Destinations Survey – Graduates 2013


Gloucestershire graduates of 2013, more than 100 of you have responded to the Destinations survey.  Please complete your questionnaire now: and you could win an iPad. Let us know what you are doing. Don’t forget the University of Gloucestershire Careers Centre is here to help you with job hunting, applications, interviews and more (01242 714795)

BCS prize goes to Ross Hammond

David Liewe presenting the BCS prize to Ross Hammond at the November Awards Ceremony at Cheltenham Race Course.


Job: Rachel Tillotson needs a web designer!


I am a film lecturer on Park Campus and I need to make a 20 minute (or less) trailer about a comedy web series and it requires a web designer to help with promotion. If this gets commissioned – as an idea – then it might lead to work (on the web series). I know I’d certainly push for this.

Are you a keen, talented and dedicated student who might want to work with me to design an interface for this work? I am happy to meet up at Park to explain a little about what I do, this is my staff profile: and this is my own website:

Although this is unpaid work at the moment, hopefully it’ll be fun and produce a useful item for your portfolio.

Please email me:

Competition: VIOPE Game Development World Championships 2013

Check out this competition running! A fantastic opportunity for Level 6’s  Interactive Games Design students who creating games in their Advanced Group Project module. The majority of the requirements of that module are the same requirements for the competition.

Click the banner below to read the official rules.

Game Development World Championships 2013

Job: Microsoft RARE Studios – Focus Group Member – £7.45/hr

Aardvark Swift

Want to be part of the latest release from the Studio that gave us BAFTA-winning titles like Kinect Sports?

The company

Rare has been running under their current name for 25 years, and previously as Ultimate their legacy stretches back further still. Established in 1985 to focus on the expanding console market, Rare partnered with Nintendo and sealed a reputation for quality with titles ranging from Donkey Kong Country to GoldenEye.

They continue to target top-tier development at their custom-built rural HQ in Twycross, Leicestershire. The boundless opportunities afforded by Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor are Their current source of inspiration, with the multi-million selling, double BAFTA-winning duo of Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two already under their belts.

The Opportunity

We have been lucky enough to be asked to help find individuals to take part in an exclusive focus group to test the latest game from Microsoft’s Rare studio.

Each person will be asked to be part of this unique group for four days in November, December or January and will to provide honest feedback with the intention of improving the forthcoming release.

The successful candidates

All applicants are welcome! Whether you are a gamer or not, if you’ve never played a game in your life it doesn’t matter, as long as you can be available for all four days you’re welcome to apply. You will need to have good verbal and written communication skills as well as be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

For more information or to apply please follow the link below or contact

Job: ClarkeWood Consulting

ClarkeWood Consulting LTD

A company in Worcester are looking to hire 3 or 4 junior entry level graduate developers. The company is looking to recruit fast… So get applying! Starting salary is £16,000 – £18,000.

Junior Developer, C#, .Net, Business Process Management, Worcestershire.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a well established technology company who operate within a niche market sector. Based in Worcestershire, the company offers a range of consultancy and software development services aimed at enhancing business performance across targeted areas of the business. The clients range from small businesses through to global organisations across the public and private sector.

You will be responsible for working alongside these clients, both onsite and remotely, to produce solutions that are not only functional but also practical to the needs of the clients business. The successful applicant will hold a degree (minimum 2.1) in Computer Science or a related topic. You will have programming experience with C# and the .Net framework or Java, either from your academic studies or ideally in a commercial setting. A solid understanding of databases would be useful, specifically experience with SQL Server. Further to these technical skills, a general understanding of business and a genuine interest in BPM and workflow would be advantageous.

Applicants will be expected to have a high level of literacy and numeracy skills due to the nature of the work involved. The role would ideally suit a recent graduate looking to secure their first permanent role or perhaps someone with a small amount of commercial programming experience looking for better career progression.

This is an excellent opportunity for any Level 6 / Graduates looking for jobs. Even if you feel you do not fit the criteria completely, you should consider how you could pitch yourself to adapt your skill-set, demonstrating which areas you excel in and how it relates to the job application. Show an initiative to want to learn new skills!

Email Lee Clarke to find out more about applying for the job and arranging an interview.

Job: WPS Interactive

WPS Interactive

WPS Interactive are looking to accommodate any students either looking for placements or even freelance opportunities. Ideally they are looking for Web programmers with skills preferably in phpBB and general PHP server-side knowledge.

For more information about the job – please contact WPS Interactive at

Event: Comicon London 2013

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Photos from Comicon London 2013 exhibition at ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre.

RSS: ITProPortal

We’ll now be bringing you a range of RSS feeds from sites related to technology and games.

This week’s choice: ITProPortal.

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Student Achievement Workshops: Writing Styles!

Student Skills Workshops

This is an essential for anyone who wishes to improve their writing abilities. Student Achievement Manager, Liz Rudge, has released a list of days for year 2013/14 whereby students can attend study skills workshops.

