Dr Matthew Barr
- Lecturer - Graduate Level Apprenticeship Programme (Computing Science)
Dr Matthew Barr is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where he previously convened the University’s first game studies course and was the founding editor of the international student game studies journal, Press Start. He is currently based in the Centre for Computing Science Education, where he leads the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering programme and is co-director of the University’s Games and Gaming Lab. He is also a member of the University’s Teaching Excellence Network.
Barr’s research, which has attracted significant media attention, examines how video games may be used to develop skills and competencies such as critical thinking, adaptability, and communication skill. This work received the Association for Learning Technology’s inaugural Research Project of the Year award in 2018 and forms the basis of his book, Graduate Skills and Game-Based Learning, published with Palgrave in 2019. Barr currently serves as Vice Chair of British DiGRA (the Digital Games Research Association) and as a Director and Trustee for the Scottish Game Developers Association. He also sits on the BAFTA Scotland Committee, where he serves as the current Games Jury Chair.
- Learning and Teaching
- Student Employability
- Graduate Attributes
- Game Studies
- Video Games
- Video Game Preservation
- Game Narrative
- Game-based Learning
- Creative Scotland/ESRC Impact Acceleration: Data provision on the Games Industry in Scotland
- ESRC Impact Acceleration: Business Model Change for Games Development Businesses
- ESRC Impact Acceleration: Game Think 2.0
- RCUK Digital Economy/Communities and Culture Network+: Games for Communication
- AHRC Social Media Knowledge Exchange Scholarship, University of Cambridge Digital Humanities Network (CDHN) and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH): WikiGeeks - Gaming and Collaborative Learning
- New Initiatives Fund, University of Glasgow: Video Games & Learning Symposium
- The William Lind Foundation: Scotland's Video Game Industry
- New Initiatives Fund, University of Glasgow: Press Start journal launch
I have also secured a number of smaller grants to support my research, including a College of Arts Graduate School Research Support Award, School of Humanities Research Incentivisation Funding and Learning & Teaching Development Fund (LTDF) support.
I'm not currently in a position to take on any additional PhD students.
- Booth, Ruth
- Butterworth-Parr, Francis
Video Games as Metaphor in the Contemporary Novel: 1984 to Writing Now
- Cohen, Gabrielle
Pieces of Heart: the therapeutic utility of Fantasy video games
- Copeland, Alicia
Creating Worlds with Words - How Language is Used in Fantasy Roleplaying Games to Create Immersive Environments
- Vazquez, Monica
There Be Dragons: Poetics of Immersion from Fantasy Literature to Virtual Reality
- Cohen, Gabe
Pieces of Heart: The Psychological Impact of Fantasy Video Games on Players.
- Dunlop, Kirsty
The Female Cycle: The Multimedia Potential of the Contemporary Female Short Story Cycle as a Radical Feminist Framework in our Digital Age.
- Phichai, Pornphan
New Interactive Interface Design for Science and Technology Museums.
- Vazquez, Monica
There Be Dragons: Poetics of Immersion, from Fantasy Literature to Virtual Reality.
- Programme Director for the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering
- Course Convenor for How to Learn a New Language, Workplace Assessment Year 1 and Web Application Systems.
- University Teaching Excellence Award 2015/16
- College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award 2015/16
- Previously convened Introduction to Video Game Studies, Multimedia Analysis and Design and the MSc IT course, Multimedia Systems
- Also contributed teaching to Level 1 and 2 Digital Media & Information Studies
- Senior Fellow, Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET)
- Co-director, University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Vice Chair of British DiGRA
- Board Member at IGDA Scotland
- Committee Member at BAFTA Scotland
- Founding Editor of Press Start
- College of Science & Engineering Ethics Committee
- School of Computing Science Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
- University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Network
- Member of the British Computer Society
- Member of DiGRA
- Member of IGDA
- Expert Evaluator and Monitor for the European Commission
- STEM Ambassador (Video Games) for UKIE/STEMNET
- Adviser to Game Academy
- Adviser of Studies
- College of Arts Library Committee
- College of Arts Ethics Committee
- Elected Member of Senate
- School of Humanities Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
Invited talks include British DiGRA (keynote), FutureScot's EduTech – The Future of Further and Higher Education, the National Library of Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the London Games Festival, the QAA, the European Trade Union Institute, University of Toronto, Staffordshire University, University of Bath, Abertay University, Bournemouth University, and University of Plymouth.
I have previously acted as reviewer for: funding bodies including the European Commission (as Expert Evaluator and Monitor), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Higher Education Academy (HEA); journals including the IEEE Access, British Journal of Educational Technology, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, Computers and the History of Art (CHArt), Research in Learning Technology, Convergence, Computers in Human Behavior, Computers & Education, the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, Convergence, and Games & Culture; conferences including the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG), DiGRA, the International Conference on Higher Education Advances, and the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE); and publishers including Palgrave and SAGE.
- Teach Better podcast, December 2019 (on games in higher education and apprenticeship degrees)
- BBC Tees, 2 September 2019 (on game-based learning research)
- BBC Radio Wales, 31 August 2019 (on game-based learning research)
- BBC News, 30 August 2019. How playing video games could get you a better job
- Go Radio, 8 August 2019 (on video games and violence).
- Channel 5 News, 8 July 2019 (on the Internet Matters report and online gaming).
- DIGIT, 6 March, 2019. Gaming Addiction Discussed at DCMS Technology Inquiry.
- Patient, 5 February, 2019. Can playing video games help your mental health?
- The Guardian, 16 January, 2019. Video games can turn university graduates into better employees.
- BBC Timeline, BBC Two Scotland, 28th June 2018 (on games industry and gender diversity).
- Scholastic SuperScience, May/June 2018 issue (on 'brain games').
- BBC News, 5th June, 2017. Video games could boost university skills, study finds.
- Times Higher Education, 5th June, 2017. Playing video games ‘improves students’ employability skills’.
- The Telegraph, 5th June, 2017. Playing two hours of video games a week makes you more employable, Glasgow academics find.
- BBC Radio Scotland, 5th June, 2017 (on game-based learning research).
- Clyde 1, 5th June, 2017 (on game-based learning research).
- 938LIVE (Singapore), 5th June, 2017 (on game-based learning research).
- Share Radio, 31st January, 2017. Share Radio Afternoon (on the history of Namco and Pac-man).
- Share Radio, 15th June, 2016. Morning Money (on the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)).
- Radio EduTALK, 15th March, 2016 (on my research in game-based learning, the Game Studies course and the Press Start journal).
- La Liberté, 7th March, 2016. L’Ecosse, eldorado du jeu vidéo (on the success of the Scottish games industry).
- Share Radio, 25th February, 2016. Morning Money (on the future of the video games industry and VR).
- Huffington Post, 9th February, 2016. The Division And Destiny Aren't Just Video Games - They're The Future Of Social Networks (on the positive outcomes associated with playing online video games).
- Share Radio, 20th January, 2016. Morning Money (on the growth of the mobile games market).
- Daily Record, 5th November, 2015. 20 years of PlayStation: Industry experts and gamers pick their favourite games to mark occasion (on thatgamecompany's Journey).
- Epoch Times, 4th April, 2014. Why New Yorkers Crave ‘Candy Crush’.