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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

December 11, 2013

Computer games fans wanting a warm-up before the new Christmas releases can come to the free Games@Derby event at the University of Derby this Friday (December 13).

Games created from scratch by students on the University’s BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses will be there for visitors to try out at the event from 1pm to 5pm on Friday, in the Atrium of the main Kedleston Road site in Derby. Entry is free.

The event will feature games created by students working together under deadline, as they will have to do once in the industry.

Games@Derby will also feature games created by Derby College pupils, who have worked with students to design them at University workshops.

Graduates who’ve gone on to set-up their own independent games companies will be at the showcase, exhibiting their work.

Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming, said: “The Games@Derby events are a chance for CGP and CGMA students to celebrate and breathe a sigh of relief after their efforts during the term.  It's an exciting moment for our final years, as it’s the first time anyone outside of the developers would have played these completely original games. 

“The teams are assessed in the morning by judges from academia and industry, then they gain useful feedback from gamers at the public event who try out the games.

“It’s not just about our final year students, with great games also produced by our first and second years, from class assignments and ‘game jams’. Friday’s event will feature the work Derby College students are doing with our students’ help.”

For more information about the University of Derby's Computer Games courses - all taught by games and software industry professionals - see website


For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email:


The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

Students have the choice of studying in four faculties: Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law; Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning.

The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent 18 th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of Buxton.

University of Derby Students’ Union, research centres and academic schools – including The Derby Business School – are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a £3m state of the art gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite.

The University’s corporate training and development division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

Buxton and Leek College is also part of the University of Derby group. It was formed in August 2012, following the merger of Leek College and the University of Derby, and provides a further education and training service to students of all ages and abilities from Leek, Buxton and the surrounding areas.


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