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Does it have many black people basically? Lol
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I'm from london! & planning to go to UOB
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I'm from london! & planning to go to UOB
Me too! Us Londoners need to unite, don't matter what colour we are. LOL!
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I'm from london! & planning to go to UOB
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Me too! Us Londoners need to unite, don't matter what colour we are. LOL!
Unfortunately I didn't firm Birmingham in the end :argh: I'm sorry to leave you guys before our crew even started..
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I genuinely don't mean this to offend anyone, but being white myself and the fact I live in England means I'm used to being around white people more (Mainly Anglo-Saxon, but also Mediterranean) and so at university it would be nice to have some kind of ethnic groups around just for a bit of 'home comfort'. It's not a huge concern but I'm just a bit curious. So basically my question to put it bluntly is, does Birmingham University have many ethnical white people or even many English people at the uni? Particularly in engineering courses? (I don't mean international students just to clarify)

Thanks and sorry if any offence was caused.


I'm not trying to make any social comment, just illustrating that the OP's question is bizarre.
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I genuinely don't mean this to offend anyone, but being black myself and the fact I live in South London means I'm used to being around ethnic minorities more (Mainly Black, but also Asian) and so at university it would be nice to have some kind of ethnic groups around just for a bit of 'home comfort'. It's not a huge concern but I'm just a bit curious. So basically my question to put it bluntly is, does Birmingham University have many ethnic/black people or even many Londoners at the uni? Particularly in engineering courses? (I don't mean international students just to clarify)

Thanks and sorry if any offence was caused.

Don't know about the engineering courses but in general yeah there are LOADS of londoners and I think the uni has a really good ethnic mix. Literally 90% of my friends in university are from London as they want to stay in a big city + be close to London but also experience living the proper university life away from home. Birmingham is one of the most diverse cities - approx half the city is minority based. There are lots of Black kids and to be honest, they all tend to stick together - all my black friends know all the other Black people LOL.

There's also an African-Caribbean society which is a big one for a lot of the Black kids to join. Also, this uni is super asian so dw about it. x
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Hi, I was wondering what the Afro Caribbean society was like, I'm thinking of forming UOB but I just want to make sure there's a good ethnic mix, rather than feel isolated or lonely, because from what I heard Birmingham Uni was a very "white" (to say) which made other ethnicitys feel left out
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Hi, I was wondering what the Afro Caribbean society was like, I'm thinking of forming UOB but I just want to make sure there's a good ethnic mix, rather than feel isolated or lonely, because from what I heard Birmingham Uni was a very "white" (to say) which made other ethnicitys feel left out
Hey! I'm a final year at Birmingham uni, and i also happen to be a black female lol so I thought it might be helpful if i replied to your comment.

Firstly, I have been part of ACS for three years and it's really great. It's actually one of the largest societies on campus. Birmingham as a city is naturally very diverse, so as that diversity increases so does the demographic of the university. There's many ethnic students that come from all over the UK to study here, and also internationals, so it's quite a diverse mix.

There's also other societies such as ADF (African Development Forum) and BEMA (Black and ethnic minority Association) which is quite huge, and there's also a Nigerian Society as well (for my 9ja peeps out there :P).

So in short, yes, there is a good mix. Of course the diversity will differ depending on the course you do (a lot of ethnic minorities at bham uni tend to do either social sciences or law) but that shouldn't discourage you from going just because you aren't in those departments. Plus part of going to uni is being able to live and study with people from all over, including those who aren't ethnic minority. So, although I can't promise there will be a diverse mix in your course, know that vast majority of the people here are really friendly (so please don't worry about feeling isolated!), the lecturers are great, and there's plenty of societies about for you to mingle and socialise with other ethnic minorities if you want to as well.

