University Closure for Christmas and New Year

To All Staff The University will be officially closed over the Christmas and New Year holiday from end of business on Tuesday 23 December 2014 until 6am on Monday 5 January 2015. This generally means that University buildings will be locked, secured and/or alarmed throughout this period and heating levels will be reduced to save energy. As the University is officially closed it is expected that access to buildings during this holiday period will be minimal. If you do need to enter a University building please follow the standard ‘Out of Hours’ policy and attend the Security Control Room on Park Place (tel. 029 2087 4444) so that issues re: security alarms and safety obligations in respect of ‘lone working’ can be addressed. The Security Control Room should also be informed when you leave the building. If you are providing a slightly different service provision than usual on Tuesday 23 December 2014 someone must ensure that the buildings are secure at the end of service. If you need assistance from Security in locking a building at a specific time please contact the Security Control Room ASAP to make arrangements. Please note such arrangements will need to fit in with available Security staff, depending on the time requested. For information, the following Information Services / Libraries facilities will be open during the Christmas and New Year holiday as follows:

  • Julian Hodge Building Study Centre is open 24/7 for the whole period
  • Trevithick Building IT room is open 24/7 for the whole period
  • Health Library Cochrane Building is open 24/7 every day except:

24 December 2014 when it is open 7am – 5pm
25 to 27 December 2014 inclusive it is closed
28 to 31 December when it is open 9am – 5pm
5 January 2015 when it is open from 7am onwards

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Karen Tanner Director Campus Services Division
Steve Gamlin Head of Security & Portering Services

Carols at Christmas – 17 December

Carols at Christmas The Vice-Chancellor’s Office will be holding its annual carols around the Christmas tree event in the VJ Gallery, Main Building. If you fancy lending your voice to the singing then pop along to Main Building on 17 December at 12.30pm. Early birds will be treated to a performance from the children of the Day Care Centre (at 12.15pm). The Chaplaincy will kindly be providing refreshments. A collection will be made for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Christmas Opening Hours & Restricted Access in the Graduate Centre

From Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 December there will be access to the Study Lounge and small meeting rooms. All other facilities are unavailable due to re-carpeting of the corridor.
Wednesday 17 December – Friday 19 December – normal opening hours apply
Saturday 20 December – Sunday 21 December: 12noon – 6pm
Monday 22 December: 8am – 6pm
Tuesday 23 December: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 24 December – Sunday 4 January: CLOSED

Wishing a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Everyone at the Graduate Centre

Graduate Centre Opening Hours

Alan and Cyril Body Educational Trust – Application deadline is 31st January 2015

Please note that the next application deadline is 31st January 2015 The Trustees invite applications for grants from students experiencing hardship on the following courses: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Healthcare, Optometry, Pharmacy, Law, Education, Engineering.   There are two grant application sessions a year.  The closing dates for these are: 31 October 31 January

For further information, please contact: The Student Support Centre 50 Park Place. Tel: 029 2087 5207 or Second Floor, Cardigan House. Tel: 029 2074 2070

The Alan & Cyril Body Trust

NEW Pathway to a Degree in Politics and International Relations

You now have the opportunity to enrol on a pathway which leads to an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from Cardiff University.

  • You don’t need previous qualifications
  • Funding may be available
  • Your study is part-time
  • You will receive expert tuition
  • You will receive support and advice

If you have always dreamed of learning more about politics and international relations you will now receive the tuition and support to enable you to harness your skills. The new pathway will open fascinating topics to you. Enrolment is now open for the Pathway courses which start in January 2015! If you have any questions please contact Jan Stephens on or by calling ext 76248

More information on the core modules “How Wales Works” and “1989: A Pivotal year for Europe” are available on our website

Students wanted for paid research study

Would you like to play a fun online game about social life and earn £10? Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is conducting a research study looking at local understandings of social life.  We would like to recruit a number of students to participate so that we can measure how different social groups understand each other. For more information and to volunteer for the study, please follow this link:

The Imitation Game

Be in the chance to win a £50 worth amazon voucher by completing an online study

Sign up and take part in a behavioural and lifestyle questionnaire online and you will be put into a draw with the chance of winning a £50 amazon voucher.

The study will take around half an hour of your time and will be spread over three time points.

If you would like to take part then please e-mail and a link to the instructions regarding the study and the first questionnaire will be sent on the 29th of December 2014.

Researcher: Nicola Lewis (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
Supervisor: Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)