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.

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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.

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.

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 message from Dr Thomas Waters, Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Mathematics)

Welcome to Master's Logistics and Supply Chain Management studies at the University of Portsmouth.

As you probably know, this year your modules will be delivered through a combination of live or pre-recorded online content together with some face-to-face tutorials; it will feel strange at first, but I'm confident it won’t take long to get used to it.

Master's level studies is rich and complex, but you'll see that we build on familiar topics and methods to make the transition easier. There's lots of support available to you if you have any questions or problems: your personal tutor, your lecturers, but also Learning Support Tutors and the Maths Café. Don’t worry, we'll tell you all about it during your welcome week.

We will also help and encourage you to speak with other students on your course and the wider community in the School of Mathematics and Physics here at the university, and we very much look forward to seeing you in October.

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


Lion Gate Building, Room 2.04b

This is an informal meeting to provide an opportunity for you to meet new students and staff from the Logistics, Operational Research and Analytics Group (LORA) and the School of Mathematics and Physics. 

Professor Dylan Jones (Director of Centre for Operational Research and Logistics), Professor Djamila Ouelhadj (Head of LORA), Dr. Graham Wall (MSc Course Leader) and Dr Chee Khian Sim (MSc Induction Tutor) will give a welcome speech.


Campus tour.

Tuesday 6 October

Please register on Eventbrite for access to the following sessions. All sessions will be held via Webex. 


An overview of Student Services and Support.  


An overview of the MSc Course.


Introduction to Moodle.


University Library and its services.


Resources for Academic Skills.


Employability and Careers.

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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