Letter: women plus maths... (2)

November 24, 2000

I was interested to read the articles by Sheldon Rothblatt and Jon Marcus on how women are overtaking men in universities (International news, THES , November 10).

At Warwick Business School, we have found that the higher numbers of women undergraduates have not converted into a similar ratio for postgraduate and business courses. There must be a direct correlation between this and the low percentage of women in senior management in industry.

Statistics from AMBA, the Association of MBAs, show women make up about 25 per cent of full-time MBA students in top business schools, while the figure is much higher in the ex-polytechnics. In the US, women form 35 per cent of full-time MBA students at the top business schools.

We have put extra effort and resources into recruiting more women onto our full-time MBA. For the first time, the year 2000 intake includes 35 per cent women.

We recognise that circumstances and commitments change, so we deliver the MBA in a flexible form - full time (one year), modular, distance learning and even evening study - so people can choose an option that suits their circumstances and can change programmes if those circumstances change.

Vincent Hammersley Director of communications Warwick Business School

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