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 Dr Theresa Callan, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome!  We are delighted to see you in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

It's a rather different world than that which we knew but we all remain as passionate as ever about understanding it and together making it a better place.

I hope you have a productive and enjoyable academic year ahead - deepening your understanding about your subject area, catching up with your peers and tutors, and developing those skills which will prepare you for a successful career after your studies.

Best wishes

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

You'll meet other students through friendly forums within our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Read our best practices in communicating digitally.

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.

Welcome from Catherine Carroll-Meehan, Head of the School of Education and Sociology

Welcome to your studies in the School of Education and Sociology. You're embarking on an exciting new phase of your education at a time when we are all adapting to the challenges of living with COVID. You'll meet my colleagues in person for teaching sessions on campus, and your studies will be supported by blended learning materials on Moodle and other communication platforms. We are excited that you have decided to join us in Portsmouth in 2020, a year that many of us will never forget!

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 29 September 

2.00pm: Induction

Via emailed Zoom link

Monday 5 October

4.30pm: First session

Room 1.10 St George's Building

Virtual Library Induction events

  • Tuesday 6 October 5.00pm (primarily for UK students)
  • Thursday 8 October 2.30pm (primarily for international students)  

Course induction events

There are two dates available for you to attend the induction. You only need to attend ONE. Please choose the one that suits you best.

  • Wednesday 30 September at 10.30am BST
  • Thursday 1 October at 4.00pm BST

Details will be emailed via Zoom link. Teaching materials will go live after the induction session.

Virtual library induction events

  • Tuesday 6 October 5.00pm BST (primarily for UK students)
  • Thursday 8 October 2.30pm BST (primarily for international students)    
  • Tuesday 13 October TBC (primarily for DL students)

Monday 28 September

4.30pm: Online induction 

via Zoom. If you're studying by distance learning, your online materials will go live after your induction event.

Monday 5 October

4.30pm: First session for those wishing to attend campus-based sessions

Room 1.10 St George's Building.

Tuesday 6 October

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Virtual library induction event


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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