Teesside University partnership provides a boost for games development industry

Ubisoft MOU- virtual signing, School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

Teesside University has strengthened its partnership with an iconic games development studio in a collaboration that will provide even more opportunities for students and graduates.

A formal Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the University and Ubisoft Reflections – one of the industry’s longest running studios, with several iconic AAA titles to its name.

The two organisations have worked closely together for many years, with a number of talented Teesside University graduates carving out successful careers at Ubisoft Reflections after completing their degrees.

The Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen that relationship further and provide even more mutually beneficial ways to work even closer in several ways, including:

• Joint research and professional development
• Internships, work experience and graduate opportunities
• Guest lectures
• Live student projects

Based in Newcastle, Ubisoft Reflections is a AAA game development studio boasting a 33-year legacy, the studio has contributed to the creation of some of the industry’s most acclaimed AAA games, including Tom Clancy’s The Division, the Assassin’s Creed series, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, as well as nurturing ground-breaking in-house projects like the award-winning Grow Home and Grow Up.

Teesside University has an outstanding international reputation in the field of video games, with a wide portfolio of courses which cover everything from the highly creative area of concept art, to the technical discipline of games programming.

Professor Chrisina Jayne, dean of the university’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, said she was delighted to be working with such an iconic company and looking forward to the benefits the new working relationship will offer both students and staff.

She added: “It is fantastic to work so closely with a company which shares our values and beliefs. I am really excited about this partnership and how it will further strengthen the games industry in this region.

“As a University, Teesside has a strong industry reputation and Ubisoft is an iconic games company. To be able to share our research, business and academic expertise will be hugely beneficial for both parties.”

Cj Stockton, head of communications and strategic partnerships at Ubisoft Reflections and Ubisoft Leamington, said: “We look forward to continued engagement with Teesside and its students and are delighted to be formalising our partnership.”