Lancaster University

Diverse backgrounds

Please let us know whether you think your university does enough to attract and cater for students from a diverse range of backgrounds?

2017

"The university attracts students from over 100 different nations. Moreover, as the university provides grants, bursaries and scholarships to those from lower income backgrounds, there are many people from working class backgrounds."
"As far as I know, international students can get grants and they are really welcomed into the university. There are many cultural exchanges that take place as well as events and societies that specifically celebrate different backgrounds and ethnicities."
"There are many, many different types of international students at Lancaster Uni. I'm sure this is the case as there are many societies and clubs especially aimed at specific nationalities and cultures in order to make these groups of people feel more at home. Also, each college has a JCR member dedicated to international students in order to help them integrate into campus and the university. In terms of income, the university offers many different grants for those who struggle to meet the costs of uni (one of my friends receives £1000 a year for this, which definitely helps her), while the jobs they offer on campus are plentiful and usually quite a bit above minimum wage. In terms of religion, there are a large number of different prayer rooms that I have seen, while the chaplaincy centre offers services and rooms specific to different types of religion."
"There are students from all over the world and societies to represent the majority of cultures and countries. However, it would be nice to have more society events that cause a cultural mix rather than societies that confine students with people from the same country as them."
"I see a lot of foreign students so, in that sense, I think this university is very diverse. The accommodation can be slightly expensive in some colleges, which may put people off. However, there is a wide range of accommodation options available plus bursaries for those who are from a lower economic background."
"The university has mentoring schemes that help to support students from diverse backgrounds and has frequent local school visit days to attract new students."
"We have an amazing study abroad programme with partner universities all over the US, Ghana, Australia and many other countries. We are very diverse as a university and very accepting of everyone."
"Lancaster has thousands of international students, which is great as you get to meet plenty of students with different backgrounds and cultures. There are also many societies for (and run by) international students to ensure they feel welcome and included."
"Yes, I think the university regularly advertises online through social media so people from all backgrounds can access the university and there is a partner university in Africa that will help attract students from Africa."
"I think that the union has begun to do more to listen to what the students want over my three years at this uni, which is a good thing. There has been more recognition of the diversity on campus too. For example, we hosted our first ever black history month this year, which is a really great thing."

2016

"Depending on the course, the number of international students can vary greatly. The university puts on lots of events for international students and has college officers in charge of their welfare, etc. The LGBT+ society is very visible and the uni seems generally pretty accepting. I don't know what they do to help students from poorer backgrounds specifically, though I think there are some scholarships etc available. The disability service is very helpful and even without a DSA will put measures in place if you have a disability of some sort, such as a note that those with aspergers may need slightly more flexible deadlines."
"I wasn't previously aware of it but I am going to be working this summer to help run an outreach programme for potential applicants from under-represented backgrounds. I think the uni does do enough."
"Definitely! There are loads of societies for students from many different backgrounds. A friend of mine has recently started up a society for international students at Lancaster, which has become very popular. She is currently trying to get some ethnically diverse food to be offered in the Spar, having already asked everyone on the society's facebook page what they would like. During freshers, the university also makes sure to offer alternative social events for students who don't want to drink or go out. Such as movie nights, treasure hunts, or Ceilidh dances (Cartmel hosted one in my freshers), which have been very successful!"
"The uni has many partnerships with universities across the world meaning that students have a wide variety of options when it comes to studying abroad, the uni also attracts a lot of international students from across Europe and the world. The university also offers a lot of scholarships and bursaries to help students out financially!"
"Many different ethnicities, religions and other groups. All well represented through societies such as Chinese Society and Afro-Caribbean society. Lots of support on offer, and a diverse range of socials on offer to allow people to mingle."
"The university offers numerous societies that include all diverse backgrounds but welcome everyone to understand other cultures. As well as each college having a team for international student aid to ensure students feel welcome and cater to any issues."
"One thing I love about my university is that it encourages diversity. This has never made me feel excluded or unwanted! In fact I have made many friends from all over the world and have had the chance to meet lots of people that come from the same country as myself."
"Yes, it attracts people from all over the world and both the teachers and the other students are really nice and helpful with foreigners. As an international myself, I have never felt 'different' while being a student at Lancaster University."
"Loads of international students from Europe, America and especially Asia. As far as I know the facilities for disabled students are good. They offer various scholarships/bursaries and incentives for students from more disadvantaged backgrounds."
"Offers workshops for people to improve language proficiency. Porters around campus to help and fresher reps. The university caters well to international students' needs."

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