BSc (Hons) Exercise And Fitness Management – Year 1: 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 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.

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.

Professor Richard Thelwell

Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Find out more about Professor Richard Thelwell

Dr Joe Costello 

Module Coordinator Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology (Level 4)

Find out more about Dr Joe Costello

Colin Iggleden 

Senior Tutor and Module Coordinator for Introduction to Sport, Business and Management (Level 4)

Find out more about Colin Iggleden

Dr Helen Symons

Course Leader and Module Coordinator for Community Sports Development and Coaching

Find out more about Dr Helen Symons.

Dr Chris Mills 

Associate Head (Academic) and Module Coordinator for Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (Level 4)

Find out more about Dr Chris Mills

Welcome from Professor Richard Thelwell, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Welcome to the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) and thank you for choosing to study with us for what we hope will be an excellent experience. Within SHES we aim to maintain our position as a world-leading centre for sport, exercise and health research and teaching in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment that will support you throughout your time at university. We hope you develop a sense of belonging to the School and feel supported in reaching your personal level of excellence.

The start to your university life will be rather different to what you may have expected and our job is to ensure that you have a smooth transition into your degree studies. To do this, you'll be allocated a personal tutor and have an opportunity to meet with them regularly throughout your studies – they will help you understand all of the varied information that you are provided with. The teaching for this year will also be slightly different but this has given us an opportunity to reflect on how we can make your study experience even better. For example, although much of our large group teaching (e.g., lectures) will take place on-line this year, there will be extensive face-to-face delivery for small group sessions across all courses.

The School Office is based on the top floor of the Spinnaker Building as is the main academic staff area and all staff will be able to respond to any general enquiries while you’re finding your way around and settling in.

On behalf of all staff, I’d like to welcome you to the School and wish you the very best for a successful year.

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

Monday 5 October

Pre-recorded: Introduction Talk (Prof Richard Thelwell)

View here.

Pre-recorded: Course Meeting - Exercise and Fitness Management (Dr Helen Symons)

Please visit your Moodle page to view.

Tuesday 6 October

9:00am-10:00am: Personal Tutorials (Face to Face, check MyPort for group and location)

Pre-recorded: Careers and Employability (Dr Andrew Scott)

View here.

Wednesday 7 October

Pre-recorded: Self-directed campus tour (Information provided by personal tutor)

Thursday 8 October

2.00pm-3.00pm: Q&A Session (Dr Helen Symonds)

Pre-recorded: Introduction to the Senior Tutor and Tutorial System (Colin Iggleden)

View here.

Friday 9 October

9.00am-12.00pm: Personal Tutorials (Face to Face, check MyPort for group and location)

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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