Rob Giles

Academic profile

Mr Rob Giles

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

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Rob's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 16: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

About Rob

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.


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.