UCAS figures show that despite fewer female students applying this year a higher proportion of women received offers over men. Almost 900 fewer women than men applied to the University of Cambridge compared to the previous year, but female students received just 30 fewer offers. This equates to a 6.5 per cent higher offer rate.
However, both Cambridge and Oxford continue to be criticised for a lack of diversity amongst students who achieve places. The equality data report reveals that white students received the most offers last year compared to BME students and those from lower-income families.
At other Russell Group universities, women also overtake men in securing places. Institutions with a sciences or economic focus such as Imperial College London and the University of Warwick remain notable exceptions.
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