22 January 2015
PA’s Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, is quoted in an article about the number of women taking up science and technology courses at university.
The article explains that although women outnumber men in two thirds of degree subjects, there are subjects such as computer science, engineering and physics where there are not enough women enrolled. As the choice of degree becomes polarised across genders, the trend is having implications on universities and employers.
Mike suggests that universities are failing to grasp how the increasing proportion of women undergraduates could re-shape the sector: “I suspect that girls and girls’ parents are more likely to favour campus universities in nice, safe places rather than urban campuses in cities. There certainly will be some impact on demand for courses and it will change the nature of the student body and learning experience.”