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Search for a Star finalists highlight key UK universities

150 entrants whittled down to five students

The finalists for this year's Search for a Star competition have been announced and are due to be judged this Friday, June 22.

The annual competition, organised by Aardvark Swift, highlights the UK's brightest programming talent and gives them the platform to advance their careers in the video game business.

This year's final five are Daniel Collinson from the University of Central Lancashire, Ashley Gwinnell from Bournemouth University, Pantelis Lekakis from the University of East Anglia, Glen Pepper of the University of Essex and Craig Hamilton of the University of West Scotland.

For those students not in their final year of their degree, the Rising Star award will go to one of the two entrants who stood out among the entrants, with the award this year going to either Alex Furnell of De Montfort University or Adam Yaxley studying at the University of Warwick.

The finalists are due to be judged by Lizi Attwood, senior programmer at Relentless, technical director of Headstrong Games Greg Booker and Bryan Reynolds, HR manager for Rockstar Leeds, with the winner announced early next week.

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