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 Wednesday to meet all of your Esports 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

BA(Hons) Esports

Before you begin your course, please read Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming (Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology) by T.I. Taylor. This is available free of charge for all students on this link


  1. If esports were to gravitate to traditional TV broadcasting, would it benefit the growth and acceptance of esports beyond the esports fan base?
  2. Many traditional sports (American Football & Cricket) have changed their competition and gameplay to fit within traditional TV broadcasting, do you think Esports should change their competition format for TV broadcasting and if so why?
  3. Evidence shows that TV on demand is the future for audience consumption and streaming live content has grown year on year for viewers. Twitch is one of the most popular platforms for esports organisations to publicise their competitions, what are the benefits and disadvantages of using Twitch?

You will also need to create your own Twitch account prior to the course, if you don’t have one already.

Meet the Team

Matt Huxley | Esports Provisions Manager

Matt has been in Esports for the last 16 years, beginning as a Counter-Strike Player and working freelance in the tournament and IP rights space before moving on to Formula E as an Esports Manager in 2016. In 2017 he took a role with Gfinity as Esports Manager managing events from F1 Esports to FIFA LQE & Majors. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Goldsmiths University and is passionate about professionalising the Esports industry.



Dr. David Cumming | Esports Lecturer

David obtained his PhD in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. His PhD looks into the spatiality of esports spectatorship; how do spectating environments influence the experience of watching esports? His research sits at the intersection between media studies, game studies and human-computer interaction.



George Chitty | Esports Lecturer

George is one of the Esports industry’s most experienced live event professionals. Working previously at Gfinity as part of the League Operations and Esports Technology teams, he has executed countless events and tournaments across the globe for games such as Halo, Call of Duty, FIFA, Forza Motorsport, F1, Battlefield and many more. Having been immersed in Esports since 2008, he hopes to pass on his knowledge and skills to the next generation.

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 Wednesday, 23rd 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.

10:30 11:00 Welcome – 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  – Matt Huxley   Online: Blackboard Collaborate
12:30 14:00 Lunch N/A
14:00 15:30 Pre-enrolment Activity Seminar – Matt Huxley  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

You will be on campus from 9:45 until 17:00 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 Welcome Tour Campus Group 1- Matt Huxley On Campus: Reception Desk
10:45 11:00 Welcome Tour Campus – Group 2- Matt Huxley On Campus: Reception Desk
10:00 11:00 Enrolment -Group 1- Milena Rodriguez On Campus: The Jungle
11:00 12:00 Enrolment – Group 2 – Milena Rodriguez On Campus: The Jungle
11:00 12:00 Course Tools I – Matt Huxley – Group 1 On Campus: Learning Studio
12:00 13:00 Course Tools 1- George Chitty -Group 2 On Campus: Learning Studio
12:00 13:00 Lunch Group 1 N/A
13:00 14:00 Lunch Group 2 N/A
13:00 14:00 Introduction to Student Services- Group 1- Holly Smith & Milena Rodriguez On Campus: Learning Studio
14:00 15:00 Course Tools II and Introduction to Student Services- Group 2 –Holly Smith & Milena Rodriguez On Campus: Learning Studio
14:00 16:00 Project- Matt Huxley – Group 1 On Campus: Learning Studio
15:00 17:00 Project- George Chitty – Group 2 On Campus: Learning Studio


On this day, you will also complete a live workshop using Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams. Be prepared to work with your new classmates!

10:00 12:30 Live Project Workshop Online: Blackboard Collaborate
12:30 14:00 Lunch n/a
14:00 16:00 Live Project Workshop Online: Blackboard Collaborate


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