TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry,today announced the University of Staffordshire as its newest member.
Established in 1992, Staffordshire University provides an extensive range of courses at foundation, certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level in the areas of: arts, media and design; business and law; computing, engineering and technology; and health and sciences. The University offers a wide range of games degree courses including programming, audio, design and artificial intelligence. The University also runs two-day workshops on developing and integrating interactive narrative into computer games and holds an annual Games Industry Week, where visiting games companies run workshops and talks for games students.
Bobbie Fletcher, Head of the Games Technology Group explains the institute’s reasons for joining TIGA:
“At Staffordshire University we have one of the widest ranges of games degree courses in the country. By offering an extensive selection we allow our students the chance gain deep specialist knowledge in a specific area of games development. We have found that this way we equip our students with the skills they require to leave University and go straight into the industry.”
“By joining TIGA we are able to become even more integrated into the UK games community. This benefits us, our students and the wider industry.”
Dr. Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO welcomed the university to TIGA:“TIGA is proud to now represent over 25 universities and educational institutes. We hope that by bringing industry and academia together we can work to ensure the UK games industry has access to the brightest and the best games graduates.”
Notes to editors:
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010. TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’.
TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.
For further information, please contact Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager on: 07814 039 983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .