Welcome

Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you're excited to start your new life at university.

Welcome message from Professor Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

I’m delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth. I’m so pleased that you have chosen to come and study with us and hope that your time at Portsmouth will be challenging, rewarding and fun. I’m very proud to work alongside the many talented people who make up our academic, technical and professional support teams in CCI. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that your experience as a new student in the Faculty is excellent in spite of the challenges that we currently face as a consequence of the pandemic. Things will obviously be done slightly differently to how they have been done before but I know that working safely together, we will thrive. Have a great year. I wish you every success in what you do and hope that your time at Portsmouth is a very happy one.

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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 

Teaching will be delivered online using a mix of Google Meet and Zoom, where you'll be able to interact directly with fellow students and course lecturers. You'll also be supported on your course by Moodle.

Be sure to follow our Instagram to see other students' work and course events.

Read our best practices in communicating digitally to get the most out of your online learning.

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.

Roel Paredaens (Course Leader)

roel.paredaens@port.ac.uk

My main teaching responsibilities are in Level 5 (Professional Practice and others) and Level 6 (Major Projects and others). However. you will be seeing me around as I lead on external events such as Visiting Speakers and Field Trips for the course. I also work with your student reps to ensure an excellent experience of the course throughout your studies.

I'm interested in difficult photographs, I enjoy photographing familiar items, actions and places, that through the use of photography transform into complex narratives. I use a variety of equipment, ranging from large format analogue cameras and chemicals, to pieces of code that research imagery.

  • Office hours: Tuesdays, 9.30am–10am, or by appointment
  • Location: Eldon Building, Room 2.28 or by Google Meet

Jonathan Baggaley

jonathan.baggaley@port.ac.uk

I’ll be your Year Coordinator (alongside Leslie Hakim-Dowek), so we’ll be seeing you for personal tutorials and will be on hand to help you settle in. I’ll also be teaching on your first practice module, Introduction to Photographic Practices and Research, alongside Dana Ariel.

In my own photographic practice, I often combine original images with found photographs. I’m interested in everyday uses of photography and how these influence our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us.

When I’m not taking, looking at or reading about photographs I am generally listening to (and occasionally playing) music.

  • Office hours: Thursdays, 9am–9.30am
  • Location: Eldon Building, Room 2.29 or by Google Meet

Leslie Hakim-Dowek

leslie.hakim-dowek@port.ac.uk

I’ll be working with you in your first year in my Professional Practice and Work Experience module. I’m also Year Coordinator – together with Jonathan Baggaley – so you’ll see me for your Personal Tutorials. Further responsibilities include Photographic Practice and Project Development (Year 2), which I teach with Dana Ariel, and Major Projects (Year 3), which I lecture on.

My practice mainly focuses on issues of identity, migration and memory often combining photography, archival material and text often relating to Lebanon where I come from. Outside of work, I like to go on little ventures with my family and our very unruly dog, Billy.

Richard Kolker

richard.kolker@port.ac.uk

I'll be teaching alongside James Allen in your Creative and Industry Skills Module. Towards the end of the Teaching Block, I'll be introducing you to the exciting world of Computer Generated Imagery and how you can create digital 'photographs' without a camera. This process and the ideas surrounding contemporary definitions of photography form the basis of my own photographic practice.

You'll see much more of me in your third year although I run a module at the start of Year 2 too.

  • Office hours: Mondays, 9.30am–10am
  • Location: Eldon Building, Room 2.28 or by Google Meet

Dana Ariel

dana.ariel@port.ac.uk

I'll be your module coordinator for Introduction to Photographic Practices and Research. You'll see me regularly for lectures, seminars and tutorials in your first year.

In my photographic practice and research, I explore historical, cultural and political accounts as well as narratives from my own biography. I experiment with different photographic printing techniques to depict traces found in landscapes shaped by conflict. I'm interested in how personal and collective narratives shape the way we see the world, and especially how images and photographic practices can challenge these perceived views.

  • Office hours: Thursdays, 9.30am–10am
  • Location: Eldon Building, Room 2.29 or by Google Meet

James Allen

james.allen@port.ac.uk

I’ll be your Module Coordinator for Creative Industry Skills. I teach this alongside Richard Kolker. I’ll be with you on Mondays either in the building or online for some exciting briefings and workshops. I look forwards to starting you off on your professional journey in my module. It will provide you all with a great starting point, and please come with an open mind and be prepared to ask lots of questions and try lots of new things.

I graduated from my BA in 2012 and since then have worked freelance for major publications in an editorial capacity alongside my long-term documentary work. I primarily work on large format film and am fascinated by people, stories and places. My current work looks at the post-industrial landscape around my home in Bath and the people that reside there.

