BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) induction 2018-2019: Exeter taught site
  • Exeter School of Nursing, WESC campus, Tollards 4 and 5

  • Exeter School of Nursing, WESC campus, Tollards 4 and 5

  • Exeter School of Nursing, WESC campus, Tollards 4 and 5

  • Plymouth, Drake Circus, various locations

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For adult nursing students undertaking their study in Exeter


Welcome to your first year in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and professional journey and you will need to stay focused and work hard, but should also aim to enjoy your studies and make the most of your time as a member of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the University.

You will see from the timetable below that Induction week will give you the chance to find out more about the nursing course and to meet staff and fellow students. You will also become familiar with the University both its campus and the services available to support you. There are so many opportunities for you to engage with, which will add to your experience and help you grow both academically and personally.

On behalf of the staff and students, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth and look forward to meeting you.

Message from Louise Winfield, Interim Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

There are a number of activities you need to complete before you start your studies with the University of Plymouth:

  • Complete online enrolment by Monday 17 September 2018
  • Complete photo upload by Monday 17 September 2018
The forms below are based on the University's open learning platform. You will be asked to create an account to enable you to complete the forms.
  • Complete the online bus request form by Monday 10 September 2018
  • Complete the online name badge form by Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • Complete the online Self Declaration formAs this form needs to be current it is only available from Monday 10 September 2018 and should be completed by Monday 17 September 2018. 

The documents below are available for information and download

  • Checklist for all the activity you need to undertake
  • Pre-course reading list
  • Key dates

Documents to bring with you on Monday September 2018

  • Passport (to enable you to collect your University card)
  • Any documents requested by the Admissions Team

Timetable for Year 1 induction week

To enable Exeter-based students to meet their Plymouth colleagues and become familiar with the facilities available at Drake Circus the sessions on Thursday 20 September will take place on the Plymouth Drake Circus campus. This will include the opportunity to attend the University's welcome party for all students on Plymouth Hoe. Transport to and from Plymouth will be available on Thursday 20 September as shown below. If you wish to use this facility please complete the online transport form by Tuesday 11 September 2018.

Thursday 20 September 2018 – bus times for Exeter taught students only

  • 8:15 – Leave Exeter WESC campus (Topsham Road) to Plymouth campus, North Hill
  • 22:00 – Leave Plymouth Hoe (Citadel Road) to Exeter WESC campus
For students travelling separately, the railway station in Plymouth is a few minutes walk away from the campus. Students who wish to drive are advised there is no parking available on the Drake Circus campus.  

Monday 17 September 2018

Sessions today aim to provide information about becoming a nurse and an opportunity to meet staff and your fellow students

  • 10:00–12:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: Welcome to the University of Plymouth and an Introduction to the BSc (Hons) Nursing Adult course. Meet your academic staff and personal tutors.

Speakers: Valda Harding Field Lead for adult nursing and Sarah Tobin Stage Lead for Year 1, Academic staff and personal tutors

  • 10:00–12:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: information and card collection (this session will run alongside the session above)

Speaker: School of Nursing and Midwifery professional services team

Provision of the requested documents (below) will enable you to complete your enrolment and collect your University card. Your University card enables you to access the University library and Students' Union.

  • Your passport.
  • Any documents you have been requested to provide by the admissions team.
  • If your fees are paid by a sponsor, you will need to provide us with written confirmation of the agreement. Please bring this information with you.

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

Tea and coffee will be available over lunch time. Please bring your own lunch, or buy it from the campus cafe.

