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Forces veterans

A veteran student is a current or ex-service man or woman who has served a minimum of one day in the Armed Forces: the Army, Royal Navy (Royal Marines) and Royal Air Force. This also includes National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves.

Supporting the Armed Forces community

We are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and are committed to supporting ex-forces servicemen/women and their dependants through our Student Support Services, to ensure that no member of the Armed Forces community faces disadvantage in Higher Education.

We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which seeks to recognise and support serving personnel, veterans and their families. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

We highly value the skills and experiences that service leavers bring to the University and we are working closely together with local community services to provide you with the appropriate advice, guidance, emotional and practical support, to enhance your transition into Higher Education. To assist us in this, we are a member of the Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel (UNSWIS) network.

Key contacts

We offer support on most aspects of transitioning to university life. Paul Thomas is the University's Armed Forces Champion, and Tom Spare is the Veterans Lead for Advice and Money, within Student Support and Wellbeing.

Armed Forces Champion

Alongside his day job within the Research and Innovation Services Department, as Armed Forces Champion Paul helps develop and support Cardiff University’s Armed Forces Community. He acts as a designated point of contact within the institution, represents the University on matters relating to the Armed Forces Community and is happy to provide informal advice to staff and students connected with the military. Paul is a Royal Naval Reservist assigned to Wales University Royal Naval Unit as a Training Officer and teaches full-time students (Officer Cadets) in the classroom, at sea, at sports and facilitates military acquaintances.

Armed Forces Champion

Lieutenant Paul Thomas

Armed Forces Lead

Tom Spare is the Armed Forces Lead for Student Support. You can contact Tom for any questions you might have around adapting to University life.

Armed Forces Lead

Tom Spare – Executive Officer (Transitions and Engagement)

Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS)

We are an Approved Learning Provider on the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme. Further information can be found on the ELCAS website.

Armed Forces Bursary

We also offer a bursary for armed forces veterans, details of which can be found on our bursaries page.

Tell us your views

If you have any feedback about how we can be of further help and support to veterans and their dependants while studying, we would welcome and appreciate your views, via our anonymous survey, to ensure we are providing students with the best support provision.