Other Sites: UK Games Fund

Local Hub Network 2020

The list of Local Hubs for this year’s competition includes links for applicants to submit an application directly to the Hub. Please note that each region may have more than one Local Hub and that applicants can only submit one application.

All applicants are reminded to read through the information supplied on the Apply Now page before starting their application.

East Scotland

InGAME

InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise is a research and innovation centre based in the heart of the Dundee videogames cluster. Led by Abertay University, in partnership with the University of Dundee, the University of St Andrews and local and international industry partners, InGAME delivers innovative research and offers R&D support and services to games companies in the city and beyond.

Tranzfuser teams will have access to:

  • Studio space, tech labs, meeting rooms and high-speed internet
  • Mentorship from local industry experts and award-winning educators
  • User research and audience insight support
  • Business model design and product/market strategy support.

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.

Northern Ireland

The Pixel Mill

A collaborative co-working space in the Ormeau Baths Innovation Centre for game development teams from across Northern Ireland. Offering a ground-breaking incubation programme for UK and Ireland with industry mentorship, access to funding and links to local Universities. The Pixel Mill will also serve a larger role as a gaming community meeting place and a platform for local gaming initiatives. The Pixel Mill is funded by Northern Ireland Screen with support from the Department for the Economy.

South Wales

University of South Wales

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The South Wales Local Hub is based at our Cardiff Campus in the Faculty of Creative Industries, which houses all of USW’s creative 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 – our hub gives full access to our facilities. The games courses at USW have a long standing pedigree, with notable alumni Mike Bithell, Cat Woolley, Dan Da Rocha, Alice Rendall & Henry Hoffman. Being part of Tranzfuser from start has been fantastic, with public vote winners in 2017 & 2018 as well as overall winners in 2017. Our hub was also nominated for a Best Hub Award at the UKGF Awards in 2018.

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 Department of Computing and Mathematics is a vibrant community of staff and students. We are a large department, 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 department houses the University’s 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 specialised games suite fitted with gaming keyboards, mice, chairs and colour-changing lights, 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 staff, comprised of a diverse range of specialists, including industry veterans.

Futureworks, Manchester

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.

Our games 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. Alumni from our games degrees have gone on to work at developers such as; Rockstar, Playground Games, Ubisoft, Rocksteady Games, Sumo Digital, Codemasters, Supermassive Games, Team 17, Hello Games, Rebellion Games, Cloud Imperium Games, White Paper Games and TT Games.

East England

Creative Computing Club

The multi-award-winning Creative Computing Club CIC set up in 2012 has worked with several thousand young people across Suffolk, helping them to engage in worthwhile and inspiring technology-based activities. From Video Game Design to Robotics, AI to VR, the Creative Computing Club offers bespoke training for young people across Suffolk. Through its informal and non-competitive environment, it has allowed them to gain confidence and qualifications in areas that interest them the most and are relevant to today’s tech sector needs.

University of Suffolk

Our University was founded on a bold vision of change. Unencumbered by tradition, we have created a University for the modern world, one that is proud to be different and challenge the status quo.

While others stand still, we embrace change. As a student, we support you to embrace change too.

Tranzfuser teams will be offered support and have access to mentors from the games and business community. Teams from the University of Suffolk have won Tranzfuser in 2016 and 2019.

University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years.

Based at the Luton campus the School of Computer Science and Technology (CST) delivers a wide range of Creative Technologies subjects including: BSc Games Development and BSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects.

We have a wide range of facilities including a dedicated games lab, virtual reality and motion capture equipment. Experienced participants of Global Game Jam, last year launched our own Meet up events for students, staff, alumni and visitors from the local area to meet and network.

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 a long history of excellent industry partnerships and graduate employment outcomes with our students going on to work at the UKs most recognisable game studios such as Ubisoft, SEGA, Rockstar, Sony, Travellers’ Tales and Rebellion. Our award winning Business Accelerator programme also empowers students to form their own start-up games studios and is supported by a specialist incubation centre, funded by Welsh Government and Games Talent Wales.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is the largest FE college in Wales and one of the largest in the country. Nested in the heart of North Wales with strong links with the local community and surrounding area and a unique partnership with Bangor University, Grŵp Llandrillo is looking to support and grow local talent and nurture the digital scene in North Wales.

With a proven track record of student employment with local companies and the likes of Rockstar and TT Games. Grŵp Llandrillo is working on a unique project to empower students and their creations.

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 Enterprise Hub within the 3MBIC building 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.

Leeds Beckett

Set in the heart of a culturally energised city, the Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University, has a history that spans over 170 years and is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. Within the subject area of Creative Technologies, our experienced team is made up of practitioners from across the Games, Film and Animation industries.

Within Games Design, our Alumni include BAFTA award winners Ben Dare (Ubisoft Toronto) and Dan Gray (Ustwogames), and our graduates have secured roles in world-leading studios such as Rockstar Leeds, Team 17 and Ubisoft.

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.

As a founding member, Brunel University London has been a hub since 2016, hosting teams that have been successfully selected each year.

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, Creative Assembly, EA Games, Playground Games, Rare, Supermassive Games and Square-Enix, while others are world-class researchers and scholars of games.

University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth Games Development Technologies course combines core computer science fundamentals with game technology expertise. Create your own games, apps, virtual and mixed reality solutions. At the University of Plymouth, we challenge you to innovate in the games sector whilst applying your highly transferable skills to solve real world problems. With research informed teaching and inspiring approach to industry engagement, our students form start-ups, work for games studios, and develop in the corporate sector.

As a hub, our enthusiastic games lecturers will support and mentor you through your development journey.

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.

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 three full time Game Programmes including Computer Games (Art & Animation), Computer Games (Design) and Computer Games (Software Development). Graduates from these programmes have went onto employment in companies such as Rockstar North, Crytek, CCP, Sega, Electronic Arts and many others.

GCU has always been an active member in the games community and as such can offer Tranzfuser applicants’ mentorship from local industry professionals as well as having free space and advice form lecturing staff that have worked within the games industry. On top of this we have our business accelerator programme uHatch which can help teams apply for additional funding and help to prepare your business for success.

 

University of West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland offers two well-established games courses within our Creative Computing institute, and holds PlayStation First status. Computer Games Technology is accredited by both BCS and a ScreenSkills Tick, and teaches students the essentials of AAA games development, including C++, graphics, physics, algorithms, and teamwork.

Computer Games Development (CGD) focuses on web, mobile and casual gaming, with emphasis on the use of graphical tools for games design, and scripting. Our graduates are employed in companies such as Sony, Rockstar North, Electronic Arts, Codeplay, Codemasters and Chunk Digital.

Can’t find your Local Hub? You can nominate a Local Hub (with their involvement) to participate in Tranzfuser 2020.

***Tranzfuser is launching during the present uncertainty around COVID-19. All elements of the competition that relate to meetings and events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Local policies and restrictions may affect access to local hubs. We’ll be doing our best to maintain Tranzfuser 2020 in some form, so don’t be put off entering, but we reserve the right to make significant changes according to circumstances.***