DEGREE ATTAINMENT: While the proportion of women pursuing a higher education degree has increased from 40% in 1980 to 56% in 2017, 83% of undergraduates in engineering and technology and 83% of undergraduates in computer science programs are men (WES, 2018). Though the number of first degrees awarded in engineering to women has increased over the last years, the proportion of engineering and technology degrees awarded to females has remained relatively stagnant at slightly over 15% (HESA, 2018). In 2016/17 academic year, only 15.8% of the first degrees achieved in engineering and technology were obtained by women. In 2015, the highest percentage of females obtaining engineering first degrees is in the discipline of chemical engineering (27.5%) while the lowest percentage is in mechanical engineering, where women represent under 9% of the first degree holders in mechanical engineering.
First degrees achieved in engineering and technology, by gender, 2012/13 to 2016/17
First degrees obtained, by gender and discipline, 2015
Source: EngineeringUK. (2018). EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.