Pandemic cannot stop Games students from meeting industry experts

Date 5.02.2021

Budding video gamers makers from the University of Northampton will be networking with successful industry insiders at a special event next week.

The annual University-wide Changing Futures Week event sees subject areas invite industry figures to give guest lectures to undergraduates.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s even is online, and the University’s Games team has lined up a week’s worth of inspiring guests.

This year’s roster of games industry speakers include the creative director of an agency specialising in getting people living with disabilities into the industry; a host of women with a variety of roles in the industry and two professionals of colour who will talk about their experiences.

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Games Lecturer, Rob Lambert, said: “The University and the Games team are committed to widening the participation of all individuals in Games-related studies and support the continued efforts of industry in improving their teams through diversification.

“We believe that providing access to guests that represent a variety of backgrounds is a big part of contributing – and not even an international pandemic is going to stop us from developing all of our students.”

The event is not just for UON undergraduates, but has been opened up to local college students who are considering studying Games.

Some real industry giants are represented at the week-long event, with speakers from Ubisoft and Huawei, plus a raft of medium-sized and indie games companies.

University of Northampton Games Art graduate, Tom Craddock, will also talk about his career as a junior artist with Sumo Digital, an international indie games developer.