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Education & AWARDS

Scottish Crucible



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

2011, Abertay Universiy


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)



PGCE Higher Education Teaching

2010, Abertay University


BA (Hons) Computer Arts (1st Class)

2005, Abertay University


Senior Lecturer

2018-, Abertay Universiy


2011-2018, Abertay Universiy



2010-2011, Dundee College



2006-2007, I-play


Game Art

2005-2006, Genuine Games / YooStar

teaching & examination experience


HE Leadership

Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Game Design and Production Management, Abertay University, 2016-


Taught Programmes

BA (Hons) Computer Arts

BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Games

BA (Hons) Game Design and Production Management

BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Media Design

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Application Development

MA Game Art and Animation

MProf Game Development


Research Degree Supervision

Santiago Martinez (PhD), Co-supervisor, 2011-2013 (Completed)

Orion Mavridou (PhD), Lead Supervisor, 2014-2019 (Completed)

Kym Primrose (MRes), Lead Supervisor, 2014-2016 (Completed)

Emilie Reed (PhD), Co-supervisor, 2015-2019 (Completed)

Vedant Sansare (MbR), Lead Supervisor, 2018-2019 (Completed)

Ken Fee (PhD), Lead Supervisor, 2015-

Alexander Tarvet (PhD), Lead Supervisor, 2017-

Grant Clarke (PhD), Co-Supervisor, 2018-

Brian Robinson (PhD), Co-Supervisor, 2019-


Other Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer, EUCROMA, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014

Guest Lecturer, MIT Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India, 2012

Guest Lecturer, Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway, 2009


External Examination

BA (Hons) Game Art, University of Northampton, 2013-2017

MSc Digital Media Production, Oxford Brookes University, 2017-


External Validation and Approval

BA (Hons) Game Art, Staffordshire University, 2015

FdSc and BSc (Hons) Games Development, SSR Manchester, 2015

MDes Digital Culture, The Glasgow School of Art, 2013


Research Degree Examination

PhD, Abertay University, UK, 2019

PhD, The Glasgow School of Art, UK, 2018

PhD, Griffith University, Australia, 2016

research and knowledge exchange funding

TOTAL FUNDING: > £3,600,000

Living histories of sugar in Scotland and the West Indies: Transnationalisms, performance and co-creation

Funded by AHRC, 2020-2022

InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise

Funded by AHRC, 2018-2023

Visualizing Sugaropolis: Interdisciplinary recreations of Greenock's transnational past

Funded by British Academy / Leverhulme, 2018-2019

Design challenge internships

Funded by Hymans Robertson LLP, 2017

Dundee and me: How the city shapes our moods

Funded by University of Dundee/Wellcome Trust, 2017

A computer game to educate the public about cancer progression

Funded by University of Dundee/Wellcome Trust, 2017

Breaking the chain

Funded by the European Commission, 2017

Games and media facilitated e-learning

Funded by Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, 2016-2018

Process, product and play: Research in support of videogames exhibition

Funded by Association of Art Historians, 2016

Carnegie Trust educational game

Funded by the Carnegie Trust, 2016


Play to promote: Developing games for the communication and promotion of science

Funded by Scottish Crucible, 2015


Sugaropolis: Transnational foodways and dietary change in Scotland

Funded by Scottish Crucible, 2015


Developing sustainable interdisciplinary team projects for the new Abertay curriculum

Funded by ATLEF, 2014


NCR retail games concept design

Funded by NCR, 2012


NCR design visualisation project

Funded by NCR, 2011


Facilitating interdisciplinary learning and innovation in game art education

Funded by HEA, 2011

professional activities

Creative Industries Research Theme Leader

Abertay University, 2017-

Peer Review College Member

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2017-2020

Panel Member

Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), 2018-


Scottish Media and Communication Association (SMCA), 2013-

Editorial Board

Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Intellect), 2017-

The Computer Games Journal (Springer), 2014-

Committee Member

ICGJ 2018:  The 3rd International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events

DiGRA 2017: The 10th Digital Games Research Association Conference

HCI 2013: The 26th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference

HCI 2012: The 25th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference

Judging Panel

A MAZE 2018

Independent Games Festival (IGF) 2017, 2018

Games 4 Health 2017


public engagement & outreach


PLAYER: Videogames from Atari to Toys to Life, Exhibition, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Summer 2016



Gam​ing and Digital Technology Weekend, Dundee Science Festival, Dundee, November 2016

Science in the City, Sensation Science Centre, Dundee, January-February 2010

Dundee Science Festival, DISC, Dundee, October 2009

Dare Protoplay, EICC, Edinburgh, August 2009

Public Lectures

Dundee Science Centre, November 2016

Cafe Arts, McManus Galleries, Dundee, November 2010

FilmCamp, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, September 2010

School Talks and Workshops

Hayshead Primary School, Arbroath, Angus, 2016

Possible Worlds course, Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife, 2013-2016


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