According to UWL, over 60% of its students are the first in their immediate family to study at university and two-thirds come from ethnic minorities.
Commenting on the award, Professor Peter John CBE, UWL vice-chancellor and president said:
“I am delighted that UWL has been named University of the Year for Social Inclusion in this newest University Guide. Equality of opportunity and inclusion is in our DNA, and we are proud of our diverse student community. We are committed to being a beacon of widening participation, extending the reach of higher education to those who have been traditionally excluded from it.”
Alastair McCall, editor of the Daily Mail University Guide said of UWL: “UWL has one of the most diverse student bodies of any university. Its statistics on social inclusion are seriously impressive.”
He added: “Among many impressive candidates for our University of the Year for Social Inclusion award, UWL stood out. It changes lives for many of its students, who acknowledge this by delivering some of the most consistently excellent student satisfaction ratings. This is a university that doesn’t merely pay lip service to social inclusion, it delivers it with every new intake, offering opportunities that many simply would not get elsewhere.”