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04/10/2017 PhD Studentship - Interactive Storytelling to Support Cancer Patients.


Today marked my first day at Abertay University as a PhD Student in Interactive Storytelling to Support Cancer Patients. I have been granted the amazing opportunity to work alongside two other talented designers - Alice Bowman and Robyn McMillan - on a collaborative interactive game with MacMillan Cancer Support to teach the public about different cancers, treatment options and side effects. Although, the details of what will be required or expected from this "Serious Game"/ series of serious games is yet to be defined. Kindly funded by Northwood Charitable Trust.

Considering this is our first week of study, the majority of work that will be undertaken will consist of compiling and analysing literature as well as gaining an understanding our core strengths and viewing portfolios of previous works. I have also opted to attend a selection of undergraduate classes as a 'refresher' course to help strengthen my practical skills in preparation for the collaborative project as well as delivering lectures when required.

I was pleased to recently discover that my supervisors during my studentship will be Robin Sloan and Euan Dempster. Robin provided supervision during my Honours year of Game Design & Production Management when developing Forget-Me-Knot and writing my dissertation. Next Wednesday (11/10/17) a meeting will be hosted with the PhD students, supervisors and sponsors to clearly define the requirements and expectations from the collaborative project(s).

I will attach a link to this blog post with the Research Proposal I submitted to gain entry to this studentship. The proposal was a rough approximation of the field of research and study that I intend to undertake but this will likely evolve as time goes on.

Research Proposal: Click Here!

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