Unique course at the University of Limerick encourages more women to join the tech industry

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The RENT the Runway Galway office is partnering with UL’s Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) program to encourage more women to pursue careers in the tech industry.

The highly competitive program, the first of its kind, will begin at UL in September 2022.

The ISE program combines intensive academic learning with immersive, real-world, residency-style hands-on experience at Rent the Runway and other technology companies.

ISE Course Director, Professor Tiziana Margaria, said it highlights the “values ​​of sustainability, affordability and diversity” that are at the heart of the business idea and practice of Rent the Runway.

Students will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in a bespoke studio at UL to the real world and apply them to solving real-world problems for major technology players.

Rent the Runway’s industry partners include Stripe, Dell, Intercom and a range of Irish start-ups and SMEs.

Each of them supports the new Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) program designed to provide much-needed world-class technology graduates to the Irish, European and global markets.

Vice President, General Manager and Site Manager at Rent the Runway in Galway, Dorothy Creaven, said the plan was to use this collaborative opportunity to continue to encourage women and other underrepresented groups to consider a career in technology.

She added that the accelerated academic calendar has been put in place because there is a shortage of qualified graduates in the sector.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this program and look forward to welcoming two students to Rent the Runway,” she said. Stephen Kinsella, UL professor and co-director of ISE, said:

“It is essential that universities and the technology sector work together to deliver a strong pipeline of highly skilled talent to the workforce.

“This new program will provide a much more intensive student experience and accelerate graduation by studying during the summers and devoting every other semester to residencies.”

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