Women outnumbering men at university

Women are 35% more likely to go to university than men, according to new research.

Latest figures from UCAS have shown that over a third of women in the UK are more likely to attend university than men.

The research also revealed that women are outnumbering men in 112 of the total 180 subjects – with the females taking the lead in subjects like psychology, social work and academic studies.

Back in 1975, the employment rate for women aged 25 to 54 up was 57%, this figure has recently risen massively with a record high of 78% last year.

Women are also thriving in male dominated subjects and industries.

Nearly half of employees in male-dominated jobs are females – they now represent a quarter of the jobs in mathematical sciences and 13% in engineering positions.


However, women are still proven to leading in the traditional female roles such as nursing and flight attendants.

Females are also dominating the law degrees.

As it stands, there are 66,840 more women studying a degree compared to men. This figure has massively increased from 34,035 back ten years ago.

Sectors Where Women are Thriving 

  • Registered nurses – 90%
  • Health practitioner support technologists and technicians – 81.4%
  • Clinical laboratory technologists – 74%
  • Medical scientists – 53.7%
  • Financial managers – 53.2%
Areas where women are thriving

Women Have Become the More Qualified Sex 

The hourly gender pay gap for all workers has dropped by about 9.1%.

The suggested reason for the decline is that, educational qualifications for women have increased more quickly than men’s. As from the late 2000s, women have become the more qualified sex.

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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