The University of Staffordshire has become the latest member of the UK video games industry trade body Tiga.
Established in 1992, the institution offers a range of video games development related courses, including those for programming, audio, design and AI.
The move has been announced on the day that the Browne review has called for no upper limit on University student fees in England, leading to suggestions that higher education in the country may be facing an uncertain future.
“At Staffordshire University we have one of the widest ranges of games degree courses in the country,” said Bobbie Fletcher, head of the games technology group at the university.
“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.”
Tiga CEO Dr Richard Wilson welcomed to news and its wider meaning for the trade body.
“Tiga is proud to now represent over 25 universities and educational institutes,” he said.
“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.”