The bee’s knees: TIGA reveals shortlist for UK Games Education Awards 2022

By July 25, 2022 July 26th, 2022 Uncategorized

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK’s video games industry, today revealed the shortlist for the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022.  TIGA’s awards recognise outstanding students, education providers and best practice. The winners of the 11 categories will be announced in a virtual ceremony on Friday 16th September 2022, together with the winners of two special awards that will be revealed during the programme.

Creative Assembly, the UK’s largest developer, behind the Total War series and the newly announced Sci-Fi shooter, HYENAS, is the headline sponsor of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022. As a multi-award-winner for their education work, Creative Assembly utilises the skills and passions of their 850 employees to provide industry outreach to students across the globe. The Awards are further supported by: BeautyLabs International, a company pioneering the future of enhanced reality in the beauty and wellness industries; and Sumo Group, the award winning international family of game development studios.

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 Education Awards shortlist displays the bee’s knees in games education: outstanding students, excellent providers and good practice in education. Thank you to Creative Assembly, our headline sponsor and to BeautyLabs international and Sumo Group, for supporting excellence in skills and learning and for making the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2022 possible. We look forward to creating a real buzz about games education when we announce the winners of the Awards on 16th September 2022.”

Emma Smith, Head of Talent at Creative Assembly said:

“We have long been advocates for excellence in games industry education; it’s at the core of our award-winning Legacy Project and we are delighted to once again support TIGA’s Education Awards. There are so many talented students in the UK who will go on to create incredible games and we want to play our part in helping them get there. Creative Assembly is delighted to be the headline sponsor alongside providing expert mentorship to the graduate winners.”

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

“Beauty Labs is delighted to support the TIGA UK Games Education Awards. There are many routes to success in this category, our own enhanced reality platform having initially evolved from pioneering projects in the gaming industry. The TIGA Awards help to promote innovation and excellence in both our educational institutions and our students. BeautyLabs is excited to be celebrating the creativity and high standards of the UK’s students and education providers.”

Christina Haralambous, Groupd Director of Communications & Marketing, Sumo Group, said:

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the TIGA Education Awards this year. Supporting and encouraging the next generation of game developers and those that teach them, is vital to the success and growth of the games industry. These awards recognise those doing amazing work in this area – congratulations to all the finalists”

Shortlist: Outstanding TIGA Graduate: Artist

  1. Gaynor Larrigan Abertay University
  2. Duncan Readle Abertay University
  3. Fabi Reichsoellner Abertay University
  4. Oliver Ward Norwich University of the Arts
  5. Cheynne Burdue Staffordshire University
  6. Dylan Garner Staffordshire University
  7. Rizal Mohamx Suhaimi: Staffordshire University
  8. Louise Chan University of Hertfordshire
  9. Dan Ravenhall University of Hertfordshire
  10. Jack Dowsell University of Portsmouth

Shortlist: Computer Games Technology

  1. Duncan Readle Abertay University
  2. Bethany Cawthorne Birmingham City University
  3. Alberto De Caro Bournemouth University
  4. William Hughes Bournemouth University
  5. Esewi Egheosa Staffordshire university
  6. Flinn Fraher Staffordshire University
  7. Zoe Rowbotham University of the West of England
  8. Evey Watson University of the West of England
  9. Thomas Cole University of the West of Scotland
  10. Andrew Zimmerman University of Hertfordshire

Shortlist: Outstanding TIGA Graduate: Designer

  1. Nicola Dau Abertay University
  2. Fabi Reichsoellner Abertay University
  3. Elizabet Tyaneva Abertay University
  4. Natan Walentin-Konieczyn Abertay University
  5. Harry Sofokleous: Norwich University of the Arts
  6. Jan Karmanski Norwich University of the Arts
  7. James Bell Staffordshire University
  8. James Grist Staffordshire University
  9. Finn Vallely University of Gloucestershire
  10. Otavio Neves University of Hertfordshire

Shortlist: Outstanding TIGA Post-Graduate of the Year

  1. Charly Harbord Abertay University
  2. Sandy Steele Abertay University
  3. Mattia Colombo Birmigham City University
  4. Shailan Aranha City, University of London
  5. Ahmed Afazil University of Hertfordshire
  6. Justin Ho University of Hertfordshire
  7. Evan Diamond University of the West of England

Shortlist: Outstanding TIGA Graduate: Production/Enterprise

  1. Adam Puttock University of Portsmouth
  2. James Smith University of Portsmouth
  3. Lauren Ansdell-Miller University of Portsmouth

Outstanding TIGA BTEC Learner of the Year

  1. Caden Brzezicki Leeds City College
  2. Tia Downes Leeds City College
  3. Bailey Kitchen Leeds City College

Shortlist: Outstanding TIGA Graduate: Programmer

  1. Fergus Griggs Staffordshire University
  2. Danny Jackson Staffordshire University
  3. Sam Neville University of Bournemouth
  4. Lewis Hammond University of Gloucestershire
  5. Andrew Zimmerman University of Hertfordshire
  6. Andrei-claudiu Telerez University of Portsmouth
  7. Prisha Gellaboina University of Portsmouth
  8. Naomi Wiren University of Portsmouth
  9. Samuel Bardman University of the West of England
  10. Oliver Hewison University of the West of England

Shortlist: Innovative Teaching

  1. Abertay University
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. Norwich University of the Arts
  4. Staffordshire University
  5. University of Portsmouth
  6. University of the West of the West of Scotland

 Shortlist: Excellence in Games Research

  1. The Historical Games Network Abertay University
  2. BCU Staff, PhD students and undergraduate students Birmingham City University
  3. The Virtual Healthy Neighbourhood Challenge inGame, Abertay University
  4. Elliot Rodel Sheffield Hallam University
  5. Professor Esther MacCallum-Stewart Staffordshire University

Shortlist: Excellence in University/Industry Collaboration:

  1. Abertay University
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. InGame, Abertay University
  4. Norwich University of the Arts
  5. Sheffield Hallam University
  6. Staffordshire University

Shortlist: The Creative Assembly Best Student Game 2022

  1. Project Scrapped Abertay University
  2. Cybersprint Bournemouth University
  3. Get Stuffed                               Brunel University, London
  4. Draft 15 Assembled London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London
  5. Assembly Required                               Staffordshire University
  6. Celestial Crash                               Staffordshire University
  7. Final Slice                               Staffordshire University
  8. Minigame Mayhem                               Staffordshire University
  9. Reelistic Fishing                               Staffordshire University
  10. Kurat                                              University of Gloucestershire
  11. Steambots University of Portsmouth
  12. Witches Journey: Return to Elfheim University of the West of Scotland

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 four strategic objectives:

For more information contact TIGA:

Tel: 0845 468 2330





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