  • Office hours: Mondays, 9.30am–10am
  • Location: Eldon Building, Room 2.29 or by Google Meet
Welcome from Dr Catherine McNamara, Head of the School of Art, Design and Performance

Hello, my name is Catherine McNamara, and I'm the Head of School for the School of Art, Design and Performance here at the University, and I want to take a couple of minutes
just to offer you a very warm welcome to the school and to the University and say a little bit about what we do here.

My job as the Head of School is to manage all aspects of what happens in the School, and I do that by working alongside about forty-five staff in the School, some of whom you'll see and meet on a very regular basis as part of your course team.

In the School of Art, Design and Performance – or ADP, to make that a little bit quicker – there are around 800 students altogether, and those students will be studying
on BAs – or undergraduate programs – and postgraduate courses too. All of the courses – all of those 800 students are working in the subject areas of graphic design,
photography, illustration, fashion and textile design, drama and performance and musical theatre.

The School of Art, Design and Performance is one of four schools within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. So, we work alongside three other schools. That's the School of Creative Technologies, the School of Film, Media and Communication and the School of Architecture. And together we make up this larger faculty, Creative and Cultural Industries. And there are five faculties at the universities. Others are Business and Law, Humanities and Social Sciences and so on.

Most often, you'll work within your course group – or your year group, but you will work with lots of other people outside of that small group too. That might be working with technicians in some of our workshops, with other students in other year groups on your course or in other courses, even outside of the School, across the University.

And I hope very much that you will engage with some of the student services that are available. So that might be to do with finance, accommodation, health and wellbeing. It might be the Students' Union or members of staff who work in the Hub. And you'll hear a lot about the Hub and what the Hub can do for you. Essentially, the Hub is a first point of contact for anything that you need to ask about, anything that you need. Staff in the Hub are really helpful and will be able to send you in the right direction.

Just a little bit about the School and how we work. So we think of ADP – Art, Design and Performance – as a community. So as a place of safety, if you like. There's a lot of work to be done as you embark on the beginning of your course. We will always be aiming to challenge you and push you to be your best self, to find a new kind of creative
directions and do things that perhaps you can't quite even imagine at this point at the very beginning. But we will always be working to do that by holding on to some core values and those values, for me, are around respect and around kindness.

So you'll meet lots of different people as soon as you start with us. You'll be meeting people all the time. You'll encounter lots of different lived experiences as you meet people. And I invite you to be really excited about that, to be open and to be ready to embrace everything that you encounter as you meet people. There are students that come here to the University from many different places. So students come to us from the city of Portsmouth itself, from all around the UK and from over 40 different countries around the world. So lots of different cultures, lots of different education experiences, all different backgrounds. We have students who come to us of all ages. So at different stages of life, we have students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual. We have straight students. We have students who are trans and non-binary. We have students with and without disabilities. These differences – this huge array of different life experiences – is, for me, it makes this community what it is and it gives us all kind of strength and the vibrancy.

So if we're all to work with these values, these values of kindness and respect, for me, that means that we all are making a commitment to be anti-racist in all aspects of our work. We're aiming, for example, to be trans-inclusive in everything that we do. So in essence, what we're doing here in the school and the university – but it's really important for me as the Head of School – that we're trying to create a welcoming and a supportive learning environment and place of work and study for every single person who's part of our School. That's really important to me. It's really good. It's really exciting to be part of a community.

It can feel a bit lonely, I think, especially in the early days as you start a new course, you're part of a new group, you're at this new institution, and I would just say to you: just remember in those moments, you're not alone. But I understand that you can feel that way. There's always somebody who's there, ready to help. We don't want you to feel lonely or alone or lost or confused. We want to be able to help you. So please reach out.

You'll have lots and lots of questions at the start. I've mentioned the Hub, and you'll hear lots more about them. They are honestly there to help. Obviously, have a course team who are there. They're really important people in your daily and weekly life as students. You have each other, and you'll quickly be kind of facilitated to connect with each other. So ask questions, find people who have the answers to those questions. You won't be the only one who needs the answers to that question. You're doing other people
a favour by asking it.

And yeah, generally, I just wish you the warmest of welcomes to the School of Art, Design and Performance.

At some point, I'll get to meet you in person or see your work. And I look forward to that very much.

And I hope that your time with us is positive, creative and enjoyable.

Your induction timetable

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Monday 5th October


10.00am-12.00pm: Welcome 


Eldon West 1.11 and Online Live


Thursday 8th October


2.00pm-4.00pm: Further Information


Park 1.23 and Online Live

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