Third year Computing for Games student, Lucy Stent, has been awarded a scholarship by the 2018 European Women in Games conference, an inspirational two-day event that comprises of keynote speeches, panels, workshops and awards.
Panellists at the international conference include specialists from across the game industry, representing a diverse wealth of sectors, many of whom Lucy was able to meet.
Lucy told us: "I was so surprised when I won; I had only just finished my first year! When I got to the conference in London, every other winner had graduated. I got to meet a lot of [people] from the game industry, like designers from King games (the people who made Candy Crush) and two programmers from Rockster North (the people who made GTA5), which was absolutely amazing as it is my dream job to work for Rockstar Games."
My course definitely helped me as the only things in my portfolio were assignments and games I'd made while on the course. Prior to this, I had no experience of game development.
Alerted to the opportunity by her tutor Dr Michael Scott, Head of Computing, Lucy submitted a portfolio and a cover letter to enter the competition.
Lucy added: "My course definitely helped me as the only things in my portfolio were assignments and games I'd made while on the course. Prior to this, I had no experience of game development."
Now in her third year, Lucy is working on her dissertation project. Following the completion of her degree, she's considering taking up a Masters in Artificial Intelligence.