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Boys to Men: The underachievement of young men in higher education – and how to start tackling it

  • 12 May 2016
  • By Nick Hillman and Nicholas Robinson, with a Foreword by Mary Curnock Cook
  • HEPI number 84

Young men are significantly less likely to enter higher education than young women, and they are also more likely to drop out and less likely to achieve a highly-graded degree.

There are many causes and the disparity in educational achievement starts long before higher education. Yet, while this issue is better understood than it was, there has been a shortage of ideas on how to tackle it.

This new paper looks at the data and the causes before making seven specific policy recommendations.


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