University of Sheffield

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?


"The students' union of the university represents a great support for the students. There are different offices in which the members of staff can help you and give you suggestions for any problems whether they be economic, psychological, about accommodation or local transportation."
"There are lots of different nationalities and backgrounds on campus and our SU has officers to specifically represent these groups including an international officer, a women's officer and an LGBTQ officer. The university is very conscious of creating an inclusive and accessible atmosphere with disabled access across campus and most societies and clubs have an inclusions officer on their committees to ensure a point of contact for members with any personal concerns."
"The university has created campaigns and various activities connected with being an international community of students. There are facilities for different faiths to practise their religious beliefs and everyone, regardless of gender, background, sexual orientation or religion is made to feel welcome and at home."
"I think it does. Sheffield is very inclusive and I haven't heard of any major problems with regards to being home to a large range of backgrounds. I think that it's a very safe and welcoming place to be."
"I honestly think the uni is doing what it can. I benefit from a widening participation bursary so I can attest that they put money into it too. The campus is accepting and friendly but remains majority white. I don't think this reflects racism, but it might feel quite isolating for black students."
"We have a multi-faith chaplaincy, prayer rooms, religious societies and diverse food etc."
"I think we have a wide range of students from a diversity of social, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The university prides itself on being pro-immigration and I have relished the opportunity to study, socialise and befriend people from all over the globe."


"I think it definitely does; there are international students from a wide range of cultures."
"There is a massively diverse population and many societies run by students supporting students of different ethnicities. There are international nights at the union and around Sheffield, and an SU officer to represent the needs and worries of international students."
"Definitely. There are students from almost every country and lots of programmes, activities and societies in place to make them feel welcome and adapt to life here."
"Yes. There are all kinds of events put on by the One World cafe to bring people from different backgrounds together."
"I'd say so. I've met people from all over the world and the country from different backgrounds. There are lots of different bursaries to help those from poorer financial backgrounds."
"There are a lot of international students but I think it's mainly white and middle-class students who tend to opt for Sheffield University. I think we could improve on diversification."
"There's a huge level of diversity and there are many societies representing different cultures, which I feel is really important in making international students feel comfortable."
"Yes, I believe they have a great diversity infrastructure that supports, and provides events for, all types of people."
"It does a lot. There are many students from China (which is reflected in high-quality Chinese and Eastern eateries) but the international crowd at the University of Sheffield is huge anyway."
"We have quite big and comfortable prayer rooms in the library and most faculties for religious people."

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