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Why do women get more university places? | BBC News

 

A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue.

This isn’t just a slight difference. Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year.

A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue.

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published research examining this increasingly polarised gender divide.

And as university remains the gateway to better-paid, more secure jobs, Mary Curnock Cook, head of the Ucas university admissions service, warns that being male could be a new form of disadvantage.

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2 comments on “Why do women get more university places? | BBC News

  1. codeinfig
    May 14, 2016

    fascinating. what i would really like to see is a breakdown of gender percentages in each profession (that has to be available somewhere, right?)

    for example: i always suspected there were more females in libraries than men, and then a read an article about it, along with the differences at the
    management level. i can think of a few occupations (construction) where men outnumber women and dont need to go to university for it, but without a more comprehensive overview thats not much of a lead.

    short version: people only go to university when they can afford it (in terms of money and time.) i figure in the uk, it is more about time.

    as long as men are expected to be the default “provider” in most cases (and in the short time i spent in the uk, i saw nothing to indicate that changing) university is going to be one option that has to be juggled with making money, and making money isnt just about dollars or pounds– its about how soon the money is absolutely necessary.

    i would be very surprised if the real answer has nothing to do with any of this, but im interested all the same.

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