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GU Women's Officer, blog on International Women's Day

last modified Mar 08, 2019 02:55 PM
In line with International Women’s Day 2019 theme, ‘Balance for Better’ we present to you a high level view of gender balance across each of Cambridge graduate department.

Cambridge graduate gender balance 2017/18

In line with International Women’s Day 2019 theme, ‘Balance for Better’ we present to you a high level view of gender balance across each of Cambridge graduate department. We leveraged from  ‘Graduate Admissions Office Statistics –For Admissions in 2017/18’ report published by the university.

Overall graduate representation at Cambridge is highly inclined towards the field of Humanities and Social Sciences (41%), followed by Technology (16%), Physical Sciences (15%) and Arts and Humanities (13%).

 

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Gender attribution on the whole for Graduate students is impressively balanced with male representation of 54% and Female representation of 46%.

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We further drilled down to review overall women representation by department and observed a high inclination of 50% towards Humanities and Social Sciences followed by arts and humanities (14%,),  technology (10%,), physical sciences (8%), biological science (8%), and clinical medicine (8%). Given the overall inclination of graduates towards humanities and social sciences the above was expected.

 

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Interestingly when reviewing gender balance per department we observed largest variations on male to female graduate student attribution across technology (72% male and 28% female), physical sciences (74% male and 26% female) and Clinical Medicine (39% male and 61% female). It would be interesting to know what drives the gender imbalance in these fields of study. While the statistics reviewed for this exercise are limited to 2017/18 we would like to hear your view on what drives this skewed departmental gender representation.

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Share your thoughts with the graduate union and we will base our theme for our first of the many upcoming GU Gender Balance Forum meets to discuss the above.

Looking forward to promote gender solidarity and translate the same from academics to corporate stakeholders.