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?

2018

"UCL has received an award regarding its diversity of students."
"I feel the teaching body at UCL is very diverse and switched on regarding students' needs, whereas the management still have some way to go."
"University College London is more than diverse, there is no language you won't hear on campus. It is truly a global university and there is support for a wide range of concerns with a dedicated team of experts to help where necessary."
"I think it does. I see a lot of events going on in the main square in relation to a variety of backgrounds. I also think that the university would support most new ideas in relation to increasing diversity and support for students from a range of backgrounds."
"Running under the slogan 'London's Global University', UCL features a highly diverse student population where everyone feels welcome."
"UCL has a strong equality, diversity and inclusion committee and network for both staff and student issues. The uni has always welcomed and encouraged diversity since the late 1870s when it became the first university in Britain to admit women on equal terms to men. UCL was founded to provide academic opportunities to non-Anglicans and placed no restrictions on race, class or religion of its students. In terms of academics, UCL offers a wide variety of subjects beyond just the traditional ones but recognises new disciplines, including many of the social sciences. I cannot think of a more diverse university than UCL."
"UCL feels like one of the most multicultural universities there is. It has a society for nearly every background, offering multicultural films, food, activities and celebrations. The on-campus food offerings are very diverse and high quality and are often cooked by people from the relevant country. There are a great many students from abroad in attendance at UCL, probably because of its global reputation. Being in a city like London also helps diversity and racism is rare in my experience."
"UCL is one of the most diverse universities that I have attended or visited. There are plenty of societies that actually cater to foreign cultures and people, so even if you come in from abroad you can get a feel of home from those around you."

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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