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Education Symposium

Scottish Games Week 2022

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On Tuesday 25th of October, the inaugural Education Symposium takes place at CodeBase in Edinburgh. 

The symposium will bring together educators, stakeholders and students from across the games-related education and academic landscape in Scotland for the first time. The goal is simple: we want to make Scotland the best place in the world to learn about games – designing, developing, publishing, running, applying – and more.

This will be a unique event, which will focus on understanding the key challenges facing the games-related courses in colleges and universities across Scotland. We would like you to be part of it.

Our aims for the session include:

  • improving and strengthening the pathways and talent pipeline into games creation, publishing and beyond
  • grow and maintain the network of games educators in Scotland
  • consider future events for the education sector
  • consider the key successes and challenges facing the games sector in Scotland
  • identify gaps, opportunities for collaboration, and next steps to create actionable outcomes

We are building a day of practical, hands-on sessions, which will enable every participant to contribute, to give their perspective on the educational landscape and ensure we can bring your experience and expertise to bear.


*subject to change*


 9:30 – 10:00 – Check in & Coffee

10:00 – 10:10  Opening – Brian Baglow, Founder, Scottish Games Week

10:15 – 10:30 – Welcome, housekeeping & hellos – Julie Drybrough & Claire-Marie Boggiano


10:30 – Opening/  Worldwide Perspective

10:50 – Cabadaich*

  • Industry (TBC)
  • University (William Huber)
  • College ( Amanda Ford)
  • School (Emma Liston)
  • Tech Ecosystem (Brian Baglow)

*Cabadaich is the Scots Gaelic word for chat/ an informal conversation. 

These are short, pecha-kucha inspired presentations – 20 slides, 20 second each – designed to give context for the day.

11:30 Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:30 – Sensemaking & Capture

(groups – what are you hearing? What surprises you? What themes need more discussion? )

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – welcome back – Brian Baglow

1:40 – 2:40 – Open Space conversations*

1 hour. 4 hosted conversations running concurrently. Hosts will be briefed, prior to 25th October

Participants are invited to move between conversations. Emphasis on following areas:

  • Identify stories of great practice. 
  • Identify missed opportunities and gaps. 
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate
  • Future skills/ Improving  pipeline
  1. Design & Production – Host TBC 
  2. Art, Animation, Writing, Music – Host TBC 
  3. Programming/ Engineering & Game Tech – Host  
  4. Capstone/ GameJams – Host : Dr Amanda Ford
  5. Future Skills/Speculative Game Ed – Host Brian Baglow

2:40 – 3:15 – Feedback from the Hosts

*Our hope is the data & Ideas from the Open Space can be gathered for a White Paper identifying what is working well & What needs to be done differently across the ecosystem in Scotland to support the talent pipeline

3:15 - 3:30 - Coffee

3:30 -4:15 – Panel/Fishbowl/ Discussion & Audience Q&A

4:15 – 4:45 – Next Steps,  Commitment Wall & Close

5pm onward - Social - Drink. Chat. Be Merry

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Created and organised by the Scottish Games Network, with support from the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem Review (STER) fund.