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Gender gap in university applications at record high

Gender gap in university applications at record high

Gender gap in university applications at record high, Ucas figures show. Females students are a third more likely to apply to degree courses than their male peers, new data from the university admissions body reveals.

The gap between females and males applying for university reaches record high, new figures reveal.

In England, young women are now 36 per cent more likely to apply to degree courses than young men – a rise of 1 percentage point on last year, official Ucas data reveals.

There were 29,100 more undergraduate applications from 18-year-old women in England compared to their male peers, figures for 2018 show.

Following last month’s Ucas deadline, the total number of people applying to study full-time at a UK institution dropped slightly by 0.9 per cent, compared with the same point last year, standing at 559,000 applicants.

Ucas said that the drop should be viewed in light of a 2.5 per cent decline in the number of 18-year-olds in the UK, and added that figures show that school leavers are more likely than ever to apply.

But across the country, university application rates among 18-year-olds varied. The North East, Yorkshire and Humber and the East of England all experienced falls for the first time in five years.

And the most advantaged 18-year-olds in the UK are still 2.3 times more likely to apply to university than their disadvantaged peers, the data shows.

Today’s figures also revealed a further decline in the number of applications from older students  – with the first-time application rate for 19-year-olds in England dropping once again to 8 per cent.

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “While the strong demand from 18-year-olds is positive, the continuing drop in mature applicants must be addressed by government if we are going to meet future skills needs.”

He added: “If the country is to thrive, particularly in the light of Brexit, it needs more, not fewer, skilled graduates.”

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Eleanor Busby, Education Correspondent, Independent

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