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About Virtual John



My name is John Harrison. I am a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Huddersfield, and I have studied at the University since 2011, completing my BA(Hons) in 2017 and my MA in Graphic design in 2019. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012; after completing my first year (BA), I fully recovered and finally finished my Entrepreneurial placement year (EPY) and final years with determination and hard work. I received a 1st in my BA (Hons) and was over the moon. However, this would not have been possible without the help and support from the Huddersfield University family. Wanting to continue with my new lease of life and love of learning, I decided to apply for my master's degree. In the light of the support I received during those difficult years, I could not choose to study anywhere other than Huddersfield. I started my MA and enjoyed a new way of learning, helping, and researching within the school of Art & Humanities. With this new love of research, I knew I did not want the experience to end. I learnt about the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) fee waiver, and after I graduated with a distinction in my MA, I applied for the PhD in Art & Design. 

I received an interview and went along with my proposal. I explained how I wanted to use design to help others going through cancer treatments. My cancer treatment had involved a long and arduous three-year journey culminating in a six-week stay in isolation, in a room with no windows and no natural light. I was motivated in my recovery to put forward a research proposal for the clinical design of virtual reality experiences created to lower stress levels in cancer patients. I successfully got my place on the course and have worked hard ever since. 

My research involves a lot of 360-degree video and design work that will be utilised on a virtual reality headset. The hope is to use specific patterns and visuals to lower stress in individuals undergoing cancer during their time as in-patients. Over the last two years, I have purchased a lot of equipment and spent many hours understanding and using virtual reality headsets. This has involved hours of coding and editing to ensure that the study is of a highest possible standard.

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