Joining a group

Why join a group?

Joining a group can be a good way to meet other students who may be experiencing the same sort of difficulties as you and to enjoy the support of others. Sharing ideas and experiences can build confidence and self-esteem and make your time at university more enjoyable.

Our groups are ‘open’ groups, which means you can join at any time. Although you don’t have to attend every week, it would be good for you and the other group members if you could try to do so.

Most groups run throughout each term, but some groups are for a fixed number of weeks.

ADHD group

We are a small, friendly group who meet each week during term-time, to share concerns, good tips, ideas, experiences etc. We also have a more formal time where we focus on one main topic e.g.: attention, anxiety, organisation, time management etc. If you are thinking about joining we are very happy to meet you individually beforehand.

When – Tuesday, 5.15 – 6.45pm, term time
Where – First floor, 3 Portland Mews
Free refreshments

New members welcome at any time.

For further information please contact Sally Agobiani – sally.agobiani@plymouth.ac.uk, or Jo Rowland – joanna.rowland@plymouth.ac.uk (Disability Advisors).

University of Plymouth Autism Social Group (PAS)

A social group for students by students who have an autism spectrum diagnosis. The group is run by students with ASD diagnosis alongside Sarah and Dan (Disability Advisors). Describing the group students say "it’s a social group for those with autism spectrum disorders, where we can meet up weekly with like minded people, giving us the opportunity to be ourselves and gain confidence with other people in a social environment". The group aims to be a fun environment and give members a chance to try new activities. If you are thinking about joining we are very happy to meet you individually beforehand.

When – 5 - 7pm, term time
Where – First floor, 3 Portland Mews
Free refreshments

New members welcome at any time.

For further information about the group contact Sarah Anderson – sarah.anderson@plymouth.ac.uk, or Dan Collings – daniel.collings@plymouth.ac.uk (Disability Advisors).

Socialeyes group

This is a ten week course for people on the autistic spectrum looking at different aspects of effective communication. This can include starting a conversation, keeping on topic, appropriate personal space and making eye contact etc. During each session there is an opportunity to learn about these skills and also to support each other and share good ideas and experiences. In this group it is important to try and attend each session. The group runs between September and December each academic year. If you would like to find out more or book a place, please contact Sally Agobiani (Disability Advisor) sally.agobiani@plymouth.ac.uk.


Dyslexia friendly study support sessions 2016

These weekly sessions are for all students whether or not they have a diagnosis of dyslexia. They are run by dyslexia specialists, and include various study skills topics including academic writing, presentation skills, effective revision, coping with exams, advice on software and apps etc.

Details of the sessions each term can be obtained from Learning Support and Wellbeing – tel - 01752 587676, or email joanna.rowland@plymouth.ac.uk, or kassandra.clemens@plymouth.ac.uk.