University of Leeds

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

"The students' union has a student exec who actively campaign on issues they feel are important for students of diverse backgrounds. The student body votes the exec in so it's fairly democratic. The university community takes the election period very seriously and engages the students with debate. It's a very lively time and an important time to voice the needs of students from diverse backgrounds."
"The University of Leeds accommodates students with various religious beliefs. The university has schemes to encourage and help students from lower income families."
"The societies appeal to a diverse range of ethnicities (many different religious and political societies, for example) and the language centre is advanced in their help and facilities for those who cannot speak English or wish to speak other languages."
"The uni is pretty representative and makes international students feel at home."
"Without a doubt! There's a very diverse cohort of students who are extremely well integrated into university life. The university offers a lot of support, guidance and help for all students regardless of background."
"I think it definitely does. Students from low-income backgrounds are given the chance to apply for scholarships or offered financial support. There are societies consisting of large groups of people from varying ethnicities and religions and the university tries to accommodate this by adding appropriate facilities. These include prayer rooms in libraries and gender-neutral bathrooms in common university areas."
"There are 'access to Leeds' programmes in place to support those from all backgrounds to be able to attend the university. The union is also very aware and active in issues of diversity and inequality. The union does lots to make the student population very aware of such issues and gives support to students that need it."

2016

"Absolutely. There's a very large number of students from many backgrounds, though certain groups naturally tend to stick together."
"Leeds offers scholarships to lots of students for both academic achievement and for overcoming diversity. They are well advertised and easy to apply for. The scholarship programme is unique in the number of students it supports both financially and by providing welfare. It really makes a difference to less advantaged applicants."
"Grants are available to help students from less advantaged backgrounds. Access to Leeds means people are given equal opportunities to apply."
"There is a wide range of societies for people from different countries such as the East African society and French society."
"I think it could be more inclusive but it does okay."
"I know that there are lots of different societies for different ethnicities and they all tend to put on different nights where they introduce their cultures to others. Also, there are lots of different culture awareness weeks that people from any background can join."
"There's loads to attract students from all backgrounds, there's not really anything more they could do."
"As someone with mixed heritage, I do feel that enough is done. However, I do know that some groups feel under-represented."
"There's a lot of international students and things are provided for them to make sure Leeds is a welcoming place."

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