Daily Mail: “Boys losing out in university gender gap – nearly 95,000 more women apply for degrees to start this autumn”

Our thanks to Jeff for pointing us to this piece. Firstly, note the headline wording. Male applicants for degree places are ‘boys’, female applicants ‘women’. Secondly, it was written by a female journalist. Is there a blanket ban on male journalists writing about gender-related matters?

Women account for 57.2% of applicants, very close to the current proportion of university students who are women. As usual some concern is feigned for men, but nothing will actually be done, and the article ends with the customary reversion to concern over women, who as always need to be ‘encouraged’ into subjects such as computing and engineering (usually at taxpayers’ expense):

Meanwhile degree courses which saw the biggest rise in demand were technology, which saw 13 per cent more applications, computer science, up 12 per cent and engineering, up 10 per cent. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, welcomed the figures but warned that women still less likely (sic) to study courses such as engineering.

‘The increase in applicants applying for subjects such as engineering and computing is also welcome. Those subjects play a vital role in meeting the skills needs of UK employers in globally competitive industries. However, it is still a concern that the number of women applying to study these courses remains disproportionally (sic) low when compared to the number of male applicants. Universities are aware of this and continue to work hard to encourage women into technology and engineering through their outreach activities.’

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • I suspect “boys” is used because “men” wouldn’t get any empathy at all. I’m actually pleased that the UCAS CEO has again stated clearly that men are disadvantaged. I hope J4MB will make education a key issue. Boys are failed by the education system right from early years ed. onwards. Their educational needs not met, aspirations not encouraged and often excluded or otherwise alienated. It is no wonder that at University this huge pool of wasted talent contributes to fewer males able to and willing to apply to University. If there was any serious attempt to increase the talent pool it would be to work to find the 95, 000 “missing” men each year!

    A simple national target for the education system to increase applications to university by a number each year would concentrate efforts on the real skills gaps .