University of Cambridge

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

"From what I have seen so far, the university is very inclusive and has been helpful to me as an international student. Funding and financial support schemes for low-income students could be made more visible and accessible."
"I think they do. There are active societies and the students' union tries to promote diversity."
"In addition to the university and faculties' access work, there are also a large number of bursaries available to support students from lower income households. Almost all colleges have their own access officer that aims to attract and support students from a more diverse range of backgrounds."
"Union and welfare teams put in a lot of effort to include everyone equally despite the diversities."
"Cambridge works hard to get out to areas or schools that may have low application rates to ensure that students with sufficient ability are encouraged to apply (no matter their background)."

2016

"The university certainly appears to be doing much to address the elitism and lack of diversity with which it has traditionally been associated, particularly through the use of its rigorous admissions process."
"There are a lot of societies and also representatives for minorities within various bodies in university and departments."
"They do try really hard, not sure whether it's working as well as it should."
"This is difficult as it has to do with socio-economics that transcend my university. But more access schemes would be useful."
"The university tries really hard to attract and cater for a diverse range of students, but for whatever reason it doesn't seem to be working that well."
"I think the university does try hard (and I helped with some access work at my college so I know that there are regular visits organised for different socio-economic brackets), but there are very enduring preconceptions about us. These are self-perpetuating if the groups who feel like they would not belong do not apply. Hopefully, given the (very slow) progress which is being made, change can accelerate and everyone who wants to come can be made to feel that they would fit in."
"The university tries its best to attract a diverse range of backgrounds and couldn't really do much more, especially with the amazing bursaries and summer school etc. The problem lies in the inequality in the school system."
"Millions are spent every year on access programmes. I applied after being a beneficiary of such a scheme."
"Historically, access/diversity at Cambridge is poor. But lots of improvement is being made consistently."
"Overall I think yes, but there are different sectors and colleges that could do with improvement. There is a great range of backgrounds, economically and culturally, in my college. Although it is still a predominantly white population."

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