Criminology and Cybercrime BSc (Hons) – Year 3: 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 Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We're delighted to welcome you to our diverse and inclusive community which is passionate about understanding the world, and discovering how we can individually and collectively contribute to making it a better place.

Over the next few years, you will learn about your chosen subject, make friends for life, and develop skills to prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable University experience in which you realise your highest potential.

Best wishes

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.

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. You can also find your course on Twitter:: @UOP_CCyb

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

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

Paul NormanWelcome 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 Simon Marsden, course leader

Simon Phillip MarsdenHello and welcome to the University of Portsmouth, to the BSc Criminology and Cybercrime course. I am Simon Marsden, your course leader. You will see me throughout the next year, teaching on some of your modules and also providing course-level communications via the course Moodle site, via email and on social media channels. 

We have all faced a challenging few months, and by no means are these unusual times over. As a course, including us and yourselves, we will be working together to deliver an exciting, innovative, blended learning experience. We have developed our curriculum to give you interactive, enjoyable and informative face-to-face and online opportunities, which requires your full engagement to get the most from your studies. We will support you in person, over the phone and online, as social distancing allows us. 

Completing University is more than just academic achievement; we will also support your personal and career development. This will include building resilience supporting your physical and mental wellbeing, enabling you to succeed. In return, we ask for your cooperation, communication, and help to build a prosperous community of students and staff, so we can excel as a course. 

If you have any queries, my contact details are on the course Moodle site, which also hosts the Course handbooks, that contain important information and who can help resolve your queries. We wish you all the best for the year ahead.

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

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email

Wednesday 7 October

7.00pm–9.00pm: Crime themed pub quiz

Thursday 8 October

11.00am–12.00pm: How time flies!  - Level 6 re-induction


1.30pm–2.30pm: Preparing for your dissertation


3.00pm–4.00pm: Wellbeing series: Staying motivated to finish your studies and dealing with uncertainty


Friday 9 October

10.00am–11.00am: Sandwich/Placement year hangout


12.30pm–2.30pm: Tutor group meeting - let's catch up    


3.00pm–4.00pm: Level 6 mission 

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.

Further information

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