The University of Limerick (UL) is one of seven Universities in Ireland, and has the distinction of being the first established since Ireland gained independence. It has about 12,000 students and 1,600 staff. UL have long been to the fore in the software engineering field. The premier International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) was hosted in Limerick in 2000, and David Parnas, one the founding figures in the software engineering field moved to Limerick in 2001 to take up the Chair in Software Engineering. The main unit involved in the SCALARE project is Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. Lero is led from UL and involves leading software engineering researchers at six Irish universities. Lero was established in 2005 and has won over EUR 50 million in competitive research funding over the past 6 years.