Welcome

Whether you're starting your Master's degree with us or returning after your first year, we're pleased to welcome you to the University. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to get started.

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 Master's 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.

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.

Our postgraduate students 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.

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 week 1 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 Advanced Manufacturing Technology 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.

Zhongyi Zhang

Principal Lecturer and Course Leader

zhongyi.zhang@port.ac.uk

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

Find out more about Dr Zhongyi Zhang

Luka Celent

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

Zoubir Zouaoui

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

zoubir.zouaoui@port.ac.uk

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

Welcome message by 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 on to our Master's programme. During your time here, you'll learn relevant practical and analytical skills and knowledge which will help you forge a successful career in engineering research or industry.

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 life as a postgraduate student.

You'll receive a lot of information during your welcome week. You'll meet your personal tutor who'll be your 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 week 1 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).

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

9.30am–10.00am

Welcome to the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering. Go to Webex session. The password will be emailed to you. (For new students only). 

10.00am–11.00am

Course meeting. Go to Webex session. The password will be emailed to you. (For new students only). 

1.00pm–3.00pm

Team building. On campus - specific location to be confirmed. (For new students only). 

Tuesday 6 October

9.00am–11.00am

Introduction to CAD. Anglesea Building, A0.02.

1.00pm–5.00pm

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

Thursday 8 October

10.00am–11.00am

Course meeting. Go to Webex session. The password will be emailed to you. (For returning students only).

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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