Click the picture above to see a list of our workshops planned for this academic year. Places can be booked via:

Online Booking System for Equipment / Kit / Cameras

Equipment Booking System

In order to book specialist equipment, the new online booking system is now available to use. Navigate to: to start booking.

If you cannot login, you must approach the tutor responsible for the module you are trying book out equipment for and request to be registered on to the online booking system.

Once you have logged in, you will be presented with a step by step process for selecting / booking the required equipment. Finally, once you have booked your equipment, a tutor will have to approve it electronically before it can be released to you.

Please print out your booking confirmation and hand it to whoever is in the Media School’s stores and show your student card.

The Media School’s store is located in the large white building between the reception and the entrance to the refectory. You will need your student card to enter through the doors.

Storyboard Post-it-note Session

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Photos from the Interactive Games Design, Level 4 students session to do with Storyboarding.

Dissertation research library drop-in session arranged


2 drop-in dissertation library research sessions have been arranged over the next couple of weeks for students on CT6007.

Don’t know how to use journal databases, freaked out by academic journals, want to brush up on referencing and be shown how to use EndNote, or just don’t know where to begin…... 😕

If this is you, please pop along to one of the sessions during either of the time slots below…

Where? LC122a (training room in the law library)
When? Weds 16th October between 10-12am &  Thurs 24th October between 14:00-16:00am

You can also book 1-1 appointments if these do not suit by emailing me directly!

Darren, Your friendly Librarian 🙂

Jobs: Rockstar North advertising 13 jobs!

Rockstar Games

The University of Gloucestershire Opportunities web site has collated some fantastic jobs from Rockstar North.

Follow the instructions below as quoted by them:

Rockstar North, developer of the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto series, are currently advertising 13, mainly programming, positions on our website – register with UGO (University of Gloucestershire Opportunities) at for further details and to apply!

Induction 2013 Game Play Days

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Photos from the Interactive Games Design students induction activities and game play days! Enjoy!

Placement Briefings – your attendance is required!


A message from the placement team!

Hello level 5 returners welcome back!

According to our current information you are all on courses which give you the option to take a 12 month placement after level 5.  The placement is an important and valuable opportunity and you have a great deal of support from the University Placement Team to help you secure an interesting and exciting placement.

To kick off your placement search we have put together a series of three briefings where we can introduce ourselves and give you all the information you need to get started.  You have two opportunities to come to each briefing.

Briefing 1 – Placements Overview

Tuesday 1st October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007


Friday 4th October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007

Briefing 2 – Opportunity Knocks and Social Networking

Tuesday 8th October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007


Friday 11th October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007

Briefing 3 – CV & Recruitment Refresher

Tuesday 15th October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007


Friday 18th October 11.15am – 12.15pm, room TC007

It is very important that you attend these briefings to maximise your chances of securing something good.   A good placement is one of the experiences that will differentiate you from other graduates in the future and will greatly increase your chances of gaining a good graduate job.

Hope to see you all there.

The Placement Team

Job: Factor3 looking for a Back End Web Developer


Would you like to work for one of the leading marketing agencies in the south west?

Are you a talented developer looking for an opportunity to step-up and widen your skill set?

Ever-increasing demand for digital services and recent growth of the digital team create a fantastic opportunity to join Factor 3.

For more information about the job – please review the job specification here.

Event: Do you have a passion for Innovation and Technology?

The IT & Technology Graduate Careers Fair

The IT and Technology Graduate Fair
Canary Wharf, London
2nd October 2013

If you have a passion for innovation and technology and expecting to graduate with a 2:1 or above, a Masters or a PHD then this is definitely the event for you.

Offering internships, placements and careers, this event is for both technical and non-technical roles. There is a seminar programme and exhibitors include HSBC, Cisco, Sky, Virgin Media, EMC, Bank of England, ASOS, Cap Gemini and many more.

Register for fast track entry at

Cheltenham Fighting Games Club

Fighting Games Club

Think you’ve got what it takes to beat-em-up?! Think you’re the master at ultimate combo moves? Want to have a button-bashing-bonanza-of-a-time!?

Warren Francis, official organiser of the Cheltenham Fighting Games Club, has the official go-ahead from the Student’s Union to host a selection of fighting game tournaments, in the Student Union’s Bar.

Multiple XBOX 360 and PS3 set ups will be in place. Please bring your own arcade sticks / game pads for whichever system you wish to play on (spares will be available – but no guaranteed access if already in use).

Also, if you have any games of a similar nature, feel free to bring them along and challenge the rest of audience… Could you be the reigning champion for one of the game titles below?

  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Soul Calibur 4 and 5
  • Street Fighter X Tekken

Official start date of the club is on:

Friday 27th September from 10:30AM to 4:30PM

Followed by:

every Friday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Student Union Bar, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH