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Double nomination in games awards

A student at work on one of the computer games courses.

A student at work on one of the computer games courses.

The University of Portsmouth has been named as a finalist in two categories of a prestigious games industry awards.

It was shortlisted in the Educational Institution and Educational Initiative categories of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2015.

Last year the University won the Best Educational Institution award.

Portsmouth runs undergraduate courses in Computer Games Technology and Computer Games Enterprise, as well as an MSc in Computer Games Technology.

The courses focus on preparing people to work in the games industry by developing world-class skills in graphics, programming and design.

The University was nominated in the Education Initiative category by Simon Brookes, Associate Dean (Students) of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty, for its Southern Independent Games Network (SIGN) Initiative.

He said: “This partnership with Southampton Solent and Bournemouth universities sees regular events being held where students and games developers come together to share skills and knowledge. Ultimately the aim is to inspire our students to set up games companies in the region.”

Gavin Wade, course leader for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, submitted the bid for the Educational Institution award.

Learning about virtual reality.

Learning about virtual reality.

He said: “We pride ourselves on equipping our students with the best skills, using the latest technology and expert tutors who are really engaged with the industry.

“Winning the TIGA Award for Best Educational Institution last year was a real honour. Hopefully our constant course evolution, and experiments in new ways to deliver career-relevant experiences, will put us in good stead to repeat that success this time round.”

Dean of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty, Professor Catherine Harper, added: “I’m thrilled that the University has been nominated in two award categories. It’s fantastic industry recognition for the quality of our courses and the cutting-edge work we do here.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony in London in November.

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