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Computer Science student wins top prize at Grads in Games Awards

The Grads in Games Awards are designed to recognise the people, studios and institutions that have made a real impact in improving the links between education and the games industry. This includes students studying games-related courses who are producing exemplary work and encouraging their peers to achieve more. The awards are also designed to help graduates take their first steps into a career in gaming.

Award winner and NTU student Hannah Jacob

Hannah, who studies BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Technology) was nominated for and won the Student Hero category, an award given to students who have demonstrated a positive impact with their fellow students over the past 12 months. Grads in Games believe the winners of this award are students who “ actively strive to learn more, are happy to help and share their knowledge, who are always trying new things and new approaches, and who probably already have an impressive portfolio of projects and activities both as part of coursework and as extra-curricular work.”

Some of Hannah’s recent achievements that were a contributing factor in receiving the Student Hero award include:

  • Coming 3rd overall in HackNotts2020
  • Running the quarantine game jam for international students moving to the UK that needed to quarantine
  • Running numerous workshops, challenges and talks as part of the Developer Society

When discussing her award win, Hannah touched upon overcoming imposter syndrome and the highs and lows of the past academic year.

“This year has challenged me to re-evaluate my approach to mentoring, teaching and supporting my wonderful Developer's Society (DevSoc) community.”

Hannah went on to discuss what the award means to her:

"The 'Student Hero' nomination and award mean a lot to me as it feels amazing to have all the struggles and successes of the past year recognised and appreciated. With imposter syndrome being a prominent issue within the tech community and something that I have struggled with in the past, the nomination and award have helped remind me that I am capable of breaking barriers within the industry and that my experiences and skillset are valued."

Hannah’s win was announced on the Grads in Games website and on their Twitter account.

Find out more about BSc Computer Science (Games Technology) at NTU.

Published on 14 April 2021
  • Subject area: Computing, engineering, maths and other technologies
  • Category: School of Science and Technology