Ubisoft announces UK scholarship initiative for Black students in game development

Publisher scheme offers tuition fees and internship

This weekend saw Ubisoft UK hold its first UK Black Game Pros Mixer event, in which an extensive panel of some of the UK gaming industry’s most successful Black professionals held a video forum to discuss opportunities and share advice for those looking to get started in the gaming industry, be it as a coder, designer, artist, or even an esports specialist.

As part of the event, Ubisoft announced a new initiative: the Ubisoft Scholarship for Black Game Students. This program will offer two Black students currently studying for roles within the gaming industry financial and educational support in their schooling. The chosen candidates will each receive £11,250 toward tuition fees, as well as living expenses at Newcastle University’s School of Computing.

“A lack of diverse workforces in the science and technology sectors is a challenge,” said School of Computing head Prof. John Fitzgerald. “This Ubisoft scholarship is another step forward in attracting the best students from underrepresented backgrounds to Newcastle and we commend our partners at Ubisoft for taking action. In the School of Computing we are all committed to making this initiative a huge success, and ensuring it has a wide-ranging impact on the lives of the students who will benefit from it.”

While studying, the chosen candidates will receive external help and advice from Ubisoft developers and, upon completion of the course, will receive a three-month paid internship at UK studio Ubisoft Reflections, also based in Newcastle. Interested parties can find full details – alongside eligibility requirements – over on the Newcastle University School of Computing website.

Ubisoft unveils scholarship for Black UK students to support games career [GamesIndustry.biz]

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