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John Lean: Play and Participation

Date: 27th February 2019

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: MMU, Brooks Building. Room 1.22


John Lean is a third-year PhD scholar at Man Met’s Education and Social Research Institute. In his PhD project, he uses his work with Foundation Year Education students to examine the way in which play can transform participation in higher education.

In this seminar John will discuss how what started out as a straightforward design-based project has, through embracing play as a cultural form, become more about how games can be used as an extended metaphor to understand and enhance undergraduates’ experiences of university.


INSET Using Video Games and Storytelling in Language Learning and teaching: French / Spanish

Date: 10th November 2018

Time: 10:30 - 13:00

Location: MMU Business School 5.04


INSET / CPD for MFL teachers. It is aimed at teachers of French and Spanish working in Sixth Forms and Colleges, specifically year 10 and 11, but it can be applied to A-Level students. The focus is to develop storytelling and transmedia literacy at GCSE in the language classroom: The use of video games as an educative tool.

Tickets £15 (course fee)


Halloween in the City: Spooky Board Games

Date: 27th October 2018

Time: 11:30 - 13:30

Location: The Royal Exchange Theatre Foyer


Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network and The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies present Spooky Board Games at the Royal Exchange Theatre. As you enjoy Halloween in the City, take a detour to the Royal Exchange where you can rest your weary feet and join us for a session of the best board games and creepiest card games for Halloween. No booking required. Simply drop in to enjoy a selection of games suitable for all ages. No idea how to play? No problem. We can run through the rules and get you started. Why not battle hordes of zombies, make pacts with strange creatures from beyond space and time, blast ghosts in a haunted house, and attend masquerade at Dracula’s castle…? Stay spooky and come play.

FREE. No booking required.

Catan: Global Warming – an unofficial expansion play session

Date: 30th September 2018

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location: Alexandra Palace, London

Come and play the Catan: Global Warming scenario with its creators and see if you have what it takes to settle the island sustainably…. Recommended for players with previous Catan experience. Limited to 20 people.

This session is part of Tabletop Gaming Live, a new gaming show run by the teams behind Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames magazines. Tickets can be bought online.


Play It Smart: What we can learn from games (and why they should be used to teach us)

Date: 29th September 2018

Time: 13:00-14:00

Location: Alexandra Palace, London

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network members Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley, Dr Sam Illingworth, Dr Laura Mitchell and Dr Paul Wake talk about the role that games can play in education and engagement.

This seminar is part of Tabletop Gaming Live, a new gaming show run by the teams behind Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames magazines. Tickets can be bought online.

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