Top of the Class: TIGA reveals winners of the UK Games Education Awards 2021

By October 22, 2021 Press Releases

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK’s video games industry, today revealed the winners of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2021 in a virtual ceremony.  TIGA’s awards recognise outstanding students, education providers and best practice.

Creative Assembly, the UK’s largest developer, the studio behind the Total War series and an upcoming sci-fi FPS, is the headline sponsor of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2021. As a multi-award-winner for their education work, Creative Assembly utilises the skills and passions of their 800 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.

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Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:

“The TIGA UK Games Education Awards are all about promoting excellence:  excellent students, excellent universities and excellent educational practices. Congratulations to all of our fantastic finalists and especially to our wonderful winners.

“I would like to thank once again our judges, the TIGA team and to all of the universities that strive for excellence by entering our Awards. Thank you also to Creative Assembly, our headline sponsor and to BeautyLabs international, for supporting excellence in skills and learning and for making the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2021 possible. We look forward to advancing excellence in games education again in 2022.”


Lucy Boxall, Director of Corporate Communications at Creative Assembly, said:

“It’s fantastic to see such a high calibre of winners recognised in this year’s awards and we are looking forward to seeing what they achieve next. Through our Legacy Project, we’ll be working with the student and graduate winners, providing expert mentorship and supporting them on their next steps as they further excel in the games industry.”


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

“What a challenging task to determine the winners from such an outstanding set of finalists.

“It’s a real privilege to participate in the TIGA UK Games Education Awards programme and witness the future in the making, which is in many ways thanks to the commitment and expertise of the highly ambitious education providers driving these young people to be the very best – not just in the UK, but as global gaming leaders.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists and especially to the winners. We look forward to welcoming you into the machine of the gaming industry.”


Winners of the TIGA UK Games Education Awards 2021


Outstanding TIGA Graduate Artist 2021: Lois Starkey, University of Hertfordshire

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Computer Games Technology 2021: Daniel Hind, Birmingham City University

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Designer 2021: Billy Kane, Staffordshire University

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Programmer 2021: James Gratrix, University of Gloucestershire

Outstanding TIGA Graduate Production/Enterprise 2021: Alex Skinner, University of Portsmouth

Outstanding TIGA-Post Graduate of the Year 2021: Makhosethu Sibanda, University of Hertfordshire

Excellence in University/Industry Collaboration 2021: Staffordshire University

Innovative Teaching 2021: Norwich University of the Arts

Excellence in Games Research 2021: InGame, Abertay University

Diversity Award 2021: Professor Ruth Falconer, Abertay University

Best Student Business 2021: Wordplay Games, London College of Communication

Best Talent Development Initiative 2021: Dare Academy, Abertay University

Outstanding Contribution to Games Education and Training: Emma Smith, Creative Assembly

The Creative Assembly Best Student Game 2021: Crypt by Will Murray, University of Hertfordshire


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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