University of St Andrews

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

"St Andrews attracts those who can afford it. It is an unwritten requirement due to high rent."
"The university doesn't provide enough affordable accommodation."
"The private accommodation in St Andrews is shockingly expensive. Even the university-managed accommodation is getting ridiculous now. More dialogue needs to take place between the university and local council to make sure that those students who are not as well off as others are not dissuaded from attending this otherwise amazing university."
"I think the university has a good programme for giving out grants and scholarships to attract students from less advantaged backgrounds."
"I personally think it doesn't do enough. There's not that much funding available if you're from a poor background. The ratio of state school pupils to private is worryingly low. Don't let that put you off though, it can't change if more working class people don't apply."
"There are events catered to different groups of people and the talks organised have a very broad range of topics. The support for the societies is amazing too as they provide a social environment for very diverse people sharing one common interest."

2016

"The university does a lot to attract American students in particular. There are also a lot of Chinese students. There definitely is diversity but some populations are under-represented while others are over-represented."
"I don't think they do enough because they need more scholarships and cheaper accommodation. However, they are trying to improve on this."
"I'm not sure exactly. There are scholarships available for students from low income backgrounds and the uni attracts a lot of students from Europe and America in particular."
"Yes, plenty of events and clubs are held where students from all over the world can meet and socialise."
"It caters for a lot of nationalities, just not enough for those from lower economic backgrounds."
"Every year the university manages to widen access a little bit more. There are many more opportunities for international students to come as well."
"St Andrews has a very diverse student body in terms of the range of nationalities, particularly in terms of students from North America. However, I feel that the university isn't very diverse in other ways as the majority of its students do come from the same wealthy and privileged background."
"It's very diverse in terms of nationality. In terms of overall students, it does feel that most people are upper and middle class."

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