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Meet the Team: Residence Life Coordinators

By ResLife 22 Sep 2020

The Residence Life Coordinators are full-time staff at the university who manage the Residence Life Assistants. We are available to chat to students on request – just email residencelife@cardiff.ac.uk. We also have a Residence Life Manager who looks after the whole team.

Name: Lauren
Hometown: Hengoed, Wales
Responsible for: Talybont
How long have you been an RLC: 2.5 years
What motivates you to help and support students: I remember how hard I found it to adjust to uni life when I was starting out as a student, and I was massively helped by RLAs in my accommodation. It feels very rewarding to be able to help students that are in the place I once was!
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Seeing students thrive at uni! It is difficult for everyone to adjust, but once you find your place it can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I would probably live in Uni Hall – the grounds are so pretty and it’s just a short walk down the hill to Roath Park. I also love the lounge space and feel I would have spent a lot of time studying and socialising there.
What advice would you give to new students? Try new things! Some of the most fun and interesting experiences I had at uni were through trying something I had never done before or didn’t think I would be interested in. By doing this, you also get to meet people from so many different backgrounds and cultures that you may not have met otherwise!

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Name: Charlotte
Hometown: Cardiff
Responsible for: The RLCs
For how long have you been an RLC: Since the team was created in March 2018!
What motivates you to help and support students: I was a quiet and shy student who was afraid to try new things.  I truly believe that everyone deserves to thrive in life and that some of us need a helping hand or words of encouragement to do so. I’m grateful to be in a job where I can be the person I needed when I was a student.
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Seeing the different levels of community, it’s like a ripple effect. At training week, the RLAs are strangers but by the end of the week they have bonded, not just in their site groups but as an overall group. They then grow this sense of community in their halls of residence and the wider University. It’s great to see the RLAs and other students flourish!
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I’m a lover of nature so it would have to be University Hall because it has lots of green space and squirrels! It’s also a short walk to Roath Park Lake to visit the ducks and swans. I’m not much of a winter person so being able to catch the bus to and from lectures on a cold and wet day would be another win.
What advice would you give to new students? Be an includer. If someone in your flat or on your course is quiet or often alone, reach out. They could be finding it hard to adjust to University life and a friendly face and quick chat could make a world of difference to them. 
If you’re unsure about something and are worried it’s a silly question, ask for help or advice. There are so many people that are happy to help.

Name: Kristina
Hometown: Newport
Responsible for: Uni Hall, Cartwright Court & Roy Jenkins
How long have you been an RLC: 4 months
What motivates you to help and support students: I know how hard it is to be a first-year student struggling to find my place. Starting this new chapter in life is extremely difficult and some people need that little bit of extra support and encouragement to fully embrace their university experience. I love helping others so being that source of support is extremely rewarding.
What is the most satisfying part of your job: Getting to know the RLAs and see how dedicated they are to their role. It’s amazing to see them work together and put so much effort into providing great opportunities for students!
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I would probably choose Talybont as it's next to Bute Park and not too far out from the city centre either. Also, the social life on site is great if you want to meet new people.

What advice would you give to new students? Your university experience will probably be completely different than you imagined! Embrace any challenges you face, get involved in new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Please reach out if you ever need support, there are so many people here to help you. Finally, enjoy yourself, it flies by!



Name: Josh
Hometown: Rochester, Kent
Responsible for: South Campus
How long have you been an RLC: Since August 2021
What motivates you to help and support students: Students are literally the future of our society. They have had a really tough ordeal with Lockdown and I know I would have really struggled myself. University was undoubtedly the most formative experience of my life, and I can’t wait to throw myself into making it a wonderful and unforgettable time for everyone else too!
What is the most satisfying part of your job: So far just seeing the extraordinary creativity and passion that the RLAs bring to their university experience. They are an inspiration to us all!
If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? Hands down Senghennydd Hall. Apart from the excellent links to town and the train station I lived in a university residence on Senghennydd Road in my first year and I have countless amazing memories there.

What advice would you give to new students? Remember that everyone is in the same boat. If you have a question to ask I can guarantee there’s at least 5 other people who would be very grateful to know the answer too. Also, don’t be afraid to join a society – you’re instantly going to link up with people who have the same interests as you!

Name: Lauren (number two!)

Hometown: Cwmbran

Responsible for: North Campus

How long have you been an RLC: Since August this year!

What motivates you to help and support students: When I first started university I had moved almost 200 miles away from home, friends and family. It can be really scary but having a great team and a great university around you to support you can really shape some of the best experiences of your life so far. It is such a thrill and privilege to be a part of that journey for so many people.

What is the most satisfying part of your job: Seeing students thrive in their new found life.

If you could live in one of the University residence halls, which one would you choose and why? I would choose to live in Aberdare hall because of the traditional style building and being so close to Bute park and the short walk to the center of the city.

What advice would you give to new students? Relax and enjoy the opportunities university gives you. Don't be afraid to try something new and take advantage of everything Cardiff has to offer you.

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