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Is there diversity in these Universities?

I want to apply to University of Exeter, University of York, Lancaster University but my firm is going to be University of York while my insurance is going to be Exeter. I just want to ask how is the diversity in these universities as I'm Muslim and I'm worried about the lack of diversity. I'm worried that I won't make any friends or I might be isolated.
You wont have any problems at York. Theres large diveristy and people of all ethnicities are welcoming and friendly.
Original post by Anonymous
You wont have any problems at York. Theres large diveristy and people of all ethnicities are welcoming and friendly.

What about exeter and lancaster?
Original post by DeItaReality
What about exeter and lancaster?

I don't know specifically but I'm guessing they will both be fine. People are highly respectful of other people's religion especially those who are educated and at university.
As i said earlier people of all ethnicities are friendly, you've just got to reciprocate that i guess if you want to make friends. Its a two way sort of thing.
If you google 'diversity data' + uni name, this info should be publicly available.
Exeter is no were near diverse unfortunately but don’t let that stop you from going
Original post by DeItaReality
I want to apply to University of Exeter, University of York, Lancaster University but my firm is going to be University of York while my insurance is going to be Exeter. I just want to ask how is the diversity in these universities as I'm Muslim and I'm worried about the lack of diversity. I'm worried that I won't make any friends or I might be isolated.

All universities are going to have people of different religion there. Everywhere you go there will be small pockets of racism but it shouldnt really affect you. One of the benefits of going to university is to meet other students from different backgrounds. Dont limit yourself to friendships just with other muslims.
Original post by DeItaReality
What about exeter and lancaster?


Hi, One of the lancaster student reps on here posted a few months ago. I asked if i could ever copy and paste should anyone ask about diversity at Lancaster (i have an information page on here on the uni)

:As posed in a question on a previous thread on the Medicine entry thread:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...2#post93727784 Post #425
As stated from Sukhy, a 5th Year Student from Lancaster February 2021:
''Coming from West London which is a really diverse/busy/densely populated area, I was unsure what Lancaster would be like, but honestly I've had a really good time here and I rarely ever feel home sick.

The general population/demographics of the city is mostly White British, but I'd say the student population at the University is quite diverse, especially our medical school and it's getting better each year. As mentioned by a previous user, the city is pretty small, I call it a town lol, but has great train connections to big cities like Preston (20mins), Manchester (40mins), Liverpool (1hr-ish), Birmingham(2hr), London(2.5hr) - so you get a lot of students that come from Manch/Bham/London.

My personal friendship group is really diverse and I'm grateful that I met loads of people from various backgrounds through my years at uni (medics + non-medics).

Joining societies is one of the best ways to get involved in the community and meet like-minded people.
https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups?gro...tional&search=
^ you can see a list of societies here and there's loads under the heading 'International'.

Highly recommend having a look at some of these social media pages (100% not an exclusive list, I've just put a few here):

Lancaster Uni Student Union BAME officer
https://www.instagram.com/lusubameofficer/

Lancaster Uni Chaplaincy Centre
https://www.instagram.com/luchaplaincy/
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chaplaincy/
The Chaplaincy Centre is for people of all faiths and spirituality.

Lancaster Uni BME Medics Society
https://www.instagram.com/bmemedics_lancs/
We actually have a BAME society for Medics and other healthcare professionals which I think is fantastic!

Lancaster Uni African and Caribbean Society (ACS)
https://www.instagram.com/lancasteracs/
Really active on social media, they have over 700 followers, close knit community and hold regular social events.
Lancaster Uni Indian Society
https://www.instagram.com/luindiansociety/
https://www.facebook.com/lancasterindian
Again really active society, holds regular events, has over 1000 likes on their Facebook page.
Lancaster Uni Islamic Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancsisoc/
Lancaster Uni Sikh Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancaster_sikhsoc/
Lancaster Uni Hindu Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancasterhindusociety/
Lancaster Uni Pakistani Society
https://www.instagram.com/lupakistanisociety/
Lancaster Uni Tamil Society
https://www.instagram.com/lutamilsoc/?hl=en-gb
Many of the above South Asian societies came together and held a 'South Asian Winter Ball' last year which was a great success
Lancaster Uni Filipino Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancsfilsoc/?hl=en-gb
Lancaster Uni Kazakhstan Society
https://www.facebook.com/groups/157910803649/


