Richard Mather

Richard Mather BA (Hons), MSc, PgCERT, FHEA

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Digital Media Production


Richard is currently Course Leader for BA (Hons) Digital Media Production and teaches a range of modules that focus on the development of digital media, including Digital Media Technologies, Web Based Media and Applications, App Design and Development, and Digital Media Futures. He also teaches on the MA in Digital Media Management. Richard has worked in Higher Education since January 2000, initially in the areas of educational multimedia development and technology enhanced learning, and more recently in teaching and course leadership.


Richard began his career in Higher Education at Sheffield Hallam University, where he worked in various roles in the Learning and Teaching Institute between January 2000 and July 2011. These included Multimedia Courseware Developer, Senior Learning Technologist, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Development, a role which focused on innovative use of technology in learning, teaching and assessment. 

Since September 2011, he has focused on teaching and has continued to work at Sheffield Hallam University, teaching numerous modules for various degree programmes, with more recent work focusing on teaching on the Digital Media Production programme. 

This work at Sheffield Hallam has been alongside teaching on the Games Design programme at the University of Huddersfield, and working as Programme Director for the Information Technology and Organisations degree programme in the Department for Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield. 

Richard has a BA in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University, an MSc in Designing Worldwide Interactive Systems from the University of Huddersfield, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Sheffield Hallam University. Richard is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Specialist areas of interest

Digital media
Virtual reality
Augmented reality
Mobile applications
The Internet of Things


Subject area

Animation and Digital Media Production


BA (Hons) Digital Media Production
MA Digital Media Management


Current modules on the BA (Hons) Digital Media Production programme

Digital Media Technologies
Web Based Media and Applications
App Design and Development
Digital Media Futures
Creative Media Project 

Current module on the MA Digital Media Management programme

Digital and Mobile Technologies


Journal articles

Diamond, S., Middleton, A., & Mather, R. (2011). A cross‐faculty simulation model for authentic learning. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 48 (1), 25-35.

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