Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship BEng (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information

Welcome

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 Djamel Ait-Boudaoud, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Technology

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Technology. I'm delighted you've chosen to study one of our courses and we will endeavour to give you the best possible learning experience. You’ll soon get to know other students on your course and academic staff who will guide and support you. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime.

While we live in a rapidly changing world and despite the challenges facing our society in these unprecedented times, one thing that hasn't changed is that the learning and skills you'll gain here will remain in great demand around the world for now and in the future.

Each year, around 1,000 students graduate from one of our courses. These graduates are making big differences to the world, whether it be helping to protect the environment by exploring alternative energies, building water treatment plants in developing countries, helping to keep the nation's data systems secure, or educating the next generation of maths teachers. Such great expectations might seem daunting at the moment, and we understand that studying at University can have its difficult moments, but we've all been in your position ourselves and are here to help you. Be intellectually curious, make use of the resources available, and if there's ever something you need help with, feel free to ask.

You have the potential to succeed on your course, to excel and make a positive difference in the world. We're here to help make this happen. I look forward to congratulating you when the time comes for you to graduate.

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

Use the discussion forums on the Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Moodle page to meet, chat and share ideas with other students on your course.

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.

Jay Jayanandana

Lecturer and Course Leader

jay.jayanandana@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Dr Jay Jayanandana

Steve Mitchell

Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School (Curriculum)

steve.mitchell@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Dr Steve Mitchell

Rebecca Lodwick

Teaching Fellow and Module Coordinator for 'Engineering Analysis'

rebecca.lodwick@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Dr Rebecca Lodwick

Mehdi Rouholamin

Senior Lecturer and Module Coordinator for 'Soils and Materials'

mehdi.rouholamin@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Dr Mehdi Rouholamin

Kenneth Awinda

Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of School (Partnerships) and Module Coordinator for 'Construction Management and Practice'

kenneth.awinda@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Dr Kenneth Awinda

Samuel Leung

Senior Teaching Fellow and Module Coordinator for 'Professional Development 1'

samuel.leung@port.ac.uk

Find out more about Samuel Leung

Welcome from Dr Stephanie Barnett, Head of the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

We look forward to welcoming you to Portsmouth.

You’ll receive a lot of information in the first couple of weeks about your course, School procedures and university life. The welcome and induction pages on the MyPort website also provide lots of resources to help you settle-in.

During induction week, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor who'll be your point of contact for all your academic and study-related questions.

The beginning of this academic year will be a little different - there'll be additional safety measures around the campus, and we've been working hard to develop a blend of online and on-campus learning that we're sure you'll find both accessible and stimulating.

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.

Monday 5 October

10.00am–12.00pm (for new apprentices only) 

  • Find out about your course structure, modules and format
  • Meet your lecturers, tutors and Course Administrator
  • Find out about the campus, facilities and support
  • Get to know others in peer breakout sessions

Go to Zoom meeting

1.30pm–2.30pm (for all apprenticeship students)

  • 20% off the job training and the new system of recording
  • Blended learning approach and time management
  • General Q&A session

Go to Zoom meeting

3.00pm–4.30pm (for employers and new apprentices)

  • Brief outline of the course and delivery, and periodic progress reviews
  • Institution of Civil Engineers Presentation and End Point Assessment
  • Q&A session

Go to Zoom meeting

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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