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Teacher and Career Advisers Conference

We are pleased to announce the return of our Teacher and Career Advisers Conference on Wednesday 24 May 2023.

This free, in-person, one-day event will be held at our Cathays Park campus and is aimed at those who work with Year 12 and 13 students.

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Keeping on top of all the recent (and planned) changes to Higher Education can be a challenge so if you would like to find out more about these, along with a range of other topics, why not join us at our upcoming conference?

Excellent day, very useful, well organised. Really appreciate info given for schools to use. Highly recommend!

Head of Sixth Form, 2019 delegate



08:45 - 09:15

Registration and refreshments


09:15 - 09:30


With Claire Morgan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience

09:30 - 10:00

Degrees of Sanity - the mental health of students in 2023

TEDx speaker, author and young people’s mental health expert, Dr Dominique Thompson, draws upon her two decades of clinical NHS experience to provide an insight into the mental health challenges students face and outlines what schools and colleges can do to help prepare their students for higher education.

10:00 - 10:15

Student Support: a Cardiff University perspective

Director of Student Life, Ben Lewis, discusses how Cardiff University is playing its part in supporting the wellbeing of our students.

10:15 - 11:00

UCAS: recent developments and the ‘journey to a million applicants’

The demographic of 16-19 year olds continues to grow but what does this mean for those looking to apply to higher education in the coming years? Along with providing a general update from UCAS, Ben Jordan (Head of Policy at UCAS) will consider what the demographic increase may mean for your students.

11:00 - 11.15



11:15 - 11:45

Ask the expert – putting your questions to the panel

Following a brief update on undergraduate admissions at Cardiff University, we will turn to our panel of expert advisors who are on-hand to answer any questions you may have. The panel will also include current students who can share an insight into what they wish they’d known before applying to university.

11:45 - 12:30

Select one breakout session from the following options

  • Raising aspirations, fulfilling potential: the support available at Cardiff University (Widening Participation)
  • Developing higher education/careers programmes within your school or college: how can resources such as Unifrog help?
  • Using the Welsh language at Cardiff University: the support and opportunities available to Welsh speakers
  • A Truly Global Institution: international student roundtable discussion and Q&A session

12:30 - 13:30


Complimentary lunch and information marketplace.

13:30 - 14:00

Studying and applying to Medicine, Dentistry and the Healthcare Sciences (including advice on MMIs and NHS funding)

Medicine, Dentistry and the Healthcare Sciences are renowned for being competitive courses. To help you provide the most up to date advice to your students, our team will provide an insight into the NHS funding opportunities, course features, entry requirements, selection process and interview format at Cardiff University.

14:15 - 15:30

Select one breakout session from the following options

  • School of Optometry and Vision Sciences: new pathways in eye care in Wales
  • School of History, Archaeology and Religion: Conservation of Museum Objects and Archaeology
  • Cardiff Business School: compete in our Trading Room!
  • Welcome to Abacws: Supercharge your teaching with the Microbit Game Show at the School of Computer Science
  • Student-led campus tour including a stop at our Cathays Park Campus sport facilities to find out more our High Performance and other specialist sporting programmes.



The programme is currently being finalised and may be subject to amend. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations to the programme required due to factors outside of our control. If the conference is postponed or cancelled, we will notify you by email using the address you have provided. Should we have to cancel/postpone the event, we will be unable to reimburse visitors for travel, hotel and other associated costs.

Teachers and Career Adviser's Conference Programme

Teacher and Career Adviser's Conference Programme

Breakout sessions

The support available at Cardiff University

This session will outline the young people we work with from under-represented or vulnerable groups and the programmes we offer.

Our programmes aim to build confidence, develop key personal development and transferable skills and equip students with the knowledge and understanding to make a strong application and to support them through to their transition into University.

How can resources such as Unifrog help?

Are you looking for ways to inspire your students to look ahead to their future options? There are several resources and platforms available.

This session will introduce you to Unifrog and touch upon the many other support options available from university school liaison teams, events, SACU and more!

Thoughts on any best practice currently used within your school/college will also be invited.

The support and opportunities available to Welsh speakers

Whether they receive a scholarship, undertake a bilingual work experience placement, sit exams in Welsh or opt for a Welsh-speaking personal tutor, your students will have the opportunity to join a thriving Welsh community at the University.

They will be able to use the language throughout their studies and day to day lives.

Find out more about the unique experience we can offer your students as the only Russell Group university in a bilingual capital city.

International student roundtable discussion and Q&A session

Cardiff University attracts some the best students and staff from around the world with over 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

Moderated by Dai Evans (International Office), hear first-hand from some of our international students about why they chose Cardiff, student life, and the opportunities and challenges that arise when living and studying in another country and culture.

The panel will provide some handy hints and tips to pass on to your students and there will be an opportunity to pose questions.

New pathways in eye care in Wales

Optometry as a career is changing. With the development of new pathways in eye care in Wales, we are now seeing secondary care appointments moving into primary care, meaning that patients can now be managed by optometrists in the community, rather than going to the hospital for their eye appointment.

This has resulted in the upskilling of optometrists in a number of areas include medical retina, independent prescribing, low vision, paediatric eye care, acute eye care, and glaucoma.

We will outline the recent changes to the Optometry course in response to the changes in the profession and the tour will showcase the clinical facilities tailored to training and upskilling the next generation of optometrists.

Conservation of Museum Objects and Archaeology

Cardiff University specialise in teaching Conservation of Museum Objects as well as having one of the oldest established Archaeology departments in the UK.

The tour will visit the Conservation Labs where we will look at the artefacts including an Egyptian coffin, mummy bandage and leather altar panel and discuss the role of art and science in the conservation of artefacts as well as seeing how archaeologists use the kinds of scientific facilities within the School.

The facilities include analytical equipment such as the Scanning Electron Microscope (EM-EDX), FTIR, XRF, x-ray facilities, all of which are used to characterise and study objects and decay mechanisms. We will visit the facilities where we carry out research into the corrosion rates of metals and the efficiency of metal coatings in slowing corrosion and explain how this research is informing practice in the conservation and heritage profession.

There will be an opportunity to ask about careers in Conservation and in Archaeology.

Compete in our Trading Room!

The Trading Room at Cardiff Business School is the largest of its kind in Wales. The Trading Room facility is designed to give students a real-world simulations of a trading floor, helping to hone their knowledge, skills and trading style.

The room provides students with the opportunity to gain the practical skills required for life at the Stock Exchange. The Trading Room is integral to providing finance students with practical experience.

The facility is used extensively during formal teaching but is also available for independent and group use. During this session we will guide you through a taster Trading Room session.

You will work in pairs of traders and analysts, competing against the other teams to see who can make the best investments in stocks and shares, yielding the largest profit.

After a brief tour of our fantastic new home – Abacws – take part in our interactive game show which combines the latest Microbit technology with a fast-paced, trivia-based format. You’ll spend your visit in one of our purpose-built labs experiencing first-hand how our students work collaboratively on the fundamental aspects of the subject such as coding.

The Microbit Game Show is also a powerful teaching tool that can help you enhance your students' learning in a variety of subjects. Whether you're teaching science, technology, engineering, maths, or any other subject, incorporating Microbit technology into your lessons can help you create hands-on, interactive experiences that will captivate your students and enhance their understanding.

A tour of our Cathays Park Campus, including a stop at our sport facilities

Join our student guide on a walking tour of our Cathays Park campus to learn more about our University buildings and city.

The tour will also stop at our fitness and conditioning gym to give you the opportunity to view the facilities and to learn more about the High Performance and other specialist sporting programmes and support available to our students.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at