Interesting fact: I have medic friends involved in every society that I've listed above, many of them are actually on the execs! That's what I love about these societies, they give you something to do outside of medicine, they are like a home away from home, and a great opportunity to make friends with non-medics and collaborate with other societies.

I hope this helps, feel free to get in touch with the societies that you might be interested in and definitely get involved with them if you're with us in October 2021!

Best wishes,
Sukhy
5th Yr Lancaster Med Student ''
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Original post by 𝓖𝓱𝓸𝓼𝓽𝓵𝓪𝓭𝔂
Hi, One of the lancaster student reps on here posted a few months ago. I asked if i could ever copy and paste should anyone ask about diversity at Lancaster (i have an information page on here on the uni)

:As posed in a question on a previous thread on the Medicine entry thread:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...2#post93727784 Post #425
As stated from Sukhy, a 5th Year Student from Lancaster February 2021:
''Coming from West London which is a really diverse/busy/densely populated area, I was unsure what Lancaster would be like, but honestly I've had a really good time here and I rarely ever feel home sick.

The general population/demographics of the city is mostly White British, but I'd say the student population at the University is quite diverse, especially our medical school and it's getting better each year. As mentioned by a previous user, the city is pretty small, I call it a town lol, but has great train connections to big cities like Preston (20mins), Manchester (40mins), Liverpool (1hr-ish), Birmingham(2hr), London(2.5hr) - so you get a lot of students that come from Manch/Bham/London.

My personal friendship group is really diverse and I'm grateful that I met loads of people from various backgrounds through my years at uni (medics + non-medics).

Joining societies is one of the best ways to get involved in the community and meet like-minded people.
https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups?gro...tional&search=
^ you can see a list of societies here and there's loads under the heading 'International'.

Highly recommend having a look at some of these social media pages (100% not an exclusive list, I've just put a few here):

Lancaster Uni Student Union BAME officer
https://www.instagram.com/lusubameofficer/

Lancaster Uni Chaplaincy Centre
https://www.instagram.com/luchaplaincy/
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chaplaincy/
The Chaplaincy Centre is for people of all faiths and spirituality.

Lancaster Uni BME Medics Society
https://www.instagram.com/bmemedics_lancs/
We actually have a BAME society for Medics and other healthcare professionals which I think is fantastic!

Lancaster Uni African and Caribbean Society (ACS)
https://www.instagram.com/lancasteracs/
Really active on social media, they have over 700 followers, close knit community and hold regular social events.
Lancaster Uni Indian Society
https://www.instagram.com/luindiansociety/
https://www.facebook.com/lancasterindian
Again really active society, holds regular events, has over 1000 likes on their Facebook page.
Lancaster Uni Islamic Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancsisoc/
Lancaster Uni Sikh Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancaster_sikhsoc/
Lancaster Uni Hindu Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancasterhindusociety/
Lancaster Uni Pakistani Society
https://www.instagram.com/lupakistanisociety/
Lancaster Uni Tamil Society
https://www.instagram.com/lutamilsoc/?hl=en-gb
Many of the above South Asian societies came together and held a 'South Asian Winter Ball' last year which was a great success
Lancaster Uni Filipino Society
https://www.instagram.com/lancsfilsoc/?hl=en-gb
Lancaster Uni Kazakhstan Society
https://www.facebook.com/groups/157910803649/


Interesting fact: I have medic friends involved in every society that I've listed above, many of them are actually on the execs! That's what I love about these societies, they give you something to do outside of medicine, they are like a home away from home, and a great opportunity to make friends with non-medics and collaborate with other societies.

