Computer Animation and Visual Effects BSc (Hons) – Year 1: Induction information


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 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.

When working with the computer equipment on campus you will have to wipe down the equipment with hygiene wipes before starting your work and once you have finished with the station for your work session. Our IT staff and technicians will also be providing you with up to date guidance as to practicing safe working procedures.

Working with the motion capture technology you will need to follow the guidance set by the Mocap technicians, to ensure safe working with the equipment.

You will also have to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering in addition to these guidelines especially where the 1m plus rule cannot be followed.

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.

Meeting and working with other students

CAVE students will have the opportunity to meet face to face with staff and other students each week with sessions that will run alongside their taught modules. These will run as long as guidance from the University and Government supports them. 

To support your learning, build the community and help working alongside your peers we have online forums both on Moodle and on Discord. These allow students to discuss their work on modules, showcase work in progress, get feedback from others and talk to our staff team directly both in text and in video chat rooms.

Staff are already on Discord and have been working with students across all years helping them get the best out of their projects during the outbreak. A Discord chat server will be specifically set up for your CAVE year group closer to the start of term.

Best practices in communicating digitally 

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.

Colin West (Course Leader)

Background: VFX for Film and Commercials

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Si Qiao (Deputy Course Leader)

Find out more about Si

Niki Wakefield

Background: Senior Compositor for Film

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Mat Garey

Background: Senior Animation for Games

Previous Work: Wipeout 3, The Getaway, Looney Toons: Back in Action

Paul Charisse

Background: Senior Animator for Film

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Alex Counsell

Background: Motion Capture Specialist and Senior Technician

Mocap Website

Jared Embley

Background: Senior Rigger & Creature TD for Film

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Jackie West

Background: Fine Art

Find out more about Jackie

Mel Krokos

Background: Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies

Find out more about Mel

Welcome from the School of Creative Technologies

During your induction in the School of Creative Technologies, you'll meet staff who'll support and challenge you during your time at university. This includes your personal tutor, who'll work closely with you while you're a student here. You should aim to settle into university life as quickly as possible so you can start developing your understanding and skills. You're joining a community of staff and students, and we're all here to support you – don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure about anything.

Your induction 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).

Log into your Moodle course page

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email

Monday 5th October

10.00am-11.00am: Welcome

Join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 828 9477 6326 Passcode: 884930

Wednesday 7th October

12.00pm-1.00pm: Level 4 School Welcome

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Please also refer to your timetable for any teaching sessions


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

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