Games students make their mark at NextGen Awards

14 October 2016

Games students make their mark at NextGen Awards

The NextGen Digital Challenge Awards are in their sixth year.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) games students were honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the House of Lords.

The third-year students developed a series of games as part of an assignment for Glasgow-based housing association Wheatley Group − and the project came second in the Innovative Applications category at the NextGen Digital Challenge Awards.

Now in their sixth year, the Digital Challenge Awards recognise and honour projects from across the UK demonstrating the value of digital transformation.  The submissions were assessed by an independent judging panel.

One of the games worked on by GCU students, named Home Management, is a simulation game designed to train housing officers to deal with managing day-to-day issues they encounter.

The others were a series of mini games that looked to familiarise tenants with problems that may arise within their homes and how to report and deal with these issues.

GCU initially met with the Wheatley Group in June 2015, as they were keen to understand ‘gamification’ and how they could apply this within their business.

David Moffat, Department of Digital Design Technologies in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We're especially proud of what our students were able to achieve, given that this award is not intended to be for student work as such. It shows that serious games are coming to be seen as crucial to the economy.”

The team comprised students from GCU’s Games Software Development, Games Design and Games Art and Animation programmes.