International Business 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.

Welcome message from Professor Jeremy Howells, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law

A very warm welcome to the Faculty of Business and Law. We are delighted that you have chosen to be with us this year and we want to ensure that, above all, you feel welcome and comfortable, especially during this time of uncertainty with Covid.

Your decision to study a course in Business, Economics or Law at Portsmouth will open up incredible opportunities for you as you develop your knowledge and skills during your time with us. Our world-leading academics and practitioners will help inform and shape your understanding of key issues within your chosen subject and discipline. Engagement with your subject will open new frontiers of knowledge as you develop and work towards your goals and aims for the future.

Please be open to taking up every opportunity available to you and engage in as many as you can. The experiences you have during your time here will be instrumental in shaping your life, both academically and socially. Your time with us will therefore be a period of personal growth for you and where you will make friends and take important decisions that will affect your whole life. Always remember that we are here for you.

Lastly, I wish you the very best with your studies. Be bold, be confident and never settle for second best!

Jump to your induction timetable

Staying safe on campus

We have all the appropriate measures in place to keep you safe. 

We’ve invested £8 million in reopening the campus with hand sanitiser stations, temperature scanners, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, protective screens and two Covid-19 testing sites. These safety measures give you access to Covid-safe teaching rooms, the library and other student services across campus – plus IT resources and laptops you can borrow

We’ve made some changes to teaching, following Government safety advice. Most teaching sessions will be online to start with, and any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. 

As circumstances around the pandemic change, we may need to make further changes to courses for your safety and to comply with Government guidelines. Though it’s a fast moving situation, we'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any changes. The University and your course leader will inform you of these changes.

Find out more about campus and city life and what your study experience will be like.

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. Our International 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

State which platform(s) are being used to support group work and the course as a whole. When (if) staff will be joining the platform. Link to best practices in communicating digitally and clear links to the groups set up for each course, module, year group, etc.

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.

Ken Gulson

Read more about Ken Gulson

Georgiana Busoi

Read more about Georgiana Busoi

Paul Lovejoy

Read more about Paul Lovejoy

Welcome message from Claire Sparrow, Head of Undergraduate Business Courses in the Faculty of Business and Law

A warm welcome from the Portsmouth Business School. Wherever you are from – and wherever you are studying this term – you are a part of the Business School and this is your academic home within the University.  

We know things are a bit different at the moment while we all need to take steps to study and socialise in a safe way. Your learning has been designed with a mixture of face to face and online material and activities. The University is gold-rated for its teaching and learning and you will be working with skilled lecturers who will ensure you get the best educational experience possible. 
Many of you have had a long break from intensive study and may be a bit worried about getting back into the swing of things. We understand and we will be supporting you to rekindle your enthusiasm as well as brush up your study skills.
The first step is to engage with your induction programme. It has been designed to help you understand your course this year and how things will work - as well as the incredibly important part of helping you to connect with others. Keep talking to each other and to us. We are all here to help you thrive and succeed in the coming year. Good luck and have an excellent year!

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

Monday 5th October 

Welcome to the course! Face-to-face opportunity for those on campus

10.00–11.00am LG 2.04a or
11.00am–12.00pm ML LE 1.04 or 
12.00pm–1.00pm DS 2.14

Welcome to the course! Online opportunity for those off campus

2.00pm–3.00pm Online via Google Meet. Login to Moodle to access.

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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