BSc (Hons) Biology – 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.

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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 also introduce measures to keep you safe during practical classes – such as smaller groups and PPE for some specific work. We'll provide you with a basic PPE kit for these sessions. 

We'll update this page when we have more information.

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're planning face-to-face meetings in tutorial groups during induction week. We'll also encourage you to get to know other students in your group through online platforms like the our course Google Hangout Group (below) and student-only groups. 

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.

Dr Frank Schubert  

Find out more about Dr Frank Schubert.

Dr Mat Tallis

Find out more about Dr Mat Tallis.

Dr Lena Grinsted

Find out more about Dr Lena Grinsted.

Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales

Find out more about Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales.

Professor Joy Watts

Find out more about Professor Joy Watts.

Dr Maria Salta

Find out more about Dr Maria Salta.

Dr Athanasios Rizoulis

Find out more about Dr Athanasios Rizoulis.

Welcome from Dr Darren Mernagh, Head of School 

A warm welcome to the School of Biological Sciences and welcome to our community of life scientists. There has never been a greater need for life scientists than now – be it to deal with the plastic pollution in our environment or in tacking the global Coronavirus pandemic and keeping the public informed and safe.

Wherever you're from, whether you're the first in your family to attend university or you're new to this country, please remember that this is your department and your home for the next few years, and please always remember that we all part of our bioscience community.

Things need to be a bit different at the moment and you'll experience your education in a blended way with a mixture of face to face and recorded information delivered in person and online. What I can assure you of is a gold rate education with high levels of practical work and a team dedicated to supporting and guiding you and thus enabling you to reach your full potential.

I appreciate that many of you haven't studied intensively for many months now and I want to assure that that we will work with you to rekindle that excitement for the discipline and to re-establish those good study habits.

With so much choice we think that this induction programme, as well as the online student handbook available on the Departmental website, will be useful in helping and guiding you through the study arrangements, opportunities and facilities available both in the School and the University. I am certain that your experience in the School of Biological Sciences will be productive, memorable, and successful. My colleagues and I are always available to assist you if you have any further queries, or any suggestions that may make your experience even more enjoyable. I look forward to meeting you all over the coming year.

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

9.00am-10.00am: Live Zoom Welcome from Course Leader (Dr Frank Schubert)

11.00am-12.00pm: Face to Face Tutorials with Personal Tutors

Barrales: St. Andrew's 3.03

Bourgeois: Park Building 0.04

Grinsted: Park Building 2.24

Rizoulis: Park Building 3.24

Salta: King Henry 3.13

Schubert: Park Building 2.19

Tallis: Park Building 2.22

1.00pm-4.00pm: Lab Class with Tutors (Tallis and Schubert Only)

Location Building: King Henry 4.12 


Tuesday 6 October

9:00am-12:00pm: Lab Class with Tutors (Grinsted and Salta Only)

Location Building: King Henry 4.12

2.00am-5.00pm: Lab Class with Tutors (Bourgeois and Rizoulis Only)

Location Building: King Henry 4.12


Friday 9 October

10.00am-11.00am: Online Quiz via Zoom

11.00am-12.00pm: Student Q&A Session via Zoom

12.00pm-1.00pm: Live Zoom Group Tutorial via Zoom

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.

New 25 Bus route now in service

A new Monday-Sunday service, which replaces the number 6 and number 15 buses withdrawn by FirstBus, will run from The Hard to the Hayling Ferry via Old Portsmouth, Waverley Road and Bransbury Park. 

The Hayling Ferry is co-ordinating their sailings to coincide with the bus at Eatney Point and the full timetable of the bus and the ferry can be seen here: Bus & Ferry Timetable.

Further information

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