DTA58-23 – Professor of Games Technology

Staffordshire University

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School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Stoke Campus


£64,946 to £68,892
Per Annum Permanent Full Time

Release Date:  

Monday 05 June 2023

Closing Date:  

Monday 26 June 2023



About the role 

As part of our growth and further investment into the Games Development Department, we are looking to appoint a Professor of Games Technologies. We are keen to recruit an enthusiastic individual who will help drive academic development in the areas of Games Development and Games Technologies, through both research and inspirational teaching. It is expected that you would have an impressive track record of research evidenced through successful research outputs, grants, and international recognition for your work. 

You will help to deliver on the vision for games research and enterprise within the department and wider school of DTA. You will also provide leadership for our REF strategy, including driving significant growth in research outputs, impact, and quality in the games team A key part of the role will be mentoring early career academics to develop quality research outputs and funding applications. The successful candidate will also drive internal and external collaborations. The successful candidate will also drive collaboration with UK and overseas academic partners and support increasing the university reputation internationally.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic colleague to join our dynamic, future-focused, and expanding subject community. We have an impressive sector-wide reputation for our Games provision, with a large team of academics at the UKs largest Games Development department. As a member of our team, you will have the exciting opportunity to contribute to our award-winning provision, which has recently been revalidated. The university and our students regularly win national awards with the games industry, and our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the UK and international games industry. 

In addition to leading and delivering outstanding research, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards our ambitious teaching, scholarship, and enterprise strategies, working alongside colleagues in our Art, Design, and Technology teams, and the SUGI institute. The department is highly interdisciplinary, covering all aspects of game development, and a unique environment to develop a distinctive academic portfolio. 

In addition to your academic activities, you will be involved in recruitment initiatives, including open days and portfolio reviews. You will also contribute to community engagement, including schools, colleges and local industry. The institution works closely with the local community and has a strong civic engagement portfolio. You will also be expected to support and help us innovate our ongoing recruitment activities. 

Main Responsibilities 

The main responsibilities of our Professor of Games Technologies will be:

  • To lead and deliver high-quality research outputs. 
  • To generate income through research grants and enterprise. 
  • To maintain a cutting-edge understanding of the subject area. 
  • To design, prepare, and deliver excellent teaching and learning and assess student work.
  • To participate in the development of innovative teaching and learning initiatives.  
  • To mentor early career academics to raise research aspirations and outputs. 

About the Department

We are one of the largest Games Development Departments in the world and have an impressive international reputation for the excellence of our taught provision. We have a large and skilled team, with over 60 academics covering all technical aspects of Games Development, split across Art, Design, and Technology subject areas. We have an exciting portfolio of sector-leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered on campus. We ensure the success of our courses and provide sector-leading opportunities for our graduates through constant and meaningful collaboration with the video games industry. 

As a member of the academic staff, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a bustling campus with access to a range of sector-leading technologies. Our resources include over 500 games development workstations, 200 Wacom tablets, a dedicated motion capture facility, immersive technology labs, and cutting-edge virtual reality systems. We also run a number of exciting student opportunities, such as our award-winning 1UP scheme, which employs students to work for our in-house studio. 

The department is part of the wider School of Digital, Technologies and Arts. The school is a highly interdisciplinary environment, bringing together areas as diverse as fine art, fashion, computing, engineering, media, theatre and various aspects of games production. Our commitment to improving people’s lives through creativity brings us together.

You can grow academically and artistically within this community while working with a team of dedicated game academics. You will get to work with like-minded individuals who will support and encourage your career development.  This will include mentorship, research support, and guidance towards achieving HEA fellowship if you do not already hold this. 

Contact For Informal Discussion

Please contact Chris Headleand (Head of Department) [email protected] or Deputy Vice Chancellor Kevin Hetherington via Nicki Jones, Executive Assistant [email protected]  

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is located in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence located in the towns of Stafford and Shrewsbury.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, our University has constantly expanded its physical presence through new and industry-leading building developments and facilities. Looking towards our 2030 strategy, we are now transforming specific business processes to improve the student experience and integrate a wider feeling of inclusion and safety for our on-campus community.

Rewards and Benefits

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

•    Competitive incremental rates of Pay
•    37 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
•    Excellent Pension Scheme
•    Access to continued professional and personal development
•    An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
•    Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
•    Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

We reserve the right to close any vacancies when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. All applicants are advised to complete and submit your applications as soon as possible. 

Further details:

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.

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