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Prins Butt

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Prins is a senior lecturer and acting course leader for computing in the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies. He joined Solent University in December 2012 as a member of the computing subject group.

Prins is a dissertation supervisor and a unit leader at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. He has a background in digital systems engineering and software engineering, and is a member of several professional bodies including the British Computer Society and Advance HE. He is certified by a number of professional organisations including AXELOS, BCS, ILM, ISTQB, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco and the Python Institute.

Prins is an active researcher with a strong research focus in the areas of gamification, e-learning and intelligent and adaptive learning systems. He is passionate about education, technology and innovation and dedicates himself to developing solutions to enhance processes and the quality of life.

Before joining Solent University, Prins worked at Aston University where he managed the programming support office, taught on the computer science courses and worked as a software developer on a number of research-funded projects. In his current post, he has enjoyed leading the development and delivery of the computing, software engineering and the computing master's course provision at Solent University. He is a firm believer in sharing best practice. He has worked on a number of consultancy and research projects and is an external examiner with current posts at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of East London.

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Teaching experience

Prins has over ten years of professional teaching experience in higher education and has worked in a number of higher education institutions.

He is experienced in the full range of activities related to academic scholarship which include, but are not limited to, research informed teaching, undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision, mentoring, curriculum design, course leadership and external examining. He is a strong advocate for sharing best practice.

Research interests

Prins' research interests lie in gamification, e-learning, and intelligent and adaptive systems.

Recent publications

Butt, Prins. (2017). A flipped gamified classroom. In: In: International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education, July 2017, Rhodes, Greece.

Butt, Prins. (2016). Students' perceptions of game-based learning using CodinGame. In: International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, 07-09 Jul 2016, Rhodes, Greece.

Butt, Prins and Wills, Gary. (2015). Encouraging student engagement with collaborative serious games: The COCO Framework. In: International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education, 9-11 July 2015, Kos, Greece.


Prins' awards range from research awards to recognition of professional excellence. He was shortlisted for the Solent Teaching and Research (STAR) awards in 2015 and 2019 for excellence in teaching and awarded the STAR award for Exceptional Student Experience in 2019.

His recent research awards include:

  • £46,453 Knowledge Transfer Partnership award in 2016 from Innovate UK to work with Bioquell Ltd on software development.
  • £3,000 Solent Learning and Teaching Institute award in 2016 from Solent University to investigate ‘Enhancing student engagement in introductory computer programming using mobile game-based learning’.
  • £10,000 Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) award in 2015 from Solent University to investigate ‘Patient Empowerment in the self-management of diabetes’.