Welcome back to Portsmouth. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start the next year of your degree.

Welcome message from Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Technology

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to Portsmouth.

While we live in a rapidly changing world and despite the challenges facing our society in these unprecedented times, one thing that hasn't changed is that the learning and skills you'll gain here will remain in great demand around the world for now and in the future.

Each year, around 1,000 students graduate from courses in the Faculty of Technology. These graduates are making big differences to the world, whether it be helping to protect the environment by exploring alternative energies, building water treatment plants in developing countries, helping to keep the nation's data systems secure, or educating the next generation of maths teachers.

Such great expectations might seem daunting at the moment, and we understand that studying at University can have its difficult moments, but we've all been in your position ourselves and are here to help you. Be intellectually curious, make use of the resources available, and if there's ever something you need help with, feel free to ask.

You have the potential to succeed on your course, to excel and make a positive difference in the world. We're here to help make this happen. I look forward to congratulating you when the time comes for you to graduate.

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

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.

Thomas Waters

Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Mathematics)


Find out more about Dr Thomas Waters

Welcome message from Dr Thomas Waters, Associate Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics

Welcome back to Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth.

Things will be a bit different this year. As you probably know, during this first teaching block your modules will be delivered through a combination of live and pre-recorded online content together with face-to-face tutorials - it'll feel strange at first, but I'm confident that it won't take long to get used to.

There's lots of support available to you if you have any questions or problems - your personal tutor, your lecturers, Learning Support Tutors and the Maths Café. Don’t worry, we will remind you of all the details and give you some broader course information during induction week.

To help you adapt to the new and more socially distanced approach we'll also take more steps in the year ahead. We'll also help you meet and work with other students on your course and the wider maths community at Portsmouth.

We very much look forward to seeing you in October for another busy but exciting year ahead.

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


Welcome to your final year. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting


Induction 2020: All you need to know. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting

Some important points to know for your final year, such as degree classification, assessment regulations, and attendance monitoring.

Tuesday 6 October


Python refresher. Online. An optional, but strongly recommended workshop, for you brush up your Python skills.  If you're taking Statistical learning and Financial derivative pricing, you'll find this workshop highly beneficial. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting.

Wednesday 7 October


Ice Breaker Quiz. Online.

This will be a relaxed and informal social event for all maths students and will be a good way for you to meet maths students from your own and other year groups. Go to Zoom meeting.

Thursday 8 October


Induction question and answer session. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting


Project guidance and resources. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting. 

General information, getting started, monitoring and support, oral presentation, Moodle resources, plagiarism issues, schedule and report writing. This session is compulsory if you're doing Project U30219.


Project topics. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting. A chance to learn about some projects on offer.


Project assessment. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting. What makes a good/bad project report? Judge the merit of previous years’ projects yourself.  How do your decisions compare?

Friday 9 October


An Introduction to Latex. Online. See your Moodle course page for the link to the zoom meeting. Learn how to use Latex to create nicely typeset mathematical documents. This will be useful for those students who take Project.

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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