Latest figures from UCAS show an increase in the number of 18 year olds applying to university, whilst the gender gap in applications hits a record high.
‘The proportion of 18-year-olds applying to university has reached a record high while applications from 20 to 24-year-olds have declined, new figures have revealed.
According to data on applications received by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) by its January deadline, 37 per cent of English 18-year-olds have applied for higher education courses starting in September, up 1.5 percentage points on last year.
But an overall decline in the number of 18-year-olds in the UK, coupled with a 5 per cent decrease in the proportion of 20 to 24-year-olds applying, means the overall number of applicants to higher education remains fairly flat.’ (Schools Week)
‘The gap between male and female school leavers applying to start undergraduate degrees at British universities remains at record levels, according to the first official figures released for this year.
Ucas, the central body that administers university admissions, said applications submitted at the January deadline showed that young women are 36% more likely to apply than young men in England, the same gap as last year and the widest on record.
Even wider gaps were seen in Scotland and Wales – 55% and 50% respectively – to reach record levels, while in Northern Ireland the 39% gap was the biggest since 2009.
The gap among students from disadvantaged backgrounds was even higher, with young women in England now 58% more likely to apply than men with the same age and background – although ministers and policymakers will be pleased to see that applications from disadvantaged students have continued to rise.’ (The Guardian)