Workshops, groups, support sessions and events

Personal development and group-work sessions

Our personal development and group work programme include:

  • managing stress and anxiety
  • women's and male discussion groups
  • mindfulness training
  • mood boost
  • look after your mate
  • quieten the mind and relax the body
  • make new friends at the global buddies group.
There is no need to book for the personal development sessions, please just turn up. Booking however, is essential for group work sessions.

Find out further details about specific session topics, including dates and times and who to contact.

Group Study Skills (Dyslexia – Friendly)

These 90-minute weekly (dyslexia-friendly) study support sessions are open to any student who wants to improve their study skills within a relaxed and supportive environment. The sessions start with an introduction to the sessions. Further sessions explore skills for organisation and time management; learning technology; interactive reading and research; effective academic writing; preparing and giving presentations; revising and taking exams. Sessions run over ten weeks each semester and concentrate on how to maximise strengths and build up weaker areas. 

  • Wednesdays 15:30–17:00
  • Starting: 29 January to 1 April 2020
  • Wellbeing Centre.

Sexual offences support and advice drop-in

Confidential support and advice for staff and students staffed by Sexual Offences Liaison Officer Anni Parr.

If you would like to discuss informally anything regarding sexual assault we have an advice drop in, this is done in confidence unless you request otherwise.

  • Tuesday 8 October
  • Tuesday 5 November
  • Tuesday 3 December.
All taking place at 3 Portland mews between 18:00–20:00.

Dates for 2020 TBC

If you feel you need to talk to somebody as a matter of urgency please contact the Anytime Advice and Mental Health Support line on +44 (0)800 042 0134 or visit the Student Hub in the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

You can also contact Sexual Offences Liason Officer Anni Parr on

Group sessions to improve your academic skills and knowledge (Dyslexia-friendly)

Overview session to effective Learning and Presenting: A crash course in effective study skills

29 January 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Time Management and Organisation Skills:  Learn practical strategies which enable you to be more organised and efficient with your time management. Learn how to look after your wellbeing while studying effectively at HE level

5 February 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Learning Software and Technology: Get to know supportive software available on the campus computers; free and funded technology; learn strategies to integrate effective technology into your learning tasks

12 February 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Reading Skills: Learn how to make your reading more effective. This session includes holistic strategies for approaching reading tasks, finding priority information and annotating effectively

19 February 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Writing Skills Part 1: Planning and creating useful notes Learn effective ways of interpreting assignment tasks, how to make effective plans and create useful notes for structuring and planning assignments

26 February 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Writing Skills Part 2: Structuring, analysing and critical writing   Learn how to develop highly effective ways to structure your assignments for strong analytical and critical content

4 March 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Improve your Writing Skills Part 3: Proofreading, grammar, referencing and plagiarism. Develop your skills in writing clear and meaningful sentences and paragraphs; learn how to reference accurately and effectively

11 March 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Presentation Skills: Develop practical ways to create and communicate your presentations; learn how to reduce anxiety around presentations 

18 March 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

Revision Skills and Exam Skills: Learn structured, holistic and multi-sensory approaches to tackling revision and preparing for different types of exams. Learn how to optimise the exam time, decode exam questions, practice timed answers and make the most of examination strategies

19 March 2020, 17:00-18:30, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe
25 March 2020, 15:30-17:00, Wellbeing Centre 006 Space Cafe

University of Plymouth ADHD Support Group

Do you have ADHD? Or think that you may have?

You are very welcome to join us at the University of Plymouth ADHD Support Group.

We are a small friendly group who support each other by sharing concerns, good tips, ideas, experiences, etc. Each session has a more formal time where we focus on one main topic, e.g. time management, dealing with stress, etc. Sometimes a visiting speaker comes in to lead this part. This is followed by a less structured time where the conversation can cover a range of ADHD-related issues.

When and where we meet:

  • Day: Tuesdays (term time only)
  • Time: 17:15–18:30
  • Location: Wellbeing Centre 006 Workshop Room.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jo Rowland, Disability Advisor.

University of Plymouth Autism Social Group (PAS) 

PAS is a social and support group for students by students who have an autism spectrum diagnosis, led by Disability Advisors. Describing the group, students say that it is ‘a 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 explore topics related to University life and try new activities.

  • When: every Wednesday between 16:00–18:00 (during term time)
  • Where: First Floor, 3 Portland Mews
  • Free refreshments.

New members welcome at any time. If you are thinking about joining we are very happy to meet you individually beforehand. For further information about the group contact Sarah Anderson or Dan Collings (Disability Advisors).

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA's) 

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA's) are grants that help to pay for support that a student may need at Higher Education as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental health condition or specific learning difficulties.

  • What evidence do I need?
  • Help with completing the application?
  • How to I book a Study Needs Assessment?
  • What does the report mean?
  • How do I order my equipment?
  • How do I arrange support?
  • How do I claim money back for ink/paper?
If you have any questions or just want information about DSA's and how it could help you, come to the Student Hub in the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

To protect it, register it!

Reduce property crime
Thousands of items of property are lost or stolen each year in the UK. The Immobilise National Property Register already holds the details of 28 million items of property. The Student Hub can help you add yours to protect your property and to help the Police stop property crime.


Register your property free by visiting the Student Hub or, it only takes a couple of minutes and once you have register you will have a better chance of getting your property back if it’s lost or stolen.


If any item of registered property is lost or stolen report it to Immobilise via your online account. This information is then made available nationally to all the major UK police forces through their online systems.

If your registered property is recovered either the Police or Immobilise will contact you and let you know it’s location.