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    (Original post by QueenVic92)
    If you did it to AS you will be fine, there's a little bit of maths involved that is a bit tricky but you'll be ok. I'm not really either, if you're in halls they'll put on loads of stuff so if you want to there's a lot of opportunity to go out

    I'm in Sherwood, which is quite nice but definitely not the nicest hall on campus! I've found that most of the halls (aside from maybe Ancaster and Cavendish) are really nice and even the halls that are 'bad' aren't really awful!
    So do you get allocated a hall or do you put down preferences?

    Are you going to spend a year/semester in Malaysia in your second year?
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    Personally I'd go for Nottingham. Its already accredited, you won't be in the guinea pig year, they know what they're doing, have a great reputation and will have much better links to employers/work experience.
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    Personally I'd go for Nottingham. Its already accredited, you won't be in the guinea pig year, they know what they're doing, have a great reputation and will have much better links to employers/work experience.
    I think I'm going to firm Nottingham, thank you.

    Are you currently studying pharmacy?
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    (Original post by Shenin...)
    ah right, I did maths to AS level so hopefully it won't be too challenging.

    I'm not too big on night life so anything is good for me :P

    Which hall do you stay in?

    On my interview they showed me Lenton, which I'm in love with at the moment. I've seen Ancaster before and I'm not too keen on it.

    All in all it sounds great, I can't wait! Thank you
    Lol they showed you lenton ? I live in Nottingham and have for my whole life, applied for pharmacy there too but was reluctant to do so.. Don't really wanna stay in the same place forever, I've got an interview there too Lol just my luck.. And btw what were you offered in terms of grades? I thought it was always AAB there


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    Lol they showed you lenton ? I live in Nottingham and have for my whole life, applied for pharmacy there too but was reluctant to do so.. Don't really wanna stay in the same place forever, I've got an interview there too Lol just my luck.. And btw what were you offered in terms of grades? I thought it was always AAB there


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    They probably showed us Lenton, because it's one of the nicer halls I guess, so to convince us.
    I live in Nottinghamshire, not too far from Nottingham, but I really want to go to Malaysia in the second year, which isn't quite as close
    You can choose to go to your other choices if you really don't want to go to Nottingham
    It is, but I have an A level in a native language which I didn't think they would accept, but they have so I only need AB.
    Where else have you applied?
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    (Original post by Shenin...)
    They probably showed us Lenton, because it's one of the nicer halls I guess, so to convince us.
    I live in Nottinghamshire, not too far from Nottingham, but I really want to go to Malaysia in the second year, which isn't quite as close
    You can choose to go to your other choices if you really don't want to go to Nottingham
    It is, but I have an A level in a native language which I didn't think they would accept, but they have so I only need AB.
    Where else have you applied?
    Oh that's great for the AB offer! Hope you get in (: yeah I'd love to go to Malaysia I read about that too. And erm, kings/ucl/Manchester/demontford


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    (Original post by Khanzi)
    Oh that's great for the AB offer! Hope you get in (: yeah I'd love to go to Malaysia I read about that too. And erm, kings/ucl/Manchester/demontford


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    Aw thank you Ooh I applied to Manchester and UCL too. I got an offer from Manchester and I didn't attend the interview at UCL (but haven't got a rejection yet).

    Good luck with all your choices, hope you get in too!
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    This is such an obvious question, why would you wanna go to Durham, they just started the Pharmacy course for goodness sake, employers will prefer someone who graduated from Nottingham (a uni that has experience running a school of pharmacy).
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    (Original post by Shenin...)
    Is the first year a hard transition from A levels? Also what's the night life like at Nottingham? Do you stay in the catered halls or self catering?
    Sorry for the many questions :P
    Hey, I am a first year history student at UoN. On my course first year is deliberately challenging but you are unlikely to find yourself way out of your depth and even if you do there is plenty of support available. I live in Ancaster which is a catered hall. Catered halls have a really good vibe to them and because you eat with the same people at least twice a day it's a really easy way to make friends and get to know people quickly. Catered halls are also right on campus meaning you are closer to your lectures than those in self catered as Broadgate park is a short walk away from campus.
    As for nightlife it is amazing, nottingham has won several awards for it and rightly so. There are plenty of clubs and bars which cater to almost every music taste and most of them are Huge!


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    (Original post by Reedy<3)
    Hey, I am a first year history student at UoN. On my course first year is deliberately challenging but you are unlikely to find yourself way out of your depth and even if you do there is plenty of support available. I live in Ancaster which is a catered hall. Catered halls have a really good vibe to them and because you eat with the same people at least twice a day it's a really easy way to make friends and get to know people quickly. Catered halls are also right on campus meaning you are closer to your lectures than those in self catered as Broadgate park is a short walk away from campus.
    As for nightlife it is amazing, nottingham has won several awards for it and rightly so. There are plenty of clubs and bars which cater to almost every music taste and most of them are Huge!


