Oxford Universitys Classics degree to be overhauled in bid to boost number

One of Oxford University’s oldest degrees is to be overhauled in bid to boost number of female students getting top grades. More than double the number of men were awarded first class honours in their Finals last year than women, with 46.8 per cent of men achieving the top grade compared to 12.5 per cent of their female peers. Meanwhile, in second… Classics dons who marked last year’s exam papers said the gender gap is “very troubling”, adding that it must be addressed as a matter of “urgency”. Academics noted that the gender gap in Finals – which was “already very noticeable” – had “dramatically increased” in the most recent cohort of students due to an a record number of men taking Firsts. 

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