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University woos women to IT with games course

The University of Derby is launching dedicated summer schools and taster days for women in an effort to attract them to take a degree in computer games programming.

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The University of Derby is launching dedicated summer schools and taster days for women in an effort to attract them to take a degree in computer games programming.

When the university first launched the games programming course it attracted 106 applications from around the country; none were from women.

A spokesman for the university said it now intended to pay particular attention to attracting more women to the male-dominated course.

The BSc (hons) computer games programming degree was developed in liaison with the games industry.

The university aims to ensure that students who complete the course have gained the right skills to be able to apply for a range of programming jobs within the games industry, the spokesman said.

Students who attend the course are taught the latest games programming techniques and theories.

However, they will also work to develop a strong computing background and skills that will be transferable to other industries. The university is keen to maximise their employability on graduation, the spokesman added.
This was first published in June 2005

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