So I was recommended a program for a residential trip to a 'top university' by a teacher. As I want to study Chemical Engineering at uni, I thought that this might make my application stand out and show interest in my subject.
The courses were organised into 'Boys-only' and 'Girls-only'. Why they needed to be split, beats me. But the thing that annoyed me was that there were 14 courses overall - 13 for girls and 1 for boys.
This wouldn't be an issue if the 1 course available wasn't on something irrelevant to me ... and it's 7 hours drive away. But seriously?? We are told everyday about men having the majority of STEM and I support getting girls into STEM, as long as you don't leave us behind.
Last edited by C.W23; 4 weeks ago
do you mean 13 for boys and 1 for girls?
I'm inclined to agree, it seems the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction and as a result girls are being favoured over boys.
Personally, I think we should be encouraging everyone equally to engage in STEM and when it comes to deciding on applicants merit should be favoured over anything else.
Scientific advancement is far more important than gender politics, the sooner this is realised the better
This is a shame. Unfortunately there isn't much TSR can do.
Maybe you're all digging a bit too deep into the matter. I'm pretty sure the OP meant there are more boys courses than girls which clearly just reflects the current event of boys having more interest in STEM than girls so what's the point in offering more courses to girls when they are likely to not be able to get enough applications. Therefore they would be wasting money on preparation on a course not many would want or apply for. Also boys only course and girls only courses especially residential is more inclusive than mixed residential courses. Some strictly religious parents could make their children miss out on a good opportunity because of the mixing of the genders or even the students themselves may feel uncomfortable with mixing of genders.