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Ryan Marshall

21 years old from Gravesend in Kent

Ryan Marshall

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming

My course is really technical, really hard. It involves lots of maths, physics and computing. I found the first year quite light – not as in depth – but the second year focuses on working really independently. There’s a real shift in expectations and much more work. I definitely push myself – I’m getting really good marks.

I’ve always wanted to make computer games. I took a programming-specific route to get here, studying a BTEC National for IT Practitioners. I did a lot of research about where I wanted to study – I initially considered another country but eventually opted for the UK. I was influenced by Teesside’s Skillset accreditation– it shows that this course is relevant to industry. It’s quite a big thing to have.

Student life here is good – the University gets good reviews from lots of students. I’m glad I came – it’s been the best year and a half of my life so far.

I want to be a 3D special effects programmer. I’m doing a lot of work with the University’s Entrepreneur’s Society at the moment – it’s focused me on setting up my own company creating indy games, maybe for the PC or Xbox.

I do a lot of other activities so I have to really manage my time well. I work in the Student Unions’ kitchen. I’m also Chair of the Iaido Society, a Japanese sword martial art. And I’ve started skydiving. I did two jumps last year and am planning to do more soon. I love freeline skating in my spare time and iceskating, which I do at nearby Billingham Forum.