Women (& medical students) “.. from poor homes storm the best universities and Medical Schools

In case you did not know it, medical students are at universities. White students are underperforming compared to all other ethnic groups, and women are better than men at 18. So lets have graduate entry to medical school and other professional courses, if only in order to level the playing field and avoid “Over 40% of doctors lost after foundation year training“….. It would be good to see the breakdown from Medical Schools for comparison..

Nicola Woodcock 17th December 2915 reports in the Times : Women from poor homes storm the best universities

Women are taking over university campuses as the gender gap widens and the number of male students dwindles further, a major report has revealed.

It said that 36,000 young men were “missing” from higher education and the head of university admissions warned that the widening gulf between men and women was stalling attempts to reduce inequality.

The rate of women going to university is rising twice as fast as that for men, and women made up 56.4 per cent of all new undergraduates.

A record number of poorer students started university this autumn, with a substantial increase in those going to top institutions. However, white students are being left behind, particularly white men from poor backgrounds.

White people are the ethnic group with the lowest proportion of schoolleavers joining university, and showed the smallest increase in undergraduates this year.

Overall the report suggested that going to a Russell Group university, the group of the 24 leading institutions, has never been easier as institutions vie for students and lower their entry requirements. Only 74 per cent of those going to “high tariff” universities had ABB grades at A level, down from 77.4 per cent last year and 85.4 per cent in 2011.

A record number were awarded a place at their first-choice university, and the number of teenagers getting unconditional offers doubled in a year. The cap on student numbers has been lifted, creating intense competition among universities.

Mary Curnock Cook, the chief executive of the University and Colleges Admissions Service, which produced the report, said that teenagers should be more ambitious because so many were getting offers from all five institutions to which they applied.

She warned about the dire impact of the gender gap: “Although the differences in entry between rich and poor continue to reduce, other differences grow. We have previously highlighted the large and widening gap between entry rates for men and women and this year shows young white men falling even further behind.” She said that this was stalling progress in reducing inequality.

The report said that 36,000 18-year-old men were “missing” from higher education, compared with women, an increase from 32,000 last year.

Women are 35 per cent more likely to start a degree, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds 52 per cent more likely to go to university than men. Nearly one in five students from poor families started degrees this autumn, and they were 40 per cent more likely to go to a Russell Group university than four years ago.

White teenagers were the least likely to go to university, with 28 per cent of the cohort starting a degree this year. This compared with 37 per cent of black, 41 per cent of Asian and 58 per cent of Chinese school-leavers.

More than half a million people started at university last autumn. The number from EU countries rose by 11 per cent to 29,300; there were 39,000 students from overseas, up 1.9 per cent.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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