BN (Hons) Nursing Mental Health – 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 Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you 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.

You'll soon get to know the other students on your course. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime. And our staff are here to guide and support you to reach your potential.

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.

We'll provide PPE you need for the practical sessions on your course. 

You'll get practical experience through placements and by using our simulation suite this year – even if your regular placement is delayed until later in the year. We'll let you know details about these changes as soon as we can. 

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

We'll encourage you to meet and work with other students online using tools like Google Hangouts.

Stay up to date with our Twitter account: @UoP_Nursing.

Learn more about communicating online.

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.

Lisa Farley

Find out more about Lisa Farley.

Karen Ward

Find out more about Karen Ward.

Welcome from Dr. Jason Oakley, Interim Head of School

I’d like to welcome you to the School of Health and Care Professions. This will not be quite the start to your time at university that you or we were expecting but even in these unusual times our aim will be to deliver the best learning experience possible and ensure that you all have the opportunity to meet the learning outcomes of your course. In the first few weeks of your course we will also provide virtual means for you to meet your fellow students and all of the staff. Your course teams will let you know about this in the first week.

Our staff are all experts in their subjects, approachable and have a philosophy of supporting students to achieve their individual potential, to become confident, independent learners with transferable skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Your course teams will be available via a variety of means, but in whichever way they can, they are there to support you and you mustn’t hesitate to contact any of them if you have any questions.

I look forward to meeting you in person or virtually in the first few weeks of your course and would like to take this opportunity to wish you well with your studies.

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).

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Monday 5 October

9.30am–10.30am: Welcome to your Degree in Nursing


Jason Oakley - Head of School & Isobel Ryder - Programme Lead

10.45am–11.45am: Meet the Academic Nursing Team


All of the academic nursing team

12.30pm–1.00pm: Nursing induction: L4 Student Voice


Nick Clark

Join on Google Meet

2.00pm–3.00pm:Professional and Academic expectations.


Isobel Ryder, Lisa Farley MH course lead, Pauline McKeever Adult course lead

3.15pm–4.30pm:Meet your personal tutor & fellow tutor group members.


Please look out for an invite from your personal tutor that will come via email.

You will then know which tutor group number you are in readiness for your face to face meeting later in week.


Tuesday 6 October

9.00am–1.00pm: Occupational Health Check

Students will need to attend a 20 minute session only during this time.

Building: Rosalind Franklin West: Rooms C and D


Wednesday 7th October

9.00am–9.30am: Check in with Personal Tutor

This is a short meeting in your tutor groups with your personal tutors and pick up any questions or issues


Lisa Farley, Claire Tea, Steve Searby, Karen Ward, Mark Robinson, Mel Tanner,Sarah Harper, Nuno Tavares, Sue Rouke, Jenny Roddis

9.30am–10.30am:Academic Support


Denise Douglas

11.00am–12.00pm: Wellbeing


Denise Meyer

1.30pm–2.30pm: Nursing IT induction: L4 IT with Sci learn - part 1


Lisa Hyatt/Sci E learn

3.00pm–4.00pm: CSTF



4.15pm–5.00am: Library induction



Thursday 8th October

9.00am–5.00pm: Occupational Health Check



9.00am–5.00pm: DBS Checks



9.00am–11.00am: Group 1: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection - Mental Health

Building: Park Building Room 2.19

Lisa Fairley:

 9.30am–11.30am: Group 2: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 2.24

Sarah Harper:

10.00am–12.00pm: Group 3: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 0.05

Sue Rouke:

10.30am–12.30pm: Group 4: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 2.22

Steve Searby:

11.00am–1.00pm: Group 5: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 2.19

Jenny Roddis:

11.30am–1.30pm: Group 6: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Mel Tanner:

1.00pm–3.00pm: Group 7: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection - MH

Building: Park Building Room 2.19

Karen Ward:

1.30pm–3.30pm: Group 8: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 2.24

Claire Tea:

2.00pm–4.00pm: Group 9: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 0.05

Mark Robinson:

14.30pm–16.30pm: Group 10: Tutor group - Face to face meeting and chromebook collection

Building: Park Building Room 3.03

Nuno Tavares:

Friday 9 October

9.30am–11.00am: Nursing IT Induction: L4 IT with Sci learn - part 2


Lisa Hyatt/Sci E learn

11.30pm–1.00pm: Science Informing Practice (SIP) Module - Introduction to the module & meet the module team


Suzanna Rampton/Claire Tea

2.30pm–4.30pm: Science Informing Practice (SIP) Module - Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology


Suzanna Rampton/Claire Tea

Wednesday 28 October

9.00am–5.00pm: DBS Checks

Students will need to attend a 20 minute session only during this time.

Please note that without a DBS, Occupational Health check and registering formally students will not have access to the course material & on campus resources.

Rosalind Franklin West: Rooms C and D

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

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