Professor Carsten Maple from the University of Bedfordshire and Mark Eyles from the University of Portsmouth have joined Tiga as new Education Advisers.
The trade association has added the new roles to strengthen its ties with educational institutes in the UK.
Eyles and Maple will at first focus on the TIGA Diplomas, which are being delivered by Train2Game, with plans to benchmark them against existing educational qualifications.
Richard Wilson, Tiga CEO stated: “Tiga is committed to helping academia and industry foster ever closer links and to ensuring we assist wherever possible in closing the UK skills gap. The appointment of Mark and Carsten as TIGA Education Advisers will greatly assist in these areas and will ensure we are able to offer the best possible advice to our members and wider industry.”
Maple added: "I have always strived to ensure that there is good communication between the academic and industrial communities. It is through collaborations such as this that educators can achieve their aim of developing people to impact upon businesses and society, and that industry can ensure that they have a workforce with the relevant skills to create this impact".
Eyles commented: “The games industry continues to grow and change at an incredible pace and it is vital that TIGA ensures that the skills required to support this are being developed. This exciting new role enables me to assist in consolidating the important educational work that is being done to ensure that the UK games industry continues to be the envy of the world.”