John Sutherland

John Sutherland lectures in various aspects of video gaming at the University of the West of Scotland, where he is head of the new Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Computer Games Development . This is designed to be the world’s first degree programme creating entrepreneurially minded indie/casual games developers. He also teaches on the University’s Skillset -accredited BSc (H) in Computer Games Technology.

In 1996 he wrote the world’s first video games programming degree, a conversion masters degree he taught with the UK’s leading academic on games design, Dr James TerKeurst (now at Teeside). This was followed in 1997 by the world’s first undergraduate video games programming degree. In 1998 he devised another first, a combined arts and music degree, which was aimed at the video games and other digital creative industries (this is also Skillset-accredited.) Together with Professor Ian Marshall (now at University of Coventry) he raised the funding for the UK’s first dedicated video games research centre, and assisted him as an advisor in setting up the world-leading Dare To Be Digital graduate games training programme.

From 1996 he has been a Director of the International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. This role spun out of his position as the first Visiting Professor in Virtual Reality at the Virtual Systems Laboratory of Gifu University in Japan. In 2000 he helped found the Virtual Heritage Network as the digital archive arm of UNESCO World Heritage at a meeting in Paris. In 2006 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the VSMM Society.

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