Harriet Dunbar-Morris and Toto the dog

Your voice matters to us

Share your views and experiences

These ‘havers’ are informal drop in sessions for students with Harriet Dunbar-Morris, the Dean of Learning and Teaching, and her faithful companion Toto (who is a great listener) to collect your honest feedback, so the University can make sure the student experience is the best it can be. 

Harriet hosts her 'Haver / heɪvə/ with Harriet' sessions (a haver is a Scottish term for a chat) throughout the academic year, often with her dog Toto.

Sessions are normally held in the Library Atrium every six weeks or so to ensure that enhancements to the student experience at Portsmouth are based on your views and feedback. This year Harriet is going to run the sessions in the first Teaching Block virtually via Zoom so she can ensure she captures views from all students without having to limit numbers.

We always want to ensure your learning experience is the best it can be, but your feedback is even more important for the blended and connected approach of teaching. As the mix of online and face-to-face learning is a different experience for everyone, it is important to tell us now what works and what needs to be improved, so if we need to make improvements we can make them as early as possible.

In previous sessions students have talked about many things including their course, Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment), changes to the curriculum, placements and exchange programmes, personal tutoring, and student safety. You can bring up any topic you'd like to talk about, both academic or pastoral topics, if it has an effect on your student experience (good or bad), and also get any advice or pointers from Harriet. 

So make a note of the dates to 'Haver / heɪvə/ with Harriet’ (Toto might even pop up on screen, and he loves to come to the Library).

Please note - you may need to wait in a virtual waiting room for the virtual sessions until Harriet and Toto are free if they are speaking to other students.

Where and when

Location: Online/University Library 


  • Thursday 22 October 2020 – virtual session 11.30am - 1.00pm, Register your interest or just drop in. Meeting ID: 881 7272 5444  Passcode: 182059
  • Tuesday 24 November – virtual session 12.30 - 2.00pm
  • Thursday 21 January – Library Atrium or virtual 11.30am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 23 March –  Library Atrium or virtual 12.30 - 2.00pm

Tell me what matters to you, what works, and what you’d like to see change. I’m a Scot, and ‘haver’ is a Scottish term for a chat. So if you just want to drop-in to say hi that’s fine too.

Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Dean of Learning and Teaching

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