MPharm Pharmacy - Year 4: 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 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.

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.

Welcome from Karen Ball, Head of School

Welcome back to the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. We are a school of around 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with approximately 45 academic, and 25 support staff. Our school is located within St Michael’s Building. We are a school that prides ourselves on our research informed and real world learning. Your commitment and effort on your course will determine your success, and our staff can help you to achieve your full potential.

Our staff have been working hard to ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to meet with staff and other students face to face during the year while being mindful of taking all appropriate safety precautions. We have invested in software and technology that enhances our blended learning approach and will ensure that every student has the opportunity to have an excellent educational experience and can meet the required learning outcomes of their course. We have some important activities set up for you during induction week – so please attend and we look forward to seeing you then.

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

Note: Please find the invitations to all Zoom Meetings here.

Monday 5 October 

11.00-12.00pm: Introduction to Personalised Medicine and Cancer (Nick Warren and Dr Jeremy Mills)

Tuesday 6 October

10.00am-11.00am: Introduction & Welcome (Helen Hull & Jeremy Mills)

12.00pm-1.00pm: Introduction for Clinical Practice (Nicola Barnes)

1.00pm-2.00pm: Introduction to Integrated Studies in Mental Health (Roshni Simmonds)

Thursday 8 October

11.00am-12.00pm: Introduction to Pharmacy Project (Helen Herrara)

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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