9 October 2017 - London, United Kingdom – TT Games, Creative Assembly, Epic Games and more head north to educate and inspire future talent into games sector
Ukie’s annual Student Conference will bring the top names in the games industry to Staffordshire University on Wednesday 25 October.
Over 200 students will attend the UK’s biggest student games conference, 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.
Leading games industry recruitment firm Amiqus will also be running one-to-one drop in sessions all day for students to gain personalised portfolio reviews, CV advice and interview tips and techniques.
Tickets to the event are offered for free to students across the UK-wide Ukie student membership with thanks to our sponsors Jagex, Epic Games, Amiqus and Creative Assembly.
The conference is designed to give games students across the UK unique insight about what it is like working in the games sector, along with personalised advice about how to build successful and lasting careers in the industry.
The two tracks to the day will be followed by networking drinks, where students are encouraged to mingle with the speakers and invited industry guests, forging valuable links between industry and academia.
With more slots yet to fill, confirmed speakers for the conference include:
Level Up Media
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “The student conference has been highly successful for a number of years in bringing together the best names in games to educate, inspire, and network with students who will soon be entering the industry. 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.”
Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager at Headline sponsor, Epic Games, “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”
Liz Prince, Business Manager at Amiqus, said, “We’re hugely committed to the future of the industry and it’s great to be invited by Ukie and Staffs University to talk to the students. We believe the role of a specialist agency is to help people to take their first steps in to a career in games, so we’re delighted to be involved. On the day we’ll be there to advise on career paths, employability and how to make yourself stand out when applying to studios directly, we look forward to meeting you there.”
Dave Edwards, Staffordshire University, 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 give students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the ins-and-outs of the industry they care so much about.”
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About UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie)
Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. A not-for-profit, it represents businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR.
Ukie aims to support, grow and promote member businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by optimising the economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.
Ukie works closely with the sector to influence government and decision makers, lobbying successfully for the 2014 Video Games Tax Relief, the UK Games Fund, and the Next Gen Skills campaign which resulted in a new Computer Science Curriculum. Ukie makes connections for businesses and help them access the opportunities a digital economy offers, via a successful International Trade programme, running UK Games Industry stands at the biggest international industry events.
It promotes the industry by working with the media to raise awareness of the sector’s positive cultural and economic contribution, as well as the societal benefits of games. Ukie runs askaboutgames.com, where families can learn about safe and sensible online practices, parental controls and age ratings.
Ukie’s skills work serves to increase inclusion and diversity, advocating a STEAM approach to education. Initiatives include the Digital Schoolhouse (DSH), Video Games Ambassadors (VGAs), a Student Membership scheme, and a professional development programme.
Ukie commissioned the Blueprint for Growth report in 2015, an independent review of the UK games industry with recommendations for decision makers in Parliament for how the industry can grow.
In 2016 Ukie partnered with Film London to deliver Games London, a ground breaking new three-year programme to promote the UK as the games capital of the world, the focal point of which is the annual London Games Festival.