University of Surrey

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

"I think the In2Surrey scheme is really good for people coming from disadvantaged families and you can given get up to £2000 if you surpass your original offer (grades). That said, if you come from a family that does not have a lot of money, there is not so much to help you once you're here."
"The university is extremely diverse and students come from a range of backgrounds."
"The campus and the staff are totally diverse and international and there is help and support for everyone regarding visas, student services and accommodation services etc."
"The staff themselves are multinational so they understand international students very well."
"I think it does as there are large numbers of foreign students from different backgrounds. Perhaps it could do more to target people from working class and less well off backgrounds, but it is doing a good job."
"The university students and staff are totally diverse and international. The students' union does special events and weeks for minorities."
"The students' union in particular works very hard to be inclusive of people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, religions, cultures and abilities. They are becoming more and more conscious of the importance of inclusivity and are working hard to be as inclusive as possible."
"We have a very large international student population with a range of societies catering to people from across the world."
"The diversity at university is very good. There are a lot of different nationalities and ethnicities."

2016

"There are loads of international students and quite a mixed population but I think they could do more to attract people from a wider range of backgrounds from within the UK."
"We have lots of student nights and international celebrations including One World Week and One World Gala."
"Yes, we run a mentoring programme for at-risk individuals trying to get into university."
"There are many societies for people from different countries that organise many events that are open to everyone. We've also got many different types of food markets and everyone from anywhere is welcome."
"Surrey has partnership universities all around the world and offers opportunities to exchange students in second year for some subjects. All students who come from outside the EU are offered student accommodation for all years rather than just the first."
"Yes, they do a lot. The university has a lot of international students and some come from exchange programmes from universities abroad."
"I think they could do more in terms of club nights and focus on things like black history month."
"They do a lot including theme nights in the nightclub and they host a range of international societies."
"There are students from all over the UK, from all different backgrounds."

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