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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00306: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 31 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many full-time college students are female; how this compares with 2007, and what action it is taking to help address any imbalance.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 9 June 2016

In 2014-15, 42,974 full-time college students were female, 54% of the total, and a similar proportion to 2006-07. Full details are in the following table.

Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Male

30,920

30,382

31,600

35,094

37,048

37,880

36,480

37,147

36,241

Female

37,064

37,167

39,068

41,603

42,494

42,968

41,807

42,709

42,974

% Female

55%

55%

55%

54%

53%

53%

53%

53%

54%

Source: Infact Database, Scottish Funding Council

The Scottish Funding Council will publish a gender action plan in summer 2016, produced with colleges, which will address gender disparities in college education.