James Vickers

Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I have been a lecturer in game programming here at Staffordshire University for the last year. I graduated from Staffs Uni in 2019 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.

Having always been a keen gamer and enjoyed creating games of my own in Unity and UE4, the opportunity to teach game programming was a dream come true and has opened new and exciting unexplored avenues in my research. 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, (not one for the console wars). 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 Honor Frontline to seeing the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West, graphical programming has always interested me. I am very excited to be helping students learn next-gen technologies and advanced graphics.

Prior to teaching and with having Asperger's, I have struggled to find a passion within lines of work in the past. From having worked in veterinary hospitals to branch management, my logical side and love of mathematics have gone relatively unused until pursing my degree and teaching on this course.

Academic qualifications

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

Expertise

  • Unity
  • UE4
  • C++
  • C#
  • GitHub (GitHub Campus Advisor)

Research interests

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

Teaching

  • 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
Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020