Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information


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

Welcome message from Professor Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

I’m delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth. I’m so pleased that you have chosen to come and study with us and hope that your time at Portsmouth will be challenging, rewarding and fun. I’m very proud to work alongside the many talented people who make up our academic, technical and professional support teams in CCI. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that your experience as a new student in the Faculty is excellent in spite of the challenges that we currently face as a consequence of the pandemic. Things will obviously be done slightly differently to how they have been done before but I know that working safely together, we will thrive. Have a great year. I wish you every success in what you do and hope that your time at Portsmouth is a very happy one.

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.

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.

Nigel Simpkins (Course Leader, 1st Year Coordinator)

+44 (0)23 9284 2969

Available in Architecture Staff Office, 2nd Floor, Eldon Building

Find out more about Nigel

Rachael Brown (Senior Lecturer, 1st Year Studio Tutor)

+44 (0)23 9284 2954

Available in Architecture Staff Office, 3rd Floor, Eldon Building

Find out more about Rachael

Welcome from the Head of the School of Architecture

At the School of Architecture you’ll find an inclusive and supportive environment to help you learn and develop during your time at university.

You’ll receive a lot of information in the first couple of weeks. Read your student handbook thoroughly as this will answer many of your questions. You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor as your point of contact for academic and student support issues.

The Administration Office is in Eldon Building. The staff there can deal with your general enquiries while you find your way around and settle in.

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

Tuesday 6th October

10.00am–11.00am: Welcome

Online LIVE Event (link will be sent by email)

11.00am–12.00pm: Course Introduction

Online LIVE Event (link will be sent by email)

1.00pm–3.00pm: Meet the Tutors

Eldon West 2.03, 3.04, 4.03 (2nd, 3rd, 4th Floor Studios) & Online

3.00pm–5.00pm: Meet the Tutors

Eldon West 2.03, 3.04, 4.03 (2nd, 3rd, 4th Floor Studios) & Online

Wednesday 7th October

10.00am–12.00pm: Course Talk and Equipment

Online pre recorded lecture available from 10.00am

11.00am-12.00pm: Repeat Students Meeting

Online LIVE Meeting (link will be sent by email)

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.

Further information

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