Welcome Month 2020

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Welcome to Portsmouth

Explore Portsmouth's Welcome Month activities and get started with university life

Your first month of uni is a great chance to meet new people, settle into your accommodation and get to know your campus and city.

This year you can join in with an exciting mix of virtual events and face-to-face activities that will help you meet other students, make new friends, explore and join clubs and societies, get to grips with your studies and learn more about life at uni.

This year's Welcome Month will be extended over a longer period of time. We're planning a combination of virtual events and small face-to-face activities where safe to do so. Our events will help you meet other students and make new friends, explore clubs and societies, and learn more about university life.

You can also take the Countdown and Connect Challenge to kick start your academic year – whether you're a new or returning student.

Update on Welcome Month events

Please note that all Welcome Month activities were planned before the latest Government advice, restricting gatherings to groups of 6 people. We're still committed to giving you the best experience in your first weeks of the new academic year, and to keeping you safe.

For that reason, all events are being revised and updated, so please check individual events for further information before attending.

Key dates

You'll need to complete your registration before Welcome Month.

Themes

Welcome Month events are in 4 main themes – use them to help you plan your events diary and spot the events most important to you.

Course-related

Discover events that will help you get to know your course, classmates and your way around campus facilities.

Student life

Discover the opportunities available to you outside study by exploring societies, new hobbies and Portsmouth.

Support and guidance

Attending support and guidance events will help you get set up and prepared for the new year ahead.

Countdown and Connect Challenge

Register for the challenge and earn extra entries into the weekly prize draws by attending these events.

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Moving in weeks

Moving in week is twice as long this year so your moving times can be staggered and we can give you the best chance for social distancing. Which means you'll get the opportunity to attend twice as many events on-campus and around the city in your first weeks of moving to uni.

If you're in halls you'll find events posted on your halls noticeboard and be sent updates to your student account email address. If you're in private accommodation or living at home, keep an eye on our welcome month events for moving in activities taking place outside of halls.

Find out more about moving into uni halls or private accommodation this year and discover the events you can join below. More details about events will be added closer to the start of term – so bookmark this page and keep checking back for information on what's on and how to join on.

Week 1: 12–20 September

Students in Portsmouth

Saturday 12 Sept

Scavenger hunt

University building

Sunday 13 Sept

Video presentation: safety around campus

Student on Portsmouth city tour

Monday 14 Sept

Induction talks on tour

5.00pm: Radio show

7.30pm: Ice-breaker evening

7.30pm: Art night

7.30pm: Debate night

7.30pm: Film night (Roald Dahl)

Games night at Trafalgar Hall

Society meet and great at Margaret Rule Hall

 Cooking demonstration 

Photo competition launch 

Chaplaincy Zoo launch

Student playing playstation

Tuesday 15 Sept

Inductions talks on tour

7.30pm: Society meet and greet

7.30pm: Games night

7.30pm: Playstation tournament

7.30pm: Ice-breaker evening

Virtual scavenger hunt

Trip to the Mary Rose Museum


Week 2: 21–27 September

Student taking photo

Monday 21 Sept

Induction talks on tour

5.00pm: Radio show

7.30pm: Art night

7.30pm: Book club

7.30pm: Virtual quiz night

Photo competition

7.30pm: Study tips

Student cooking class

Tuesday 22 Sept

Induction talks on tour

Male student in yoga class

Wednesday 23 Sept

Induction talks on tour

11.00am: Faith Crawl

7.30pm: Virtual scavenger hunt

7.30pm: Debate night

7.30pm: Film night


Week 3: 28 September – 4 October

If you're an international student, you can attend activities and events run by our Global Office in the 3rd week of Welcome Month. You'll get the opportunity to meet students from all over the world and the UK while trying out new hobbies, exploring the city and getting tips for your upcoming year. Find out more about International Orientation 2020.

Plastic piggy banks for student saving

Wednesday 30 Sept

Induction talks 

2.00pm: Cooking demonstration

7.30pm: Society meet and greet

7.30pm: Art night

Purple Wednesday club night


Week 4: 5–11 October

Course induction

You'll attend induction events to introduce you to your course tutors and hear more about our services including the Library, Careers and Employment, and the University Wellbeing Service. We'll contact you on your University email to tell you how to access your induction schedule before your first week, or find your timetable here:

Freshers' Fayre

Get involved with virtual Freshers' Fayre to meet our student groups, discover new hobbies, pick up freebies from student-friendly businesses across the city, and explore what the Students' Union offers.

Learn about student discounts with TOTUM, explore how the Union represents you, and find out about volunteering locally or abroad with the Union as a Course Representative or Challenge Leader.

Find out more about Freshers' Fayre 2020

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Week 5: 12–18 October

Northern quarter

Monday 12 Oct

12:00:  Trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Quiz

TV studio in Eldon

Tuesday 13 Oct

Roadshow in Central - Eldon

Postgraduate meet and greet

11.00am: 'Isms and Ologies' Chaplaincy Quiz

Student union tour

Wednesday 14 Oct

Film night

Purple Wednesday club night

Roadshow in the Southern Quarter

Male student on a tour in Portsmouth

Friday 16 Oct

3.00pm: Tour of Portsmouth

Student parent mixer

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Students in a dance class

Saturday 17 Oct

Virtual dance class


Week 6: 19–25 October

Cooking spices

Monday 19 Oct

Quiz 

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Budget planning

Tuesday 20 Oct

Roadshow in Central – Eldon

Southern quarter

Wednesday 21 Oct

Purple Wednesday club night

Roadshow in the Southern Quarter

Ambassador on campus tour

Thursday 22 Oct

10:30: History tour of Portsmouth

Roadshow in Central – St Andrew's Court

Portsmouth harbour

Friday 23 Oct

10.30am: Cooking demonstration

12.00pm: Spinnaker Tower Trip

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Bingo balls

Saturday 24 Oct

Virtual bingo


Week 7: 26 Oct – 1 November

Happy female student at mixer

Monday 26 Oct

Student parent mixer

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Mixed paints

Tuesday 27 Oct

12.00pm: D-Day Story Museum Trip

Roadshow in Central – Eldon

Portsmouth cathedral

Wednesday 28 Oct

11.00am: Faith crawl

3.00pm: Religious Tour of Portsmouth

Purple Wednesday club night

Roadshow in the Southern Quarter

Happy student at laptop

Saturday 31 Oct

Virtual themed quiz


Week 8: 2–8 November

Students in the Historic Dockyard

Thursday 5 Nov

Roadshow in Central – St Andrew's Court

Student in Careers Centre

Friday 6 Nov

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Bingo balls

Saturday 7 Nov

Virtual bingo


Week 9: 9–15 November

Yoga class

Monday 9 Nov

3.00pm: Tour of Portsmouth

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

Smiling female student

Tuesday 10 Nov

3.30pm: Cooking demonstration

Roadshow in Central – Eldon

NHS Workshop – Sexual Health

Smiling male student

Wednesday 11 Nov

Purple Wednesday club night

Roadshow in the Southern Quarter

10.30am: Digital Footprint Training

3.00pm: Virtual Wellbeing Café

3.00pm: Organising your Studies with Technology

NHS workshop – Reducing Drug Related Harm

Welcome ambassador badges

Thursday 12 Nov

Roadshow in Central – St Andrew's Court

NHS workshop – Mental Health

Coastline of Portsmouth

Friday 13 Nov

Trip to the D-Day Story

Roadshow in the Northern Quarter

3.30pm: Organising your Studies with Technology

NHS workshop – Healthy eating

Dance class

Saturday 14 Nov

Virtual dance class

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