Who are you?
I’m Harriet, and I’m an eldest child in a ridiculously large family from ‘up north’. I grew up in a relatively small industrial town located along the shoreline where the River Mersey meets the landmass in a maelstrom of tugboats and shipping containers. There’s a big shopping village and an aquarium though, so there is that!
I’m apparently award winning too, having won BCU’s Extra Mile Award 2017/18 for Inspirational Student of the Year. (You can read more about that here)
What are you into?
Outside of production, I’m super into user experience, usability and accessibility, motivating others to achieve their potential and helping people find new ways of thinking, doing and seeing! I’ve developed a love and skill for helping others, and I do some pretty awesome things at my university to ensure I can do everything in my means to help others.
In terms of hobbies I am of course a big gamer, favouring single-player or narrative experiences. I also enjoy noodling around in Substance Designer and Unreal Engine, and any other creative programs I can get my hands on. In a non-digital sense, I enjoy crochet, embroidery, card-making, and amateur animal photography.
What are you up to?
I’m a Masters graduate of Birmingham City University, having finished studying an MSc Video Game Enterprise Production & Design at the New Technology Institute (NTI).
While studying, I was the elected Disabled Students Officer, along with working as the president of BCU’s disabled students society, Enable. If that wasn’t enough extra curricular work, I was also a School Ambassador & Student Representative for the NTI, working on open days and applicant taster days to encourage and support potential applicants for the courses there, and talking with faculty to ensure that students had a fantastic time at Uni academically, while leading a team of course representatives, known as Student Academic Leaders.
I have been known to do speaking engagements, presentations and panels talking about Disability in the Games Industry – if you’d like me to speak at your event, get in touch!
I am an AutisticaPlay Ambassador – for me that means being a representative of the Autistic community, and campaigning and supporting the Autistica charity through it’s gaming arm.