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Student life

We are very proud of our student community and are committed to helping you enjoy your time in Cardiff.

Student reps

Our student-staff panel is a great opportunity for our students to play an active role in the life of the School. New academic reps are elected each year.

I would thoroughly recommend being student rep to anyone and everyone - it's probably the best opportunity to make sure your voices and opinions are considered, and you can also see how much the department reflects and improves on the basis of student experience.

Leah Hibbs (BScEcon Sociology)

SOCSI Society

This student-run society does a great job of bringing students from all across the School of Social Sciences together for social events, bake sales, and the annual SOCSI Ball. The Society also runs the busy and successful SOCSI netball and football teams. They place a particular focus on welcoming new students and helping them make the most of their time in Cardiff.

Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP)

CUROP provides summer placement opportunities that allow undergraduates to gain research experience and contribute to exciting research projects. Previous CUROP placements have included opportunities to work on projects exploring public health approaches to preventing sexual abuse, understanding how young people use schools as sites for self-harm, analysing how children understand and experience rural faith schooling, and the public engagement of under 25 year olds in urban governance.

Global opportunities

Global Opportunities have links to over 300 institutions around the world, supporting students who are considering, or currently spending, a period of time abroad on a study or work placement, or who are interested in taking part in a short-term programme including study, work and volunteering opportunities.

Leanne worked as a volunteer in the rural town of Mugaiyur,
Leanne worked as a volunteer in the rural town of Mugaiyur,

In India, the Dalit gypsy community we worked with are marginalised politically, economically and socially and thus, don't have access to regular education. We provided workshops regarding health and nutrition, numbers and letters and sexual health. Alongside this, we assisted and witnessed the development of an education centre, which is in preparation for these children to have a regular and stable education. A few of my favourite parts about the experience include: seeing the children and parents happy to invite us into their company (even with the language barrier); having day trips out at weekends to local cultural sites and tasting amazing food cooked by a local chef.

Danielle undertook an International Exchange to the University of South Australia.
Danielle undertook an International Exchange to the University of South Australia.

It takes time and effort to get here, but it’s so worth it. It will be one of the best experiences of your life.