Product Design and Innovation BSc (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information


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.

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.

Meeting and working with other students

The Product Design and Innovation Moodle page contains course-related information you'll find useful throughout your studies. You can use the forum to post questions and chat with other students on the course.

All your taught modules have dedicated Moodle pages which are listed on your Moodle course page.

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.

Jonathan Rowe

Available online, Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm, throughout the academic year

Find out more about Mr Jonathan Rowe

Bruce Valler

Available online, Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm, throughout the academic year

Find out more about Bruce Valler

Petko Petkov

Available online, Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm, throughout the academic year

Find out more about Dr Petko Petkov

Radoslav Iliev

Available online, Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm, throughout the academic year

Find out more about Mr Radoslav Iliev

Jovana Radulovic

Available online, Tuesdays 1.00pm-2.00pm, throughout the academic year

Find out more about Dr Jovana Radulovic

Welcome message from Dr Jovana Radulovic, Interim Head of the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering

Welcome to the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering.

We're delighted to welcome you. During your time here, you'll learn relevant practical and analytical skills and knowledge which will help you start a successful career as an engineering professional.

The School of Mechanical and Design Engineering is based in Anglesea Building. This is where you'll find lecturers' offices and where the majority of labs and practical work will take place. Your lecturers and personal tutors - as well as staff in the Technology Student Hub in Lion Gate Building - are here to help while you find your way around and settle into university life.

You'll receive a lot of information during induction week. You'll meet your personal tutor as the first point of contact for academic and student support issues. You'll also meet your course mates and have an opportunity to get involved in clubs and societies.

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


Welcome to the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering. Go to Webex session. The password will be emailed to you. 


Course meeting Year 1. Go to Webex session. The password will be emailed to you. 


Team building. On campus - specific location to be confirmed. Please complete the registration form.  

Tuesday 6 October


Meet your Personal Tutor. Online. You'll be sent an invite link directly from your Personal Tutor. 

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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