Collaboration, Not Castigation

27 06 2008

The Games Up? campaign has been on the warpath for the past few weeks, with plenty of angles emerging other than the “trade body moans at government” one that was getting so repetitive. This is a good thing for the UK games industry, but provocative statements don’t always have a place.

The Games Up campaign today claimed that a ‘shocking 95 per cent’ of UK games development degrees were not creating capable graduates talented enough to enter the games industry.

Said MacKinnon: “The argument that British universities are failing to equip graduates with the rights skills for industry cannot be applied across the board because there are universities that are getting it right.

“What we need is better collaboration between industry and universities.

“The model that exists at Abertay University is one of very strong industry involvement, focussed on producing graduates that can work and have the requisite skills to do so, but are still broadly educated to university graduate level.

“The need is not to generally castigate universities for failing to meet industry needs, but for industries to work with the universities to identify appropriate graduate outcomes that reflect these industry needs

Lachlan MacKinnon is absolutely right – there are even non-Skillset accredited unversities out there who are producing high quality graduates. Games Up? are also correct in saying that most degrees are not up to scratch, but the way to rectify this is discussion and collaboration, not a stern telling off for universities.

(CC image of graduates by Tim O’Brien)



One response

27 06 2008
Chris C

Exactly. Sort of. Collaboration is the name of the game entirely. And Abertay are a great example. We know this partly because they are accredited. So I think the ‘stern telling off’ is directed at anyone not collaborating with industry, via the frankly brilliant Skillset (yes yes, disclaimer, I work for Skillset).

The campaign is saying, clearly, that the games industry is ready to get on board with all the great educators you mention in your post. They just need a clear way to tell them apart from the not so great educators also mentioned.

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