Shaun Reeves

Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am the award leader for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development and deliver at all levels across my award and BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming. I developed a huge interest in computer games and technology from the late 80’s with the Nintendo NES, through the 90’s with the Sega Mega Drive and into the millennium with the latest iterations of the Xbox and PlayStation. Not just playing games but programming games. And not just game, websites, mobile apps and software too.

I have been teaching since 2008 in both FE and HE delivering modules related to computer science, web development, software engineering and games development. Along the way I have conducted research in Cloud Computing, UI and UX, Academic Productivity, Serious Gaming, Believable AI and Professional Social Media Skills. Research has connected me with fantastically innovative people at Google and excitingly inspiring people from a range of games studios such as Playground Games, Ubisoft, Rebellion and Sega to name a few.

Prior to working in academia, I was heavily involved in a variety of interactive media studios and projects since 2000. I skill work on the odd freelance project because it is extremely useful to still engage with industry at a developer level. Whilst most of my industry engagement since 2008 has been research and recruitment, it is very rewarding to see my graduates venture into their aspirations.

Professional memberships and activities

  • HEA Fellow Member (FHEA)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Believable Artificial Intelligence (Part-Time and in progress) – Staffordshire University
  • Masters of Research (MRes) Cloud Computing – Staffordshire University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Staffordshire University
  • BSc Multimedia Technology – Birmingham City University

Expertise

Mobile Games Development (iOS and Android)
Unity
UE4
C++
C#
Web Development
Professional Social Media
Apple Teacher Certified

Research interests

Serious Games (education and health)
Artificial Intelligence
Mobile Games
Sport Simulation Gaming
Web Development

Teaching

COSE40630 Fundamentals of Games and Graphical System Development (Module Leader)
GAME40426 Professional Development and Games Industry Employability (Module Leader)
COSE50631 Technical Games Production
COSE50662 Games Development
COSE60595 Mobile Games Development (Module Leader)

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