Research Funding Award of over €1 million for Adapt & School of Computing

A DCU co-ordinated project has received the largest amount of funding (Euro 1,138,781) from European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

Prof. Andy Way, Deputy Director, ADAPT Centre and DCU's School of Computing will lead the "Providing Resources in Irish, Norwegian, Croatian and Icelandic for the Purposes of Language Engineering" which will involve collaborating with Iconic, the National Library of Norway, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Iceland.

The grant was awarded under the recent Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) call as part of the ELRC Network (European Language Resource Co-ordination) which manages, maintains and coordinates the relevant language resources in all official languages of the EU and CEF associated countries.

These activities will help to improve the quality, coverage and performance of automated translation solutions in the context of current and future CEF digital services.

DCU’s ComputeTY Programme Encouraging More Females into Technology

ComputeTY-2019-1It’s a continuing fact that females are outnumbered in the Tech world, representing only 20% of the Tech workforce compared to their male counterparts. At university level in Ireland, technology programmes have the highest gender disparity among all discipline areas. This situation persists, despite the fact that young women are leaving school with equivalent attainment in higher maths to their male peers, a dramatic growth in the number of both sexes studying higher maths over the last 7 years, and ever growing career opportunities.
DCU’s Compute TY programme aims to tackle the imbalance in how young men and women perceive their subject and career options, by inviting Transition Year students to study computer programming and app development on campus for a week. This intense program gives students an eye-opening experience into life on campus and introduces them to the world of STEM.

(INGENIC) Focusing on Gender Equality in Computing

INGENIC groupThe Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing (INGENIC) held its 3rd meeting in DCU on Friday 11th January. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Monica Ward from the School of Computing. The group is composed of interested academic members of national third level organisations. Their main aims are to:

• Help increase the enrolment of females on third level computing programmes.

• Improve on the experience of female students within computing programmes.

• Identify and develop supports for staff development in line with national and international recommendations for improving gender diversity and equality.

• Support collaborative approaches to address their aims.

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