Our thanks to Mike P for this. An extract, emphases ours:
Latest figures show 1,275 British women were given offers to go to the university this year compared with 1,165 men. Of those, 1,070 female pupils took up their place while 1,025 males did so, said admissions body Ucas, whose figures cover home-grown students.
This year’s results are surprising since 5,360 men applied to Oxford compared to 5,245 women, a continuation of a long-term trend.
A university spokesman hailed the statistics as a positive step for gender equality.
He said: ‘We can’t say for certain whether this is the first time in history that Oxford has let in more women than men.
‘While it’s too early to call this a trend, it is a welcome sign of progress for female applicants.’ [J4MB: And, by extension, a welcome sign in decline for male applicants.]
Dr Samina Khan, director of undergraduate admissions and outreach, said: ‘It is a welcome sign of progress for female applicants to Oxford and we will continue to aim for gender parity when it comes to admission.’