Personal development sessions and groups

Why come along?    

Student Wellbeing Services run a personal development programme to help you get the most from your studies and personal life.  Some of these are workshops and information or taster sessions – you only need to book where it says so. Others are groups which run over a period of weeks.

We know people can feel nervous about joining a group, but feedback we've had from students say it has helped them to feel more supported, more confident and better connected with others. It's sometimes just helpful to know you're not alone in your difficulties.

These groups are popular, so when you sign up you'll be asked to make a commitment to coming along regularly. To help develop a safe and secure space, these groups are closed to new participants once they have begun. This does not apply to the Global Buddies International Student Group.

We'd love to see you. 

Managing low mood – Mood boost 

The mood boost course is all about learning new skills and tools which you can use to feel better, happier, more relaxed and confident and less sad, irritated or worried. This course runs over four weekly sessions and encourages you to try new tools and put them into practice so that you make a start on building new mood boost habits.

12.00 – 13.30

  • Monday 26 February - Rolle 305
  • Monday 5 March – Rolle 305
  • Monday 12 March – Rolle 211
  • Monday 19 March – Rolle 109

To book a place on the next group, please call or drop in to the Learning Gateway or email 

You will need to commit to attending all four sessions. 

Managing stress and anxiety

All of us experience stress and anxiety from time to time. For some of us our stress and anxiety levels are more constant and can get in the way of healthy day to day functioning. Coming to a group can be anxiety provoking in itself so we are offering effective ways to manage your levels of stress and anxiety in a lecture-style format. THERE WILL BE NO REQUIREMENT FOR YOU TO SPEAK in this setting. Rather it is passing on some tried and tested strategies to take with you and practice in your day to day life.

No need to book, just come along on one of the dates below:

  • 17, 31 January, 14, 28 February and 14 March 2018, 13:30 - 14:30 in Cookworthy 416

Mindfulness drop-in sessions

Feeling overwhelmed? Come along to any of our sessions in the Chaplaincy and de-stress with mindfulness practice!  No need to book and no prior experience required.

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

  • Wednesday 17, 24, 31 January and 7 February 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction

This six-week group offers the opportunity to experience and develop a range of practices which can be a real resource for life. 

This group will run on Tuesday afternoons for six consecutive weeks.

  • Tuesday 13 February to 20 March 2018, 13:00 - 15:00

You will need to book for this group as there are limited places. We strongly recommend you attend one of the drop-in sessions as a taster. For more information email Rosalind Ramage

Find out more about Mindfulness

Do you get caught up in trains of endless thought?

Mindfulness Drop-in Sessions at Truro

We run mindfulness drop-in sessions at Truro between 12:00 - 13:30 for students and staff. No prior experience required. 

  • Thursday 01 March 2018
  • Thursday 15 March 2018
  • Thursday 12 April 2018

Mindfulness Taster Awareness Sessions at Truro

In addition, there will also be slightly longer taster sessions for students between 12:00 - 13:30.  

  • Thursday 18 January 2018

All sessions will be held in Truro Knowledge Spa, Room F06

For more information email Kate Gavagan at or telephone and leave a voicemail on +44 1872 258180.

Free relaxation class for staff and students

This hour will be an oasis where you can learn different ways to quieten the mind and relax the body. 

We will explore different breathing techniques, get to grips with progressive muscle relaxation and some basic grounding techniques, including guided visualisation. 

The classes will run on Fridays at 11:00 in the Exercise Studio in the Sports Centre. 

  • 26 January to 23 March 2018 (Please note, no class on 2 February and 2 March) 

To sign up please call the Sports Centre on +44 1752 588510 or book through UPSU's booking system

We recommend wearing warm loose clothing.

Women's group 

The Women's Group meet regularly during term time on a Wednesday. The group opens for new members at the beginning of each term but is closed after the first two sessions. Members are encouraged to make regular commitment to attend for the term. 


  • share thoughts and experiences
  • value and respect each other
  • listen and support each other
  • gain understanding of ourselves and others
  • feel more confident, healthier and happier.

Wednesday 17 January to Wednesday 14 March 2018

15:00 - 16:30

Contact Alexandra Way on or call +44 1752 587676 for further details.  

Men’s Group

This group is for all male students (including LGBTQ+). It is a friendly and confidential group. We are a male-only group because as men we often struggle to reach out and open up about emotional issues. 

  • Our men’s group provides a confidential and respectful environment.
  • We sign a confidentiality statement not to talk about the identity or content presented by other members outside of the group.
  • We can comment on the way we are impacted by what others say, but we agree not give each other advice. • We own what we say by avoiding generalisations. 
  • We only share what we feel moved to share. 
  • We have the right not to share something, and we agree to treat each other with respect and honesty. 
In the feedback we get from members, they value the group because of the depth of our conversations. The group is facilitated by Alex Moseley and Philipp Grote, but all content is led by the members of the group. 

If you are interested in joining us, send us an email for full details. The group remains open until we reach full capacity of about 11 regular members. 

Contact Philipp Grote, Alex Moseley, or call +44 1752 587676 for further details.

“I would say that it is a pretty relaxed, down to earth place, and you can say about anything that is on your mind.”

“It is a fantastic place to meet different types of people, all from different backgrounds and experiences. Has broadened my understanding of myself and others.”

“We discuss our problems, worries and issues and how we feel about them. This then often leads to a resounding level of resonance and understanding.”

Global Buddies

Welcome to the University of Plymouth!

Want to make new friends?
Want to enjoy chatting to others?
Want to make the most out of life in the UK?

Then come and join our Global Buddies International Student Group. This group is open to ALL international students at the University of Plymouth.

Just come along to one of the Wednesday afternoon sessions between 15:30 - 17:00 in the following venues:

  • 31 January 2018 - Drake's Cafe
  • 7 February 2018 - RLB 206
  • 14 February 2018 - RLB 206
  • 21 February 2018 - RLB 303
  • 28 February 2018 - RLB 304
  • 7 March 2018 - RLB 206
  • 14 March 2018 - RLB 206
  • 21 March 2018 - RLB 206

Look after your mate

Students often come to us with concerns about their friends and peers. This workshop, developed by Student Minds, will give you the necessary tips and tools to support a friend in need: spotting the signs that your friend is struggling, how to start a conversation and support them and when to signpost for further help – as well as looking after yourself in the process.

  • Tuesday 23 January 14.00 – 17.00 Portland Square Building B5 
  • Thursday 22 February 14.00 – 17.00 Rolle Building 313 
  • Wednesday 28 March 12:30 – 15:30 Babbage Building 413
To sign up, please email

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline – 24/7 support

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support.
  • Accessible by phone, email and LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging.
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues.
  • Confidential.
  • Completely independent from the University.
Freephone: +44 800 042 0134 
Instant messenger support: download the iConnectYou app from iTunes or Google Play and register using the passcode: 34800

Student Wellbeing Service - Plymouth campus

Learning Gateway, University of Plymouth, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Semester opening times: Monday–Friday, 08:30 – 17:00 (Wednesday open 10:00, Friday close 16:30)