Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)/MEng – 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday 5 October
Know your course, meet academic staff and campus tour. Portland Building, Rooms PO 2.33b/c, PO 1.66 and PO 1.67. You'll be directed to the correct room from the Portland Building atrium.
The Induction Week Challenge: Join the Zoom meeting - you'll be sent the joining password by email.
Portland Building, Rooms PO 2.33b/c, PO 1.66 and PO 1.67. You'll be directed to the correct room from the Portland Building atrium.
You'll work throughout the week within a small team of students on a challenge that will introduce you to some subject specific concepts, as well as the remote collaborative working tools available via your Google account.
Wednesday 7 October
Time: To be confirmed
IT Induction: Join the Zoom meeting - you'll be sent the joining password by email.
Friday 9 October
Induction Week Challenge Presentations and Judging. An opportunity to meet staff and students from your course. A pop up prize giving will take place to award prizes for the induction week challenge. Portland Building, Rooms PO 2.33b/c, PO 1.66 and PO 1.67. You'll be directed to the correct room from the Portland Building atrium.
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.