Nia Wearn

Course Director

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I'm a senior lecturer in Games Design at Staffordshire University - I talk about Game and Level design, Narrative, Production, Business issues and Marketing. I also read comic books, play collaborative board games & collect cookbooks. I clearly enjoy things that begin with the letter c.

I'm very interested in defining the methods we use to teach design in Games Education.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Secretary – British Digra DiGRA
  • Organising Committee – FDG 2019, San Luis Obispo, California
  • Organiser - Games Related Educators Network & Alternative Methods for Teaching Games Design

Academic qualifications

  • Staffordshire University - PG Certificate in Research Methods
    2010 – 2011

  • Staffordshire University
    PGCEHEPD - Professional Development & Higher Education
    2007 – 2008

  • Liverpool John Moores University
    Digital Games MA Game Design, 3D Models
    2004 – 2005

  • Staffordshire University
    Interactive Entertainment Technology BSc (Hons)
    2001 – 2004


Organisational Aspects, Student Communications, Social Media based communities

Research interests

Alternative Methods for Teaching Games Design
Analog Games in Education
Hidden Object Games
Creativity in Education


  • Narratology For Games : Game40246
  • Fundamentals Of Gameplay : Game40401
  • New Developments In Games : Game50424
  • Gameplay Applications : Game50172
  • Experimental Gameplay : Game60114
  • Individual Games Technology Portfolio : Game60271
  • Individual Games Technology Project : Game60193


Stepping away from the screen – Analog Games Design in Digital Games Design Courses
Jul 12, 2018 Playful Learning 2018, Manchester Met

Panel - Who are our students designing for? Ranging perspectives of Games Related Educators
Jun 15, 2018 British Digra 2018, Staffordshire University

“Case 88: Once Upon a Crime” Defining Hidden Object Games as Literary Narratives.
May 21, 2018 Literature and Video Games: Beyond Stereotypes, St Andrews University

‘Quoth the Ravenhearst: “Nevermore”’
Apr 13, 2018 Gaming the Gothic, Sheffield University

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