Verity McIntosh is a researcher and Senior Lecturer in Virtual and Extended Realities at UWE Bristol.

Her research focuses on experience design, the ethics of presence, access and inclusion in immersive experiences, and the simulation of risk. Verity has written and spoken about immersive tech and the 'metaverse' around the world, including co-authoring a recent IET report ‘Safeguarding the metaverse’ with fellow Studio resident, Catherine Allen. The report has been discussed in the House of Commons and House of Lords, EU Parliament and in multiple print and media contexts.

Verity runs a pioneering industry-led, practice-based masters program in Virtual and Extended Realities, offering students the opportunity to develop their craft as immersive storytellers, adding VR/AR/XR to their creative toolkit, and critically engaging with the politics, business and culture of this emerging field.

Outside of UWE, Verity runs the local chapter of IxDA (Interaction Design Association) with fellow Studio resident, Tom Metcalfe. IxDA Bristol hosts events and happenings to create a safe, sociable and inspiring space for people with a passion for interaction design.

From 2011 - 2018 Verity was Managing Producer at the Pervasive Media Studio.

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