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    Hi,

    I am planning on studying a maths degree next year at either Loughborough or Southampton. I have an offer from each; ABB and AAB respectively. I should get both sets of grades, but I cannot decide which university I should go to.

    I went to Loughborough a few weeks ago and loved it. Yesterday I went to Southampton, and I liked it, but not as much as Loughborough.

    I need advice on where to go. I know Southampton on paper is a better University and that it is in the Russell group, and I was wondering how much difference this would make to an employer. Would they mind if I had a first from Southampton or Loughborough? I feel like if I'm somewhere where I enjoy I'm far more likely to do better, and I guess that a first from Lboro would be better than a 2:1 from Southampton.

    There are other things too. Loughborough will give me £1000 for three A's, but I feel like I can do better than go to a University who only offer ABB. However, Lboro told me at the open day that they will be putting their offer up next year to AAA, and were planning on doing so this year, but missed the deadline.

    Any suggestions would be very welcome. Needless to say, I am very conflicted right now!
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    Money is tempting init one of choice told me to give me 3000 if I put them as firm and got AAA. I still won't. and I am thinking to firm University despite getting an offer from slightly higher ranked University. Go to which ever University makes you happy and get a good grade. I doubt you would learn less if you went loughborugh than if you went to southampton (I could be wrong). I see going to a Uni as a chance to learn and have a great time. For some reason I don't think at all about employment prospect. The reason I would rather go to a good university is because I want to be taught by good teachers that knows their subject well. Sort out what is important to you may be write it down and rank it.
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    They're both really good unis, and I think you should go for the one you prefer because that's where you'll be having to spend the next 3 years. Even if you can feel you can do better than the grade requirement offer, that doesn't always reflect the univeristy! (I got an offer of ABC/BBB to study at Durham, and BBC for Lancaster!)

    As the person above said, the money is also another tempting factor, but overall the cost of living in Loughborough is cheaper and it's close to Nottingham for the big nightlife scene too.
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    (Original post by tom29whu)
    Hi,

    I am planning on studying a maths degree next year at either Loughborough or Southampton. I have an offer from each; ABB and AAB respectively. I should get both sets of grades, but I cannot decide which university I should go to.

    I went to Loughborough a few weeks ago and loved it. Yesterday I went to Southampton, and I liked it, but not as much as Loughborough.

    I need advice on where to go. I know Southampton on paper is a better University and that it is in the Russell group, and I was wondering how much difference this would make to an employer. Would they mind if I had a first from Southampton or Loughborough? I feel like if I'm somewhere where I enjoy I'm far more likely to do better, and I guess that a first from Lboro would be better than a 2:1 from Southampton.

    There are other things too. Loughborough will give me £1000 for three A's, but I feel like I can do better than go to a University who only offer ABB. However, Lboro told me at the open day that they will be putting their offer up next year to AAA, and were planning on doing so this year, but missed the deadline.

    Any suggestions would be very welcome. Needless to say, I am very conflicted right now!
    I don't know about maths specifically but in general loughborough still has a pretty good reputation, its not like your choosing between somewhere right at the top and somewhere right at the bottom in terms of prestige/league tables/rep or whatever, and you are going to have to live there for 3 years of your life, so I would suggest if you prefer it go to loughborough! Also remember entry grades aren't just representative of how good a uni is, but also the competitiveness of the course your applying to there.
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    thanks for the advice so far... can anybody give me an idea of how much employers care in situations like this?
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    (Original post by Flippin-Mad)
    I don't know about maths specifically but in general loughborough still has a pretty good reputation, its not like your choosing between somewhere right at the top and somewhere right at the bottom in terms of prestige/league tables/rep or whatever, and you are going to have to live there for 3 years of your life, so I would suggest if you prefer it go to loughborough! Also remember entry grades aren't just representative of how good a uni is, but also the competitiveness of the course your applying to there.
    according to unistats, loughborough is better for maths than southampton... what you said about them being similar unis is the way I'm trying to look at it. reputations aside, I think id choose loughborough without too much deliberation...
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    (Original post by tom29whu)
    according to unistats, loughborough is better for maths than southampton... what you said about them being similar unis is the way I'm trying to look at it. reputations aside, I think id choose loughborough without too much deliberation...
    I just had a quick look on uni stats and according to that loughborough has a fair bit higher job prospects as well as a fair bit higher student satisfaction, so based on that it doesn't seem like going to loughborough would damage your employment prospects.
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    Haha I faced a similar decision with Birmingham & Manchester.

    Birmingham said if I got AAB they'd give me a scholarship + grant equalling up to £2.2/3k (which is brilliant tbh) but generally Manchester's Business School is more known and is ranked higher than Birmingham.

    I ended up picking up Birmingham in the end, yes the money offer is nice but separate imo. I mainly picked Birmingham because it had the advantage of the placement year and its closeness to London which means I can keep my job in London.

    Maybe map out all of the pro's and con's (thats what I did) on a piece of paper and look at other factors such as accomodation costs, nightlife, student life and satisfaction etc. Remember your gonna be there for the next 3/4 years so consider everything. All the best.
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    (Original post by Flippin-Mad)
    I just had a quick look on uni stats and according to that loughborough has a fair bit higher job prospects as well as a fair bit higher student satisfaction, so based on that it doesn't seem like going to loughborough would damage your employment prospects.
    is that for maths grads or everyone?
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    (Original post by tom29whu)
    is that for maths grads or everyone?
    it was for maths/stats grads
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    Go to L'bro if thats where you want to go. No point being miserable in Southampton for three years.
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    (Original post by Flippin-Mad)
    it was for maths/stats grads
    Great, thanks a lot for the help
 
 
 
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