Games accreditation scheme wins global business award

Dr Mark Eyles

Dr Mark Eyles

A scheme that accredits the best university games courses, created by lecturer Dr Mark Eyles, has won the Outstanding Product/Service category at the 2017 Global Business Excellence Awards.

TIGA, the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the UK video games industry, won the award in recognition of its effective University Accreditation Scheme.

Dr Eyles, section lead for animation, games and enterprise, and TIGA’s education advisor, led the creation of the scheme that ensures university games courses produce graduates with industry relevant skills.

The TIGA University Accreditation programme works with universities to ensure their courses are the best they can be and that students graduate with the skills required by the games industry, skills that are also becoming increasingly in demand in other related industries. The scheme enables students and employers to identify the best courses and drives up quality and consistency.

Each course is judged on its own merits and must demonstrate that it works closely with the games industry to stay up to date and relevant. Universities are also required to show that they have the resources such as hardware, software, staff, labs etc and the right curriculum, syllabi, quality systems and student support to deliver their courses.

Dr Eyles said: “The quality of the teams at games developers is critical in the success of the UK games industry. We developed the accreditation process with the over-arching aim of recognising the important work universities do in supplying industry with skilled and employable students. Students who meet the high standards required by developers. It’s a winning formula for all parties and winning the award is a huge endorsement of the scheme and the accredited courses.”

The Global Business Excellence Awards are one of the world’s highest profile awards and attract a wide range of entries from across the world, from large international PLCs and public sector organisations to dynamic and innovative SMEs. A large panel of independent expert judges select winners according to strict criteria for each category and sector; focussing on financial results, innovation, customer, employee, investor and community benefits.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO at TIGA, said he was delighted: “I would like to congratulate those universities that have achieved TIGA Accreditation and thank Dr Mark Eyles for helping to develop our award winning Accreditation System. I look forward to more universities applying for TIGA Accreditation so that we can make the UK the best place in the world for games education.”

With over 60 universities offering games courses, the chairman of the judges said that TIGA has led from the front by introducing a much-needed accreditation scheme to recognise excellence.

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