Welcome back to Portsmouth. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start the next year of your degree.

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

Welcome back!  We are delighted to see you return to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

It's a rather different world than that which we knew but we all remain as passionate as ever about understanding it and together making it a better place.

I hope you have a productive and enjoyable academic year ahead - deepening your understanding about your subject area, catching up with your peers and tutors, and developing those skills which will prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

Best wishes

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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.

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

Meet your lecturers

We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.

Welcome from Stephen Corbett, Head of the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome both new and returning students to the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature. We're pleased that you'll be joining us this academic year. It's important that you are fully engaged with your studies, so we provide a wide range of support, both academic and pastoral. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will help you to navigate support and opportunities throughout your study with us, such as the Academic Enrichment Programme offered by each subject area in the School.

I wish you success during your time with us.

Dr Stephen Corbett, Head of School

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 (your course site can be found under the 'my sites' tab). Please check regularly for updates.

MONDAY 5 October 2020

There are no scheduled teaching events on this day, but please take some time to watch the ‘Welcome’ and ‘Year Meeting’ videos by Mathias Seiter which will be available on Moodle.

TUESDAY 6 October 2020

11.00am-12.00pm: Level 5&6 skills workshops

2.00pm-3.00pm: Dissertation tutorials


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend

WEDNESDAY 7 October 2020

No events

THURSDAY 8 October 2020

1.00pm-2.00pm: Special Subject: Individual Research 1


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend

FRIDAY 9 October 2020

2.00pm-3.00pm: Equality, discrimination and the history of race in Britain seminar


* Please watch the ‘Equality, discrimination and the history of race in Britain’ video by Jodi Burkett, which is available on Moodle, before attending this session

Please check Moodle to see which room to attend

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Special Subject: Group Project 1


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend

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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