Eighteen female students studying IT Management for Business (ITMB) have been recognised for their "outstanding performance" at the 13th ITMB event in Manchester, organised by e-skills UK.
The women took part in a series of business competitions judged by some of the nation's leading IT employers. The Manchester event was attended by nearly 400 students.
Women may be under-represented in the IT profession as a whole, but four of the six prizes awarded by employers for "exceptional individual performance" went to women at the ITMB event, "demonstrating the breadth and depth of female talent", said e-skills UK.
Courtney Fairclough from Manchester University was awarded a prize from Credit Suisse for her individual performance in the first year team competition, in which students presented business ideas for the workplace of the future.
Carrie-Anne Cremin and Rejoice Ojiaku from Manchester, and Hauwa Yaro from Keele, received awards from Procter & Gamble and the Co-operative Group after impressing the judges with their individual contributions throughout the day.
In addition, a further 14 women received prizes as part of the team competitions.
Thirty-three teams of students entered competitions to win one of nine major prizes worth more than £3,000, courtesy of the event sponsors Credit Suisse, CGI and Tata Consulting.
Students in the second and third year team competitions went head-to-head in pitching IT business solutions to a panel of senior directors and IT professionals, representing some of the UK's leading national and global organisations.
A record number of female students attended the ITMB event to participate in the competitions, listen to presentations from business leaders and motivational speakers, and to network with nearly 90 employers from 29 companies including PwC, IBM and Shell.
The ITMB course has seen a steady increase in applicants from women since it launched in 2000, and in 2012 more than one third of ITMB students nationally were female, compared to the national average of 17.8 percent on computer science courses.
Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said: "The depth of female talent on the ITMB programme is simply incredible. I'm extremely proud of the achievements of our current students as well as our female alumnae, many of whom have accepted graduate roles at leading global organisations including Capgemini and HSBC."
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