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First Women in Games Careers Event inspires Preston students

Posted on - 14th January, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, UCLan, University
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Industry professions at UCLan’s first Women in Games Careers event

A group of inspirational women were welcomed to UCLan for the first Women in Games Careers event. 

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The industry speakers, some of whom are  UCLan alumni, spoke to a large group of young people who are all aspiring to work in the gaming industry.  

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The speakers included Catherine Woolley (Deigned at Media Molecule), Veronica Heath (Talent Ambassador at Rare), Saija Wintersun (Senior Environment Artist for Rebellion), Sarah Ackers (Visual Effects Artist at Lucid Games), Katie Clague (Gameplay Artist at TT Games), Naomi Robinson (Freelance Artist and Illustrator), Caoimhe Roddy (Producer at Girls Game Lab), Vicki Freeman (Talent Acquisition Partner at Team17) and Steph McStea (Quality Assurance at Team 17).  

Stacey Satchell, a Year 3 Games Design student at UCLan, commented on the event: “It’s been absolutely fantastic and very inspiring. We’ve had some amazing industry women come in and speak to us and they gave us an insight about their journey through games design.” 

Throughout the day the industry speakers took part in a range of activities including a panel discussion, lectures and round table meet and greets.  

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Rhoda Daly, organiser of the event and Senior Lecturer in Games Design, said: “The speakers sharing their experiences of the industry are generating visible career pathways for young people wishing to become part of this dynamic and creative industry.

“It was a super inspiring day for everyone involved, with students, parents and academics representing 20 different schools, colleges and universities from across the North West of England.  

“Celebrating inspiring and believable role models working in the industry helps build diversity both within the industry and our student body.

“We hope our Women in Games Careers will become an annual event for young people, career educators and industry professionals wishing to share their knowledge, inspirations and hopes for the industry.” 

Did you attend the event? If so, let us know in the comments.  

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