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STUDENTS on computer courses at the University of Portsmouth will rub shoulders with video game professionals at an event on Friday hosted by Bafta.

The event is to launch ‘Bugs’ – Business and University Games Syndicate – a network to help the country’s top graduates connect better with the UK games industry.

Mark Eyles, the principal lecturer and leader on the computer games technology course said: ‘It’s a brilliant platform for students looking for their first break into the industry.’

Mr Eyles is attending the launch with three of his students, Robert Hughes and Simon Jordan, who are studying computer games technology, and Jahangir Uddin from the computer games enterprise course.

All Bugs students learn what it is like to make games to the exacting standards of real-world business.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO at TIGA, The Independent Game Developers’ Association, said: ‘It could go a long way to enhancing the skills of more UK graduates and so help them secure jobs with UK games businesses.’

The launch event takes place on February 24 at Bafta in London.