Queen's University Belfast

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 can't say too much from personal experience, but I've seen people from all walks of life studying and thriving at Queen's."
"The uni takes part in the Erasmus scheme where it swaps with other European universities. It also takes part in study USA and study abroad programmes."
"I think it does as much as it can. It is very involved in Pride month and there is work currently being done on accessibility, as well as bursaries from students from abroad (often China)."
"Queen's University Belfast has embarked on a project to increase the population of international students to 20% by the year 2020, this stands at a mere 8% today. This is known as the university's 'Vision 2020'. The university has now begun to take active steps to promote the university throughout the world by participating in the Erasmus programme more frequently and appointing international student ambassadors. These ambassadors are able to liaise with educational groups throughout the world to attract more prospective international students to come to Queen's University Belfast."
"There are culture-themed nights and the university educates students about inclusion and equality."

2016

"I'd say 90% of students I meet are Northern Irish. Speaking to a few English friends, they get bored at the weekends as most Northern Irish students go home so they feel isolated. There's also a big divide culturally because, being Northern Irish myself, I would say that people here are a lot more locally grounded than elsewhere in the UK."
"I do believe that the university does enough. There is a link with a university in China that attracts a lot of people from Asia and English students get a reduced fee as opposed to the £9000 they would usually pay."
"My course was 52 % international students. The cheaper fees and prestige of courses is enough to attract a range of backgrounds."
"I think it attracts a lot of English and Asian students. There are surprisingly few Erasmus students or students from other EU and non-EU countries though."
"I had a couple of international students in my classes where they were translating as they went along."
"They put on welcome evenings and events for international students."
"I once attended an event where the professor said he made huge strides to get students interested from the Asian region. I thought that his efforts were well received as there is a large Asian population represented here. I do not think the same recruitment is done for students from the Caribbean or America though."
"There's lots of different support for people of various backgrounds."

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