English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information


Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you're excited to start your new life at university.

Message from Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We're delighted to welcome you to our diverse and inclusive community which is passionate about understanding the world, and discovering how we can individually and collectively contribute to making it a better place.

Over the next few years, you will learn about your chosen subject, make friends for life, and develop skills to prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable University experience in which you realise your highest potential.

Best wishes

Jump to your induction timetable

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.

International and EU students 

If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.

If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.

Meeting and working with other students

You'll meet other students through friendly forums within our virtual learning environment, Moodle. You'll have access to a school-wide common room and a specialist group for your course. We'll be encouraging remote study groups through Google Meet and physical meetups where safe. 

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

Meet your lecturers

During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.

William Forsyth, course leader


Find out more about William Forsyth

You'll meet William in the the course leader sessions in your induction schedule. 

Welcome from Carmen Pasamar, interim Head of School

Welcome to the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. Our reception is based on the first floor of Park Building, where one of the team will always be able to help you.

In Induction Week, you'll be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will guide you throughout your studies. You'll also meet your Course Leader, who will tell you more about your course and will be able to answer any questions you may have about your options. They'll also explain our blended learning approach, and will tell you about all the measures we have put in place to ensure your safety.

In addition, your lecturers will welcome you to your modules on Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

During Induction Week, you'll have opportunities to learn more about the wide range of University services as well as other extra-curricular activities that will take place throughout the year such as the Language Corner or Global Cafe, and our Academic Enhancement Programme.

Your Personal Tutor will be supporting you throughout your studies, so don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you may have!

Your induction 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).

Log into your Moodle course page

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email servicedesk@port.ac.uk.

Your course page on Moodle will have more information about induction week. Please check regularly for updates.

MONDAY 5 October 2020

10.00am-11.30am: Course Welcome, Will Forsyth

Park Building 0.08

12.00pm-2.00pm: Meet your Personal Tutor (Please go to the Portal to find out who your Personal Tutor is):

  • Gil Gronow, Park Building 3.24
  • Dr Lee Oakley, Park Building 3.01

If you are unable to attend, your tutor will be available for an online drop-in session between 3pm and 4pm. Please see details on Moodle.

TUESDAY 6 October 2020

No events

WEDNESDAY 7 October 2020

10.00am-11.00am: Introduction to Core Linguistics, Will Forsyth, Dr Lee Oakley, Samia Mitchell


This session is for students who are studying only one language at degree level. If you are unable to attend, a summary will be available on Moodle.

11.00am-12.30pm: Virtual Global Café (This is an optional event. Please see details on Moodle), Rupert Walsh


Please check Moodle for more information

THURSDAY 8 October 2020

No Events

FRIDAY 9 October 2020

12.00pm-1.00pm: Personal Tutor Session:

  • Gil Gronow, Park Building 1.09
  • Dr Lee Oakley, Park Building 2.01

If you are unable to attend, your tutor will be available for an online drop-in session between 2pm and 3pm. Please see details on Moodle.

2pm-3pm: Student Rep Meeting, Dr Claire Reid

King Henry Building 3.09

Please attend this meeting if you want to find out more about becoming a Student Rep. If you are unable to attend, a virtual meeting is scheduled at 10am. Please see Moodle for details.

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.

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