The Creative Volunteers are a team of University of Portsmouth students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries who deliver creative workshops to schools and colleges across Portsmouth, offering an insight into the University and the creative industries to raise aspirations.
Melanie Fitzgerald started the project seven years ago with a small team of students visiting one local school, and the project grew significantly over the years, with Melanie being recognised for making an exceptional contribution to the University and the local community, celebrated at the first-ever Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in 2018.
This academic year, a total of seventy CCI student volunteers took part in teaching sessions at local secondary schools, one primary and Riverside special school, with a number of students volunteering to go into more than one school. A group of Graphics pupils from Admiral Lord Nelson enjoyed a workshop run by CCI technician, Jordan Baines, in the Faculty print rooms at Eldon Building.
For the first time, Animation and Computer Games students worked with UTC presenting their skills to classes. Following this, twelve UTC pupils enjoyed a visit to the University experiencing UoP VT equipment, thanks to research fellow Tom Garner.
All students received a Creative Volunteer Certificate recording their participation.