Welcome to the SUL Community!

So much has changed between the time you applied and where we are now. COVID-19 has changed just about everything we do. However, the University has a plan in place to make sure you experience university, learn and keep safe all at the same time.

We have put together this short checklist to help you prepare for your exciting new course at University, including some activities you are required to complete before you get here.


  • Enrolment
  • MyStaffs App
  • Discord
  • Course Preparation
  • Your First Lecture
  • Our welcome week plan

Don’t forget to check your personal email for any urgent updates.


When your course is ready for you to complete your enrolment, you will receive a separate email with your enrolment invitation. These invitations are being sent out over the course of late July and Early August. Please make sure you keep checking your email account.

It’s very important that you enrol online before you arrive. You can then start benefiting from a range of resources that are available to you. This will ensure you Student Card is ready on the day of your arrival, you will need this to access rooms and get discounts both on and off campus.


MyStaffs App

You can find all the most important information, including timetables, Blackboard, news and library resources on the MyStaffs app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the iOS store.

Download the MyStaffsUni app via Google Play

Download the MyStaffsUni app via the Apple App Store


When is my first lecture?

Your first week at University begins on Monday 21 September.

You will be sent a link to join the first day online and join in with online activities all day.

You will come to campus on Thursday to meet all of your Cyber Security classmates. Expect to be in all day and during this time you will also complete enrolment, if you haven’t already done so online, so make sure you bring:

UK – European Students

  • Proof of how your fees will be paid – if you aren’t applying for a loan from Student Finance England.
  • Two forms of ID (one must be your passport or birth certificate). All students are expected to provide one form of photo ID.
  • If your first form of ID is your birth certificate, then your second form of ID must be a photographic ID, such as a:
    • Driving Licence
    • National Identity Card
    • College ID Card
  • If your first form of ID is your passport, then your second form of ID can be any of the following:
    • Driving Licence
    • National Identity Card
    • Utilities Bill (must include your name and address)
    • Bank Card
    • College ID Card
  • Your payment notification letter (all pages) if you’re taking out a student loan – this is so we can activate your loan payments.

If you have any questions about your ID requirements, please contact us at DIL-helpdesk@staffs.ac.uk

If you’ve completed online enrolment well in advance of your course start date, you will be able to pick up your Student ID Card when attend your face-to-face enrolment session.

The final day of induction week is also on-line when you will be completing a workshop and project for the whole day.

The full address is:

Broadcast Centre

Here East

1 East Bay Lane

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


E15 2GW

Online Platforms

During your course you will use online platforms for classes and general communication. The main ones you will use are:

  1. Blackboard
  2. Microsoft Teams
  3. Discord

Your tutors will talk you through how to use these during Welcome Week. There will also be online tutorials that you can watch at your convenience.

Many of your tutors and fellow students communicate through Discord, and below is a link to the university channel.

Join Discord

Preparing for your course

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

 Before you arrive, you will need to watch this video on “a cyberattack unfold” https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/what-is-cybersecurity.html and complete the series of tasks below:

  1. Carry out a bit of research on the definitions for Cyber Security, Network Security, Information Security, Information Assurance, and their relationships.
  2. In your own words explain your research findings from the previous task in 500 words and bring this along to Welcome week.
  3. Investigate Cisco Packet Tracer simulator, see what it is and what it does.

Meet the Team

Dr. Vahid Heydari | Cyber Security Course Leader

Vahid has a PhD from the University of Surrey in Network Security completed in 2015. He also holds degrees in Computer Software Engineering (BSc) & Internet Computing (MSc). During his career he has taught on the Communication Networks & Cybersecurity and been a research assistant in 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at Surrey university. His previous research collaborations, funded research projects and published papers that reflect his findings can be found in high-profile publications like Elsevier, IEEE & ZTE.

He first joined Staffordshire University at Stoke campus in 2015 to teach to Ministry of Defence (MoD)/Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel in the field of ICT & Cybersecurity. He is joining London campus in September 2020. His greatest loves are reading & learning violin and Jitsu!



