A new partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and Into Games is aiming to help students find rewarding careers within the games industry.
The University has a burgeoning Games Development programme within its School of Computing and this new partnership – developed by Programme Leader Dr Thomas Methven and Fiona Forrest-Anderson from Edinburgh Napier’s Student Futures team – further strengthens the School’s ties with industry.
Into Games is a non-profit organisation that supports individuals to find careers within the gaming industry.
The organisation offers numerous opportunities throughout the year, works with industry trade body, UKIE to run the Video Games Ambassadors Programme and also holds an annual Games Career Week, which will be returning in 2022.
Every bit of funding received by Into Games goes directly back into developing high-quality careers information, inspiration and opportunities, and making the gaming sector more diverse.
The partnership will benefit both Edinburgh Napier students and staff, providing information, connection and opportunity with the thriving games development industry in the UK and further afield.
Dr Thomas Methven, Programme Leader for Edinburgh Napier’s BA (Hons) Games Development programme, said: "My goal is to ensure our students have as many interesting, diverse, and valuable industry opportunities as we can possibly cram into their degree. This new partnership, therefore, is an extremely exciting addition, and one I’ll be delighted to build on and nurture in the coming years. I have no doubt that it will be instrumental in helping transform current students into the next generation of ground-breaking game creators."
Fiona Forrest-Anderson, Head of Employer Engagement at Edinburgh Napier, said: “The partnership helps universities build relationships with industry and provides our students with the highest possible chance of getting a career in games.
“We’re a proud, modern university that is closely connected to industry across all sectors and this collaborative partnership led jointly by Student Futures and Dr Thomas Methven has huge potential.”
Education Partnerships Lead at Into Games, Duncan Silvey, said: “We are hugely excited to welcome Edinburgh Napier University as a Friend of Into Games. Our education partners are at the forefront of supercharging games education, enriching both staff and students alike. We want to ensure that relationships between Edinburgh Napier University, industry professionals and national games studios are built and nurtured.
“We’re so excited to be delivering a Careers Session to their students who no doubt have exciting new ideas to move the industry forward and will be included in the next generation of games industry professionals.”
More information on Into Games can be found here
More information on the Games Development programme at Edinburgh Napier can be found here
More information on the University’s Student Futures team can be found at here.