University and Epic Games co-op to complete award mission

“It is fantastic that we have received this award and is a prime example of how we are continually trying to educate our students to meet the ever-changing demands of this fast growing industry.”

Lecturer, James Butcher

Staffordshire University’s computer games design partnership has been celebrated at a national awards ceremony.

The University’s Epic Games Centre received the Best Education Initiative award at the TIGA Game Industry Awards 2014 held in London.

The award recognises the University’s partnership with Epic Games and the continued promotion of knowledge that is transferred between computer games design students and the industry’s leading studios.

Lecturer, James Butcher who led the enterprising partnership, said: “It is fantastic that we have received this award and is a prime example of how we are continually trying to educate our students to meet the ever-changing demands of this fast growing industry.”

Students on games design courses have been able to see how their theoretical understanding is put into practice, and have gained a direct link to the heart of the industry through the Epic Games Centre.

“For the students they now have great access to leading industry experts and for many that could be a foot in the door to their chosen career path within the gaming industry.

“This is an exciting time to be a gaming student at Staffordshire University and I hope we can continue to develop our collaboration with the industry as this will benefit the students going out into this competitive industry,” he explained.

Epic Games and its developer partners have access to the University’s world-class facilities as part of a series of Unreal Developer Days which are being hosted by Staffordshire University and run by Epic Games.

“The partnership is inspiring students currently here and hopefully a new generation of perspective students who will get an insight into the industry,” he added.

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