The General Picture
The number of women graduating in core STEM subjects has grown from 22,020 in 2015/2016 to 22 340 in 2016/2017. However, due to more rapid growth in the number of men graduating in these subject areas, the percentage of graduates who are women has dropped from 25% to 24%.
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In physical science the growth rate in the number of women graduates in physical science exceeded that of men. The number of women who graduated in Physical Sciences degrees grew from 7,505 in 2015/2016 to 8,020 in 2016/2017 and the percentage of graduates that were female overall grew from 40% in 2015/2016 to 41% in 2015/2017.
In mathematical sciences the number of women graduates grew from 3,620 in 2015/2016 to 3,765 in 2016/17 however the percentage overall remained static at 39% for both years.
In computer science the growth in the number of female graduates was far behind the growth in the number of male graduates (3.1% vs 9% respectively) and women represented just 15% of computer science graduates in 2016/2017 down from 16% in 2015/2016.
For the third year in a row, women represent just 14% of engineering graduates and the number of engineering graduates has fallen from 4,480 to 4,700.The WISE campaign report, 'Core STEM Graduates 2017', has provided us with fresh figures concerning women studying at graduate level.
You can explore the data for more subjects here.