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‘App’ helps keep student finances in check

22 November 2010

A new iPhone application offering Cardiff University students instant access to expert advice on keeping their finances in check has been launched.

The new advice and budget planning app is a joint project between Cardiff University’s Student Support Centre and the Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) for iPhones and iPod touch.

The new app, funded by a technology grant from CFEB’s Money Doctor programme, uses new and existing materials to help support students in financial planning and money management.

"In the current economic climate, helping students get the skills they need to look after their money during University and make the most of the opportunities higher education provides is crucial," according to Ben Lewis, Head of Student Advisory Services at Cardiff University.

"Making use of the latest technology by creating the first money advice and budget phone app means we can build on existing services designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their finances with confidence, so that they are better equipped to do what is needed while at University and manage their finances in the future" he added.

The app was developed in partnership with creative design company Modus Creative, and is now available for students to download for free from the App store. It also includes a GPS function for iPhone and iPod touch users to help new students find their way around the University and locate key Cardiff University student services.

Ben Lewis added: "The new app helps Cardiff University students have all the financial advice and support they need – literally, at their fingertips."

A demonstration on the features of the new app can be watched at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UChnrQN0zsY

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Notes:

1. Further information

Ben Lewis
Head of Student Advisory Services
Telephone: 02920 874179
E-mail: lewisbm1@cardiff.ac.uk

Chris Jones
Public Relations Officer
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 874731
E-mail: jonesc83@cardiff.ac.uk

2. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

3. About CFEB
The Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) is an independent body, created in April 2010 by the Financial Services Act 2010. It is responsible for helping consumers understand financial matters and manage their finances better. It does this by providing impartial information, education and advice through a national financial advice service. Its national financial advice service provides free, impartial advice and is available at www.moneymadeclear.org.uk, over the phone on 0300 500 5000 and face-to-face in a number of priority areas across the UK (and from next spring, these will be available nationwide).

• For free, impartial information and advice about money matters visit: www.moneymadeclear.org.uk.
• For more information about CFEB call the press office on 020 7943 0593 or visit: www.cfebuk.org.uk.
• To speak to a Money Guide phone 0300 500 5000.