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Last updated 10th March 2023


Dr Daryl Marples joined the university of Huddersfield in 2004, he is actively engaged in research into Navigation and Perception in Extended Reality (XR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). He is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Games Development (Design) and leads and lectures on a wide range of games development modules including Advanced 3D design, 3D character sculpture, animation, games prototyping and team project.

Daryl was nominated for teaching awards in both 2012 (Exceptional assessment and Feedback), 2016 (Enhancing the Student Experience) and was the recipient of the inaugural 2018 international Grads in Games Academic Award for outstanding contribution to engagement with the games industry. In addition to his teaching and course leadership duties, Daryl is the current studio manager of Canalside Studios, runs the Games Specific Guest Lecture Programme is constantly engaged with the games industry on both a local and national basis.

Prior to his academic career Daryl worked in leadership roles in a wide range of creative industries including the games industry where he worked on 12 published titles and currently acts as consultant with local games companies. He has also been a studio lead in a graphic design studio, theatre production manager, theatrical props and set designer , commercial sculptor, animatronic creature designer and a LARP prosthetic and creature designer.

Daryl maintains his interest in the broader creative industries in his spare time and is a keen pop art sculptor working with digital technologies and 3D printing processes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Games Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Spatial Navigation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Interactive 3D for Education


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