University of Kent
Please let us know whether you think your university does enough to attract and cater for students from a diverse range of backgrounds?
"Kent does a lot to encourage people from all over the country and beyond. There are bursaries available for those from poorer backgrounds and its work with partner schools in Kent aims to encourage people to go to any university."
"It is the European university and it definitely lives up to that name! There are lots of Erasmus students as well as international students and everyone is represented through cultural societies and groups."
"It's called the UK's European university for a reason and you will definitely see that on campus. There are societies for people from diverse backgrounds to join and participate in. Those societies allow you to meet similar individuals and they tend to hold their own events occasionally to promote who they are and allow people to learn more about them."
"It is very accommodating to any disability needs and I am part of a couple of disability groups that I was invited to as a disabled student. The societies can be race or ethnicity specific so that helps others to feel welcome too."
"I'm part of the student ambassador scheme and we put effort into trying to get local kids from disadvantaged areas interested in university in general."
"I think the school is very welcoming and supportive to diverse backgrounds but it is still evident that there is a gap. For example, although there are clubs and societies that exist for diverse backgrounds, they are not promoted as much as others."
"The University of Kent is self-proclaimed the 'European university' and, although I don't know what it is like in other universities around the UK, you can definitely see a big variety of people from all over the world. Not only Europe but the US, India, Asia and many others."
"The uni organises a range of activities for students from foreign countries, such as visits to Leeds Castle or morning socials. On top of that, there is English writing support and an English language programme for students who do not have English as their first language."
"There is a special bursary awarded by the university for students from low-income and diverse backgrounds, which helps to attract a diverse range of students."
"Kent prides itself on being the UK's European university, with campuses across Europe and a high number of international students. The university makes sure to take care of the different cultural needs."
"Kent is one of the best, if not the best, university for international students. There is so much support provided, including on-campus accommodation for all years at university."
"There is a festival that promotes diversity and there are other events for students of different backgrounds."
"The university has many international students so you are bound to hear multiple languages on your way to and from lectures. Also, people of all income backgrounds attend the University of Kent. Many of my friends come from different backgrounds but we all get on really well as everyone is considered equal at the university."
"I think it does due to to the fantastic support it gives all students. For international students, they offer an English class to help them with complex texts and other problems as well as a student adviser that can help them with essays. For students with a disability, the uni can cater to that and have specialist support for students who require it. All students can ask for help from the student advisory service, whether it's about careers or for checking essays by reading them through. If there are any problems generally, they can help with that too."
"I think it does because it is the UK's European university. I think that a large amount of the student population is from other countries."
"International nights, international food festival, international fayre in March."
"They do attract people from all corners of the globe. There are several open days and they offer work experience in other countries, which creates an international presence."
"It's a European university and has bases in Athens, Brussels and Paris. There are many societies/networks for foreign students."
"We are the UK's European university! We have links to universities all over the world and offer exchange programmes and years-abroad experiences."