonstrated.

At each event a panel of researchers from within the discipline grouping will discuss their own research impact. Lunch will be provided. Research staff can also attend

1.  Biomedical & Life Sciences, Wednesday 9 July, 12.30 – 1.30pm,  0.27A & 0.27B, Hadyn Ellis Building

2.  Physical Sciences, Wednesday 16 July, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Central C/1.10 & C/1.11, Queens Buildings

Further information and how to book can be found here.

Workshop 9.7.14 – Philosophical Relationships ***Change of Programme***

Philosophical Relationships

Philosophy Workshop



2.34, John Percival Building

A multi-disciplinary workshop that brings together three papers looking at specific ‘relationships’ within the context of philosophy’s connections with other disciplines.

Papers will be delivered in Welsh with simultaneous translation.

1.00 – 2.15pm Huw Rees Translating the sacred in Habermas’s post-secular theory 2.30 – 3.45pm Lisa Sheppard Otherness and Variety: Re-interpreting multiculturalism through the “other” in contemporary Welsh fiction. 4.15 – 5.30pm Carys Moseley The Theological Ethics of Johannes Duns Scotus: are there Welsh connections?

Research Participants Sought

We are seeking participants for multiple studies at CUBRIC exploring the brain mechanisms underlying human attention and cognition.  Some studies involve magnetic stimulation and recording of brain activity as participants perform simple behavioural tasks. We are seeking to recruit healthy individuals with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, aged between 18 and 35 years.   Participants will be reimbursed £6-10 per hour, depending on the study, and most experiments involve a total of approximately 2-15 hours participation.   To find out more about the research, and your eligibility to participate, please contact Jemma Sedgmond:

Participants wanted for a research study: Study investigating the chemistry of decision making

This study investigates how decision making is affected by dopamine, one of the central messenger substances of the brain. Participants will be asked to take drugs that activate or block dopamine or a placebo and then do a series of tasks on the computer and on paper. We expect that the different drugs will affect your performance on these tasks in different ways. If you are willing to participate in this study you will be required to undergo an initial screening session and 3 experimental sessions (4 hours each) on 3 different days. We are looking for healthy male participants aged 25 – 50 years who are willing to come to the Heath Hospital for 4 different sessions over a period of three to four weeks. The first session will  last approximately 2 hours and the remaining 3 experimental sessions will be 1.5 to 2 hours of testing, 1 hour of waiting for the drug to take effect and another hour of waiting for the drug to wear off .

You will be paid a compensation of £6 per hour and £10 for taxi after each session.

To take part in this study you have to adhere to the following:

  • You are male and aged 25 – 50 years and are not overweight or underweight.
  • You are not suffering from any psychiatric, neurological or any other health problems.
  • You are Caucasian and have at least 11 years of education.
  • You are not taking any prescription or other drugs.
  • You do not currently smoke and do not drink excessively
  • You have no drug allergies.
  • You are not lactose intolerant and you are not vegetarian.

Please contact Prof. David Linden  or Dr Leena Subramanian, if you are interested and would like more information.

Email:           Phone: 029 208 70717
Email:                       Phone: 029 208 70355

Restricted Parking, Main Building, Colum Drive, Queens Building – 4 Jul

The University will be closing the Main Building car park for the duration of the University Open Day on Friday 4th July. The car park will be used for two large reception marquees, mini bus parking and parking for visitors with mobility difficulties.

It is for this reason normal users need to make alternative parking arrangements on Friday 4th July.

Due to the new CARBS build on Colum Drive there will be limited alternative parking available in the Cassim car park by the Business School, unfortunately we have no other alternative parking available.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused

Future of Scotland and UK with Professor David Bell

3 July 2014, 1.15pm-3pm,
Wales Governance Centre, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay
Professor David Bell from Stirling University will lead a seminar on the topic of Scottish independence and the its impact on territorial funding across the UK. Professor Bell will also talk about the implications of extending the Scotland Act 2012 to the other parts of the UK. A leading Welsh expert will also provide a response.
Following Professor Bell’s contributions, there will be an opportunity for an audience question and answer session.
A free lunch will also be provided.
RSVP to by no later than 28 June 2014