BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year – 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 have all the appropriate measures in place to keep you safe. 

We’ve invested £8 million in reopening the campus with hand sanitiser stations, temperature scanners, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, protective screens and two Covid-19 testing sites. These safety measures give you access to Covid-safe teaching rooms, the library and other student services across campus – plus IT resources and laptops you can borrow

We’ve made some changes to teaching, following Government safety advice. Most teaching sessions will be online to start with, and any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. 

As circumstances around the pandemic change, we may need to make further changes to courses for your safety and to comply with Government guidelines. Though it’s a fast moving situation, we'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any changes. The University and your course leader will inform you of these changes.

Find out more about campus and city life and what your study experience will be like.

We are making some module changes because we need to delay or cancel some planned trips. We'll update you when we know more.

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. Our International 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 be able to meet and work will your fellow students in face to face course sessions and your weekly tutorial meetings. We also encourage you to use the online platforms below to get to know your peers. You can also contact any of the academic team through email.

Learn more about communicating online.

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 Brian Baily

Hello and welcome to Portsmouth! I am Brian Baily and I am the course leader for this course. I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG). 

I am running your study skills modules and the tutorial programme. I also lecture in SEGG on Geography and Environmental Science courses. My research focuses on environmental and coastal issues. I am Portsmouth born and bred and in my spare time enjoy keeping fit (or thinking about it), reading and kayaking. Please feel free to contact me about any concerns or questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you soon. 


Dr James Smith

Hi, I'm James. You'll meet me as module coordinator for Introduction to the Natural World module. I've had a passion for chemistry since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and I look forward to sharing that with you on the foundation course. Outside of the university, I enjoy travel, photography, ancestry, gardening and all things Star Wars.

Dr Rob Inkpen

Hello, my name is Rob Inkpen and I am a Reader in Physical Geography in SEGG. 

I run the Numeric Skills module on the Foundation course, I think mostly because some of my research includes bits of maths, even papers with mathematicians that I only understand from the figures! My research interests range from analyse of the decay of historic monuments and materials in polluted environments, to the philosophy of science to how people’s perceptions of the environment impact on how they use it.  I enjoy running (or waddling at my age), reading and travelling to see decaying heritage.

Dr Alistair Harvey

Hi, welcome to the University of Portsmouth! My name is Alistair and I’ve been a lecturer in psychology here for the past four years. I look forward to introducing you to this fascinating subject on the Human World module. I’m a cognitive psychologist, which means I am interested in how the mind works. My main research focus involves getting people tipsy on alcohol then testing their visual awareness and memory skills. My hobbies outside of work include cinema, coastal walks, running and listening to weird music on BBC Radio 6.

Dr Reuben Shipway

Firstly, a big welcome to Portsmouth! My name is Reuben and I’m both a Research and Teaching Fellow in Marine Biology (School of Biological Sciences), and I’m also a Module Coordinator for Introduction to the Biological World. My research interests focus on discovering weird and wonderful new species and understanding the role they play in the environment. I’m originally from Birmingham, but lived in the US for the past six years and have travelled the world. I love scuba diving, surfing, paddle boarding, and generally being in the water. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact and I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Find out more about Dr Reuben Shipway.

Welcome from Michelle Hale, Head of School

Welcome to the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences! We are a diverse, multidisciplinary School with enthusiastic lecturers who are really looking forward to meeting you and supporting you to succeed in your studies. We are based across two adjacent buildings: Burnaby and Buckingham Buildings. Teaching and assessment are going to be a little bit different this year, but we are following best practice in developing a blended learning approach to the delivery of your modules. We will be taking a flipped learning approach to a lot of teaching delivery, where you will be able to cover lecture content online, in your own time, and face-to-face teaching will be focused on applying the knowledge that you have learned in laboratory, fieldwork, workshop and seminar sessions in small, socially distanced groups. In the first week, you will meet your personal tutor and they will be your first port of call for support and guidance, so please attend your tutorials and let your tutor know if you have any issues. Wishing you all the best for an exciting year of learning!

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 - 12.00pm - Induction Session via Zoom (Brian Baily)

Students should receive an email with the Zoom Invitation details. If students have yet to register please email for an invite to the meeting.

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