BSc (Hons) Biology – Year 2: 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.
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.
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. 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 Darren Mernagh, Head of School
Welcome back to the School of Biological Sciences and 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.
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.
With so much choice we think that this induction programme, as well as the online student handbook available on the Departmental website, will help and guide you through the study arrangements, opportunities and facilities available at the School and the University. 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 working with you 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).
Log into your Moodle course page.
Thursday 8 October
9.00am-10.00am: Live Zoom Welcome (Frank Schubert)
10.00am-11.00am: Zoom Meeting (Personal Tutor)
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.