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 (adamsrc1@cardiff.ac.uk)

Look out for changes to Cardiff People

During the next few months Cardiff People will be adding new features to the online employee self-service portal. Starting in October 2014 new streamlined processes are being introduced which will change the way in which we request annual leave and staff development/training provision. All information about your employment contract and pay including you payslip will be available electronically.

For line managers, information about your team will be brought together in a single online “dashboard”. Line managers will be able to review and approve requests for annual leave, and staff development/training courses via this portal. All features will be accessible from a web browser and available securely 24 hours a day seven days a week.

To support you in using these new features there will be guides, checklists and briefing sessions as well as local support in your School/Department. Further updates will be provided in future editions of Blas and the Cardiff People web pages http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cardiffpeople/ . If you have any questions contact cardiffpeople@cardiff.ac.uk

Up-skill your academic style

Do you want to learn how to note-take effectively? Are you struggling with academic writing?

The University’s Academic and Skills Development Centre offers free classes and guidance to all undergraduate students to help you through your time at University. Classes cover areas such as presentation skills, critical reading and thinking, revision tips, essay writing and time management. They’re designed to be accessible and can help new students adjust to the University’s methods of teaching and learning as well as giving continuing students the chance to improve their study skills. Full course listings and details of how to book are available on the Centre’s website

Participants sought for a paid emotion processing study

Payment: £5,

Time Required: 30 minutes,

When: Whenever you are free

WHO CAN TAKE PART? Aged 18+, please do not wear bifocal or varifocals glasses

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? Completing two simple computer tasks where you will view different faces. We will set-up an eye-tracker throughout both tasks.

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 Naomi Newton at NewtonNV@cardiff.ac.uk. We will answer any questions you may have and arrange a timeslot.

Online Counselling

Are you worried about being away from Cardiff and not having access to support? The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service provide online counselling to students. You can choose to have email, webcam or Instant Messaging sessions, which are conducted securely, safely and confidentially. You can use counselling to address a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships problems, homesickness, loss, trauma and abuse. We also provide online Wellbeing appointments, which are focused sessions designed to help you develop more effective coping strategies, for example with anxiety and homesickness.

To apply for counselling or wellbeing appointments please complete this online referral form.

Mood Boost: Managing Low mood and Depression

Student Counselling Workshop  Tuesday 7 October 2014 6.00-8.00pm  

This workshop is aimed at helping people cope with low mood and symptoms of depression. We will explore the different types of depression people can experience, how depression can develop and the things that can maintain it.  We will explore strategies for improving low mood, including ways to manage negative patterns of thinking, ways to deal with difficult emotions and ways to change unhelpful behaviour.  

To Sign up, please go to the following website.

This Workshop will be held in Rooms 1.07 & 1.08 OPTOM, (next to Lidl).

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 williamsan@cardiff.ac.uk. We will tell you more about the project and answer any questions you may have.