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Newcastle University graduates help bring popular video games to life

Three female graduates have secured jobs with top video games developer TT Games and are forging their way in the video gaming profession.

Nina Campbell (MSc Computing 2016), Ruth Caulcott-Cooper (BSc Computing 2016) and Aishling Mulhern (MSc Computing 2016) joined TT Games to work on several highly anticipated titles of the LEGO franchise. The trio are now employed full-time, helping to bring popular video games to the market.

Chris Stanforth, Head of Game Mechanics, TT Games, said” Many of the most talented people I studied alongside were women, and it has been such a failure that they weren’t encouraged into the Games Industry during its fledgling days. I, and TT as a company, will do what we can to change that and our association with Newcastle has been a successful step towards that goal.

One of their strengths is that the course attracts people from a more varied background than the stereotypical coder, people that have explored other options before coming to games and coding. We really need that variety and the skills that come with it if we’re to remain competitive and successful going forwards.”

Newcastle University’s Computer Game Engineering MSc course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and has a graduate employment rate of 97%. It is delivered in the School of Computing, which recently moved it its new home: the £60m Urban Sciences Building on Science Central. 

 

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