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.

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 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 

We'll encourage you to meet and work with other students online, on platforms like Google Hangouts and Whatsap.

Learn more about communicating online.

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.

Dr Sarah Marley

Course Leader


Dr Sarah Marley is the Course Leader for the MSc Applied Aquatic Biology. She coordinates the "Research Toolkit" and "Aquatic Biology Research Project" modules. Her own research specialises on marine megafauna ecology, animal behaviour, and underwater acoustics.  

Find out more about Dr Sarah Marley.

Professor Alex Ford


Prof Alex Ford coordinates the "Ecotoxicology and Pollution" and "Science and the Media" modules. His research focuses around human impacts on marine and freshwater environments and he specialises in crustacean ecotoxicology and parasitology.

Find out more about Professor Alex Ford.

Dr Jonathan Potts


Dr Jonathan Potts is the Course Leader for the MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management.  He is the Module Leader for Marine Policy, Planning and Conservation.  Jonathan is an Environmental Geographer with teaching and research interests in shoreline management, marine spatial planning and the blue economy. 

Find out more about Dr Jonathan Potts.


Dr Ian Hendy


Dr Ian Hendy teaches on the "Aquatic Biology Research Project" module, covering data management and analysis.  Ian's research is focused on tropical marine and coastal ecosystems. He has particular interests with coastal vegetated ecosystems and the nursery function of mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs.  

Marc Martin


Marc Martin is the Technical Manager for the Institute of Marine Sciences. He manages the facilities and technical team, and will assist with your research projects and fieldwork. 

Kira Coley


Kira Coley is the lecturer for the 'Science & the Media' module on the MSc Applied Aquatic Biology course. Kira is one of the most prolific freelance science writers in the ocean sector, and founder of the science communication company, SciComm Essentials. She is the senior editor of ECO Magazine - a leading international ocean science publication reporting from the frontlines of ocean science, innovation and exploration. 

Kate Johnson


Kate Johnson is a lecturer at University Centre Sparsholt and coordinates the “Aquaculture” module on the MSc Applied Aquatic Biology course. Her own research focuses on gut function and nutrition in fishes, with a particular interest in marine herbivorous fishes.

Welcome from Dr Darren Mernagh, Head of School 

A warm welcome to the School of Biological Sciences and welcome to our community of life scientists. There has never been a greater need for life scientists than now – be it to deal with the plastic pollution in our environment or in tacking the global Coronavirus pandemic and keeping the public informed and safe.

This is your department will be your home for the next year. We are all part of our bioscience community.

Things need to be a bit different at the moment and you'll experience your education in a blended way with a mixture of face to face and recorded information delivered in person and online. What I can assure you of is a gold rate education with high levels of practical work and a team dedicated to supporting and guiding you and thus enabling you to reach your full potential.

With so much choice we think that this first week programme, as well as the online student handbook available on the Departmental website, will be useful in helping and guiding you through the study arrangements, opportunities and facilities available both in the School and the University. I am certain that your experience in the School of Biological Sciences will be productive, memorable, and successful. My colleagues and I are always available to assist you if you have any further queries, or any suggestions that may make your experience even more enjoyable. I look forward to meeting you all over the coming year.

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.

Tuesday 6 October

10.00am-12.00pm: Welcome Talk (Sarah Marley)

Location Building: IMS

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

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Further information

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