Crime and Criminology BSc (Hons) – 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 Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Welcome back! We are delighted to see you return to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
It's a rather different world than that which we knew but we all remain as passionate as ever about understanding it and together making it a better place.
I hope you have a productive and enjoyable academic year ahead - deepening your understanding about your subject area, catching up with your peers and tutors, and developing those skills which will prepare you for a successful career after your studies.
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 meet other students through friendly forums within our virtual learning environment, Moodle. You'll have access to a school-wide common room and a specialist group for your course.
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 Paul Norman, Head of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Welcome to the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies – with over 80 academic staff we pride ourselves on being a leading criminology School. Whether you are joining us for the first time, or are a returning student, our aim is to offer you a rewarding and challenging educational experience with our broad- ranging interdisciplinary programmes to meet your interest and future career desires. To achieve this, we have a highly diverse international academic team, former practitioners, and excellent teaching staff that draw on cutting-edge learning technologies and virtual learning environments to inspire your love of the subject and support your learning.
Many of my colleagues that you will meet, and get to know, are engaged in applied and theoretical research that will feature in your seminar room, in your online lectures, within the curated virtual learning environments.
As you settle into the ‘new normal’ of life at the University of Portsmouth, do consider your experience beyond the formal limits of your course. Whether these are social of academic these are unique opportunities that will form the life-changing experiences that Higher Education can provide you with. For these, and so many other reasons, I am confident that you will enjoy your studies and appreciate the friendly, welcoming and vibrant department you have joined. Welcome, and enjoy your time with us this year.
Welcome from Marc Jacobs, course leader
Whether you are returning to education after a long time out of it raising/caring for family members, pursuing a career or coming straight from college, whether you are in England or abroad, whether you are or in paid/voluntary or out of work, I welcome you to the University of Portsmouth and the BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology.
The part-time distance learning course in Crime and Criminology has been in existence for over 20 years. In that time the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies has gained a fantastic reputation of delivering, supporting and enabling those who might not otherwise have had the chance to study to successfully graduate with an undergraduate degree in crime and criminology.
You are now about to be another success story. With the support provided by ICJS and the wider university support services, you will develop a critical and enquiring understanding of the contentious subject that is crime and criminology. While your journey will be challenging and require commitment and conscientiousness it will also be incredibly rewarding and mind-opening.
I extend a warm welcome to you as you join our part-time distance learning community of students studying crime and criminology.
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
Welcome and Re-introduction
This is an online session to be carried out in your own time.
During the Welcome and re-introduction session, you will be re-introduced to your Course Leader and some of the core teaching team. You will be informed of any departmental updates and given a re-cap on using Moodle and MyPort.
Students will also have the opportunity to connect with other distance learning undergraduate students on their own course, as well as the other DL courses.
Tuesday 6 October
Virtual Study: What’s important in Penology
This is an online pre-recorded session led by your Course Leader and can be watched in your own time.
You will be asked to watch a short lecture, and you will be given a set of questions to consider ahead of the Course Leaders night-in on Wednesday.
Wednesday 7 October
Course Leaders night in (7.30-9.30pm)
The first ‘Course Leaders night’ in of the academic year. This is a ‘live’ session which will provide you with a chance to talk to your Course Leader and course-mates in person.
Be prepared to discuss the questions set in the previous days ‘what’s important in…’ session; as well as any other questions you might have.
Thursday 8 October
Study Skills Moving Forward
This is an online session to be carried out in your own time.
This session will provide you with a re-cap on some key study skills, as well as some tips for moving forward / levelling up. We will also provide you with an update to APA referencing (we are moving to 7th edition).
Friday 9 October
Throughout the week, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your Course Leader, Karen our administration, or the Programme Area Leader Dr Fiona Wadie. Questions will be compiled into a Q&A and be made available to you.
All induction sessions online will be conducted via Zoom. To ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience during the Induction week, we highly encourage you to download and install the Zoom Application prior to 5th of October. Log in to your Course Site in Moodle to locate your meeting rooms.
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.