UKIE to lead UK cross-industry computer science coalition

UK trade body UKIE has announced that it will head up the formation of a cross-industry coalition with a view to implementing recommendations made in the Livingstone Hope Next Gen review.

The announcement follows last week's BBC Newsnight spot which looked at the Livingstone Hope review and also saw the UK's minister for culture, communications and creative industries Ed Vaizey call for a computer science revolution.

The UKIE-led Next Gen Skills coalition aims to improve the UK’s education system so that it can produce the next generation of programmers, designers and artists to the high standard required by the game industry.

“I am delighted to see a cross-industry coalition coming together to support the recommendations in ‘Next Gen’, particularly the teaching of more relevant computing skills within the education system,” says UKIE Board member and co-author of the Livingstone Hope Review, Ian Livingstone.

“This is a long term project which will ultimately benefit all UK creative and digital companies. Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the games industry and all other digital industries also sends an important message to companies considering inward investment here.”

UKIE will announce the initial members of the Next Gen Skills coalition over the coming weeks, along with the person who will oversee the whole project.

The news comes less than a week on from Ireland's Forfas report which outlined recommendations to double the size of the Irish game industry by 2014. UK trade association TIGA warned that the UK needs to take action to avoid losing talent to nearby Dublin.