Josh Dunlop, Teeside University, MA Concept Art for Game & Animation

About Us


What is Grads In Games?

Grads In Games is a national initiative to improve the links between the UK games industry and academia. We provide resources and guidance designed to increase the employability of students and graduates, both in person and via our web hub here at


Launched in 2014 by leading games industry recruiters, Aardvark Swift, our mission has been to unify all games graduate activities, information, advice and jobs in one place.


The initiative is built around Get in the Game – our nationwide tour of careers talks delivered to over 3000 games students across 70 UK universities. Each year, we travel the country with a team of professional games developers to provide careers information, guidance, knowledge and experience directly from studios.


Our showcase events are Search For A Star and Rising Star – A series of critically acclaimed annual talent competitions, with challenges designed & assessed by games industry professionals. Everyone who takes part gains a unique experience of studio hiring processes, with the winners being given opportunities to work within leading UK studios.


Our Aims

  • Forge closer links between the games industry and UK academia.
  • Help studios & universities work together to produce graduates with relevant industry skills.
  • Highlight and promote the UK’s best young games developers.
  • Increase the employability of students.
  • Get more graduates employed in the games industry.


Grads In Games, the Get In The Game tour, the Search For A Star & Rising Star competitions are operated by Aardvark Swift Recruitment Ltd. alongside our partners.


Aardvark Swift Recruitment Ltd.
16 Nightingale Court
Nightingale Close
S60 2AB
Tel: 01709 834777
Fax: 01709 876 777
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