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 that 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.

19/20 dates are to be confirmed.

To book a place please call or drop into the Student hub on the ground floor of Nancy Astor.

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. 

Our managing stress and anxiety webinar shares some strategies to take with you and practice in your day to day life. Best of all it’s available to watch whenever and wherever you choose.

Mindfulness drop-in sessions

Feeling overwhelmed? 

Come along to any of our Wednesday lunchtime sessions and de-stress with mindfulness practice. No need to book and no prior experience required.

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace.

Wednesdays 13.00–14.00 weekly starting on Wednesday 13 October.

Find out more about Mindfulness

"Do you get caught up in trains of endless thought?"

Often the running commentary in our heads takes us away from what is happening right now, and we get absorbed by worries about future or past events. When we feel low or anxious and stressed these states only get worse. 

Becoming more aware of our experience, our body sensations and our breathing in non-judgmental and gentle ways can help us get less caught up in our thoughts and feelings.

Global Buddies

Welcome to the University of Plymouth! Want to make new friends? Want to enjoy chatting with others? Want to make the most out of life in the UK? Then come and join our Global Buddies Group. Global Buddies International Group is open to ALL International Students at the University of Plymouth. Just come along to one of the Wednesday afternoon sessions. 

All sessions 16:00–17:30, Chaplaincy, 1 Kirkby Terrace

Every Wednesday in term time.

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.

19/20 dates are to be confirmed.

If you would be interested in attending this type of session but on a different date, please register your interest by emailing

Student Wellbeing Services – Plymouth campus

Student Services Hub, Ground Floor Nancy Astor Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 8:30–17:00 (Wednesday open 10:00, Friday close 16:30)