Darren McKie

Darren McKie

Lecturer/ Director of Student Experience/ Programme Director

Faculty of Science and Engineering


01482 465677

Darren McKie has been interested in video game development from an early age, having developed his own game engines for early consoles like the Amiga 500.

He has been at the University of Hull for more than 20 years after completing his studies at the University and then becoming a lecturer.

Darren became Director of Student Experience for the School of Engineering and Computer Science in late 2016. His ideal is for every student to enjoy the best possible university experience.


Research Interests

  • Pedagogy

  • Gamification


Torrao L., Papadopoulos Y., McKie D. (2017) 'TIMAEUS: Three-dimensional Illuminated Media Augmented Sculptures', in Proceedings of the 20th Generative Art Conference, Soddu C. and Colabella E. (eds), pp

459-469, Domus Argenia, Ravenna/Milan, ISBN 978-88-96610-33-6


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Fundamentals of Computing

  • Games Programming and Advanced Graphics

  • Simulation and Artificial Intelligence

Research PhDs

Current PhD supervisions 

Luis Torrao, TIMAEUS: Three-dimensional Illuminated Media Augmented Sculptures

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Graphics and Mathematical Modelling

External roles

  • Member of the PlayStation First Advisory Board

  • Member of the British Computer Society

Professional highlights

Produced Higher Education Teaching Material for Imagination Technologies Limited, Kings Langley, UK.

The aim of the project was to design and create an entire module of teaching material on the topic of an 'Introduction to Graphics for Mobile Devices' targeted at Higher Education institutions. These materials are flexible so that most institutions could adapt them for their own needs. These materials are now published and can be used by institutions around the world.