  • 13:00–15:30 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: becoming a nurse, meet the staff, personal tutors and fellow students

Speakers: Valda Harding, Field Lead and Sarah Tobin Stage Lead

Tuesday 18 September 2018

  • 10:00–10:30 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5
Session: introduction to programme documents

Speaker: Valda Harding, Field Lead, Sarah Tobin Stage Lead

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

  • 13:00–15:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: being a professional: student support

Speakers: Valda Harding Field Lead Adult, Sarah Tobin Stage 1 Lead

  • 15:00–16:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: introduction to personal tutor support

Speakers: Valda Harding, Field Lead, Adult and Amanda Young, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, student ambassadors

Wednesday 19 September 2018

  • 10:00–11:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: Meet the Professors: an introduction to research

Speaker: Professor Ruth Endacott

  • 11:00–12:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: sustainability and the University of Plymouth

Speaker: to be confirmed

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

  • 13:00–14:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: equality and diversity

Speaker: to be confirmed

  • 14:00–15:00 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5

Session: introduction to PALs

Speaker: Valda Harding, Field Lead

  • 15:00–15:30 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 4 and 5
Session: welcome to the Faculty

Speaker: Professor Bridie Kent, Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
  • 15:30–16:30 Exeter, WESC, Tollards 3, 4 and 5

Session:  PALS small group sessions

Speaker: Student PALs leads

Thursday 20 September 2018

All sessions today will be based at Plymouth, Drake Circus campus. A bus is available to transport students from Exeter to Plymouth.

  • 10:00–11:00 Plymouth, Drake Circus, Sherwell Upper Lecture Theatre

Session: introduction to technology and information services

Speaker:  Information Specialist

  • 11:00–11:30 Plymouth Drake Circus, Sherwell Upper Lecture theatre

Session: counselling services

Speaker: Joanne Bourton

  • 11:30–12:00 Plymouth Drake Circus, Sherwell Upper Lecture Theatre  
Session: an introduction to placement learning

Speaker: Adele Kane, Associate Head of School, placement learning

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

  • 13:00–13:30 Plymouth, Drake Circus, Portland Square Devonport Lecture Theatre

Session: an introduction to disability assist

Speaker: Nicola Ayer

  • 14:00–16:00 Sherwell Foyer and Mezzanine

Session: placement fayre drop in: an opportunity to meet placement providers and find out more about their placement area

Speakers: placement providers from across the South West

  • 19:15–21:45 Plymouth Hoe, Graduation Marquee
Session: Faculty of Health and Human Sciences welcome party

Friday 21 September 2018

There are no sessions scheduled for Friday 21 September 2018. Please take the opportunity to become familiar with:

  • Moodle site 3303X
  • Select your basic life support/manual handling training group
  • POPPI website
  • Library pages.
  • Timetable

Your first module NRS403 Ways of Knowing starts on Monday 24 September 2018.  Please make sure you have downloaded your timetable and know where you have to go. Information relating to timetabling can be found on the University website.

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Today's events

Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on the date below:

  • Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Venue:  Exeter, WESC, Tollards 1 and 2
The time of your appointment will be available from the University reception in Exeter and you will be notified as soon as this information is available.  

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start via the email below. You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

Uniform fittings

Please only attend at the times scheduled to avoid long queues and disruption to users of the surrounding classrooms.

For adult nursing students based in Exeter only:

  • Thursday 20 September 2018
  • 13:30–14:30
  • Plymouth, Drake Circus, Portland Square, C1, C2, C4

Fittings for your uniform have been scheduled as shown above when you will have the opportunity to try on the tunic and trousers. Changing rooms will be available.

Please ensure you attend the fitting during the afternoon at the designated time as the order for uniforms is based on your attendance and sizing.

Adult nursing students will be provided with the following uniform:

  • Three tunics
  • Three pairs of trousers
  • 2 pairs of epaulettes
  • Name badge

 Your uniforms are scheduled to be delivered in November 2018.  

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.

Faculty of Health and Human Sciences: induction information

Welcome party

The Faculty of Health and Human Sciences invites you to attend a very special welcome party in the Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe:

Thursday 20 September 2018
The welcome party is your opportunity to meet informally with other students new to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, as well as some current students and your academic staff.

Additionally, the evening includes a complimentary welcome drink, light snacks, entertainment and a raffle for all attendees with a £100 of Amazon vouchers to be won on the night.

*Arrive at the Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe for 19:15, or meet on top of the Student Union at 18:45 to be accompanied to the venue.

Please note that this event is invitation only, no additional guests will be allowed entry to the venue.

Event photography and video
Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.