New tech campus in Suffolk will teach esports, game design


If you don’t know where the hell Ipswich is, don’t worry. We didn’t either, until today. Turns out Ipswich is a town in Suffolk, and it might actually be the oldest town in England. It looks very cute and quaint and English. And come September it will be an important place on the international esports scene.


What’s certain, though, is that a new £2.4 million tech campus is scheduled to open in Ipswich this September. As part of Suffolk New College, the campus will teach around 80 students at a time. Subjects will include creative media, cyber security, games design, and information technology.

Oh, and esports, of course.

As quoted on the Suffolk New College website, vice principal Mary Gleave said: “Lockdown has highlighted the growing importance of the digital sector, so the opening of our new ‘Tech Campus’ is perfect timing, as it will help shine a light on careers in this fantastic industry. I think now more than ever we are going to need skilled people who can work in the IT and associated industries.”

A world-class facility

Amanda Winnick, director of curriculum at the college, said: “This will be a world-class facility that will have the wow factor. We will have a motion capture room and a designated area that will look to train potential international esports stars of the future. The courses and training will replicate how industry works as we want to ensure that we deliver a curriculum that will help people get skills for jobs, in roles that employers need.

“We want our students to aspire to want to use this building and we are mindful of the fact that the community should also have access to the space as well,” Winnick continued. “We also want to bring industry into the building to contribute to the delivery and direction of our curriculum and develop the next generation of talent.”

“Digital skills are in huge demand by employers in all sectors so it’s important that leading-edge facilities are in place to provide first-class training for local young people and the wider workforce.”

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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