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Getting the gender balance right

Getting the gender balance right

12 Aug 2016

SFC has set out ambitious plans to tackle gender imbalance at colleges and universities in its final Gender Action Plan, launched on International Youth Day.

We will be working with colleges and universities to address the gap between male and female undergraduate numbers, gender imbalance in subjects and in staying on and finishing courses.

The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy asked us to develop a Gender Action Plan to address gender imbalances at a subject level within colleges. The plan builds on this to include ambitions for both colleges and universities.

Among the plan’s key aims are that no subject has an extreme gender imbalance (75: 25) and that the gap between male and female participation in undergraduate study is reduced to five percentage points, both by 2030.

Prioritising those least likely to enter higher education, the plan focuses on male students from the most deprived areas of Scotland, who are 8.5% less likely to go to university.