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Code First: Girls - reducing the gender gap at DIT

Posted: 24 April, 2017

Code First:Girls, an award winning social enterprise which aims to reduce the gender gap in technology by teaching coding to female participants, has just finished up its second successful semester at DIT.

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During the eight week course, the participants learned the basics of CSS and HTML eventually using these technical skills to build their own website from scratch.

The weekly course, the first of its kind to be run in Ireland, was initially piloted in November 2016 by Dr Susan McKeever of the School of Computing at DIT with its second iteration running from January to March of 2017. 

The course was free of charge and open to all female participants across DIT, regardless of their academic background. The levels of interest amongst students was such that there was a 7:1 ratio of applications to places. The 25 female students who enrolled onto the course came from a range of academic disciplines across DIT which included business, languages, food and hospitality, retail and social sciences.

Dr McKeever, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing who is actively involved in promoting gender equality at third level said: 

"Given the major shortage of females in the tech sector, we are really delighted to have the chance to work with Code First: Girls. We were particularly delighted to see the high levels of interest amongst the students so we certainly hope to host it again in the Autumn."

As a not for profit organisation Code First: Girls is run by volunteer instructors and ambassadors. A special thanks to Code First: Girls ambassador and DIT School of Computing student Fatema Bader, and course instructors Andrea Fagan and Gareth Miller from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.