University of Leicester

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 university has a number of societies for people of all backgrounds, which helps with diversity and encourages people to feel more 'at home' and accepted. The city itself is very diverse and has many cultural events such as the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, which I think helps to draw people in from a diverse range of backgrounds."
"The university holds various open days and activities with different schools all over the county and country, allowing people of different backgrounds to understand HE and visit the university to get a better feel of it. By doing this, the university reaches out to people from different backgrounds. The university also has different scholarships that it gives to students and this helps with finance as well."
"I definitely think that the university supports diversity. Leicester Uni definitely offers an amazing opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds."
"Definitely, it's always doing 'widening participation' events."
"Yes, I would say so. The international office is very helpful for international students and we also have a multi-faith prayer room."
"The uni is very good at supporting diversity with lots of societies and clubs for different religions etc."
"I think Leicester is one of the most diverse cities I have ever visited. There are student societies such as ACS that have some great social events throughout the year, even other universities from the UK visit for these. The Indian society is also one of the biggest and has Bhangra nights and balls throughout the year. There is also the European student society and the Canadian society. I am so grateful to have met so many people from such a diverse range of backgrounds and I now have friends that live all over the world."
"Leicester University has the highest proportion of students from state educated backgrounds out of the top 30 UK universities. Leicester itself is the most ethnically diverse city in the UK."
"Our university has a diverse range of students. We are considered international and have facilities in China and partnerships elsewhere. Our university is also a proud part of He-for-She, where programmes attempt to achieve a 50/50 ratio of men and women on their courses. Our university is highly recommended in this area."
"We have international week before induction week, which gets everyone together."

2016

"My uni is very diverse and there are many international students as well as students of many different backgrounds, cultures, races and religions which the uni caters for. I recently noticed that my uni has a mosque for the Muslim students at the uni."
"It does. Sends out informative surveys to question students about their culture needs and whether there have been any problems etc."
"Yes, I believe it does, and through schemes such as 'Widening Participation' it is on the front foot."
"In comparison to other highly ranking universities it's really inclusive. I'm from a low income family background and the first in my family to go into any sort of higher education. I haven't once felt out of place at University of Leicester."
"I've never been to a place so diverse in my life. To put this into perspective: in my first year I lived in Halls with 19 other people (20 of us all together) and 4 of us were from the UK; everyone else was from India, Russia, Thailand, France, Finland, Nigeria, Denmark and more. It's amazing how many different people you meet, I absolutely love this aspect of Leicester."
"There are hundreds of societies to join and a lot of them are background focused so there is definitely something for everyone based on their individuality. Then there are also hobby, interest, sport and academic based societies, so I would say the university does quite a lot to cater for everyone. This is important as Leicester is now the most multi-cultural city in the UK outside of London, which is definitely reflected in the university."
"Yes, but there is a need to advertise more about their activities."
"Yes, lots of religious and country-based societies eg Christian Union, Asian Dance Soc, Nordic Society. There's also an active LGBT+ society, something for essentially everyone."
"It does so much, it is a very multicultural city and the university just exemplifies this even more with events such as Diwali and much more."
"I think they do. All the advertisements feature all different races, and that I feel is very representative of the university."

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