University of Bristol

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

"It's improving now. However, it needs to work hard in this area to bring diversity to the university."
"Most people seem to be from London private schools."
"The uni brings in many foreign students and many British students. However, there is a tendency to have mainly rich students. This is probably due to the cost of uni in general and not a fault of Bristol."
"The University of Bristol doesn't do as much to encourage or support students from lower income backgrounds as I'd like."
"The University of Bristol has a large proportion of its students coming from private schools."
"There is not a very diverse range of students from a range of different backgrounds, but I believe the university is trying to correct this problem."
"I think it does do enough to attract students from a range of backgrounds but, unless you apply for a maintenance loan or have financial support from home, it can be quite pricey to live in Bristol, especially if you're living closer to the university."

2016

"There are a variety of students but most are white and middle class."
"I don't think my university does very much to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds."
"It has programmes promoting diversity and caters to all different religions."
"Very middle/upper class. In my experience there are few people from state schools and those that are have normally come from specialist/grammar schools etc. It can be isolating if you're from a lower class background."
"I believe there is enough to cater for students from diverse backgrounds and Bristol is very diverse as a city. However, the majority of students seem to be white and middle class."
"There are quite a lot of foreign students but, when it comes to students from the UK, the majority of students seem to be typically white, upper-middle class and privately educated."
"Yes. There are societies for people from different backgrounds."
"I think they do okay. They do various things with international students in mind although there is an overwhelming majority of white, middle class students. Other universities can be far more diverse by representing a lot more minorities and social classes."
"There are a lot of international students at Bristol and the university offers a three-week 'welcome' to help them arrive, settle in and get the important things (eg opening a bank account) done. However, tuition and living costs are very high, making it difficult for students from lower income families to attend. Scholarships are really hard to get too, especially when coming from certain countries. Therefore, there are a lot of students from wealthy families in Bristol, making it less diverse."

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