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Dr Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi

Research Fellow

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

I am a Senior Research Fellow with the Northumbria University Digital Learning Lab ( in the Computer and Information Sciences Department. My research interests are around the design and use of innovative digital technologies, in particular digital games, augmented and virtual realities for learning STEM subjects. I am also interested in the integration of digital tools in formal learning environments and how the digital literacy of practicing and in-training teachers can be understood and enhanced. 


Previously, I worked as a research assistant with NUSTEM (, a widening participation outreach project from the faculty of engineering and environment. I developed tools to capture all kinds of data from STEM activities and interventions, particularly analysing and evaluating data from secondary schools to inform the level of science capital amongst young people in the region.

Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi

Campus Address

CIS 105
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  • Information Science MSc
  • Computer Science PhD

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Designing for All, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Changing Culture and Challenging Stereotypes: Lets Build Bridges and Diversify!, Strachan, R., Stonehoue, J., Dele-Ajayi, O., Bell, R., Blakelock, L., Logan, S., Emembolu, I. 31 Jan 2019, STEM Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Exploring Gender Diversity and Engagement with Digital Educational Games by Young People, Dele-Ajayi, O., Pickard, A., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J. 3 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
  • Exploring Digital Careers, Stereotypes and Diversity with Young People through Game Design and Implementation, Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Peers, M., Shimwell, J., Strachan, B. 1 Jul 2018, 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), IEEE
  • A modified TAM for predicting acceptance of digital educational games by teachers, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2017, 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Piscataway, IEEE

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Game-based learning, augmented reality, digital literacy, STEM education, digital inclusion and widening participation


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