BSc (Hons) Optometry Induction Information 2017 - STAGE 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our programmes are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the Induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen programme, introduce you to the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Bernhard Haas, Interim Head of School - Health Professions

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Monday 18 September 2017    PAHC
0930 - 1100   Welcome to the School of Health Professions - LT1
1100 - 1230   Tour of the Facilities - GF02 and GF03
1230 - 1330   Lunch Break -  Students may use Common Room, Marjon Refectory or Sports Centre
1330 - 1530   Administration session Please bring your completed forms and your passport. - LT1
                          Card collection* - we cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport 
1530 - 1700   Introduction to Optometry - LT1
Tuesday 19 September 2017    PAHC
1030 - 1100   Health & Safety - MANDATORY - LT1
1100 - 1130   Break
1130 - 1300   Association of Optometrists - LT1
1300 - 1330   Lunch Break
1330 - 1430   Library - LT1
1430 - 1600   Programme Specific - LT2
Wednesday 20 September 2017    Drake Circus
1130 - 1400   Occupational Health appointments** - MANDATORY - Babbage 403, 413, 415 and 417
1400 - 1500   BREAK
1500 - 1700   Optometry Student Awards - Davy Main Hall

Thursday 21 September 2017    PAHC
0930 - 1000   UNISON - LT1
1000 - 1030   Student Union - LT1
1030 - 1100   Student Funding - LT1
1100 - 1130    Plymouth Award and Employability - LT1
1130 - 1230    Lunch Break
1230 - 1430   Getting to know your facilities - GF02 and GF03
1430 - 1530   College of Optometrists - LT1
1915 - 2145   Welcome Party - Plymouth Hoe See invitation at the bottom of this page.
Friday 22 September 2017    PAHC
- All of the sessions today are subject to change and will be confirmed on the day by the Programme Lead -

1000 - 1600   Recap and Getting to know the facilities and the General Optical Council - GF02, GF03.

Click the blue and white Induction Timetable button below to download a more detailed, printable timetable. 
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Today's events

* Card collection - we cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport
 Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.  
 If you are currently a student on a different programme and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo,  please contact and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.


You will have your initial occupational health appointment during this time. Appointment times will be available from Monday 18 September in PAHC Reception. Each appointment takes approximately 30 minutes and it is important that you attend as this is a pre-requisite to attending your placement area. Details of the occupational health appointments can be found at PAHC Reception. Please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had to your first appointment. Your first inoculation may take place at this appointment, there will be a series of follow-up appointments for inoculations throughout the first term. .

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start via You will need to quote your name, date of birth and programme in any e-mail.

Failure to attend an occupational health appointment without notifying Exeter Occupational Health may result in a £30 fine. It may also affect progression within your programme.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online
  • Upload a photograph
  • Complete all of the forms below
Please bring your passport and a copy of your passport to the Administration session together with your completed forms and any certificates or documentation requested by Admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card which you will need to access the Plymouth University Library, Student Union and free bus service between Plymouth University and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Forms to complete for BSc (Hons) Optometry 2017

Please print and complete all of the following forms and bring with you to your administration session in Induction Week together with your passport. Please also bring a copy of your passport.

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 21 September 2017
7.15pm – 9.45pm*

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, nibbles,
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 7:15pm,
or meet on top of the Student Union at 6:45pm 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.