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Women will continue to dominate Victoria’s enrolments in 2014, preliminary data suggests.

Enrolment statistics for the year to date see the female population at Victoria sitting at 8831, while male attendance falls behind at 7183. Around 55 per cent of Victoria’s student body is female, in line with 2013 data.

Historical gender divisions within Victoria’s faculties have also remained consistent over the past five years. Men continue to dominate Engineering, at 86 per cent of students, while 78 per cent of students at the Faculty of Education are female.

The gender breakdown at University Hall Weir House reflects the trend, with female residents making up around 60 per cent of the Hall. First-year Erin Hurley confirmed that this imbalance in the Law-student-dominated Hall of Residence has come to the attention of female residents.

“There just aren’t guys enough to go around; it’s like The Bachelor, but a Weir House version.”

The trend for female dominance in education begins early, with girls outperforming boys in secondary education.

The most recent data released by NZQA show ten per cent more Year 13 girls achieved Level 3 NCEA than Year 13 boys. In 2012, 73 per cent of Year 13 girls gained University Entrance, compared to 61 per cent of Year 13 boys.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata released data on International Women’s Day showing that around 80 per cent of female school-leavers had achieved at least NCEA Level 2 in 2012.

More than half of female students achieved University Entrance in 2012, a 5.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

“Girls continue to achieve higher levels of qualifications as they become greater contributors to society,” Parata said.

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