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?

2017

"Birmingham is a very diverse city in itself. There are lots of clubs and societies specifically targeted at different ethnicities and religions within the university and all religious celebrations are observed at the university."
"I think it does a good job at attracting students from a range of backgrounds as well as offering a course on inequality and unconscious bias in science. As a gay man, I have never been made to feel unwelcome."
"It has equality and equal opportunities. A good addition is a funded 'equality and diversity certificate' that you can do on the university website. It always looks good on a CV."
"It's very diverse with people from different ethnicities and good bursaries offered to those who live in Birmingham, achieve good A level grades and come from lower income backgrounds."
"I think the A to B scheme is meant to attract more people from a wealth of backgrounds but it could be more accessible to people who need it. Also, the university population is majority white and upper class it seems, which is reflective of typical Russell Group unis."
"Yes, our university is one of the most international ones of the country. I've met people from back home in Togo, which is a very small country in Africa that people haven't often heard of."
"Diversity is a strong issue for UoB and I think the university is really supportive and accommodating to most groups of people regardless of their ethnic background or sexual orientation, which makes the campus a very 'open' place. I think diversity is one of the strong aspects of UoB."
"Birmingham is a very ethnically diverse city and the student population reflects this. There are student groups for every religion and, as there are many international students, we have societies for many countries such as Romania and Sri Lanka etc. The women's society and the LGBTQ+ society are very active. I don't know how much support there is for disabled students."
"It attracts students from a diverse range of backgrounds and there are opportunities for international students to study at our university. It also offers grants for families with a lower income and there are lots of societies promoting diversity and social awareness."
"Birmingham is a diverse city so the uni reflects that. It values support and encourages diversity and provides the opportunity for people from different backgrounds, countries and upbringings to come together. There is now an international community in one of the accommodation villages, which brings people from different countries on years abroad to come and live together and bond with each other and people from the UK. There are representatives (or officers) in the students' union who are students and take a year from their study to represent a certain aspect of the uni including an officer for 'representation and resources' and another for 'housing and community', so anyone struggling can go to them. The support system in uni is also amazing and those who are homesick or experiencing problems can either go to their welfare officer in their department or use the student-run 'NightLine' and seek referral to a councillor. It's all there in one place and students are constantly reminded of these resources so they know they are well looked after."

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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