It's that time of year again. The library is full, tensions are high, exams and assessments are just around the corner. Take a deep breath. Everything's going to be okay. The Students’ Union has a bunch of helpful tools and fun activities to make you Stress Less!


Stress Less is a week-long, multi-campus campaign with an aim to encourage you to plan your time, take regular breaks and look after yourselves during this challenging time of year. We’re hosting a range of activities including plant sales, doodling and craft workshops and… the pooches are back!


We know that being prepared and planning your time wisely will help you keep on the right track and stay motivated. So to help you out, we’ve put together a study timetable and survival guide to get the help you get organised!


Remember! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or things are getting a bit too much for you please ask for help. You can chat to the Education Officer or Welfare Officer at the Students’ Union or contact the Advice Zone at any point throughout the year.





Read Lois's blog here

Download the Study Timetable here.



Blasus Succulent Emporium pop-up
Spending time looking after plants is a great way to help look after your mental health. Come along and find the perfect plant to help boost your mood and stress less.

Treforest: Monday 20 Jan. More information.
Cardiff: Tuesday 21 Jan. More information.


Pet a Pooch
Feeling wuff?

The pooches are back to make you feel amazing.

Treforest: Monday 20 Jan. More information.
Cardiff: Tuesday 21 Jan. More information.
Newport: Wednesday 22 Jan. More information.


Sock Craft Workshop
Come along and build a little sock monster that will help you calm your nerves whilst learning a new craft.


Treforest: Monday 20 Jan. More information.



Doodling Workshop
Join us for a creative workshop to help your mind focus. Focusing on one thing at a time will give your mind a break and keep you motivated for when you go back to studying.

Glyntaff: Thursday 23 Jan. More information.





Exam Survival Guide

Here are some important things to remember while preparing for your exams. More information can be found here.


Fit to sit policy

The University operates a Fit to Sit Policy which means that when submitting or presenting yourself for assessments, you are declaring that you are fit to do so. For examinations, this is done by signing the attendance slip before the exam. After doing so, you cannot claim that your exam was affected by your circumstances or illness. If you are aware of circumstances that affect your ability to perform to your expected academic level, you will need to seek advice or apply for extenuating circumstances before the assessment.


Extenuating circumstances

If you fall ill or have unexpected circumstances that affect your ability to perform to your expected academic level, you may be able to apply for extenuating circumstances. To do this, you will need to fill out a form that you can get from the Advice Zone, you must do this as soon as anything arises. Be aware that everything will need to be evidenced and then your claim will be considered by a panel.



If you fall ill, you can self-certificate for seven days. You can only do this once in each academic year. Self-certification is for short-term illnesses only. You will need to fill out a Self-Certification Form, available from the Advice Zone.


How to prep on the day

  • Double-check your timetable to make sure you know exactly where to go and make sure you arrive with time to spare! Allow for delays and travel disruptions.
  • If you have any problems with your timetable, visit the Students’ Union or the Advice Zone, we’re here to help!
  • Make sure you have a spare pen and relevant permitted materials. Keep your mobile phone turned off, remove any labels on your water bottle and get your student ID card ready.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your exam starts.