Sheffield Hallam University’s collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has been shortlisted for a major award.
The partnership is in the running to be named ‘Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration’ at this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
The shortlisting is recognition for the work of the University’s in-house game studio, Steel Minions – a research laboratory and teaching studio in Hallam’s Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI). Under the PlayStation®First academic programme, Steel Minions has become the only university studio in the UK to publish its own PlayStation® games.
During the collaboration, the University has worked with cutting edge hardware, such as PlayStation®VR (PS VR), forming the basis of a €1m Horizon 2020 research project.
As a result, Steel Minions have developed an innovative virtual reality game around the life of one of Britain’s greatest scientists. The team are leading the EU ‘REVEAL’ project which has produced the game, titled The Chantry, which centres around the life of physician and scientist Edward Jenner who saved millions of lives from the threat of smallpox, through his pioneering work on the world’s first vaccine.
Jake Habgood, reader in game development and director of the Steel Minions studio, said: “Being shortlisted is recognition of a particularly good year for our partnership with PlayStation First, with the launch of two PS VR titles.
“The long term support of the programme has provided a ready-made talent pool of graduates for working on projects like this.
“This talent pool has helped local companies like Sumo Digital to flourish, growing Sheffield’s long-established reputation as a centre for game development and attracting fantastic initiatives like the National Videogame Arcade and BGI (British Games Institute) to the region.”
The Awards take place on Thursday 29 November in London.