Policing and Investigation BSc (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information

Welcome

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 Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We're delighted to welcome you to our diverse and inclusive community which is passionate about understanding the world, and discovering how we can individually and collectively contribute to making it a better place.

Over the next few years, you will learn about your chosen subject, make friends for life, and develop skills to prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable University experience in which you realise your highest potential.

Best wishes
Theresa

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

You'll meet other students through friendly forums within our virtual learning environment, Moodle. You'll have access to a school-wide common room and a specialist group for your course. 

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

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.

Welcome from Paul Norman, Head of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Paul NormanWelcome to the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies – with over 80 academic staff we pride ourselves on being a leading criminology School. Whether you are joining us for the first time, or are a returning student, our aim is to offer you a rewarding and challenging educational experience with our broad- ranging interdisciplinary programmes to meet your interest and future career desires. To achieve this, we have a highly diverse international academic team, former practitioners, and excellent teaching staff that draw on cutting-edge learning technologies and virtual learning environments to inspire your love of the subject and support your learning.

Many of my colleagues that you will meet, and get to know, are engaged in applied and theoretical research that will feature in your seminar room, in your online lectures, within the curated virtual learning environments.

As you settle into the ‘new normal’ of life at the University of Portsmouth, do consider your experience beyond the formal limits of your course. Whether these are social of academic these are unique opportunities that will form the life-changing experiences that Higher Education can provide you with. For these, and so many other reasons, I am confident that you will enjoy your studies and appreciate the friendly, welcoming and vibrant department you have joined. Welcome, and enjoy your time with us this year.

Welcome from John Fox, course leader

Jonathan Charles FoxWelcome to the University of Portsmouth and the beginning of your studies as a student on the BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation course.

This is a prestigious degree to acquire, and whether you study as a part time distance learner or a full-time campus based student the status of your qualification is the same, and you are all valued members of the Portsmouth family. I can assure you that as a distance learner 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 policing and investigation.

We will be offering a welcome and induction process (involving online activities) starting on 5th October 2020. Induction activities will allow you to familiarise yourselves with the technology platforms we will be using and to meet some of our staff. All our teaching, learning and assessment activities are driven through one main portal - our Virtual Learning Environment, called Moodle - which will be accessible to you at any time and in any place.

Our aim is to help you to develop your academic and critical thinking skills and we will endeavour to share with you our knowledge of, and expertise in, the course topics and ultimately to prepare you for life after your degree course.

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 servicedesk@port.ac.uk.

Monday 5 October

Welcome and Introduction

This is an online session to be carried out in your own time. 

During the Welcome and Introduction session, you will be introduced to your Course Leader and some of the core teaching team.

You will be introduced to using our Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle; as well as MyPort

Students will also have the opportunity to connect with other distance learning undergraduate students on their own course, as well as the other DL courses.

Tuesday 6 October

Virtual Study: What’s important in Policing 

This is an online pre-recorded session led by your Course Leader and can be watched in your own time.

You will be asked to watch a short lecture, and you will be given a set of questions to consider ahead of the Course Leaders night-in on Wednesday.

Wednesday 7 October

Course Leaders night in (7.30-9.30pm)

The first ‘Course Leaders night in' of the academic year. This is a ‘live’ session which will provide you with a chance to talk to your Course Leader and course-mates in person.

Be prepared to discuss the questions set in the previous days ‘what’s important in…’ session; as well as any other questions you might have.

Thursday 8 October

Study Skills

This is an online session to be carried out in your own time. 

During this session you will be given some tips on using the library as well as an introduction to your first module ‘Studying Criminology’.

Friday 9 October

Q&A 

Throughout the week, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your Course Leader, Karen our administration, or the Programme Area Leader Dr Fiona Wadie. Questions will be compiled into a Q&A and be made available to you.


All induction sessions online will be conducted via Zoom. To ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience during the Induction week, we highly encourage you to download and install the Zoom Application prior to 5th of October. Log in to your Course Site in Moodle to locate your meeting rooms. 

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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