GCU lecturer named Scottish Woman of the Future

14 March 2014

Romana is a lecturer in Games Design at GCU

Romana is a lecturer in Games Design at GCU

Glasgow Caledonian University lecturer Romana Ramzan has been named Woman of the Future at the Scottish Asian Women's Awards.

The ceremony, organised by the Scottish Asian Women’s Association, was held at Hampden Park last night to celebrate inspiring and successful women in Scotland’s Asian community.

Romana, a Lecturer in Games Design in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, received the award which recognises the talents of a rising star under the age of 30 from across all sectors in the country.

Romana is one of a team of lecturers within GCU who run the flagship Scottish Game Jam event, a 48-hour challenge which connects with 17,000 gamers in 63 countries around the world to design and develop original game content together with GCU students and industry professionals. She is an active speaker in schools, volunteering her time to talk to pupils with the hope of inspiring them to consider the opportunities within gaming and how they can break into the industry.

She explains: “Growing up, I always enjoyed playing games and it wasn’t until university that I realised I could actually follow this as a career.”

The nomination for the award came as a surprise to Romana, who, as yet, still doesn’t know who put her forward. She was then invited to present to the judging panel where she explained her work and how she tries to encourage people to enter the gaming industry.

 “I don’t know who nominated me, but I really want to thank them for that,” she said.  “I am chuffed and feel incredibly honoured to receive the award, which is taking pride of place in my TV room for everyone to see.

“The awards are important as they identify role models for women, particularly Asian women, who are under-represented. The awards help to raise awareness about the different career opportunities available to Asian women in Scotland.”