Johanna Novales, Izzie Harvey (Engineering Faculty Office)
Mainland Chinese students at UCL, including in UCL Engineering, face specific challenges with belonging and wellbeing that are often not visible to staff or even other students until the problems become severe. While Covid has exacerbated the problem, the issues pre-date the pandemic. Through surveys and interviews with Chinese students, we have gained perspective on how issues relating both to British and Chinese culture impact their experiences. We present an overview of the challenges and our recommendations to begin addressing what is a very complex issue. Solutions we recommend include tools specifically for students as well as staff to navigate both practical and cultural differences. We hope that these ideas can also be adapted to address belonging and wellbeing for other student cohorts at UCL.