Ukie Student Conference 'breaks down barriers' between education and industry
Staffordshire University opened the doors of their Epic Games Centre for the Second Annual Ukie Student Conference last week, in partnership with Epic Games, PlayStationFirst and Flix Interactive. Twenty-eight speakers from all areas of the games industry spoke to over 185 students from across the country, covering topics such as career paths, start-ups, game development, creative business thinking, PR, community management, game art and game audio, among many others.
Anastacia France, a Computer Games Design student from Staffordshire University, said the Ukie Student conference provided “refreshingly honest talks from industry experts. The Ukie conference breaks down the barrier between aspiring artists and industry professionals. I walked away feeling reassured, inspired, and motivated to make the leap from undergraduate to industry artist.”
The conference was followed by a networking drinks event for students and speakers.
Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said, "The Ukie Student conference is here to bring together industry professionals and the games talent of the future, opening doors and inspiring viable career paths. It was fantastic to see such a great turnout to the conference, and wonderful to hear such great feedback from the particpating students. It is with huge thanks to our speakers, our sponsors: Epic Games, PlayStationFirst, Flix Interactive, and to Staffordshire University for use of their facilities that we could put on the day."
Dave Edwards, Senior Games Lecturer at Staffordshire University, said, “It was great to see so many students attend the 2nd Annual Ukie Student Conference. All of the speakers did a great job with such full rooms, and it was great to see so many students networking with speakers after their talks. At one point I was walking through the Epic Games Centre and found Hollie Bennett from Playstation around a table of students. That really summarises what the day is all about; bringing the industry and students closer together.”