Nigel Newbutt

SMARTlab Manager & Researcher


Nigel joins SMARTlab at UCD from the London team, where he was active on numerous projects at the PLAYroom in the docklands studios, as well as in the PhD Programme. His most recent full-time post was at the University of Greenwich, where he was Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and convener for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He has experience in designing, validating and running programmes of study coupled with industry experience of designing and producing media content for a variety of contexts. Nigel has a Masters in Education and interests in assessment, e-learning and higher education policy. He is a reviewer for the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and involved in consultancy work for universities and colleges in the UK. Nigel has helped to initiate special interest groups with the British Computer Society: in particular an Animation and Games/Virtual Worlds group. He has just started a book chapter (with Dr Sarah Parsons and Dr Simon Wallace) for Brookes Publishing on using virtual reality technology to support the learning of children on the autism spectrum. This is in addition to conference proceedings published at national and international conferences, and journal publications. Nigel is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich, where he teaches Digital Media and Animation, and supervises undergraduate dissertations and practice-based work. His work with children with autism, using virtual worlds, has recently (June 2011) been recognised by HEFCE and UnLtd by being awarded ‘Outstanding Teaching Staff Social Entrepreneur’. Nigel is also hoping to continue this work with two UK schools in 2011–12. Nigel’s role at SMARTlab at UCD includes providing effective management of the SMARTlab, planning and implementing strategies for coordination of researchers alongside technical and communications team members, and to contribute to teaching, research and knowledge transfer within the institute and UCD. He also co-convenes the Masters in Education (Creative Technology Innovation) programme with Dr Deveril, and works closely with Anita McKeown, CATALYST Manager, to develop research and practice-based output.
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