BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology And Geotechnics – Year 3: Induction information


Welcome back to Portsmouth. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start the next year of your degree.

Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to the Faculty of Science. Many things about our world are very different at the moment but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to giving you a fantastic experience at University.

This year, approximately 1,500 students graduated from one of our programmes. I feel immensely proud that we have made such a significant contribution to the pool of scientists and health practitioners.

Science and health studies represent an adventure of the mind, seeking truth that can make a difference to the world, as we have seen more than ever in recent times. I hope we give you an understanding of how to use your knowledge and an understanding of its intrinsic value to yourselves and others.

I also hope that we inspire you with confidence and curiosity throughout your studies so that you can go on to realise your own vision; to know the world as it is and be able to imagine it as it might be, to glimpse the possibilities of change, of improvement and of your contribution.

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 be able to meet and work will your fellow students in face to face course sessions and at weekly tutorial meetings. We also encourage you to use the online platforms below, some of which will also provide an opportunity to communicate with a member of the academic course team. You can contact any of the academic team through email.

  • Moodle chat page: This course chat page is specific to your year group. You can use this as a general discussion platform, to introduce yourself at the start of the course, organise meet ups with other students, and more. As term progresses you can use this space to discuss learning activities and assessments. Course leader Dr Nick Koor will check in daily to address any questions you have. 
  • Moodle forum page: This course forum page is specific to your year group. This space will be ideal if you want to post questions to your fellow students or the academic course team. Course lead Dr Nick Koor will check in daily to address any questions you raise.
  • Other social media platforms: We'll encourage you to use other platforms such as WhatsApp, Snapchat or others to create student-only groups. Students in previous year used these tools for peer support throughout their studies. Using these platforms will be student led, without interaction from the academic course team. 

Learn more about communicating online.

Meet your lecturers

We run an open door policy in the school – so you can meet up with any member of staff at any time, but you should email in advance to arrange a convenient time and place. Below is an introduction to the main applied geoscience lecturers that you will meet through your degree course. 

Dr Nick Koor

Course Leader and Reader in Geological Engineering  

Nick is your course lead and is the first port of call if you have any course related questions. Nick is an Urban Geologist and has over twenty years experience in the field of engineering geology & geotechnical engineering of which twelve years (1993 to 2005) were in Hong Kong. His broad experience base includes: landslide investigation and remedial works design, site characterisation, geological hazard identification and mapping, design and construction of piling works and, deep basement design in the urban environment. 

Find out more about Dr Nick Koor.

Dr Andy Gibson

Reader in Engineering Geomorphology 

Andy is an engineering geomorphologist involved in the investigation and management of geological hazards and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Andy has current research projects looking at landslides in China, the geotechnical properties of the Hampshire Basin, and the impacts of geohazards on the UK economy and tourism industry. 

Find out more about Dr Andy Gibson

Dr Malcolm Whitworth

Reader in Engineering Geomorphology and Natural Hazards

Malcolm is a Reader in Engineering Geomorphology and Natural Hazards with extensive commercial experience in natural hazard assessment and terrain evaluation, working with re-insurance, engineering geology and infrastructure clients, applying his field gemorphological mapping, hazard assessment, GIS and remote sensing skills on a range of geohazard and terrain evaluation projects. 

Find out more about Dr Malcolm Whitworth.

Dr Philip Benson

Reader in Rock Physics

Philip is a rock physicist with research that combines rock deformation with new laboratory tools for measuring rock fracture via Acoustic Emission, the laboratory analogue of tectonic seismicity, under controlled conditions of elevated pressure and temperature. 

Find out more about Dr Philip Benson.

Dr Mohammad A Hoque 

Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology

Dr Mo Hoque is a Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology with global experience in contaminant hydrogeology and groundwater resources. His research aims to improve the understanding of the groundwater system, and its responses to human perturbation, in particular, the vulnerability of groundwater to contamination and/or its depletion by combining fieldwork, lab studies, and numerical modelling. He has a particular interest in the behaviour of arsenic in the alluvial aquifers and methodologies to identify low-arsenic zones in the affected regions.

Find out more about Dr Mohammad Hoque.

Welcome from Michelle Hale, Head of School

Welcome back to the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences! Teaching and assessment are going to be a little bit different this year, but we are following best practice in developing a blended learning approach to the delivery of your modules. We will be taking a flipped learning approach to a lot of teaching delivery, where you will be able to cover lecture content online, in your own time, and face-to-face teaching will be focused on applying the knowledge that you have learned in laboratory, fieldwork, workshop and seminar sessions in small, socially distanced groups. As always, your personal tutor will be your first port of call for support and guidance, so please attend your tutorials and let your tutor know if you have any issues. Wishing you all the best for an exciting year of learning!

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 6 October

2.00pm-3.00pm: Q&A Session with Course Leader (Nick Koor) - via Zoom

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

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Further information

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