Staff Profiles: Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

Staff Profile: Paul O'Brien
Academic Subject Leader Creative Computing

Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

Academic Subject Leader Creative Computing

Computing and IT

Like many I was inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy and the possibilities of evolving computer technologies. This helped drive my passion for developing games, 3D animation and visual effects.

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I'm an experienced manager, principal lecturer with 26 years of knowledge and practice in various areas across the industry, including 3D Animation, Interactive Media, Games Design, eLearning, Small Systems Development and Digital Video Production. An experienced team leader, with particular skills in teaching, games, multimedia development, programming, systems analysis, DVD, CGI, project planning, trouble-shooting, end user support and system documentation.


Award Title Institution Date
MSc Multimedia Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education 2000
BSc Multimedia & Information Technology Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education 1999
PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Further & Higher Education University of Gloucestershire 2003


Member of British Computer Society

Teaching and research


Games Production

User Interaction Studies

Digital 3D Effects

Advanced Concepts in Games

Advanced Group Project




Reeves, N. & O’Brien, P. (2008) E-galleries for Image, Audio and Animation Design Work: blending face-to-face critique with anonymous uploading to create student portfolios Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Issue 2 pp78-81. Reeves, N. & O’Brien, P. (2007) The use of student generated, web-based galleries for sustainable active learning: A paperless module in Roberts, C. & Roberts, J. (eds) Greener by Degrees: Exploring Sustainability through Higher Education Curricula, Univ

External responsibilities

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