Prescribing And Therapeutics PgCert – Your course starts here
We're pleased to welcome you to the University – we hope you're excited to start your PgC programme.
Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Science. Many things about our world are very different at the moment, but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to giving you a fantastic experience at University.
You'll soon get to know the other students on your course. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime. And our staff are here to guide and support you to reach your potential.
This year, approximately 1,500 students graduated from one of our programmes. I feel immensely proud that we have made such a significant contribution to the pool of scientists and health practitioners.
Science and health studies represent an adventure of the mind, seeking truth that can make a difference to the world, as we have seen more than ever in recent times. I hope we give you an understanding of how to use your knowledge and an understanding of its intrinsic value to yourselves and others.
I also hope that we inspire you with confidence and curiosity throughout your studies so that you can go on to realise your own vision; to know the world as it is and be able to imagine it as it might be, to glimpse the possibilities of change, of improvement and of your contribution.
Staying safe on campus
We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.
Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.
Welcome from Nick Warren, course leader
Welcome to the PgC Prescribing and Therapeutics! Most (but not all) of your teaching and learning will take place either in St. Michael’s, Dennis Sciama and St Andrew’s Court Buildings. We hope that this environment combined with the quality of our course and staff will lead to a rewarding academic experience for you.
At the induction day, we will provide you with a course handbook which will guide you through the course. The first thing you should do is familiarise yourself with your new surroundings: the maps of the campus, and the lists of staff and their locations contained in the handbook, should help you to do this.
During the induction day, you will be allocated your personal tutor: if you have any queries or problems, raise these with them in the first instance. They will probably be able to give you an answer there and then; if not, they will find out the information for you or refer you to someone who can. You will probably find that your fellow students have lots of similar questions to yours. Your tutor will let you know how to contact them at times when you are away from the University. The course team is there to help you feel supported at all times, including between study days.
As a GPhC accredited course, the programme includes both competency-based and skills-based assessments. It is important that you read the materials given to you on the induction day to begin to familiarise yourself with the professional and academic requirements of the course.
To make the most of your opportunities we will need to work in partnership. The course team will make great effort to help you achieve your maximum potential and you too will need to match this effort on what is a very demanding course. Through working together, we can make your time here exciting, fulfilling and rewarding.
We look forward to your company and wish you good luck and every success!
Welcome from Karen Ball, Head of School
A very warm welcome to the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. We are a school of around 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with approximately 45 academic, and 25 support staff. Our school is located within St Michael’s Building. You're likely to find studying at university a completely new experience – hopefully a good one. Our staff are here to help you both academically and pastorally. We are a school that prides ourselves on our research informed and real world learning. Your commitment and effort on your course will determine your success, and our staff can help you to achieve your full potential. Our staff have been working hard to ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to meet with staff and other students face to face during the year while being mindful of taking all appropriate safety precautions. We have invested in software and technology that enhances our blended learning approach and will ensure that every student has the opportunity to have an excellent educational experience and can meet the required learning outcomes of their course. We have some important activities set up for you during induction week that will help you find out about the University and meet other students and staff. These activities are very important, so please attend and we look forward to meeting you then.
Your week 1 timetable
You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).
More information about your first induction activity will appear here soon.
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.