International Relations and Languages 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 subject area.

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.

Janet Bryant
tel: 023 9284 6210
Milldam LB 2.06

Find out more about Janet Bryant

Paul Joyce
tel 023 9284 6167
Park Building 4.11

Find out more about Paul Joyce

Donna Arrondelle
tel 023 9284 2223
Milldam LB1.11

Find out more about Donna Arrondelle

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

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

11.00am-12.00pm: Welcome Year Talk, Donna Arrondelle


The video will be available on Moodle from this time

1.00pm-2.00pm: Personal Tutor Groups


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend.

3.00pm-4.00pm: International Relations & Languages course meeting, Janet Bryant

Dennis Sciama Building 2.14

TUESDAY 6 October 2020

1.00pm-2.00pm: Personal Tutor Groups


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend.

The following sessions are language specific, please make sure that you go to the sessions run for your language only. You will need to attend two sessions in all: (1) an Introduction to Language session and an (2) Introduction to the Language Labs). Your tutor will check that you have identified the correct sessions in an earlier meeting.

9.00am-10.00am: Introduction to German Language, Paul Joyce & Corina Holzher


10.00am-11.00am: Introduction to Spanish Language, Elizabeth Maldonado, Dora Romo-Castillejo & Maria Martinez-Garcia


11.00am-12.00am: Introduction to French Language, Samia Mitchell, Caterina Jeffcote & Sabréa Oughton


12.00pm-1.00pm: Introduction to Mandarin Language, Sasha Baron


12.00pm-1.00pm: Introduction to Italian Language, Elena Manservisi


2.30pm-3.30pm: Introduction to Language Labs (This session is for students in German), Rob Hobbs

Park Building 3.16

3.00pm-3.30pm: Introduction to Language Labs (This session is for students in French), Rob Hobbs

Park Building 3.16

3.30pm-4.00pm: Introduction to Language Labs (This session is for students in Spanish), Rob Hobbs

Park Building 3.16

4.00pm-4.30pm: Introduction to Language Labs (This session is for students in Mandarin & Italian), Rob Hobbs

Park Building 3.16 

WEDNESDAY 7 October 2020

No events

THURSDAY 8 October 2020

1.00pm-2.00pm: Personal Tutor Groups


Please check Moodle to see which room to attend.

FRIDAY 9 October 2020

12.00pm-3.00pm: Question Time Event, Donna Arrondelle & Ed Stoddard


Further details to be provided during induction week tutorials.

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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