Sammy Engele | Institute Services Manager

Sammy has worked extensively in the education sector after completing a degree in Sports, Media and Culture at Worcester University. He has worked in roles to support students, encouraging participation in clubs and societies and acted as a trustee for the Student Union.

He has worked as a student activities and sports development officer in a further education college and at London Business School as an Alumni Relations Manager. He is passionate about keeping fit and encourages our students to have a healthy lifestyle.



Milena Rodriguez | Institute Services Manager

Milena has worked for a string of universities since leaving her home country Colombia in 2011. She is an experienced manager and cares passionately about the student experience. Her work at the University of East London included managing the Connect service for the CASS School of Education and at Kings College London was the Senior Coordinator for the Division of Neuroscience Education. She holds degrees in Law and Human Resources as well a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Management.

Welcome Week Timetable

During your first week we have a range of exciting opportunities for you to explore. You will get plenty of time to find your way around as well as learning about the university systems that will make your life easier on the course.  You’ll also get to meet your tutors and find out about the support services you can benefit from whilst on your course.   

Monday and Friday are completely online for your group, but you will meet us on campus on Thursday, 24th September for registration and a campus tour.

On the days that you are not on campus you will be working on a project and accessing our on-demand content covering: 

  1. An Introduction to the Student Experience
  2. The Student Union and Academic Representation 
  3. Academic Skills 
  4. Student Well Being 
  5. Careers Advice 

Here’s a run down of your first week. 

On the first day of Welcome Week, you will be participating in online activities designed for you to get to know your new classmates and the SUL team. You will be using Blackboard Collaborate for all online activities on this day.

11:00 11:20 Welcome Talk – Vice Chancellor Liz Barnes Online: Inspired Platform
11:00 11:20 Welcome Talk – SUL Director Rachel Gowers Online: Inspired Platform
11:20 12:30 Ice Breaker Activity  – Vahid Heydari Online: Blackboard Collaborate
12:30 14:00 Lunch (ALL) Lunch
14:00 15:30 Pre-enrolment activity –Seminar – Vahid Heydari Online: Blackboard Collaborate
15:30 16:30 Here East Innovative Employers Panel Online: Blackboard Collaborate

Today, all of your events will be online. We have prepared a comprehensive suite of videos to ease your transition to university, and we urge you to watch all of them thoroughly. These videos will premier at the times listed below, but will also be available to view on-demand.

11:00 11:30 Student Wellbeing and Mental Health Online: click here to view materials
11:30 12:00 Disability and Inclusion Online: click here to view materials
12:30 13:00 Library and Academic Skills Online: click here to view materials
13:30 14:00 Digital Learning Online: click here to view materials
14:30 15:00 Careers Online: click here to view materials

On this Wednesday, you will complete a live workshop using Blackboard Collaborate. You will be split into teams to stop a cyber attack in its tracks. Good luck!

9:30 12:30 Live Cyber Security Project #1 Online: Blackboard Collaborate
13:00 16:00 Live Cyber Security Project #2 Online: Blackboard Collaborate


You will be on campus from 9:45 until 16:00 today, so expect to spend quality time in our state-of-the-art facilities! Today, we will handle enrolment and a campus tour, so don’t forget to bring your ID documents.

9:45 10:00 SUL Welcome Tour  – Sammy Engele On Campus
10:00 11:00 Enrolment  – Milena Rodriguez On Campus
11:00 12:00  Course Tools Overview– Vahid Heydari  On Campus
12:00 13:00 Introduction to Student Services – Holly Smith & Milena Rodriguez   On Campus
13:00 14:00  Lunch
14:00 16:00 Live Project #1 –Vahid Heydari  On Campus


Friday will be a full day of fun! It will start with a digital Freshers Fair for you, and will continue into a evening of games.

14.00 15.00 Digital Freshers Fair Online: Inspired Platform
15.00 16.00 SUL Quiz (all students) Discord
17.30 19.00 Social Discord