UCL (University College London)

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

"UCL is indeed a global university and there are students from all backgrounds from all over the world. UCL is among only a few universities in the UK that provide bursaries for low income students from the EU and it also has other bursaries and financial awards for students from all over the world."
"The university has a dedicated student officer to manage the affairs of international students and they generally do a good job implementing policies and activities to include them."
"I am convinced that it does enough to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds. I think that there is enough support available for most people, although I'm not so sure about support for physically disabled people."
"UCL is one of the most diverse universities in the UK and around 70% of my law course is made up of international students. There's attractive support from things such as the International Student Orientation Programme and more."
"Housing in London is incredibly expensive so this will of course be reflected in student accommodation. My understanding is that the students' union is very helpful end engaged and our student reps were invited to meetings etc with the opportunity to communicate our views. The student population at the Institute of Education is very diverse, probably more so than in some other departments at UCL."
"I think it does! From what I hear my uni has summer schools to help those from less fortunate backgrounds experience a little taste of uni. There are many outreach programmes and the uni encourages its students to be involved in these. In terms of international students, I know the uni makes a lot of effort attracting students from abroad as well, which is evident in our students. My uni also brands itself as being London's global uni."
"There is a vast range of nationalities but this does not equate to backgrounds. There could be more to support those from underprivileged backgrounds."
"It definitely does, UCL actually means it when it says it's a global university. Both staff and students come from a wide range of backgrounds and I've never heard of anyone being discriminated against because of their race, nationality, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation in spite of the great variety."
"UCL is called London's global university for a reason, it attracts so many people from different backgrounds."
"With over 30,000 students, UCL has a very diverse range of backgrounds. This can also be reflected in the number of clubs representing a number of countries from all over the world. There are a bunch of cultural mini-festivals held throughout the year and the food is amazing!"

2016

"People with lower incomes could not afford to study here due to the high rent. The City is very tailored to wealthy students."
"I'm Turkish and I meet people from all around the world!"
"Yes it does. Different festivals are held every week so different ethnic backgrounds all have their UCL day."
"UCL is widely known for its international background and for supporting diversity."
"It definitely does in terms of ethnicity. However, I would say that, due to the cost of living, it may be out of reach for lower-income households despite student loans and grants. This is something that is very apparent but doesn't really bother me."
"Definitely. There are many cultural societies and there is also the international students' orientation programme for freshers. The union always holds events such as Black History Month etc."
"UCL is the university with the most international students in the UK."
"It's called London's Global University but, while there may be many races, it still has all the usual integration problems. Although people are nice, I sometimes find it hard to get over the cultural barrier as an international student."
"It does in the sense that it holds events for people of different backgrounds (ie Chinese New Year celebrations in the main quad etc)."
"I don't think UCL does much specifically to cater for students from diverse backgrounds but, given its reputation and the fact that it's in London, it does attract quite a diverse student population."

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