BSc (Hons) Environmental Science – Year 1: Induction information
Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are 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.
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 be able to meet and work alongside your fellow students in the face to face course sessions, as well at the weekly tutorial meetings. However, to enhance this interaction we encourage our students to engage with a number of online platforms detailed below. Some of these platforms also enable you to speak to members of the academic course team, who are contactable via email.
- Course Facebook group – this is a closed group with current and former students as well as academic course staff, where we share interesting articles, papers and post regular job opportunities.
- Moodle chat page: This is a course chat page for your year group. You can use this as a general discussion platform and and to introduce yourselves and organise meet ups with other students. As the term progresses you can use this space to discuss learning activities and assessments. Course lead, Dr Sarah Reynolds will check in on a daily basis to address any questions that you raise.
- Moodle forum page: This will be a course forum page specific to the year group. This is a great space to post questions to your fellow students or the academic course team. Course lead, Dr Sarah Reynolds will check in on a daily basis to address any questions that you raise.
- Other social media platforms: We'll encourage your to use other platforms such as WhatsApp and Snapchat to create student-only groups on your course. Previous students have effectively used these tools to provide peer support during their studies.
Meet your lecturers
We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.
Dr Sarah Reynolds
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry and Course Leader
Hi, I have been teaching on the environmental programmes since 2013 and have recently become course lead. I am passionate about all aspects of the environment and primarily teach on topics such as pollution and climate change. My research interests lie in the oceans where I seek to further our understanding of how nutrients are cycled both in surface waters and sediments. I examine the control that these nutrients have on the microbial community (bacteria and phytoplankton) and have recently started investigating how these interactions are being influenced by climate change. Outside of university, I am kept busy by my two young sons - we spend lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful Hampshire and Dorset countryside and beaches.
Find out more about Dr Sarah Reynolds.
Professor Jim Smith
Professor of Environmental Science
Hi, I’ve been teaching Environmental Science since 2007 and have been researching environmental pollutants since 1990. I specialise in radioactivity in the environment, particularly the consequences of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents. I have also done research on chemical pollution of estuaries, and excess nutrients in rivers causing algal blooms. My radiation research has included coordinating the first study showing abundant mammal populations in the Chernobyl abandoned lands - work which was quoted by Sir David Attenborough when he visited Chernobyl for his “Our Planet” series. Currently I am coordinating a project looking at re-use of some of Chernobyl’s abandoned lands, part of which includes our unique “ATOMIK” vodka project.
Find out more about Professor Jim Smith.
Professor Gary Fones
Professor of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
Hello and welcome to Portsmouth. I have been teaching on the environmental programme since 2006. My teaching focussing on the delivery of the oceanography modules and also contaminants in the aquatic environment and various field trips. Main research interests are water and sediment quality monitoring using in-situ passive samplers for trace metals, nutrients and polar organic contaminants. Other research interests include trace metal and nutrient sediment water interactions (including sediment resuspension). I am also the Editor in Chief of the journal ‘Continental Shelf Research’. Currently my research group is working closely with a number of UK water supply companies, NGOs and private companies for the monitoring of pesticides, pharmaceuticals and nutrients in rivers and estuaries. Outside of university, I enjoy travelling and also walking in the New Forest and Dorset coastal area. My three children also keep me busy with school work and driving them to and from places including my son’s football matches.
Find out more about Professor Gary Fones.
Professor Mike Fowler
Professor of Geochemistry
Hello - I’m Mike and I have been teaching geology, chemistry and environmental science for many years. I have particular interests in igneous petrogenesis, environmental geochemistry of heavy metals, environmental mineralogy and “dusty forensics” (including air quality). I look forward to convincing you that rocks are an important part of our environment, and can tell many stories about how we arrived where we are now and how we might extricate ourselves! When I’m not playing with rocks and minerals, I like running around a squash court or sitting on a beach.
Find out more about Professor Mike Fowler.
Dr Mohammad A Hoque
Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology
Welcome to Portsmouth - magnificent waterfront city - and I am looking forward to guiding you learn about the science of the water and its role in the movement of contaminants in the environment. As a hydrogeologist I spend a lot of time studying groundwater – a vital resource meets ~50% of global drinking water demand and ensures food security in many parts of the world via irrigation. Away from campus, you may find me running along the seafront.
Find out more about Dr Mohammad Hoque.
Dr Michelle Hale
Head of School
As well as my role as Head of School, I am a biological oceanographer interested in the role of marine microbes (viruses, bacteria and phytoplankton) in the cycling of carbon and other important elements in the World Oceans and how these processes feedback to climate change. Recently, I have applied my expertise in marine systems to freshwater systems to look at nutrient cycling in rivers. I have taught a wide variety of topics across the environmental sciences for many years. My current teaching is focused on oceanography and conservation and I look forward to seeing many of you in my classes. Away from work, I am kept busy by two very active sons. I love running, cycling, sailing, knitting and spinning, and am currently enjoying learning stand up paddle boarding.
Find out more about Dr Michelle Hale.
Welcome from Michelle Hale, Head of School
Welcome to the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences! We are a diverse, multidisciplinary School with enthusiastic lecturers who are really looking forward to meeting you and supporting you to succeed in your studies. We are based across two adjacent buildings: Burnaby and Buckingham Buildings. Teaching and assessment are going to be a little bit different this year, but we are following best practice in developing a blended learning approach to the delivery of your modules. We will be taking a flipped learning approach to a lot of teaching delivery, where you will be able to cover lecture content online, in your own time, and face-to-face teaching will be focused on applying the knowledge that you have learned in laboratory, fieldwork, workshop and seminar sessions in small, socially distanced groups. In the first week, you will meet your personal tutor and they will be your first port of call for support and guidance, so please attend your tutorials and let your tutor know if you have any issues. Wishing you all the best for an exciting year of learning!
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
Tuesday 6th October
9.00am-10.00am: Induction Group 1 - Q&A session (Sarah Reynolds)
Milldam Building LE1.01
10.00am-11.00am Induction Group 2 - Q&A session (Sarah Reynolds)
Milldam Building LE1.01
Note: Students will be informed of their group via email prior to induction
Wednesday 7 October
1.00pm-1.45pm: Yr 1 Online Induction event - for remote learner
See Moodle course page for link to zoom meeting.
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
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