Men are less likely to start an undergraduate course, more likely to drop-out and more likely to get a 2:2 or a third class degree than women.

Recent research by ECU has also found that male students are less likely to access pastoral or academic support services that have been found to make a positive contribution to student’s experience, retention and success, particularly for minority ethnic students.

The report demonstrates that male students are less likely to be aware of, use or positively rate academic and pastoral support services. The research shows that diversifying the nature and delivery of the services provided can encourage men to make greater use of services. It also highlights the importance of the role of personal and academic tutors in referral to support services.