Hope this helps!
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Aww thank you so much! that really did help and I'm actually planning on studying sociology and social policy, I was really nervous about picking UOB as my first choice but from your comment I'm quite positive about it.
If you don't mind are there any other good things or bad things you think I should know before making a definite choice
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(Original post by martin jol)
I genuinely don't mean this to offend anyone, but being white myself and the fact I live in England means I'm used to being around white people more (Mainly Anglo-Saxon, but also Mediterranean) and so at university it would be nice to have some kind of ethnic groups around just for a bit of 'home comfort'. It's not a huge concern but I'm just a bit curious. So basically my question to put it bluntly is, does Birmingham University have many ethnical white people or even many English people at the uni? Particularly in engineering courses? (I don't mean international students just to clarify)

Thanks and sorry if any offence was caused.


I'm not trying to make any social comment, just illustrating that the OP's question is bizarre.
it wasn't a bizarre question at all. No one wants to stand out/be out of their comfort zone.
I as well only want to go to a uni with a good ethnic mix as I thing it's always so interesting to meet people of different backgrounds without any one outrightly standing out.

Birimingham uni i think does have a good ethnic mix - it is a large city after all so is bound to
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Aww thank you so much! that really did help and I'm actually planning on studying sociology and social policy, I was really nervous about picking UOB as my first choice but from your comment I'm quite positive about it.
If you don't mind are there any other good things or bad things you think I should know before making a definite choice
There's alot to say to be honest! But I'll try and sum it up in bullet points:

Pros
- The Campus is absolutely beautiful! Unlike some Uni's which tend to be scattered around the city, Bham has it's own large central campus in Edgbaston, and most accommodation is very close to the campus as well. Plus the University has it's own train station which only takes about 5 minutes to get to the city centre (New Street station) so it's convenient to get to other places around the city and beyond.

- Prestige: University of Birmingham is a Russell group/Redbrick university, which is highly regarded by employers. (We were actually voted University of the Year last year in 'The Times' and the 'Sunday Times' Good university guide because of it) http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...sity-2013.aspx

- Excellent Teaching/Lecturers

- Brilliant facilities (plus a new sports centre and central library opening in sept 2016)

- Diverse student body (which is represented in the amount of societies we have)

- Birmingham has really good nightlife, and as I said it's really easy to get from the Uni area to the city centre by train

-Careers services at the University are really helpful (and apparently they won a national award for their work), and I've been able to get a lot of help from them regarding graduate schemes and internships during my time at University

Cons

- The only con I can think of is the fact that in first year sometimes the course modules can be quite 'eurocentric' and don't allow for much scope in other geographical areas like Asia, Africa etc. (unless you do a specialised undergrad course) which annoyed me, particularly since I'm really interested in studying about emerging markets/developing countries. However, once you reach 2nd year and develop a specialism you have much more scope to pick what personally interests you, including through an MOMD (Module outside your Main discipline) which enables you to pick modules from a wide range of other departments other than your own.
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Hey, a black first year at UoB here. I understand exactly why you're asking, I had the same thoughts before coming. Technically UoB is like 1/4 ish BME. I thought there'd be more black people than there actually are tbh. It's not a ridiculously low level though. A lot of the black people in my year know each other. Joining ACS is a good way to meet everyone quite quickly, I would really really recommend that. Not only will you meet other people from a similar background but there are all sorts of opportunities from debating events to networking events with companies like PwC and Deloitte. I'm from North London and the ethnic mix at home is totally different and Birmingham is so different (I literally only just found a place to buy plantain near to my uni last week) but it's nowhere near the worst. Birmingham is the most ethnically diverse Russell Group uni outside of London.

The city itself has a great ethnic mix. The area that UoB is in, does not. All other universities in the city are more ethnically diverse than UoB. However, when I speak to my friends at other RG units (for example Exeter) I realise that I have it relatively good. You'll be fine, everyone gravitates together quite early on.
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This is is another question, are there lots of Asians in Birmingham uni especially the medical school part, as in not just south asians but also south east and East Asians ?
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