Virtual Reality Technologies for People with Autism

About me...

So something about me.....


I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures (Bath Spa University) with experience of designing and producing media content for a variety of contexts. I completed my PhD at University College Dublin and I also hold a Masters in Education, a BSc in Multimedia Technology and have interests in assessment, e-learning and Higher Education policy. I am a reviewer for the Higher Education Academy (HEA), many academic journals and am involved in consultancy work for Universities and Colleges in the UK and Ireland.


I have also helped to initiate a special interest group with the British Computer Society (BCS): in particular an Animation and Games/Virtual Worlds group. My PhD research foci was in the field of assistive technology, with cognate areas including: cognition, facial emotion, autism, virtual worlds and constructivism. My research saw see me engage in a case study with a specialist school for pupils with autism and embedding a virtual world into an ICT class. This allowed a case study approach to measure the affordances of virtual worlds used in this context. It is hoped this work will help future scholars understand how and why users with autism interact with virtual worlds and the benefits they perceive.


I am also committed to the continued development and role that technology can play in the lives of people with autism. As such I am the Chair of Trustees for a Charity; AUTUS. Here, the role of the charity is to "Autus exists to facilitate personal and professional growth for people with autism and complex needs, increasing opportunities for exciting and sustainable work to improve lives and prospects".

More generally, I enjoy playing golf, catching up with TV shows like: Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, following England Rugby and spending time with my wonderful wife and two amazing children.

My CV can be downloaded here, and more information requested by emailing me either here or here. Or you can 'follow' me via Twitter: nnewbutt, or via Linkedin


Dr Nigel Newbutt

Some Interesting Links

ITAG conference 2014: A great conference I am involved with (as a Steering Committee Member). Some really good papers, as always, and some amazing Keynotes!

ITAG 2014



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