Games Education Summit 2021

Influential conference returns to reveal state of the art games education and recruitment during Covid and after Brexit.

Wednesday 31st March to Thursday 1st April 2021
Virtual Summit

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020

  • Ready, Player… Learn – The future of learning in a post-Covid world
  • Discover state of the art games industry recruitment and education best practice
  • Hear students, interns and developers share their pathways towards careers in games

Influential summit returns in 2021 with over 30 leaders from games studios, universities, colleges in a new interactive format.

The virtual event will feature collaborative sessions for studios and educators to engage on games industry education and recruitment issues in the middle of the pandemic.

Covid has caused massive upheaval in education while recruiters have faced challenges in hiring and onboarding the finest new talent to maintain the games industry’s headlong growth.

With Brexit and new immigration rules, it’s never been more important for the UK games industry to nurture home-grown future talent.

The Games Education Summit will tackle these key issues – and more – during a two-day event uniquely curated for games studios, educators and recruiters.

Day 1 will focus on best practice, with innovators and leaders in games companies and education sharing how they’ve successfully adapted their programmes to work during the pandemic, while on Day 2 students, interns and young developers will deliver valuable insights into their pathways towards careers in games.

Full schedule here

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020Confirmed speakers

Aurore Dimopoulos
Head of Learn Content Production, Unity
Simon Nelson
Nord Anglia Education (former CEO, FutureLearn)
Errol Ismail
Studio Director, Fabrik Games
Carrie Warwick
Course Leader – Design, Bolton University


In 2019, speakers from over 30 different organisations shared their insights into games recruitment and education. In 2021, organisers have announced speakers from Playground Games, Aardvark Swift, AIM Group, Amiqus, Sumo Digital, BAME in Games and NextGen Skills Academy with more to be announced shortly.

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020

Topics and themes covered will include:

  • Ready, Player… Learn – The future of learning in a post-Covid world
  • Diversity: How games studios and educators are changing the profile of the workforce
  • State of the art games recruitment: How studios have worked with educators to identify and hire new talent during the pandemic
  • Covid course curation: Further & Higher educators at the cutting edge share their tips and tricks
  • Pathways to games in a pandemic: New hires into games studios share how they transitioned into their jobs
  • The new apprenticeships and Internships
  • ‘My Student Journey’ – Students to feedback on their own experiences

GamesEd21 is the third in an annual series of conferences to support games educators and developers, enabling more collaboration, dialogue and best practice sharing between Further and Higher Education organisations and the games industry.

GamesEd is one of scores of events that will run during Games Careers Week, which is funded and organised by the BGI, Grads in Games and Into Games.


Full summit schedule coming soon