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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

"I'm a working-class girl and the uni has amazing bursaries and scholarships for those who have achieved good grades and also those who don't have amazing finances. There are also students from across the globe attending. I've met French and Spanish individuals in my seminars but I know there are many other nationalities at the university."
"The university does a lot of things to attract and support students from different backgrounds but there's more that can be done such as providing multi-faith prayer rooms for students."
"I think it does. There are many events taking place on campus during the year that are related to different cultures and people from all over the world."
"The students' union offers a lot of help and I believe there are also prayer rooms for every religion. The uni has councillors and therapists to get you through the stressful bits of university and they have a fantastic financial help team."
"There is a lot of support for this as there is a team that helps people with any issues."
"The university is in an association with other universities in Asia so people often come over for a year in order to complete their degrees. They also offer free English classes for people who need them."

2016

"It does, with the variety of societies on offer and constant fairs across campus."
"Uni does well at catering to diverse students, and there are a good number of foreign students at Newcastle. Overall though, the student population isn't too diverse!"
"The student representatives for the union do an amazing job in bringing the whole student body together through different themes and events."
"The uni has many support systems in place as well as a building dedicated to helping international students. There's a wide range of societies dedicated to different cultures too."
"I think the university does make an effort to attract and cater for students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Perhaps more could be done to attract those from lower income backgrounds."
"International welcome week is a positive way to help international students settle in."
"There's quite a lot of people from a middle class background but there's also lots of international students so I think there's a range."
"There are activities put on during festive periods (ie Christmas) for students whose religion may not necessarily celebrate these occasions. Also, the student union takes diversity seriously."
"There seems to be a lot of international students around so I think it's doing pretty well. My course is not particularly diverse, however."
"Relatively. There's international week and LGBT awareness week."

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