Tanya Krzywinska, professor of digital games and chair of the university’s digital economy research theme has been made a Fellow of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance (HEVGA).

The news was announced by Jonathan Elmergreen, executive director of the HEVGA, in front of thousands of participants at the Games for Change Virtual Festival. HEVGA Fellows are elected by their peers for their outstanding contributions to games-based research and design in Higher Education.

Professor Krzywinska joined Falmouth in 2014, where she led the establishment of the Games Academy, now one of the university’s fastest-growing academic departments.

She is the author of many books and papers on games and related media, as well as the editor of the academic peer-reviewed journal, Games and Cultwave projecture (Sage). At Falmouth she is currently leading a team of researchers on the wAVE Project, which is using augmented, mixed and virtual reality technology to provide immersive experiences for museums in Cornwall.

Professor Krzywinska commented on her Fellowship announcement: β€œIt’s a great honour to be awarded this lifetime Fellowship and it is wonderful to be recognised as one of the pioneers who fought to bring games into the academic curriculum.

β€œ25 years ago, videogames were considered at best marginal, so we’ve moved a very long way towards getting games recognised as an art form, as worthy of academic study and as a career option for graduates.”