Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology BSc (Hons)/MPhys – 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.

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

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Technology. I'm delighted you've chosen to study one of our courses and we will endeavour to give you the best possible learning experience. You’ll soon get to know other students on your course and academic staff who will guide and support you. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime.

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 one of our courses. 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

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.

Hooshyar Assadullahi

Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Physics)

Find out more about Dr Hooshyar Assadullahi

Matthew Hull

Teaching Fellow with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and Learning Support Tutor for the Faculty of Technology

Find out more about Dr Matthew Hull

Samantha Penny

Teaching Fellow with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Find out more about Dr Samantha Penny

Welcome message from Dr Hooshyar Assadullahi, Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Physics)

This is an exciting time for us all and it is great to welcome you as a part of the physics family at Portsmouth. You'll be allocated a personal tutor during induction week who will be a valuable source of help in explaining the University’s and our School’s procedures. They'll also be your first port of call if you need help to perform to the best of your ability.

This year - at least for the start - we'll be offering a blend of online and campus-based activities. I'm sure you have plenty of questions but your lecturers, personal tutors and I will be able to address them all during induction week. If you'd like to discuss anything before induction week please don't hesitate to contact me.

We'll also help you meet and work with other students on your course and the wider physics community at Portsmouth. As a starting point, you'll meet students from a range of levels and disciplines as part of the physics society induction week session.

We very much look forward to seeing you in October.

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

All of the following sessions are in the same online meeting, which will run from 10.30am–12.15pm. Go to the Zoom session.


Welcome from Associate Head of Physics.


Registration aspects.


Associate Head of Physics curriculum: Introduction. 


Meet your personal tutor. Online. You'll be sent the link by your personal tutor ahead of the session.

Tuesday 6 October


Physics Society activities. Go to Zoom session.

Thursday 8 October


Health and Safety in the field and laboratory. Go to Zoom session.


Student Finance. Go to Zoom session.


Physics conference. Go to Zoom session.

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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