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, we have 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.

This page will help you with:

  • Enrolment
  • MyStaffs App
  • Discord and other Communication Channels
  • Course Preparation
  • Your First Lecture
  • Our Welcome Week plan

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

Enrolment

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 your Student Card is ready on the day of your arrival, and you will need this to access rooms and get discounts both on and off campus.

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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 the Google Play or iOS store.

Download the MyStaffsUni app via Google Play

Download the MyStaffsUni app via the Apple App Store

MyStaffs

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 then come to campus Tuesday to meet your fellow Computer Games Design classmates. Expect to be on campus all day! 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 online where you will be completing a workshop and project with your classmates for the whole day.

The full address is:

Broadcast Centre

Here East

1 East Bay Lane

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London

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) Computer Games Design 

Before you arrive, we would like you to prepare by reading a course-specific text and answer the questions below in preparation for an online seminar on your first day.

Read the following article…

The Importance of the New Player Experience by: Josh Bycer

…and prepare answers to the following questions:

  1. What are some of the easiest traps for developers to fall into when working on established franchises?
  2. What features can developers/designers add that focus on new and returning players? Think of a couple of examples from your own experience (good or bad).
  3. Watch this video from 24:13 to 27:22 https://youtu.be/fkjY_R7zQsM?t=1453. How has the rise of streaming and games broadcasting affected game developers?
  4. How did the Subnautica developers target their game towards streamers? How did they use streamers and their communities to improve their game?

Meet the Team

Bradley Austin | Games Design Course Leader

Bradley enjoys the technical side of game design, working with game engines to create interesting and enjoyable mechanics. He loves technology and in his own time is often found building computers, drones and generally tinkering. Learn more about Bradley here!

 

Daniel Flint | Games Design Lecturer

Daniel holds a Masters Degree in Games Design and has been teaching Games Design and Development for over ten years. He enjoys the creative and technical sides of games design in equal measure, but his latest passion is developing procedural systems for rapid asset creating using Houdini software. In his spare time, he is developing a darkly humourous first-person adventure game using Unreal Engine.

 

Milena Rodriguez | Institute Services Manager

Milena has worked for a string of universities since leaving her home country of 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  the opportunity to learn about the university’s systems that will make your life easier.  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, and you will meet us on campus on Tuesday, 22nd 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.

10:39 11:00 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  – Bradley Austin Online: Blackboard Collaborate
12:30 14:00 Lunch Lunch
14:00 15:30 Pre-enrolment Activity  – Bradley Austin Online: Blackboard Collaborate
15:30 16:30 Panel event to meet all the lecturers and employers at Here East Online: Blackboard Collaborate

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 and other important documents.

9:45 10:00 Welcome Tour Campus Group 1- Bradley Austin On Campus: Reception Desk
10:45 11:00 Welcome Tour Campus Group 2- Bradley Austin 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 – Bradley Austin – Group 1 On Campus: Learning Studio
12:00 13:00 Course Tools 1- Danny Flint- Group 2 On Campus: Learning Studio
12:00 13:00 Lunch Group 1 On Campus
13:00 14:00 Lunch Group 2 On Campus
13:00 14:00 Introduction to Student Services- Group 1- Holly Smith & Milena Rodriguez On Campus: Learning Studio
14:00 15:00 Introduction to Student Services- Group 2 –Holly Smith & Milena Rodriguez On Campus: Learning Studio
14:00 16:00 Project- Bradley Austin – Group 1 On Campus: Learning Studio
15:00 1700 Project- Danny Flint– Group 2 On Campus: Learning Studio

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 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: Microsoft Teams
12:30 14:00 Lunch n/a
14:00 16:00 Live Project Workshop Online: Microsoft Teams

 

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 Freshers Fair Online: Inspired Platform
15.00 16.00 SUL Quiz Discord
17.30 19.00 Social Discord