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Our people

At Staffordshire University London we have knowledgeable, passionate and approachable staff who are dedicated to giving you the best chance of launching your career in your chosen tech industry.

Academic teams

Course directors

Laura-Jane Filotrani

Associate Dean - Staffs Uni London

Daniel Flint

Course Director - Games Art & Design Tec

Danny is an experienced lecturer in Games Design, who started at Staffordshire University London in 2020. He has been teaching and developing courses in Games Design and development since 2008, and is interested in 3D Art, Animation and Games Engines

Daniel's profile

Dr Vahid Heydari Fami Tafreshi

Course Director - Computer Science

An enthusiastic researcher & senior lecturer in Cybersecurity & Networks at Staffordshire University London (SUL). BSc & MSc Cybersecurity Subject Lead. Interests lie in the field of Internet Protocols & Architectures, Cybersecurity, & IoT Security.

Vahid's profile

Academic team

Maddy Reynolds


Maddy is a Concept artist and illustrator, determined to breathe life into design and elevate it to the next level. As a lecturer she's passionate about bringing out creative passion in students to build their skills and confidence in their own work.

Adam Walker


Adam is an industry experienced 3D Artist who teaches on technical art across Games Design and Concept Art. Adam’s research interests are centered around virtual reality, augmented reality, and storytelling mediums.

Adam's profile

Dr Viraj Dawarka


Viraj is a lecturer in computer science/cyber security as well as an active researcher in cloud robotics. His main area of interest is towards the energy efficiency of cloud robotics using educational robots.

Dr Dhuha Al-Shaikhli


Dhuha is a Computer Science lecturer at Staffordshire University London (SUL). Her research interest is in learning management systems and computer education.

Dr Mahsa Zolfaghari


Mahsa is a lecturer in Computer Science and Cyber Security. Her research interests are Systems Design enhancements by Artificial Intelligence (AI), NET ZERO Technologies’ applications and IoT.

Rikamae Paderes

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Games

Rika is a concept artist and illustrator with strong links in the Tabletop Roleplaying Games industry. Her artistic and academic interests lay in the relationship between culture, player identity & how it can shape the direction of player experience.

Rikamae's profile

Dr Maryam Shahpasand

Senior Lecturer

James Foster


Student Support team

Ivan Phillips

Technical Specialist - Media

I am a technical specialist, as well as a freelance media content creator, telling compelling stories within games and digital worlds. Previous experiences include: runner, camera operator, marketer, and producer specialising in video game audio.

Timi Salako

Technical Coordinator

I deliver specialist skills, training and support across processes linked to teaching, learning, research, innovation and enterprise in the field of digital and media technologies at Staffordshire University London.

Sabrina Malik

Mental Health & Wellbeing Practioner

Professional Services team

Milena Rodriguez Guevara

Head Of Campus Operations - Sul

Sammy Engele

Head Of Recruitment & Outreach - Sul

Sammy is a passionate higher education professional with two decades of experience working across a spectrum of business support roles in HE and FE. With a constant focus on engaging students and helping them to explore the opportunities available.

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023