Roll of honour: TIGA reveals winners of the UK Games Education Awards 2022

By September 16, 2022 Press Releases

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK’s video games industry, today revealed the winners of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022 in a virtual ceremony.  TIGA’s awards recognise outstanding students, education providers and best practice.


The Awards are supported by three companies. Creative Assembly – our headline sponsor – is the studio behind the award winning Total War series and the newly announced sci-fi shooter, HYENAS; it has one of the UK’s largest development teams; and has an admirable reputation for working with schools, colleges and universities. The Awards are also supported by Sumo Group (our Gold Sponsor). Sumo Group provides high quality development, design and publishing services to the video games and entertainment industries from outstanding studios in the UK, Europe, India, and Canada.  The Awards are further supported by BeautyLabs International, a company pioneering the future of enhanced reality in the beauty and wellness industries.


TIGA’s charity partner for the Awards is The Passage, the caretaker of the homeless community in London for the past 40 years. The Passage believe that homelessness is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can be part of the solution.  For further details please visit or contact


Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:

“The TIGA UK Games Education Awards promote excellence and exceptional talent in our sector:  excellent students, excellent universities and excellent educational practices. Congratulations to all of our terrific finalists and especially to our magnificent winners.


“I would like to thank once again our judges, the TIGA team and all of the educational institutions that strive for excellence by entering our Awards. Thank you also to Creative Assembly, Sumo Group and BeautyLabs International for supporting excellence in education and for making the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022 possible. We look forward to advancing excellence in games education and developing exceptional talent again in 2023”


Emma Smith, Director of Talent and Social Impact at Creative Assembly said;

“We are continually impressed by the standard of finalists and winners in the TIGA UK Games Education Awards, and this year is no different. Congratulations to all participants; we are delighted to once again be the headline sponsor and to offer expert mentorship to the Graduate and Learner Winners of the Year.”


Christina Haralambous, Group Director, Communications and Marketing, Sumo Group, said:

“Sumo Group is proud to sponsor the TIGA Games Industry Awards once again, an event which brings together our peers to celebrate the very best our industry has to offer.  Congratulations to all of the impressive finalists and winners.”


Mark Gerhard, Co-Founder and CEO of Beauty Labs International Ltd, said:

“Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the TIGA Education Awards! The students of today are harnessing a wide range of available technologies with creativity to bring a sense of play to so many touch points in our lives. With the fusion of mixed reality and increased gamification of user experiences to create compelling unique experiences, at BeautyLabs, we are always excited to see the novel thinking and fresh perspectives that each new graduate year’s cohort brings to the creative industries.”


Winners of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022:

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Artist 2022: Oliver Ward, Norwich University of the Arts.

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Computer Games Technology 2022: Andrew Zimmerman, University of Hertfordshire.

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Designer 2022: Harry Sofokleous, Norwich University of the Arts.

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Programmer 2022: Fergus Griggs, Staffordshire University.

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Production/Enterprise 2022: Lauren Ansdell-Miller, University of Portsmouth.

Outstanding TIGA-Post Graduate of the Year 2022: Ahmed Afazil, University of Hertfordshire.

Outstanding TIGA BTEC Learner of the Year 2022: Tia Downes, Leeds City College.

Excellence in University/Industry Collaboration 2022: Birmingham City University.

Innovative Teaching 2022: Marco Gilardi, University of the West of Scotland.

Excellence in Games Research 2022: Eliot Rodel, Sheffield Hallam University.

Diversity Award 2022: Thom Kaczmarek, London College of Communication.

Outstanding Games Lecturer 2022: Carlo Harvey, Birmingham City University.

The Creative Assembly Best Student Game 2022: Project Scrapped, Hawthorne Games, Abertay University.


About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association for the UK video games industry.  Our vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. To this end, we focus on the following strategic objectives:



For more information contact TIGA:

Tel: 0845 468 2330


About Creative Assembly

Creative Assembly is one of Europe’s leading games development studios, founded in 1987 and located in West Sussex, UK and in Sofia, Bulgaria. With a heritage of award-winning AAA titles, including the multi-million selling Total War™ series, Creative Assembly continues to build an impressive portfolio of games including the newly announced first person shooter HYENAS and through world-renowned partnerships; with Games Workshop on Total War™: WARHAMMER®, Twentieth Century Fox on Alien: Isolation, plus 343 Industries and Microsoft on Halo Wars 2. Creative Assembly has, with their exceptionally talented team of over 800, amassed a wealth of awards including multiple Best Place to Work awards and accolades from BAFTA, Music+Sound and Develop’s Industry Excellence awards.

About Sumo Group

Our family of outstanding studios provide high quality development, design and publishing services to the video games and entertainment industries from studios in the UK, Europe, India, and Canada


Our businesses include Sumo Digital, one of the UK’s largest developers of AAA-rated games, with studios across the UK, Poland and India. Bristol-based developer and publisher Auroch Digital who have a focus on original IP creation. Timbre Games is a new studio built on a mix of experienced leadership and fresh new ideas, located in Vancouver, Canada. Atomhawk is a multi-award-winning visual design company, with studios in Newcastle and in Vancouver, Canada and publisher Secret Mode focuses on delivering fresh and new gaming experiences to players.


Recognised for the second consecutive year as one of the Top 100 Large UK Companies to Work for by Best Companies, Sumo Group puts its people first whilst providing the resources and tools to deliver on world-class projects. Built on creativity and imagination, our people are some of the most talented minds in the industry. We respect our colleagues, support innovation, show determination in achieving goals, take accountability for our actions, celebrate excellence and – above all – we have fun whilst doing so.


Recent releases and projects from Sumo Group businesses include the BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Apple Design Award winner Little Orpheus, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Rival Peak, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.


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About BeautyLabs International

BeautyLabs is a boutique technology development company based in Cambridge, UK. We are pioneering the future of enhanced reality and commerce for the beauty and wellness industries.

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