UAL Awarding Body launches esports education event at Global Academy London 

21 December 2023

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UK-based education provider UAL Awarding Body (UAL) has strengthened its focus on the esports sector by announcing a new event at University Technical College Global Academy London.

Called ‘A Spotlight on Esports’ the event aims to educate industry experts, tutors and students on how to utilise the body’s UAL Creative Media Production and Technology specification for esports.

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Taking place on February 9th, A Spotlight on Esports will feature opportunities to listen to esports industry stakeholders, such as Esports Insider’s Managing Director Sam Cooke. Moreover, tutors from some of Awarding Body’s centres will provide insights into incorporating esports into the curriculum. 

Part of the University of the Arts London, UAL Awarding Body designs and awards pre-degree qualifications across a range of sectors including art and design, fashion, creative media, music and performing and production arts. The body is regulated by non-ministerial UK government department  Ofqual, Northern Ireland independent function CCEA Regulation and Welsh Government sponsored body Qualifications Wales. 

It was also announced that guests will be able to attend a workshop that delves into esports teaching in further education. This will be led by Lizzie Squires of Vulpine Esports, and Andy Moss, UAL Program Lead at HSDC.

According to a release, the event is open to existing centres that are already delivering the UAL Creative Media Production and Technology (Esports) qualification, approved centres that are not yet delivering and other centres interested in delivering esports.

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Julian Watkiss, UAL Awarding Body’s Chief Examiner for Creative Media Production and Technology, commented: “UAL Awarding Body is thrilled to be hosting the event at the prestigious Global Academy. The event is a fantastic opportunity to engage with leading industry and education experts amidst Global Academy’s new esports facilities.”

The topic of Esports and education has grown significantly over the last few years, particularly as educators begin to understand the esports industry further. Earlier this year esports body British Esports Federation and educational services company Pearson introduced new educational qualifications, known as Higher Nationals in Esports.

Earlier this year, Esports Insider also launched a new education-focused esports conference event called ‘Next Gen’ which will make its return in 2024

Tom Daniels
Tom has been part of Esports Insider's team since October 2020 and is currently the platform's Editor. When not playing Football Manager, he enjoys reporting on the mobile esports scene as well as the betting sector.