Ground-breaking conference bridging the gap between games educators and the games industry returns in September 2020.

Monday 7th – Tuesday 8th September 2020
Charles Street Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 2ND

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020

  • Discover inspirational examples of industry and educators working together
  • Help find solutions to bridge the gap between educators and industry
  • Collaborate and network with colleagues from leading universities and studios
  • Explore the talent pathways between school, college and university into studios

Influential games course leaders from further and higher education, leaders from prominent studios and technology companies, recruiters, 3rd sector organisations and students will continue last year’s animated debate about how the games industry and games educators could collaborate. 

Innovators will share how they are tackling deep-rooted challenges with employability, diversity, skills, apprenticeships and work placements within the industry. This year’s theme focuses on developing practical and actionable solutions to many of these challenges and will showcase inspirational examples and innovative programmes from across the UK.

Join workshops, discussion sessions and debates with leading educators and industry figures. Collaborate to solve endemic problems facing these two sectors. The Summit will also spotlight students themselves, hearing from current and past students about how they bridged the gap between education and work.

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020Keynote speakers

Aurore Dimopoulos
Head of Learn Content Production, Unity
Dr Paul Parry
Sheffield Hallam University
Emma Smith
Creative Assembly
Mike Gamble
Epic Games


The Summit will feature talks and panels by over 30 speakers from InGAME, Staffordshire University, Aardvark Swift, Portsmouth University, Sumo Digital, Bournemouth University, Digital Schoolhouse, GameDragons, Birmingham City University, Ukie, the BGI, Leeds Trinity College, AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group, Rare, Priestley College, TT Games, NextGen Skills Academy, London College of Communications, Women in Games, Playground Games, TIGA and Falmouth University.

Eventbrite - Games Education Summit 2020Session overview

Over 2 days, join workshops on challenges and solutions, and enjoy sessions such as:

  • The Great Debate: Educators and studios discuss major challenges facing the sectors
  • From college to work: FE students and course leaders discuss apprenticeships and internships
  • From university to work: Former students discuss the transition from learning to senior studio roles
  • Breaking the glass door: Tackling diversity in education and studios
  • Inspirational interns: How an FE college placed students inside the UK’s largest games studio
  • Pathways for talent: How we can bring new talent into the industry
  • Aligning the funding: The economics of games education and recruitment
  • GamesEd Projects: What initiatives were kickstarted by GamesEd19
  • Policy for games: Trade body lobbyists discuss educational policy for games
  • Meet the Pathfinders: Leaders of educational games projects share how they got their projects funded

An evening of drinks & networking at the National Videogame Museum


Full summit schedule available here

Speaker profiles coming soon