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 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 have all the appropriate measures in place to keep you safe. 

We’ve invested £8 million in reopening the campus with hand sanitiser stations, temperature scanners, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, protective screens and two Covid-19 testing sites. These safety measures give you access to Covid-safe teaching rooms, the library and other student services across campus – plus IT resources and laptops you can borrow

We’ve made some changes to teaching, following Government safety advice. Most teaching sessions will be online to start with, and any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. 

As circumstances around the pandemic change, we may need to make further changes to courses for your safety and to comply with Government guidelines. Though it’s a fast moving situation, we'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any changes. The University and your course leader will inform you of these changes.

Find out more about campus and city life and what your study experience will be like.

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. Our International 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.

Meet your lecturers

During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.

Dr Mitch Lomax

Course Leader


My research centres around the constraints to breathing during exercise and the various methods that can be employed to overcome these constraints. I have a particular interest in all things swimming physiology and have worked with both Swim England and British Swimming. Past MSc project supervisions include the role of breathing muscle warm-ups and breathing muscle training in enhancing performance, the use of breathing muscle training in improving symptomology in diseased populations, and oxygen uptake kinetics in swimming.  

Find out more about Dr Mitch Lomax.

Dr Andrew Scott


I am Dr Andrew Scott, the MSc Professional Development module coordinator, which aims to develop you professionally as part of your course. This year will be like no others and whilst placements may be available there are also options to study vocational courses, to start BASES supervised experience, to undertake an independent learning project and/or to support us in our work in lab support. You can contact me to discuss any preferences you may have in this personalised module.

Find out more about Dr Andrew Scott.


Emma Neupert


Emma Neupert is a BASES accredited Sports Scientist and has a background working as an exercise physiologist in elite sport both with national and professional teams in Canada and the U.K. Emma's research interests relate to monitoring athlete's training status with a focus on the measurement of training load, athlete self-report measures and sleep. Emma also has an interest in athlete development and the talent pathway after previously working with the performance pathways team at the English Institute of Sport.

Dr Heather Massey


Heather's research explores human physiology in hot, cold and altitude environments. This research profile enables her to teach and coordinate the Humans in Extreme Environments module within the MSc Human and Applied Physiology course.

Find out more about Dr Heather Massey

Dr Zoe Saynor


Find out more about Dr Zoe Saynor.

Welcome from Professor Richard Thelwell, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Welcome to the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) and thank you for choosing to study with us for what we hope will be an excellent experience. Within SHES we aim to maintain our position as a world-leading centre for sport, exercise and health research and teaching in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment that will support you throughout your time at university. We hope you develop a sense of belonging to the School and feel supported in reaching your personal level of excellence.

The start to your university life will be rather different to what you may have expected and our job is to ensure that you have a smooth transition into your postgraduate studies. To do this, you'll be allocated a personal tutor and have an opportunity to meet with them regularly throughout your studies – they will help you understand all of the varied information that you are provided with. The teaching for this year will also be slightly different but this has given us an opportunity to reflect on how we can make your study experience even better. For example, although much of our large group teaching (e.g., lectures) will take place on-line this year, there will be extensive face-to-face delivery for small group sessions across all courses.

The School Office is based on the top floor of the Spinnaker Building as is the main academic staff area and all staff will be able to respond to any general enquiries while you’re finding your way around and settling in.

On behalf of all staff, I’d like to welcome you to the School and wish you the very best for a successful 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

Pre-recorded: Course Meeting (Mitch Lomax)

View here.

Pre-recorded: Careers and Employability (Andrew Scott)

View here.

Wednesday 7 October

2.00pm-4.00pm: Course Meeting & Personal Tutorial (Mitch Lomax)

Park Building 2.22

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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