Three Ireland launches new STEM scholarship with Trinity College Dublin to fund diversity and inclusion initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion - Oct 27, 2021

Pictured is Sylvia Draper, Dean of STEM at Trinity College Dublin, recent graduate Nwannebuife Ukponu and Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Officer of Three Ireland and Three UK.

Three Ireland and Trinity College Dublin have announced a new STEM scholarship partnership which will fund the creation of 25 Three Ireland Scholarships for Women in STEM over five years and two Three Ireland Trinity Access Teacher Fellowships for three years. The Trinity Access Teacher Fellows will play a crucial role in efforts to encourage the study of higher level mathematics in schools.

Three Ireland will provide a unique partnership opportunity to Trinity College Dublin to develop and execute 25 STEM scholarships for women at undergraduate level. The scholarships, valued at €20,000 each (over a 4-year undergraduate degree) are aimed at attracting women from Ireland and across the world to study STEM subjects at Trinity College Dublin. The five STEM scholarships will be awarded annually over five years starting in the academic year of 2022.

The two Trinity Access* Teacher Fellows will be funded by Three Ireland as part of the Trinity Access Pathways to STEM Programme.  Trinity Access partners with schools in areas of concentrated disadvantage and the Three Ireland Teacher Fellows will work with these schools to enhance the teaching of maths in the Junior Cycle and develop a suite of initiatives that will provide the supports for the teaching and learning of mathematics and computing across the Senior Cycle years. Each Trinity Access Teacher Fellowship will be valued at €75,000 per year for 3 years, starting in 2022.

Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin added: “This project is very worthwhile. I’m really delighted that Three has decided to support the teaching of maths at secondary level and STEM subjects for women in Trinity at third level. By working together we can help to persuade people to study these subjects and introduce them to the beauty and wonder of maths and science.”

Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Office, Three Ireland and Three UK said: “We are delighted to partner with Trinity College Dublin to support these scholarships for women in STEM and Trinity Access Teacher Fellows. It is crucial that the technology sector recruits employees from a range of backgrounds in order to drive greater innovation and diversity in the workplace. As a large employer in the STEM sector, we recognise the role we play to ensure the talent pool is as diverse as possible, and these scholarships are part of these efforts. This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership with Trinity College Dublin and will greatly compliment Three Ireland’s wider Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging programme.”

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