Top names descend on Staffs Uni for national gaming conference

"The conference gives students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the ins-and-outs of the industry they care so much about."

Dave Edwards, Lecturer in Games and Visual Effects

Top names from the video games industry are heading to Staffordshire University for the UK's biggest student games conference.

The Ukie Student Conference is designed to inspire and educate future talent and takes place at Staffordshire University on 25 October. Tickets are offered free to students across the UK and the event features leading games companies including TT Games, Creative Assembly and Epic Games.

Dave Edwards, Lecturer in Games and Visual Effects at Staffordshire University, has helped to organise the event. He said: “It's great to welcome the Ukie Student Conference back to Staffordshire University for its fourth year.

“We're proud to be able to connect passionate students to experts in the industry. The conference gives students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the ins-and-outs of the industry they care so much about.”

Over 200 students will attend, hearing careers talks from all disciplines across the games sector, covering programming, art and design, as well as publishing roles in marketing, community management, games journalism and more.

Staffordshire University is a growing hub for Computer Games and its courses were recently recognised for graduate employability in an industry report. Its games facilities moved from Stafford to Stoke-on-Trent last year as part of a £40m campus transformation and include brand new games design studios, bespoke labs and a motion capture studio.

Other facilities include the EPIC Games Centre which was opened in partnership with the US based game developer. Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager at Epic Games, commented: “The Ukie Student conferences are one of the highlights of our UK calendar as it allows us to connect with the next generation of game developers, learn about their aspirations and deliver valuable content to help kickstart their careers.”

Staffordshire University is also launching the UK's first degree in Esports ­– one of the fastest growing digital sectors in the world ­– and has ambitions for Stoke-on-Trent to be the Esports capital of the country.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, added: “With the UK heading closer to leaving the EU it is now more important than ever to invest in homegrown talent to drive forward the digital creative economy and support our own talent pipeline. We're pleased to be returning to the excellent facilities at Staffordshire University and hugely thankful to our sponsors who allow us to run the conference at no cost to the students.”

The Ukie Student Conference takes place from 09:00 – 18:00 BST on Wednesday 25 October 2017 at Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE. Find further event details and book your free ticket here.


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