BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology – 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.

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 use a range of platforms to encourage you to meet and collaborate with other students:

  • Private Facebook group for first year Psychology students: UG_Level 4_Psychology & Forensic Psychology. We'll link to this group here when it's available. You'll need to request to join.
  • PsychSoc UoP Facebook group. You'll need to request to join this private group. PsychSoc is available to students in all year groups and run by a current third year student along with support from staff. Most PsychSoc events are open students only, although some events are available to staff. 
  • Psychology department twitter account

We'll encourage you to set up student-only WhatsApp groups within your personal tutor groups, and use Zoom to meet with students and staff. You can speak to all members of staff during their office hours (which will be confirmed before term starts) or contact them via email. Each module you study also has a Moodle page with a discussion board where you can comment anonymously.

Read about best practices in digital communication.

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.

Professor Sherria Hoskins

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

Find out more about Professor Sherria Hoskins.

Dr Roger Moore

Associate Head of Students

Find out more about Dr Roger Moore.

Dr Lucy Akehurst

Head of the Department of Psychology

Find out more about Dr Lucy Akehurst.

Dr Mark Turner

Associate Head of Teaching and Learning

Find out more about Dr Mark Turner.

Dr Ana Gheorghiu

Head of Year (Level 4)

Find out more about Dr Ana Gheorghiu.

Welcome from Dr Lucy Akehurst, Head of the Department of Psychology

It was a long time ago since I sat where you are sitting now, anticipating my first day at University, but I can remember it very well. I felt excited and eager to learn but also nervous and unsure of what was to come. I can assure you that we will do our best to help you develop your skills and knowledge throughout your course of study, and to share with you our enthusiasm for psychology – there is no doubt that it is a great subject.

We will be offering blended learning opportunities with a welcome and induction process (involving online and on campus activities) starting on 5th October 2020. Induction activities will allow you to familiarise yourselves with the technology platforms we will be using. All our teaching, learning and assessment activities are driven through one main portal - our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle - which will be accessible at any time and in any place! Each week there will be tutor-led, on campus sessions enabling communication and collaboration with your tutor and other members of your tutor group (around 7 - 8 students per group).

2020 has brought some challenges but also opportunities. Our aim is to help you to develop as a result of the academic content of your degree and by encouraging a supportive, sociable and friendly psychology community that will become your home. We will endeavour to share with you our knowledge of, and expertise in, psychology and to prepare you for life after your degree course. I wish you all the best and cannot wait to meet you! 


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

During the week beginning 5th October (i.e. induction week), you will meet with your personal tutor for two consecutive hours and you will have an on-campus orientation lecture for two consecutive hours. Please check your University of Portsmouth email account in the week beginning 28th September to find out more details (including times and dates of events) about the plans for your induction week.

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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