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.

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 get to know other students on your course through online platforms like student-led social media groups and your course Moodle. Join our induction Facebook group to get started: 

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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.

Carole Pym

Senior DCP Teaching Fellow 


Welcome!  My name is Carole and I have been working at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy for 15 years. Alongside working at the University, I also work clinically in a mixed NHS and Private dental practice. I have an MSc in Health Care and teach across the curriculum, as well as supervising pre clinical and clinical activities. I am also an admissions tutor for the courses delivered at the Dental Academy.

Bhavin Dedhia

Clinical Teaching Fellow


I am a Clinical Teaching Fellow at University of Dental Academy. I am a dentist, qualified in 2004 and registered with GDC in 2007. I also have a P.G.Certificate in Dental Law and Ethics and am pursuing LLM in Medical Law and Ethics.

I have a passion for professionalism, communication and leadership skills in the dental profession.

Jennie Haywood-Hull 

DCP Teaching Fellow 


Hi My name is Jennie I recently joined the University of Portsmouth as a clinical teaching fellow after we relocated back to the South East after spending 15 years living in Cardiff. I have been a Dental hygienist for a little over twenty years and the majority of my clinical experience has been in specialist practice. I have a particular interest in treating advanced restorative cases such as implant patients and periodontal cases. In my spare time I love to explore the local area in particular going on walks with my family and going paddleboarding. 

Sue Hadley

DCP Teaching Fellow


Hi, my name is Sue and I am a Dental Care Professional Teaching Fellow. I am a registered Dental Nurse of many years and had experience in many different settings including training nurses in Tanzania. I have been at the Academy since 2007, starting my journey as support staff and over time gaining a Certificate in Education, progressing onto the teaching team. I am currently enrolled on a 2 year MRes programme at the University of Portsmouth where I have just completed my research, investigating knowledge and behaviour change in oral health in primary children after completing a supervised tooth brushing programme. I am excited to see where my journey continues.  

Jennifer Malpass

DCP Teaching Fellow


I joined the University in 2014 and I am a DCP Teaching Fellow in the Dental Academy.  I am a registered Dental Nurse with a number of post registration qualifications which increase my Dental Nursing scope of practice.  In 2019, I completed a Masters in Medical Education.  I want to encourage all of those that I teach to reach their full potential.  Outside work, I enjoy walking my dogs and exploring the beautiful outdoors around Hampshire. 

Welcome from Professor Chris Louca, Director and Head of the Dental Academy

I would like to welcome you to the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 situation we aim to ensure that you will have the best possible academic and clinical education in your chosen dental discipline.  Whether your course is dental nursing, dental hygiene or dental hygiene dental therapy, you will learn within a primary care setting as part of the overall dental team, including dental students. Our staff are all professionals from both dental and other healthcare disciplines.  They are experts in their respective fields, passionate about teaching and are committed to ensuring that you receive the best possible professional education and university experience. We are not only dedicated to ensuring you are trained to the highest, most up to date practices but also to guiding you towards developing enquiring minds and the knowledge to advance yourselves and your chosen profession. Over the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to get to know both your fellow students and your teachers. We will use a blended approach to include both remote and face to face teaching. Your teachers are there to help and support you, they are both friendly and approachable, so please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.  

I very much look forward to meeting you either in person or virtually over the next few weeks and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success 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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If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email servicedesk@port.ac.uk.

Monday 5 October

1.30pm-2.30pm: Group A DHDT (Sarah Barber and Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23

2.45pm-3.45pm: Group B DHDT (Sarah Barber and Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23

4.00pm-5.00pm: Group C DHDT (Sarah Barber and Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23


Tuesday 6 October

08.30am-5.00pm: Booked individual Occupational Health appointments

Location Building: Nuffield Centre

4.00pm-4.30pm: Zoom Q&A Drop In (Tracy Wallis)

Note: Complete online uniform/name badge request form here and Visor and additional sets of scrubs here.


Wednesday 7 October

10.00am-11.00am: Professionalism and UPDA Policies Code of Conduct via Zoom (Latha Davda)

11.30am-12.30pm: Introduction to Faculty Learning Support via Zoom (Toby Scott Ward)

1.00pm-5.00pm: Booked individual Occupational Health appointments

4.00pm-4.30pm: Zoom Q&A Drop In (Sarah Barber)


Thursday 8 October

2.15pm-3.00pm: Group A DHDT - Introduction to Personal Tutoring (Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23

3.15pm-4.00pm: Group B DHDT - Introduction to Personal Tutoring (Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23

4.15pm-5.00pm: Group C DHDT - Introduction to Personal Tutoring (Debbie Withers)

Dental Academy: 0.23


Friday 9 October

10.00am-11.00am: Online Lecture (Tracey Wallis)


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