Games Development Department

Welcome to our Games Development Department, a multi-award-winning beacon of creativity and innovation. We prepare the gaming prodigies of today to become the industry pioneers of tomorrow. 

Our state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge technology and top-tier professional tools reflect our status as the largest games department in the UK. We are home to a vibrant community of over 2000 students across our Stoke and London campuses. Our alumni network spreads  across the entire gaming industry, with our graduates making an impact in virtually every major game studio. They form an impressive global fraternity of game developers, all having honed their craft at Staffordshire.  

Number 1 in the UK

For Game Design and Development - Rookies Global Schools Rankings 2023

7th in the World

For Game Design and Development - Rookies Global Schools Rankings 2023

Winners of "Best Education Initiative"

TIGA awards 2022

Our immersive courses span the entire game development spectrum - from concepts to design, art, programming, and production. Driven by industry insight  and cutting edge research, we stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving gaming landscape. Our significant partnerships with numerous AAA and independent studios - and a trophy case glittering with awards for our industry engagement - further attest to our commitment to our students. As the first University to be recognized as an authorized Unreal Training Centre, we continue to break barriers and set the pace. 

Welcome to our exciting and nurturing department. Immerse yourself, and let's shape the future of gaming together! 

Our department is a vibrant and diverse community of learners, educators, graduates, and industry collaborators.
Chris Headleand

Head of Department, Games Development

Our locations



Our Stoke hub is one of the largest games development sites in the UK, with a team of over 60 academics. At Stoke we teach the full suite of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in our industry standard and sector leading facilities.



Our London hub is housed in the impressive HereEast facility in the Olympic Park in Stratford. Our SUL campus has a specific digital focus, with next generation learning spaces. Learn Games Design in the heart of the nation's capital with us.

Our Students

Studying games at Staffordshire University means you'll be part of something much bigger than just a degree. Our award winning students go on to work at powerhouses in the games industry, shaping games played all over the world.

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The exceptional work of our students is a testament to their dedication, talent, and professional growth

Chris Headleand

Head of Department, Games

Our team

Professor Christopher Headleand

Head Of Department - Sugi

Prof. Headleand is a Computing & Video Games academic with over 20 years' experience; internationally recognised as an expert in student engagement. He is head of Games Design & Technology & researches Virtual Reality, Visualisation & Serious Games.

Christopher's profile

Stuart Butler

Course Director

Stuart is the Course Director for Games Technology and an experienced 3D Vehicle Artist with multiple published games titles to his name as an artist, designer, and animator.

Stuart's profile

Dr Sharon Coleclough

Senior Lecturer

Sharon works across all areas of film and media production, focusing upon specialisms in sound design, editing, acting and performance in film. She is an active researcher with international publications on lighting, sound and representation in film.

Sharon's profile

David Edwards

Course Director

Dave is an experienced technical artist and academic. He teaches on many of the earlier levels of the Games Art degree, using his expertise in 3D character and environment art, 3D scripting, and level design in the Unreal Engine.

David's profile

Emma Fallows


Emma is an artist, researcher, and lecturer in Games Development. Her research explores applying virtual reality to museum displays to enhance the education and overall visitor experience.

Emma's profile

Dr Kieran Hicks

Course Director

Dr Kieran Hicks is a game design lecturer, they are the director of the DEMI research centre. Their research explores games from user-based and design-based lenses, using games as a tool to engage diverse groups in beneficial activity.

Kieran's profile

David James

Course Director

I am a Games Technical Design Lecturer at Staffordshire University, specialising in the design principles and technical implementation of game software.

David's profile

Professor Esther Maccallum-Stewart


Professor of Game Studies, specialising in player behaviour and analog games, including tabletop roleplaying games.

Esther's profile

Level of detail vodcast


Level of Detail is a games vodcast brought to you by the largest computer games department in the UK! Recorded in our dedicated Esports Hub, Level of Detail will be linking up with our team of over 80 specialist games lecturers and some of our nearly 1500 games students at Staffordshire University.

Throughout the series, our games development experts will be playing some of the most iconic computer games and inviting in a range of guests to give their insights into one of the biggest industries in the world.

Level of detail vodcast

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in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021