Charlie Watts Portrait

Mr Charlie Watts


I am a principal lecturer and academic lead for the School of Film, Media and Communication. I have extensive experience in post-production (I am a professional Avid instructor), teaching and learning, and television acquisition and delivery. I have worked for a range of UK and International broadcasters, production companies and corporate companies (Meridian, Channel 4, Wyatt Media and Oasis, etc) before joining the University of Portsmouth as an academic.

I became an Avid Certified Instructor in 2011, and in 2012 embedded the Avid curriculum within Level 4 and 5 taught units. Students can utilise this learning by taking an accredited Avid User Exam for Avid Media Composer version 8.4.

I am involved in our Faculty television channel (CCI TV) and I am closely involved in the delivery of industry skills, the production of weekly live TV programming and outside broadcast recording which all form the heart of a unique and exciting student experience.

in 2018 we were awarded the NewTek National Award for Best UK Content for the Live OB - The Mary Rose Live: Human Endeavours by BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting students at University of Portsmouth, and I received NewTek UK Tutor of the Year. 

In 2019 we received two NewTek National Awards for the TV programes NHS70 Live (winning Best Live Broadcast) and The Wymering Manor Investigation (winning Best Factual Content)

In 2020 I was awarded a VC Award for my contributions to CCI TV, various civic engagement activities, and for various industry collaborative projects. 

Research interests

  • Development of web decisions trees to aid pedagogy
  • Holistic approaches to industry and HE collaborations
  • HE Live Broadcasting Transmission
  • Digital archiving via media creation