Mr Rob Giles

Mr Rob Giles

Senior Technician

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Rob is a University of Plymouth BSc (Hons) Media Lab Arts graduate.

I worked as a 3D crime scene reconstruction specialist on over 30 cases 2003-5. During this time I had an unprecedented insight into the procedures used by CID to gather and prepare evidence to be presented by CPS.

I have experience of preparing evidence for cases consisting of pre-meditated murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and corporate manslaughter leading to both convictions and acquittals.

Since joining Plymouth University in 2005 I continued to enhance my skills and technical knowledge directed towards digital learning in Higher Education and keeping pace with recent innovation in this cutting edge area. I have developed interactive tools utilizing variable programming and Virtual Reality methods to create challenging scenarios in connection with my work for School of Law, Criminology and Government.

I worked in partnership with Professor Kim Stevenson as director to produce an international award winning documentary ‘How Do You Fix a Town Like Plymouth?’ in 2018 and was cited as an inspirational member of University of Plymouth staff in 2019.


iLM LeadershipEssentials
BSC hons Media Lab Arts (2:1), Universityof Plymouth.
HNC Graphic Design
City & Guilds Graphic Design
City & Guilds 3D Draughting & Design using CAD

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Teaching interests

In 2009 I was promoted to Team Leader for Faculty of Business IT Team as Principal Computing Officer. During this time I have became familiar with a wide variety of technology based solutions for teaching and learning. I have provided lectures and workshops focusing on good practice and techniques for interactive online delivery. I have taught quantitative and qualitative methodology and survey building to survey building at undergraduate, postgraduate level. I also travelled to Hong Kong regularly to deliver quantitative research methodology lectures. 

In 2016 I began contributing to the criminology criminal investigation module and in 2020 developed an interactive online version of the module which has been enthusiastically received by schools for year 12 and 13 students to participate.



Research interests

I was awarded PGCert qualification after undertaking a pedagogic research project focusing on the provision of supervisory support for students from a distance.

Other research

My final year dissertation focused on principles of persuasion as proposed by Prof. Robert Cialdini combined with the creation of a series of virtual environments.  The proposition was that when in an immersive state of mind, there is a heightened level of suggestibility which can be exploited with principles of persuasion. I find this area very interesting and would like it to form the basis for some further research.

Creative practice & artistic projects

I am a musician/singer songwriter and have a fully functional audio/visual studio which I use to produce a variety of multi-media productions. I have performed as a support act to Jools Holland, Toyah, Tom Robinson, The Stranglers and Uriah Heep.