Record numbers of women going on to university this year

Teenage girls are now more than a third more likely to go to university than boys, according to new figures, as the gap between the sexes reaches record levels.

In total, upwards of 30,000 more women than men are set to start degree courses this autumn, official Ucas data shows. The difference is the largest ever recorded by the university admissions service by this point in the year.

The figures show around 6,600 fewer students have been places on courses this year, compared with the same point last year. Read more