Higher education

Engineering in higher education

Published in March 2023, our report 'Engineering in higher education' explores the number, characteristics and outcomes of engineering and technology students in higher education (HE) in the UK. Based on the 2020/21 data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the report also compares the data for engineering and technology students alongside that of students studying on HE courses overall.

The report also breaks down the numbers and characteristics of students within 7 principal specialisms of engineering (which are available as standalone inserts). This includes:

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From A levels to engineering. Exploring the gender gap in higher education

In engineering, women are in the minority at just 16.5% of the workforce in 2021. In fact, gender disparity is seen throughout all educational pathways into engineering.

Published in February 2023, this report explores how many more girls would need to study mathematics and/or physics at A level to increase the numbers of women studying engineering in higher education to the same level as men. We do this by exploring the conversion rates from A level to engineering and technology degrees for first year undergraduate students by gender, with the aim of estimating the additional numbers needed per year.

Infographic depicting WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION First year undergraduates in engineering and technology - 18% women First year undergraduates in all subjects - 57% women  A LEVELS BREAKDOWN First year undergraduates who have studied A level in maths and physics: Maths and physics - 22% women Maths and/or physics - 40% women Maths only - 50% women Physics only - 31% women

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