Teaching and Programme Management:


2014-2015: PI on Project: ‘An interdisciplinary approach to social skill development: The role of technology to support the development and acquisition of social skills for people with an autism spectrum condition’. Funded by EPSRC to cover secondment, working with Michigan State University and collaborators in the US on virtual reality tools for people with autism. Awarded: £28,210 for 3 months Jan 15-April 15. Overview video of the project and work, click here


2014-16: Co-PI on project awarded by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions “3D Innovations”: To create, test and evaluate a Job collective for people with Intellectual Difficulties and autism. Awarded: £30,000 over 18 months.


2013-14: Co-PI on project “GetSetGo”: To create, test and evaluate a digital by default model for peer to peer job collectives enabling 40 young people, 16 of whom will have disabilities, to help each develop confidence, independence, aspirations and leaderships skills for life and work in an inclusive, cost effective, scalable and sustainable way. Awarded: £36,000 over 18 months.


2013: Awarded £1000 to attend Vitae’s Leadership in Action for Researchers 4-day course (4th – 7th March 2014). Identified by my school as a “Potential Research Leader” and nominated by the Dean of School. Successful in being awarded the grant from a range of candidates across the entire university.


2012-2013: Co-PI (UCD) on Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of Innovation FP7 funded proposal (Nov 2012 – Sep 2014) and lead researcher (from UCD, core partner) managing total of €75,000.


2011-2012: Awarded total of €20,085 by Enterprise Ireland to aid with the development of a EU grant applications. Bid one was successfully delivered on 17th Jan 2012 (FP7-ICT-2011-8.1b; Network of Excellence). Bid two (Marie Curie ITN-IDP): Technology for communication outcomes for users with autism. Partners include University of Valencia, University of Southampton, NAS and Ltd.


2012: Awarded £1000 by the HEA (UK) to host a workshop event at the University of Greenwich (April). Event involved industry and academic speakers with the aim of discussing the various contextual factors effecting the games and animation sectors.


2011: Recognised for outstanding achievement as a social entrepreneur, through VIRTAUT research project by HEFCE/UnLtd. Awarded “Outstanding Teaching Staff Social Entrepreneur”, £1000 and invited to present at award ceremony and national conference


2010-2011: UnLtd / HEFCE grant fund: £3225. Grant funding for development of virtual worlds for children with autism – tied in with PhD work and formal assessment of a VW for social skills development [].


2009-2011: Involvement in £2.93 million (IP) EU project (Pandora, Advanced Training Environment for Crisis Scenarios) – joint project between UoG, UEL & European partners. Includes: environment and emotion simulation engine, environment design and building and integration component development. Work package coordinator.


2001: Awarded “Best Final Year Group Project” at Leeds Met. University End of Year Show; the award was judged by industry.






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