University of Birmingham

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

"UoB is incredibly diverse. Diversity is celebrated and bursaries are commonly provided for those of different backgrounds and socio-economic status. There are lots of mixers to try to help socialise people who are living at home, for example."
"The University of Birmingham is highly diverse as is the surrounding city. I don't think the uni needs to do much to attract a diverse range of people because I think anyone would feel comfortable applying here so long as they meet the entry requirements."
"My university offers an A2B scheme to help those from slightly disadvantaged backgrounds."
"As an EU student I feel perfectly at home and know a wide range of international students who have found a home here. As everyone speaks English, it's easy to be included and there are societies such as the Romanian Society and Sikh Society if you're having problems with the language. The uni offers opportunities to integrate students who are having difficulties."
"The university does a lot to attract and support disabled students and the students' hub and college welfare officers provide support. I can't comment on ethnic diversity."
"The university has clubs dedicated to helping international students settle in and clubs such as the Black & Ethnic Minority Association provide a place for ethnically diverse students to interact and bring up any problems they have."
"I believe the university works really hard to be able to accommodate students of all backgrounds. There is no prejudice or stigma when it comes to race, sexuality or gender. The university is also trying its best to accommodate students with disabilities, although not all sites are 100% accessible as of right now. However, Birmingham is a huge city and the prices are a little overwhelming for students from low-income backgrounds, which can be worrisome for anyone experiencing money troubles."
"The university supports students from all sorts of backgrounds. There are many foreign student support groups as well and we also have a Dubai campus now."

2016

"Definitely – Chamberlain award for the underprivileged."
"It does. Especially by encouraging different societies such as the Sikh Society, Hindu Society, Islamic Society etc to host events for all to attend."
"There are lots of societies for all different religions, ethnicities, and sexualities to make people feel very comfortable and help with making friends of the same mind."
"Yes, I think it does a lot. It has lots of international students so there are many events for international students to help them mingle, it also provides English support for those whose first language is not English. The students' union elects a sabbatical officer to help the diversity at the uni."
"I myself am from Lithuania, we have an Eastern European society and many others to represent all the cultures and countries at the university. There are many diversity related campaigns, events and surveys being run."
"Really active faith groups with a big campus presence."
"The university runs outreach events for local under-performing schools (or schools where the children are less likely to go to university) in an attempt to interest the children in higher education. The university has an A2B access system to lower the grades for candidates from less well performing schools. Also, there are many bursaries and scholarships available because money shouldn't be an issue for students who want to go into higher education."
"They have international student tea for international students. They also held Nigerian socialising events as Nigerians are one of their top enrollers. Also, I was told by one of my Nigerian friends that they had a university ambassador arrive to attract and help students enroll in courses at University of Birmingham."
"It certainly does. I'm an EU student and was offered a lot of support. English language support is also available."
"In terms of different ethnicities and religions, it is extremely diverse. There are quite a few private school educated students (more than you might expect) but this does not detract from the experience at all."

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