Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Understanding LGBTQUIA+ Student Experiences

The Queering University programme is seeking a better institutional understanding of LGBTQUIA+ student experiences at Warwick. In pursuit of this, the programme has:

  • Launched the first LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey in February 2022, which received 342 student responses, including 53 trans respondents.
  • Explored 2021/22 LGBTQUIA+ student prevalence, withdrawal, and attainment data with the support of the Strategic Planning & Analytics team.

You can explore the programme's findings by topic below.

2022/2023 student population

  • 3,392 students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community on their student records. This equated to 11.3% of the student population (compared to 11.1% last academic year).
    • 10.2% of students did not declare enough information to determine whether they are LGBTQUA+, compared to 10.7% last academic year. (Students are not currently asked whether they are intersex.)
  • 21.7% Arts students (730), 10.7% of SEM students (1,439), and 9.2% of Social Sciences faculty students (1,202) declared that they're LGBTQUIA+ on their student records.
  • 14.0% of PGRs (349), 8.9% of PGTs (701), 12.2% of UGs (2.254), 7.0% of degree apprenticeship students (64), 10.8% of Foundation students (22), as well as 6.9% of students on short courses (20) declared that they're LGBTQUIA+ on their student records.
  • By year group, the following UG students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community.
    • 12.0% of year 1 UG students (9.8% not known i.e. did not declare sufficient information to be categorised)
    • 11.7% of year 2 UG students (7.8% not known)
    • 12.9% of year 3 UG students (9.0% not known)
    • 11.7% of year 4 UG students (13.2% not known)
  • By year group, the following PGR students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community.
    • 18.1% of year 1 PGR students (10.8% not known)
    • 15.4% of year 2 PGR students (12.5% not known)
    • 12.9% of year 3 PGR students (12.3% not known)
    • 11.5% of year 4 PGR students (17.1% not known)
  • Successive cohorts of PGR students have an increasing percentage of students who explicitly declare that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community. Part of this increase may be the result of an increase in the disclosure rate of LGBTQUIA+ demographic questions.
  • We have not seen a significant increase in the number of students who declare that they are LGBTQUIA+ as they progress through their course, suggesting that the majority of students who will identify as LGBTQUIA+ whilst at the University do so from enrolment. For example:
    • For UG students who enrolled in 2021/22: 11.4% declared LGBTQUIA+ in year 1, and 11.7% in year 2 (+0.3pp).
    • For UG students who enrolled in 2020/21: 13.0% declared LGBTQUIA+ in year 2, and 12.9% in year 3 (-0.1pp).
    • For PGR students who enrolled in 2021/22: 16.2% declared LGBTQUIA+ in year 1, and 15.4% in year 2 (-0.8pp).
    • For PGR students who enrolled in 2020/21: 13.0% declared LGBTQUIA+ in year 2, and 12.9% in year 3 (-0.1pp).
  • Some decrease may be as a result of the disproportionate rates of withdrawal for LGBTQUIA+ students, or of students who choose not to disclose LGBTQUIA+ demographic data on subsequent re-enrolment forms annually.
  • There is significant variation in the prevalence of LGBTQUIA+ at a departmental level, from 6.3% of WBS students to 29.0% of School of Creative Arts, Performance, and Visual Cultures.
  • 12.8% of UK domiciled students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community, compared to 9.0% of non-UK domiciled students. Disclosure rates are similar, at 90.7% and 88.7%.
  • 15.3% of white students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community, compared to 8.1% of BAME students. Disclosure rates are similar, at 90.4% and 91.1%.
  • In terms of specific sexual orientations within the Warwick student community:
    • 78.8% of students identify as heterosexual and/or straight
    • 10.1% of students did not disclose their sexual orientation
    • 4.7% of students identity as bi, bisexual, or bi+
    • 2.4% of students choose not to define their sexual orientation
    • 1.2% of students identify as gay men
    • 0.8% identify as asexual and/or on the asexual spectrum
    • 0.7% identify as gay women and/or lesbians
    • 0.6% identify as queer
    • 0.4% identify with a sexual orientation not listed in the response options

2021/22 student population

  • 3,299 students explicitly declared that they are part of the LGBTQUIA+ community on their student records. This equated to 11.1% of the student population.
    • 10.7% of students did not declare enough information to determine whether they are LGBTQUA+. (Students are not currently asked whether they are intersex.)
  • 276 students explicitly declared that their gender identity is different to the gender they were assigned at birth. This equated to 0.9% of the student population.
  • 21.1% Arts students (675), 10.6% of SEM students (1425), and 9.1% of Social Sciences faculty students (1182) declared that they're LGBTQUIA+ on their student records.
    • Approximately half of survey respondents were from the SEM faculty, with approximately a quarter each of respondents from the Social Sciences and Arts faculties. As such, Social Sciences faculty students were underrepresented in the survey responses.
  • 13.7% of PGRs (355), 9.1% of PGTs (773), 11.8% of UGs (2100), 6.9% of degree apprenticeship students (45), 8.7% of Foundation students (15), as well as 5.6% of students on short courses (39) declared that they're LGBTQUIA+ on their student records.
    • 3 in 4 survey respondents to the LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey were undergraduates, 1 in 4 were postgraduates. Undergraduate and postgraduate research students were well represented compared to their population sizes. Postgraduate taught were under-represented. There were 7 foundation student respondents, which although a small sample size, means that foundation students were not specifically under-represented.
  • 1 in 4 survey respondents (26%) to the LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey identified as disabled.
  • 1 in 6 survey respondents (17%) to the LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey were from an ethnic minority.
  • 1 in 6 survey respondents (16%) to the LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey were trans.
  • There was 1 intersex respondent to the LGBTQUIA+ Student Experience Survey.