Other Sites: UK Games Fund

Local Hub Network 2020

The following Local Hubs supported our 2020 teams. 

East Scotland


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.

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

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

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.

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.

West Yorkshire

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.


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.

University of Westminster







University of Westminster is home to one of the leading London-based and UK universities in Game Development. We have long history on teams guidance for employability with the support of our industrial partners such as Bossa Studios, KING, Target3D, NaturalMotion. We do seek to help team develop entrepreneurial skills and experience what you need towards succession in the world of games industry.

Tranzfuser teams will access to:

  • Our designated game project studio lab
  • Mentorship from our academic experts with industrial experience and our local industry network
  • Marketing, business model support from our Research School
  • Access to our new specialised XR Lab

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.

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


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.