Council responds to report on male student recruitment

22 January 2020

The Council has welcomed the publication of a research report, which examines male participation in healthcare higher education. The Office for Students commissioned report investigates the barriers and opportunities for increasing male participation in these subjects, drawing on in-depth interviews with current and prospective healthcare students and their influencers.

The report’s recommendations indicate the need for stakeholders across education and health to take action to stimulate male entry into healthcare education. This includes increasing opportunities for work experience and shadowing across the NHS, ensuring career and outreach material is gender neutral, and reviewing the university recruitment process to ensure that it is gender-sensitive.

Responding to the report, Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:

“We welcome this report’s recommendations. Reducing the gender gap in applications to healthcare programmes could increase workforce numbers and, more widely, there is a need to break down gendered stereotypes about work in the healthcare professions for the benefit of both men and women”.



  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.

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