London South Bank University (LSBU) hosted the fourth annual Ukie Student Conference today, bringing the top names in the games industry to the Southwark campus as part of the London Games Festival.
More than 250 students from around the country attended the UK’s biggest student games conference to hear inspirational career talks from all disciplines in the sector, while OPM Jobs held a mini expo for students to receive personalised advice on how to boost their employability.
LSBU’s Head of Games, Dr Siobhán Thomas, said it was a privilege to host the conference, bringing world-class games industry events to the heart of London.
“As an international centre of excellence for virtual and augmented reality games research, we are focused on equipping students to be leaders in the gaming industry of the future, and this conference was a great platform for the country's best creative minds to come together and begin building that future,” Dr Thomas said.
“The LSBU family has opened its doors to incredibly influential games industry leaders and, more so, to the remarkably talented students and course leaders from around the country.”
Dr Jo Twist OBE is the CEO of Ukie, the trade body for games and interactive entertainment in the UK, and said the conference assisted students looking to take the first steps into building successful careers in the industry.
“We’re proud to have a fantastic schedule of speakers sharing expertise, giving valuable advice and inspiring the students who will be joining the industry in the years to come.”
The conference was free to attend for all students thanks to the event’s sponsors Epic Games, Creative Assembly, OPM Jobs and Games London.
Student Ross Shaw said the conference was a useful experience.
“It’s given me more insight into specialist aspects of the industry – especially (User Interface) and voice acting. It was really good to hear a point of view from another part of the games industry that we might not interact with so often."