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Local Hub Network 2018

Please click on the region below to find out more about our network of  Local Hubs.

East Scotland

Abertay University

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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

University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is a transformational university, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. We are a distinctive, thriving academic community which makes a clear and immediate impact. Our purpose is to change lives – of individuals and communities – for the better.

In a world where nothing ever stays the same, we all need to change, evolve, succeed and change again. That’s what we do. Be bold and do the same. Together we’ll achieve more.

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.

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

University of Chester

Established in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, and the Department of Computer Science is an innovative, forward-thinking department with a strong rate of student satisfaction and employability.

Our Games Development programme is based at the Thornton Science Park, home to an extensive range of purpose-built facilities, where students work alongside commercial ventures. Our goal is to produce employment-ready graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience required to successfully enter a career in creating videogames, trained in the programming, design, artistic and professional skills used across the industry.

Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a vibrant community of staff and students. We are a large School, but pride ourselves on working with students and external collaborators on a personal level. We are committed to delivering high-quality teaching, research and knowledge exchange. We have an attractive portfolio of undergraduate study and our courses are developed with input from employers.

The School houses the University’s BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology course, designed in association with game developers from across the industry. Tranzfuser teams based at Manchester Met can take advantage of the excellent facilities offered to our students, including our high-specification PC laboratories, our usability lab (designed to capture and analyse human behaviour on computers, smart phones, tablets and video game consoles), and our games and animation academic teams, comprised of a diverse range of specialists, including industry veterans.

East England

The Games Hub

The Games Hub is a unique, multi award-winning (and free!) game development programme based in Colchester, Essex. We run a free 40-week programme which is open to all aspiring games and app developers – from students building their first games, to professionals with years of industry experience who want to try their hand at developing a game independently. We provide office space and hardware along with a wide range of expert mentorship and access to professional contacts and information.

West Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University

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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.

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.

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 Yorkshire

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

London

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.

 

London South Bank University

Situated in the heart of the nation’s buzzing capital, LSBU Games and Immersive Technologies is part of a thriving game development scene that includes more than 500 games companies (eg EA, Square Enix, King, Rockstar Studios, Bossa Studios). The university’s unique approach to game development, which focuses on anticipating industry trends and collaborating with international partners, has consistently produced award-winning games graduates for more than a decade. The university prides itself on being at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship and in 2016 was recognised by TIGA as the top university for Talent Development and as Entrepreneurial University of the Year by the Times Higher Education awards.

Transfuzer teams will be able to access:

  • A game development studio environment kitted out with cutting-edge Extended Reality tech
  • The multi-milion pound Elephant Studios complex, with DOLBY sound recording suites
  • The support of a team of inhouse game industry veterans and mentors
  • The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation and its community of start-ups, student entrepreneurs, SMEs
  • Games events, networking opportunities, training workshops and business support talks

South West England

Falmouth University


Games are transforming how we experience stories and are driving the development of new technologies. The Games Academy at Falmouth was founded to help you become a part of this exciting journey into the future of digital games. Within our studio-based environment, we actively ensure that you develop the skills and experience you need to succeed by involving you in the development of games, game art and apps.

Members of our staff have worked at Blizzard Entertainment, EA Games, ZeniMax/Bethesda, Riot Games, Antimatter Games, Supermassive Games and Square-Enix, while others are world-class researchers and scholars of games.

West Midlands

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is a world renowned centre for advanced game art, design and production studies. Staffordshire’s Stoke-on-Trent campus is built around numerous dedicated game labs capable of hosting hundreds of games students. It is equipped with all the cutting edge game development and commercialisation labs, tools, hardware and software necessary to make games on any platform. It is a hub for multiple media, broadcast, streaming and applied games research development facilities such as The Epic Games Centre, The V.A.X. Reality Lab and CenterStage, one of the U.K’s largest motion capture studios.

North Yorkshire

The Digital Creativity Labs

The Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) provides an access point for organisations wanting to engage with cutting-edge research in digital creativity technologies, and utilise the skills and initiative of our academics, researchers and students.

Focusing on digital games, interactive media we help these industries to access technology such as AI and data analytics for their products, work with museums and educational institutions to design and develop evidence-based approaches to games and virtual reality.

Led by the University of York, along with sister project the Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) Centre for Doctoral Training, we are connected with over 100 partners, all keen to work together to realize the huge potential for economic, social and cultural impact from games.