BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health): induction information 2018-2019
  • University of Plymouth, various locations

  • University of Plymouth, various locations

  • University of Plymouth, various locations

  • University of Plymouth, various locations

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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

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 on line 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 on-line name badge form by  Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • Complete the on-line self declaration form between Monday 10 September 2018 and Monday 17 September 2018.

The documents below are available for information and download

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

Documents to bring with you on Monday 17 September 2018

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


Timetable for Year 1 induction


Monday 17 September 2018

  • 10:00–12:00 Babbage 410

Session: welcome and introduction to the mental health course

Speaker: Jon Perry, Field Lead mental health and Francis Thompson, Senior Lecturer, mental health

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

Please either bring your own lunch or purchase this from one of the campus cafes. Tea and coffee will be available in Rolle Marquee where you will also have an opportunity to meet other students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

  • 13:00–14:00 Sherwell Foyer

Session: information and card collection

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.
  • 14:00–15:00 Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre 1

Session: welcome to the Faculty of Health and Humans Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery

Students from child health and midwifery will join this session

Speakers: Professor Bridie Kent, Dean of Faculty and Sharon Jones Interim Deputy Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • 15:00–16:00 Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre 1

Session: meet the professors: an introduction to research.  

Students from child health and midwifery will join this session

Speaker: Professor Ray Jones


Tuesday 18 September 2018

  • 10:00–12:00 Babbage 410
Session: mental health course information

Speaker: Jon Perry, Field Lead

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

  • 13:00–14:00 Robbins Lecture Theatre
Session: introduction to Technology and Information Services.  

Students from child health and midwifery will join this session.

Speaker: Information Specialist, Technology and Information Services

  • 14:00–15:00 Robbins Lecture Theatre

Session: sustainability: University of Plymouth and the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Students from child health and midwifery will join this session

Speaker: Janet Kelsey, Child Health Lecturer / Sarah Howes, Mental Health Lecturer


Wednesday 19 September 2018

  • 10:00–11:00 Rolle 018

Session: equality and diversity

Students from child health will join this session

Speaker: to be advised

  • 11:00–11:30 Babbage 410

Session: Disability Assist Services

Speaker: Nicola Ayer, Disability Advisor

  • 11:30–12:00 Babbage 410

Session: introduction to counselling service

Speaker: Dawn Hastings, Student Counsellor

  • 12:00–13:00 lunch break

  • 13:00–14:00 Babbage 410
Session: an insight into your practice placement

Speaker: Jon Perry, Field Lead and Placement Development Team Leads

  • 14:00–15:00 Babbage 405, Babbage 018, Fitzroy 212, Fitzroy 307
Session: information and discussion about your placement area. Small groups based on your allocated host trust for placement.

Speakers: Clinical Placement Development Leads for Cornwall Partnerships, Livewell Southwest, Devon Partnerships and Somerset Partnerships

  • 14:00–17:00 occupational health appointments
  • 15:00–17:00 Portland Square C1, C2 and C4 – uniform fittings

Thursday 20 September 2018

  • 10:00–12:00 Babbage 410

Session: an introduction to peer assisted learning (PALs)

Speaker:  Sarah Howes, Mental Health Lecturer and student representatives

  • 12:00–17:00  Plymouth Barbican – staff and student social event
  • 9:00–17:00  Portland Square, Atria C – Royal College of Nursing and UNISON are on campus and all students are invited to meet them

  • 19:15–21:45  Faculty Welcome Party, Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe

This is an opportunity to meet other students from the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and get to know your peers. Entertainment and light refreshments are available.


Friday 21 September 2018

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

  • Moodle site – programme and modules
  • POPPI website
  • Library pages
  • Select your basic life support and manual handling training group
  • 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.

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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 Wednesday 19 September 2018

  • Venue:  Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417
Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

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.

Email: plh-tr.OccHealth-preplacementscreening@nhs.net

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

  • Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • 15:00–17:00
  • Portland Square, C1, C2, C4

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

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

Mental health nursing students will be provided with the following uniform:

  • Two tunics
  • Two pairs of trousers
  • Two polo shirts
  • One pair 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
19:15–21:45*
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.

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