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    Just started bsc psychology at Leicester - trickier than I anticipated but hey.

    I have noticed something unusual about the intake which I'd like to get views on, i.e. What's happening on other courses

    The year is 240 - 250 students. Maybe 30 males and so 210 females. Of that say 100 are Caucasian, and say 150 are .... not.

    The demographic make up of U.K. Society based on census information is say 80% white British. So if this were reflected On the course, approx 190 to 200 people would be Caucasian.

    So the psychology course at Leicester is 12.5% male and 40% Caucasian, both groups are under represented.

    So if psychology doesn't appeal to males, similar to nursing then ok.

    What I don't understand is whether psychology does not appeal to Caucasian girls and boys or is the university positively discriminating or actively recruiting black and Asian students?
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    These demographics are pretty similar across most universities, particularly areas such as London and Leicester.
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    Do you mean because Leicester has a diverse ethnical mix and that results in this being reflected in the student population?

    Is this the reason? In a word - no.

    There are very few local people in comparison to people from all over the country and beyond, so its nothing to do with Leicester people attending the local university.

    Its more likely positive recruitment, which means a demographic has been 'preferred'
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    That psychology appeals to two fifths of the white population of the UK and to three fifths of black and asian students .... and if this is true then every university will report similar statistical splits
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    Do you mean because Leicester has a diverse ethnical mix and that results in this being reflected in the student population?

    Is this the reason? In a word - no.

    There are very few local people in comparison to people from all over the country and beyond, so its nothing to do with Leicester people attending the local university.

    Its more likely positive recruitment, which means a demographic has been 'preferred'
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    That psychology appeals to two fifths of the white population of the UK and to three fifths of black and asian students .... and if this is true then every university will report similar statistical splits
    I meant that certain cities attract more international students, not local students staying at local universities.

    And I'd be interested if there was any evidence suggesting psychology has a more diverse/international background at the same university than any other subject.
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    Sounds like a study for someone out there ......
 
 
 
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