It’s not just IT that has a lack of students…
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It’s not just IT that has a lack of students…

It’s not just IT that has a lack of students…

Posted on 12th December 2017

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While we bemoan the numbers studying computer science or similar, it’s not just our industry that has a problem. The latest figures from UCAS (the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) show that interest in languages continues to fall, with the number wanting to study European languages and literature at university next year decreasing by 6.32% year on year, whereas for non-European languages the decline was 5.1%.

Female graduateAdmittedly, there is some good news in the UCAS figures, with an increase registered in the numbers studying Maths and computing; however, given everything that we’re written on the Be-IT blog over the last year (and especially the last few months) about the lack of women in the digital and IT industry, the UCAS report also revealed the same, dispiriting difference between the sexes.  There were six men for every one woman applying to study computing science.  As we said in our Sexism in IT Survey, there is still a long way to go…

Just how far that is will also be considered in tomorrow’s blog, where I will comment on a report from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) about graduate employment for both men and women. To coin a phrase, watch this space.

Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT

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