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Local Hub Network 2017

Please click on the region below to find out more about the Local Hubs we worked with in Tranzfuser 2017.

East Scotland

Abertay University


Abertay University, in Dundee, Scotland, is the home of the oldest computer games education programme in Europe, offering degrees continuously since 1997. Currently, Abertay has programmes across the spectrum of game design, production, development, and art (including audio), with five undergraduate and two post-graduate programmes. Students work in collaborative settings across the disciplines of game development, with generous mentorship and guidance from Abertay’s partners in the game sector.

North East England

Teesside University – Teesside Launchpad

Teesside Launchpad provides space, support and advice for Teesside University graduates, students and staff looking to start new, high impact ventures.

For Teesside University students, graduates and staff Launchpad provides access to:

  • Early stage mentoring and ideas testing
  • Business model development and validation
  • Business plan modelling and testing
  • Free access to a team of experienced mentors with expertise in everything from Accountancy to SEO.
  • Free access to a range of practical hands on workshops
  • Free access to our co-working, ideas and maker spaces
  • Access to start up grants from £1000 – £19,000
  • Access to office and studio space from just £80 per month
  • Membership of a growing community of entrepreneurs and innovators

Teesside Launchpad is an open and inclusive community of entrepreneurs and so associate members are welcome from across the North-East business and business support community. Associate members can benefit from:

  • Free meeting and training rooms.
  • Free access to to our co-working, ideas and maker spaces.
  • Access to a huge range of collaborative opportunities and partnerships.
  • Access to a community of innovative, young entrepreneurs from a broad range of disciplines.

South East England

Eastern Enterprise Hub


The Eastern Enterprise Hub is the leading provider of entrepreneur support in the East of England. From January 2011 the Eastern Enterprise Hub has supported over 852 entrepreneurial individuals who have driven business growth and employment across the East of England through the creation of new enterprises and social enterprises.

The Eastern Enterprise Hub has already an established ‘Games Hub’ at both the University of Essex (Colchester) and University Campus Suffolk (Ipswich). The ‘Games Hub’ is unique in the Eastern region, combining entrepreneurial business support with games industry mentoring. All delivered in a creative action learning environment.

West Yorkshire

University of Huddersfield – Enterprise Team

The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre (DOYYEC) is the home of the Tranzfuser Hub at the University of Huddersfield, with hands-on support coordinated and delivered by the University’s Enterprise Team.

The Tranzfuser Teams also have access to state-of-the-art equipment and industry standard software provided by The School of Computing and Engineering.

The University of Huddersfield became the Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2013.

South Wales

University of South Wales

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The Faculty of Creative Industries is based in Atrium, Cardiff campus which is undergoing major expansion, offering brand new facilities for many of our courses. Being based in the centre of Wales’ capital city is a perfect location for connecting with a great range of creative organisations and activities. Our courses are designed to challenge and engage students with creative and practical skills that will enable them to develop new ideas and operate professionally. The games courses at USW have a long standing pedigree, with notable alumni Mike Bithell, Cat Woolley, Dan Da Rocha, Alice Rendall & Henry Hoffman.

North West England

Futureworks Media School

Futureworks School of Media provides world-class education and training in Sound, Music, Film & TV, Games, Animation and Visual Effects – based in the centre of Manchester, in the North West of England – our premises, designed and fitted from scratch, boasts state of the art studios and high-spec production facilities built to industry standards.

All Futureworks courses are delivered by experienced professionals, and our excellent links with industry employers mean students benefit from exciting guest lectures and fantastic opportunities to gain experience on real-world projects. We offer a variety of courses, ranging from short, intensive workshops to diplomas and undergraduate degrees.

North Wales

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is home to one of the UK’s top rated games courses based on student satisfaction (National Student Survey). We have an excellent track record for graduate employment with many of our students going on to work at the UKs most recognisable game studios such as Travellers’ Tales and Rebellion. Our unique Business Accelerator empowers students to form start-up games studios supported by our specialist incubation centre. We work closely with organisations such as Games Wales, BAFTA Cymru and the British Computing Society to ensure that our students always have access to cutting edge industry training and knowledge.

West Yorkshire

University of Bradford

The University of Bradford is a research-intensive, world-leading technology university, ranked in the top 50 in the UK for the quality of its research, with three quarters being classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. The University holds the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work enabling people to live well with dementia. 92 per cent of graduates went on to employment or further study within six months and the University is top in the UK for undergraduate nursing and midwifery placement satisfaction. Bradford is one of the highest risers in the Guardian University Rankings, at 52, with six subjects in the UK top 20. The University is the 8th greenest University in world.

South Yorkshire

Sheffield Hallam University


Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is at the forefront of education in game design and development, with strong industry relationships and enviable access to industry-standard teaching facilities. Together, SHU’s games degrees have obtained accreditation from Skillset, TIGA, BKSTS and PlayStation®First and the University’s Computing department is home to the largest PlayStation teaching facility in the world. SHU has its own student-run game development studio (Steel Minions) which publishes games for the PlayStation Network and was the first university studio in the world to publish their own PlayStation 4 title—’PieceFall’. SHU was the 2015 winner of TIGA’s “Best Educational Institution” award.


Brunel University London

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Brunel University London is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London. It boasts a number of incredibly successful and internationally regarded undergraduate and postgraduate games courses and is well used to nurturing breakthrough game talent. The games faculty and various industry contacts will be available to offer constant support and mentorship along with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to share.

West Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University


Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a modern University situated in heart of Glasgow City Centre. The University offers four full time Games Programmes including Computer Games Software Development, Computer Games Design, Computer Games Art & Animation and Computer Games Indie Development. Graduates from these programmes have went onto employment in companies such as Rockstar North, Guerrilla Games, CCP, Sega and Electronic Arts.

GCU has hosted a site for the Global Game Jam (GGJ) since the inception of the GGJ. This site has grown from 35 attendees in 2009 to 160 attendees in 2016.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and interactive content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.