At Verify Recruitment, we would like to announce a very special milestone for The Ada Lovelace Initiative. As of April 2016, we have officially launched our technology role model visits in Northern Ireland.

Citi role model Kirsty Downey launched The Ada Lovelace Initiative not only in County Down, but also Northern Ireland when she returned to her old school, Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry, County Down last week.

Kirsty Downey is currently a Technology Associate  at Citi Innovation Lab in Dublin City. The pupils of Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, County Down took part in the Northern Ireland rollout of the national Ada Lovelace Initiative with Kirsty on the 25th of April 2016.

This visit was the first role model talk given to pupils who are embarking on the GSCE’s and A-Levels, as opposed to Transition Year pupils who will be sitting the Leaving Cert. Kirsty spoke to both the junior and senior pupils at Sacred Heart Grammar School during her visit.

The Ada Lovelace Initiative aims to target both Leaving Certificate and GSCE/A-Levels pupils in the 32 counties as the initiative scales both nationally and internationally in the coming months.


Back to School For Citi Role Models

A.L.I. and Citi’s female technologists have been working together this term on special ‘Back To School’ visits which involves the Citi role models returning to their old schools across the country to share their stories. We would like to thank the role models of Citi for their enthusiasm and support to take part in this special series of visits for A.L.I.

April marked the official launch of the A.L.I. & Citi WIT visits with Sarah Loughran, Solutions Analyst at Citi returning to Loreto Secondary School in Navan, County Meath to share her story with the pupils of her former school. (Pictured Below)


Back In Dublin

Last week Citi role model Neasa Walsh also visited her old school – returning to speak to the pupils of Loreto Secondary School in Swords, County Dublin. Neasa was the second Loreto Swords pupil/role model taking part in A.L.I. as it happens, as former pupil Jennifer Daly also returned to this school earlier this year.

Get Involved With A.L.I.!


The success of The Ada Lovelace Initiative depends on the participation of female technology role models, but also the participation of teachers and schools to host the role model at their school. If you would like an A.L.I Role Model to visit the Transition Year pupils in your school, please click here to register your interest.


If you think your local secondary school should receive a role model visit from The Ada Lovelace Initiative or if you will have a child in Transition Year in September, please get in touch with Róisín at Verify and we will register that school on your behalf and seek a role model for your area.

Role Models

If you are a technology professional who would like more information for yourself or your colleagues, about visiting a school on our waiting list or if you would like us to connect you with your former school, please fill out our form here and we will be in touch shortly.

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