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 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.

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

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. 

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.

Sarah Barber 

Associate Head (Academic) 


Hello and welcome! I am Sarah Barber, Associate Head Academic at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy. I am a registered Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist and qualified from the Charles Clifford Dental hospital just shy of 20 years ago. I have experience of working within Community Dental Services, General Dental Practice - including NHS, private and orthodontic care, and have been part of the team at the Dental Academy since 2007. In the last 13 years I have taken on various roles such as module coordinator, personal tutor lead, programme lead and I am now responsible for the strategic direction of teaching and learning within the Academy. I currently coordinate the Level 6 clinical module for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course and I have a keen interest in supporting students as they transition into the workplace.

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).

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 servicedesk@port.ac.uk.

Monday 28 September

3.00pm-4.00pm: Group A DHDT (Tracy Walls, Jeni Malpass, Sue Hadley)

East Clinic (Dental Academy) 

4.00pm-5.00pm: Group B DHDT (Tracy Walls, Jeni Malpass, Sue Hadley)

East Clinic (Dental Academy)


Tuesday 29 September

09.30am-10.30am: Clinical Induction & BLS Refresh (Tracy Walls, Jeni Malpass, Sue Hadley)

West Clinic (Dental Academy)

10.45am-11.45am: Catch Up Session


Thursday 1 October

9.30am-10.30am: Live Q&A Session (Tracy Walls, Jeni Malpass, Sue Hadley)

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

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