New statistics reveal gender disparity at UK universities
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Information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has found there is a huge disparity in the ratio of male to female students at 132 universities in the UK. With data collected from the most recent academic year (2016/17), the university with the highest proportion of male students was found to be Imperial College London, making up 62% of their overall student population. This figure was closely followed by Loughborough (59%), Southampton Solent (58%), Royal Agricultural Society (57%) and City, London (56%). In contrast, the university with the largest proportion of female students was found to be Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln at a total of 85%, followed by University of the Arts, London (73%), Queen Margaret and Bournemouth (both 72%) and Newman, Birmingham (71%). These figures are all the more interesting when relating them to each university’s overall population numbers. While 85% sounds like a dramatic difference in gender numbers at Bishop Grosseteste, this is out of a total of just 2,236 students overall at a university that offers less than 20 subjects at undergraduate level. While Imperial’s 62% male population is still a high percentage, this is out of a much larger total of 17,034 students at the third-ranked university in the UK, which offers over 100 subjects. There were only 3 universities that ranked at an equal 50/50 split between genders: Lancaster, East Anglia and Stafforshire. Images courtesy of Kit and Chmee2.