BSc (Hons) Pharmacology – 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.

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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.

Dr Matt Parker 

Find out more about Dr Matt Parker.

Dr Sassan Hafizi

Find out more about Dr Sassan Hafizi

Welcome from Karen Ball, Head of School

A very warm welcome back to the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. I hope that you are safe and well and that you have had a good summer. I expect that many of you are wondering what to expect this year in terms of the new subjects you will be studying, and also how we have adapted our delivery in response to Covid19. The course teams have been working very hard over the summer to enhance our blended learning approach. We have invested in specialised software and technology that will complement our campus based activity. Laboratory classes, many workshops, and some tutorial activity will be delivered on campus with small groups to improve your experience. We have carefully considered our activities so that to best of our ability every student has the opportunity to have an excellent educational experience and be able to meet the requirements of their course and any accreditation body requirements. We have some important activities set up for you during induction week that will help you understand what to expect this year, so we look forward to seeing then. As always please contact your personal tutor or course leader if you have any questions.

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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Monday 5 October

10.00am-11.00am: Welcome & Introduction to Pharmacology (Dr David Laight) (online)

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11.00am-12.00pm: Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology (Dr Matt Parker) (online)

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2.00pm-3.00pm: Introduction to Cells to Systems (Dr Anthony Lewis) (online)

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3.00pm-5.00pm Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Dr Karen Ball) (online)

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Tuesday 6 October

10.00am-11.00am: Introduction to Health and Safety (Dr John Young & Gil Whitaker) (online)

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1.00pm-2.00pm: Personal Tutorial 1

David Laight: St. Michael's 0.1 

James Brown: Park Building 0.04

Jerome Swinny University Learning Centre 2.1


Thursday 8 October

10.00am-11.00am: Personal Tutor 2

David Laight: St. Michael's Building M 0.1 

James Brown: Park Building 0.04

Jerome Swinny University Learning Centre 2.1


Friday 9 October

10.00am-11.00am Introduction to Formulation (Dr Marta Roldo) (online)

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

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Further information

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