Alan wrote and now runs BA (Hons) Games Design. He is an experienced Principal Lecturer, having joined CCCU in 2002. He is an active games scholar, recognised as an international expert in British games history. He has spoken about this subject around the world, including public lectures at Stanford University USA, and institutions in Germany and Malta. He works closely with the amusement arcade industry and has organised sessions for SEGA and BACTA. His PhD was one of the first ethnographic studies of hackers, modders and glitchers in Call of Duty (becoming the 2015 book Understanding Counterplay in Video Games), and he is due to publish his next book, Arcade Britannia with MIT Press in 2021. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has won awards for teaching excellence and research excellence.