Controversial move to boost women in engineering pays off

A Sydney university has significantly boosted the share of women in engineering and other male-dominated courses three years after instituting a controversial programme to lower entry scores for female school-leavers, writes Daniella White for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Almost 500 engineering, IT and construction students at the University of Technology Sydney have been granted 10 extra Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) points since 2020, when the institution lowered the bar for females under a plan to boost the number of women in the field.

Figures obtained by the Herald show that across all 20 courses that offer the extra ATAR points to women, there was a 109% increase in female enrolments between 2019 and 2022. The number of male students in the courses increased 28% in the same period.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site