MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) Induction information 2018 - 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 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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Induction timetable

Tuesday 4 September 2018 – PAHC and Drake Circus

9:30–9:45: Registration and coffee – GF24

9:45–10:00: Welcome to the School of Health Professions – LT1

10:00–11:00: Overview of masters level provision and generic shared elements – who’s who including overview of quality structure, student reps, role of personal tutor, exam panels and boards – LT1

11:00–11:45: Administration session – FF24. Please bring your completed forms and passport. Card collection*** (please see details below)

11:45–13:00: Introduction to library and literature searching – LT1

13:00–13:45: Lunch

13:45–15:30: Break-out sessions – FF24

15:30–16:30: Introduction to evidence based practice and research – LT1

16:30–17:00: Question and answers – LT1

17:00–18:00: Travel to Drake Circus. Library tour Drake Circus – Library, Drake Circus

18:00: Induction meal – The Mission, City Centre, PL1 2AY

Wednesday 5 September 2018 – PAHC

9:00–10:00: Introduction to writing at masters level – LT1

10:00–11:00: Critical analysis workshop – LT1

11:00–11:30: Coffee – FF24

11:30–12:30: Time management – LT1

12:30–13:30: Lunch – GF24

PM Sessions for full time and returning students only:

13:30–14:00: Research core modules ADV715 and ADV716/MCR703 via webinar – LT1

14:00–14:45: Research ethics via webinar – LT1

14:45–15:15: Overview of research in SHP via webinar and LT1

Wednesday 19 September 2018 – Drake Circus

9:30–11:00: Uniform fittings** (please see details below) – Portland Square C1, C2 and C5

All day main campus – Sports and Societies Fair

Thursday 20 September 2018 - Drake Circus all day main campus – Freshers Fair

Friday 21 September 2018 – Drake Circus

9:00–12:00: Occupational health appointments* (mandatory) – Babbage 403, 413, 415 and 417

Occupational Health appointments are mandatory so you will be temporarily excused from other sessions to attend your appointment. Please use the induction timetable link below to download a more detailed, printable timetable. 

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* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on one of the two dates below:

  • Friday 21 September 2018

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and programme in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** 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 email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 4 September 2018 – this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 4 September 2018 – this allows your registration card to be printed
  • Create an Open Site account: Go to the Open Site account to enable you to complete your name badge and self-declaration forms:
  • Click the link in your email after you have created your Open Site account to access 'health and human sciences pre-enrolment” and click the continue button
  • Click the Enrol Me button
  • Complete the uniform name badge form to tell us how you wish your name to appear on the badge you will wear on placement
  • Complete the self declaration form to confirm your personal details.

If you require more detailed instructions for creating your Open Site account and completing the name badge and self-declaration forms, please see here.

Passport checking during 4 September 2018

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

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

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.

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 20 September 2018
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, light snacks, 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 19:15, or meet on top of the Student Union at 18:45 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
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