Academic and Student Services


Leaving home and travelling to study in a new country can be a hugely rewarding experience. Even though it may be something you have planned and prepared for, the extent of the change and the effect it has on you may take you by surprise. At ICP we realise how important it is to meet our students' needs, both academic and personal, so we offer students a range of services and facilities.

The Academic and Student Services team are here to support you throughout your time at ICP. The team are all graduates themselves and will help you to not only settle in but to make the most of your time at the University of Portsmouth. We cannot wait to meet you!

Meet Heidi:

Full name: Heidi Podd

Role: Director of Academic and Student Services

Education: MSc Educational Leadership and Management, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Responsible for: Oversight of the student experience and teaching and learning at ICP including; New programme development, Board of Examiners, quality and statutory oversight with external bodies, University liaison and College strategy.

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Hot Walls

Welcome to ICP, it is our pleasure to have you studying with us. It is our responsibility, and desire, for you to achieve success in your studies and to be as prepared as possible as you continue in your Programme at the University of Portsmouth. Our fantastic Academic and Student Services Team are here for you every step of the way and I honestly believe that you could not be in better hands.

As well as achieving success in the classroom, there is so much going on, both at ICP and the University of Portsmouth, please do take advantage of everything that is available to you and above all have fun.

We always want to hear from our students so if you ever have anything to say, my door is always open

Meet Bill:

Full name: Bill Moore

Role: Manager of Academic Services

Education: MA Strategic Marketing Management, BA (Hons) Post Compulsory Education, CIM Diploma in Marketing, Certificate in Education.

Responsible for: Academic quality – teaching, module development, annual programme review; lecturer recruitment and management, assessment production, verification and oversight; academic student in jeopardy – misconduct, absence, ECF.

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Southsea seafront

Hi, I am Bill and I have worked at ICP since the college opened in 2009. I deal with academic aspects and manage the lecturing team. My role enables me to liaise with all areas of the college and provide support where and when it is needed.

Meet Chris:

Full name: Chris Rowe

Role: Student Services Manager

Education: MA Translation Studies, BA (Hons) Spanish Studies

Responsible for: Oversight of the Student Services team and student experience.  

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Fratton Park

Hi I’m Chris and I’m delighted that you will be studying with us. Myself and the Student Services Team are here to ensure that you not only succeed at ICP, but that you do so with a smile. If you ever have any questions, issues or concerns no matter how big or small, we will always be there to listen and help in whatever way we can. Many students come by just to tell us how their weekends have been or show us the many different places they have discovered in Portsmouth, and we love hearing about these too!

Meet Thania:

Full name: Thania Ahmed

Role: Student Services Officer

Education: BSc (Hons) Psychology

Responsible for: Integrated Students, Module Ambassador Programme, Virtual Reception, Employability Week and Social Media.

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Portsdown Hill

Welcome to Portsmouth! My name is Thania and I love my role in Student Services. From organising Sports Events, planning our varied Welfare Weeks and keeping you up to date with all of our news and events, I am your go to person. If you’re just as much as a sports fanatic as I am, please do let me know.

Meet Cat:

Full name: Catherine Tolmie

Role: Student Services Officer

Education: PGCE Further Education, BSc (Hons) Water Sports Science

Responsible for: Additional Learning and SEND students, Tutorial Programme, Police Registration and Sponsored Students.

Favourite place in Portsmouth:

Hello, I am Cat and I work closely with students who need support with Police Registration when they first arrive at ICP. I am a main link and closely liaise with both sponsors and sponsored students during their time at ICP.

Meet Tanya:

Full name: Tanya Blanks

Role: Student Services Officer

Education: MA Comparative Literature, BA (Hons) Drama and English

Responsible for: Enrolment Plan, Home Office Reporting, Student Welfare, Student Council and Awards Evening.

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Victoria Park

Hi, my name is Tanya and I have one of the best roles in Student Services: organising fun activities! We’ve hosted events from ‘British Tea’ to trips to the Spinnaker Tower. Let me know if there is an activity you would like to do and we’ll try and organise it!

Meet Chrisi:

Full name: Chrisi Diamondis

Role: Student Services Officer

Education: PGCE Senior Phase and Further Education, BA Psychology, English and Linguistics

Responsible for: Accommodation Support, Council Tax Support, Proof of Residency

Favourite place in Portsmouth: Portsdown Hill

Hi, I am Chrisi and I am here to help you find your home away from home while you are at ICP. My role consists of supporting students with accommodation queries so if you have any concerns about your future or current accommodation in Portsmouth, I am here to listen and help. Feel free to come in for a chat and let me know how you are settling in!