James Vickers

Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Jay is the module leader for Game Engine Creation and lecturer for various other modules across programming and development. Jay has a background in computer science and quantum computing as well as graphical programming.

I graduated from Staffordshire University with a first-class degree with honours in Computing Science, in which I did my dissertation on an understanding and critical evaluation of quantum computing.

I first fell in love with gaming watching my dad play his Spectrum ZX and loading up games on cassette tapes! I got my first systems which were a Sega Master System 2 and a Commodore 64. Nowadays I play on PlayStation, Stadia, PC and X-Cloud. Ever since my first gaming system, I have been amazed at the graphics of the latest games and consoles. Seeing them improve over time from being in awe of Medal of Honour Frontline to Horizon Forbidden West, graphical programming has always interested me.

I am very excited to be helping students learn next-gen technologies. My own research interests focus on quantum computing, specifically quantum gaming.

Academic qualifications

  • Masters by Negotiated Studies (MaNS) – in progress Quantum Computing and Game Development – Staffordshire University
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science – Staffordshire University

Expertise

  • C++
  • Unreal Engine
  • GitHub (GitHub Campus Advisor)
  • Quantum Computing
  • Mathematics

Research interests

  • Quantum Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud Gaming
  • Graphical Programming

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have recently become Lead Developer at Hashbane Interactive, working on the new IP Instinction.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Game Engine Creation (Module Leader)
  • Fundamentals of Games and Graphical System Development
  • Professional Development and Games Industry Employability
  • Technical Games Production
  • Games Development
  • Further Mathematics and Algorithmics
  • Advanced Graphics and Real-Time Rendering

Postgraduate

  • Supervisory role
Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020