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More women studying civil engineering

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The number of women starting civil engineering degrees has jumped in the last 10 years, according to data released by UCAS.

Female students made up 20.3% of the 2016 civil engineering cohort, compared to just 13.5% in 2007.

But the number of female students still remains below the 1,000 mark at 875 – the highest for any year in the reporting period.

“It is welcome news to see more female students starting civil engineering degree programmes but much more needs to be done to ensure that students take up the hugely diverse and creative range of engineering jobs when they finish their studies,” said the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) education and skills lead Stephanie Fernandes.

“Overall, the engineering profession needs to work together to get the message out that it is a great time to be an engineer: Demand far outstrips supply, salaries are rising and there are many exciting and cutting-edge career prospects for tomorrow’s engineers.”

The number of male civil engineering students peaked in 2010 at 4,145. This dropped by 17.6% to 3,415 in 2016.

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