BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice – Year 3: Induction information


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

Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back 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.

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.

Simulations and practical sessions

We're planning to run simulation sessions and we'll put additional measures in place for practical elements on the course. We’ve moved simulation sessions and practical work into the second teaching block where we can. 

You may need to wear various levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) for simulation activities. You may need gloves, masks or visors depending on which activity you undertake and any current guidance. The University will provide PPE.

You’ll receive full simulation instructions from the team. You can access written guidance on simulations through Moodle and will receive verbal guidance in sessions.

Please arrive at the building for your simulation session early. You’ll need to wait outside the building until someone comes to collect you and you won’t be able to enter the building on your own.

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 encourage you to meet virtually with your peers during the course using tools like google hangouts and google meet through your University Gmail account. Your induction sessions will also be hosted on Google Meet. The course team will set up meetings for course queries and group tutorials. You can also contact your tutor directly to arrange a one-to-one meeting, and set up student-only groups. 

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.

Ashley Neve

Find out more about Ashley Neve.

Steve Moutrey

Find out more about Steve Moutrey.

Welcome from Dr. Jason Oakley,  Head (Interim) of School

Welcome back to the School of Health and Care Professions. It was a challenging end to the academic year and I would like to thank you all for your support and professionalism.  We are now all looking forward to the new academic year and even in these unusual times our aim will be to deliver the best learning experience possible and ensure that you all have the opportunity to meet the learning outcomes of your course.   

In the first few weeks of your course we will also provide virtual means for you to meet your fellow students and the staff. We will also provide you with further details about how we will be delivering your course, utilising our simulation facilities and how we will be coordinating placements in light of the coronavirus.    Your course teams will be available via a variety of means, but in whichever way they can, they are there to support you in your studies and you mustn’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or concerns.  

I look forward to welcoming you back in person or virtually during the first few weeks and would like to take this opportunity to wish you well with your studies.

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

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Events for year 2 and year 3 Induction

We plan to use the tutorial sessions timetabled in the year 2 and year 3 uncredited tutorial modules. We plan to use events that will encourage the cohorts to mix and engage with each other and the course team with events that will help build a cohort community. After the activity there will be time for a cohort group tutorial to discuss any cohort issues / concerns.

The events are at present timetabled to be face to face at the university. I will be contacting the students to see if they wish to attend face to face or have these events held online.

Types of activities / ideas:

  • Session 1 (both years) – welcome back / catch up / discuss support services available to them – academic / pastoral / placements.


  • Would I lie to you? – Each student will give a very brief statement of two things they have done / been involved in. One will be true, one will be false. The rest of the cohort will vote via Vevox polling which they think is true and which they think is false. Chance to get to know each other and no doubt have some fun.
  • My hobby – Each student will have five minutes to deliver a short presentation on any hobby / past time they do in their spare time. This is designed to get them talking and to develop their presentation skills. I plan to demonstrate that presenting when you know your subject is much easier than thy might think.
  • Coffee, hat and chat – The cohort will meet with lectures to have a general chat and a coffee, but everyone has to where a hat (one they have or make one. (Only thing is the hat must have some story attached to it). Again get them talking at to help to get to know each other.
  • What are my fears / concerns for this year? – Students will be able to post anonymously what concerns / fears they have for this academic year. When we meet the cohort can look at these and discuss their thoughts, ideas of how to deal with these without knowing who posted them – designed to get the cohort working together and supporting each other. May find they are not alone in these concerns.
  • Guess who it is – The student’s will asked if they are willing to submit a picture of themselves when they were between 6 to 10 years of age (along with their lecturers). These will be collated and during the session students and lecturers can try to place the name to the picture. Then we will reveal who is who.

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

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