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

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.

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 Carmen Pasamar, interim Head of School

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

Your Personal Tutor will welcome you in Induction Week, and you'll see your Course Leader as well. They'll explain our blended learning approach for Teaching Block 1, and will tell you about all the measures we have put in place to ensure your safety. Your lecturers will also welcome you to your new modules on Moodle, where you will see some exciting updates to make your learning more interactive. Finally, you will have opportunities to learn more about other extra-curricular activities that will take place throughout the year such as the Language Corner or Global Cafe, and our new Academic Enhancement Programme.

Remember that 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

No events

TUESDAY 6 October 2020

No events

WEDNESDAY 7 October 2020

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


3.00pm-4.00pm: Meet your Personal Tutor:

  • Samia Mitchell, Park Building 3.13
  • Dora Romo-Castillejo, Park Building 3.19

Please check your Portal to see who your Personal Tutor is. If you are unable to attend, your tutor  will be available for an online drop-in session between 4.30 and 5:30pm. Please see details on Moodle.

THURSDAY 8 October 2020

10.00am-12.00pm: Meet your Research Project Tutor


Please check Moodle for more information

FRIDAY 9 October 2020

11.00am-12.00pm: Meet your Course Leader, Paul Joyce

Park Building 1.23

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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