I hope this helps, feel free to get in touch with the societies that you might be interested in and definitely get involved with them if you're with us in October 2021!

Best wishes,
Sukhy
5th Yr Lancaster Med Student ''

Thanks for that.
Exeter not really at all, York deffo and Lancaster as said above imo
Original post by Anonymous
Exeter not really at all, York deffo and Lancaster as said above imo

Do you think the university has diversity while the city doesn't? Also do you have like any data or anything for York or exeter so I can see?
When I was there Exeter as both a uni and city was definitely very white and middle class/upper middle class. There were of course students of colour and student socs to support them but compared to e.g. Cambridge where I later worked, it was much less diverse at Exeter in my opinion.

That said I think the department of Arabic and middle Eastern studies at Exeter is quite well established and does attract both secular scholars and religious Muslim individuals to study and research there, so for Muslims there might be a bit more representation on campus due to more staff and research students who are Muslim being there. So it may be better in terms of Muslim community specifically there (Vs diversity in general).
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Original post by DeItaReality
Do you think the university has diversity while the city doesn't? Also do you have like any data or anything for York or exeter so I can see?


honestly I'm not sure on data I'm sure you can Google it, I'm just going off my experiences from having friends at and having visit all 3 over the past few years. Lancaster as a city is quite small and out the way which generally means it will be much less diverse than places such as London Birmingham or Manchester. but for Lancaster I would deffo say the campus feels really diverse and has a really nice atmosphere, also the university community seems fairly contained and in my experience quite separate to the local people from Lancaster itself. I know least about york as I've only visited twice but from the time I've spent there in the uni halls it seemed to be significantly more diverse than most uk unis outside London and again was a really nice place. Personally I found Exeter quite an odd place and I might be a bit biased because someone I know had a bad experience there and I can only talk about the uni not the city itself but it's quite a white upper middle class dominated uni with a lot of private school kids who are massively supported by there parents and in my opinion it can also be quite cliquey. I'm sure if you want some more set statistics you can Google them but I just thought I'd share my opinions on all 3
Original post by Anonymous
honestly I'm not sure on data I'm sure you can Google it, I'm just going off my experiences from having friends at and having visit all 3 over the past few years. Lancaster as a city is quite small and out the way which generally means it will be much less diverse than places such as London Birmingham or Manchester. but for Lancaster I would deffo say the campus feels really diverse and has a really nice atmosphere, also the university community seems fairly contained and in my experience quite separate to the local people from Lancaster itself. I know least about york as I've only visited twice but from the time I've spent there in the uni halls it seemed to be significantly more diverse than most uk unis outside London and again was a really nice place. Personally I found Exeter quite an odd place and I might be a bit biased because someone I know had a bad experience there and I can only talk about the uni not the city itself but it's quite a white upper middle class dominated uni with a lot of private school kids who are massively supported by there parents and in my opinion it can also be quite cliquey. I'm sure if you want some more set statistics you can Google them but I just thought I'd share my opinions on all 3

Tbh I agree with you that University of Exeter is a white place as one of my friends told me they applied there but they rejected the offer as they didn't like it. Although I mostly want to go to York as you told me it's quite a diverse place to go to. Thanks for your experience as I really appreciate it.
Hi I'm applying to york too (I'm black and I have the same concerns about diversity as you). I have a couple black friends who go there and they say that while it's defo not as diverse as some of the midlands unis you should still be able to find "your people" but idk coz some of the photos from the uni dont look so convincing lol
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Original post by DeItaReality
I want to apply to University of Exeter, University of York, Lancaster University but my firm is going to be University of York while my insurance is going to be Exeter. I just want to ask how is the diversity in these universities as I'm Muslim and I'm worried about the lack of diversity. I'm worried that I won't make any friends or I might be isolated.

It's strange that you only applied to unis in small cities if diversity is a big issue for you as tbh they will all be less diverse than unis in bigger cities. But I'm sure you will make friends wherever you go if you are open to making friends with people from all different cultures

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