According to the latest figures from Ucas, a total of 467,110 people have been placed in full-time UK higher education this year.
This total shows a 3% increase in the number of students successfully placed in comparison with last year’s figures. If present trends continue, BBC education correspondent Sean Coughlan predicts there will be “a record number of students beginning full-time undergraduate courses this autumn”.
Despite this, whilst a record number of both male and female students are starting undergraduate courses this autumn, the number of female students with a university place far outweighs the number of males.
There are now almost 6,000 more male students taking up university places in comparison with four years ago yet there are still twice as many female students overall. These figures indicate an increasingly significant gender gap in the world of higher education.
Ucas figures also reveal that Northern Irish female students are amongst those most likely to receive a place in a UK university. When asked for her opinion on why females – and in particular Northern Irish females – were more likely to gain a place within the higher education system, incoming first-year QUB student Hannah McEvoy had this to say:
“I get the impression that women have more ambition than men in general, but maybe that’s because they have to do more to be successful. Hopefully more women at university will mean women have a better chance of competing for jobs after they graduate.”
Employment rates for women in the UK are now at a record high, with 68.1% of women in employment according to a recent press release by Gov.uk. Perhaps the increasing number of female students will lead to an increasing number of female employees within the future economy of the UK.
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