The School of Engineering and Computing is playing a key role in an initiative by global technology group, Dell to bring more women into Scotland's IT industry.
UWS is one of three universities and colleges to be participating in the company's STEMAspire initiative, which was officially launched at an event on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at Dell’s City Park offices in Glasgow.
Female students from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses across UWS, Glasgow Caledonian University and City of Glasgow College met on Wednesday to kick off a year-long programme to keep more women on track to a career in IT.
Known as STEMAspire, the initiative will see nine students from UWS being paired with their own dedicated mentor who will help bridge the gap from higher education into the workforce.
The initiative comes as Scotland's IT sector struggles with an on-going skills shortage that many expect will be exacerbated by Britain's exit from the European Union. In addition, industry leaders say there are too few students coming through, particularly female ones.
The programme aims to assist women earlier in their studies, with figures showing that nearly a third of those women who begin a course in STEM subjects will either drop out or switch to another line of study before graduation.