Technician of the Year for Media
Leigh Evans began working at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) in 2010 while holding degrees in Psychology with Biology and Computer Visualisation and following two years spent working in the computer games industry.
At the start of Leigh’s time at NUA he worked in a computer lab, supporting games art and design students. He maintained the computer suite and delivered technical support to students learning complex digital 3D modelling software.
During 2010 Leigh worked with colleagues on preparations for the move of the Games facility to the Media Lab, a building redeveloped into a contemporary resource for games, animation and film. Leigh says, “It was incredibly exciting to be actively involved in researching, deploying and troubleshooting issues for operating this technically advanced suite of resources.”
Since the Media Lab opened Leigh has been developing and refining technical support in his specialisms to suit the new facilities and in support of the course curriculum. This work has included workstation system builds and deployment, designing and delivering 3D animation technical instruction to students and developing secure systems for online submission of student digital work for assessment. Recently he designed, developed and delivered an automated online computer workstation booking system for the Media Lab.
Leigh is currently investigating 3D printing and game software development kits, collaborating on new equipment planning, developing his programming skills and exploring the unlimited possibilities for CGI offered by open source platforms. He adds, “I feel very privileged to work at NUA and contribute to the future of the creative arts in higher education.”
Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)