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    Hey,

    Thank you for answering. I think I'm going to firm Nottingham, it sounds ideal for me.
    When was it that you applied for accommodation? I know you can't choose the catered hall, so I was wondering whether they are randomly assigned or not.

    I've stayed in Ancaster for a conference and I liked the food :P
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    as a 4th year pharmacy student at UoN, there's a few things you need to know
    -Nottingham's course is heavily industry based, and tend to be more academic than majority of pharmacy courses out there.
    -there will be alot of initiative required on your behalf regarding finding work experience, as you'll get virtually non through the university even if the QMC is next to it.
    -if you want to go into the pharma industry, there are links to Astra zeneca, not GSK, Andrew Witty has not set up any links to the pharmacy school, but to the chemistry department, not unnecessary a bad thing, the university does have a reputation being the top pharmacy school in the country, especially for industry based jobs.

    now i enjoyed my 4 years here, course is pretty hardcore, but it's enjoyable with really prestigious lecturers, and led to get a really good pre reg so.
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    (Original post by mazhiy)
    as a 4th year pharmacy student at UoN, there's a few things you need to know
    -Nottingham's course is heavily industry based, and tend to be more academic than majority of pharmacy courses out there.
    -there will be alot of initiative required on your behalf regarding finding work experience, as you'll get virtually non through the university even if the QMC is next to it.
    -if you want to go into the pharma industry, there are links to Astra zeneca, not GSK, Andrew Witty has not set up any links to the pharmacy school, but to the chemistry department, not unnecessary a bad thing, the university does have a reputation being the top pharmacy school in the country, especially for industry based jobs.

    now i enjoyed my 4 years here, course is pretty hardcore, but it's enjoyable with really prestigious lecturers, and led to get a really good pre reg so.
    For me this sounds ideal, because as it stands, I really want to go into industry.
    It seems a shame about the lack of links between GlaxoSmithKline and Nottingham, however that doesn't discourage me as I'd still apply for one of the pre reg places.
    Have you spent any of your years abroad?
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    Hi

    I think it is fantastic we have so many applicants to pharmacy and that the quality of our potential students is clearly high. I have read this thread with interest, I am Dean of Pharmacy at Durham and whilst I agree with most of what has been said I don't necessarily concur with some of the information about Durham or indeed other new schools.

    As well as my role at Durham I am also Team Leader of the Accreditation Team at GPhC and thus the perceived inexperience in running the MPharm discussed here is really a misnomer. Much of our team was responsible for designing the first fully integrated MPharm in the UK in 2010 and we have staff amongst our ranks with huge experience. We also have staff who are members of the Board of Assessors and therefore know the preregistration system very well, including the examination.

    I am not suggesting anyone is wrong within your discussions as their opinions are as valid as anyone's but if you have questions about Durham, please ask I'm happy to answer. We are the third ranked university in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge and we will ensure our pharmacy course is the best it can be nationally and internationally. As well as this kind of success we also want to be known for looking after our students and potential students.

    I would also suggest you ignore advice that having a professional degree means where you got in from doesn't matter. It absolutely does and will only become more important as time progresses. Look at the LLB, from the wrong University it's worthless. Durham is in the top 15 universities in the world for student employability, this is absolutely worth something.

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    Hi

    I think it is fantastic we have so many applicants to pharmacy and that the quality of our potential students is clearly high. I have read this thread with interest, I am Dean of Pharmacy at Durham and whilst I agree with most of what has been said I don't necessarily concur with some of the information about Durham or indeed other new schools.

    As well as my role at Durham I am also Team Leader of the Accreditation Team at GPhC and thus the perceived inexperience in running the MPharm discussed here is really a misnomer. Much of our team was responsible for designing the first fully integrated MPharm in the UK in 2010 and we have staff amongst our ranks with huge experience. We also have staff who are members of the Board of Assessors and therefore know the preregistration system very well, including the examination.

    I am not suggesting anyone is wrong within your discussions as their opinions are as valid as anyone's but if you have questions about Durham, please ask I'm happy to answer. We are the third ranked university in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge and we will ensure our pharmacy course is the best it can be nationally and internationally. As well as this kind of success we also want to be known for looking after our students and potential students.

    I would also suggest you ignore advice that having a professional degree means where you got in from doesn't matter. It absolutely does and will only become more important as time progresses. Look at the LLB, from the wrong University it's worthless. Durham is in the top 15 universities in the world for student employability, this is absolutely worth something.

    Thanks

    Andy Husband

    Hello,


    It is Durham's overall ranking which caused me some confusion about whether to choose between Nottingham and Durham.
    However what has persuaded me towards Nottingham, which I have found lacks in Durham, is the emphasis on industry and opportunities abroad.
    E-mailing admission staff at Durham, I have found there seems to be close ties to community and hospital pharmacy, but very little (practically no) information or direction about industry.
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    I suppose that one is difficult in terms of pharmacy we don't have a ranking because we are so new so a direct comparison with Nottingham is really difficult to make. Nottingham is a fantastic school with the very best academic staff, some of whom trained at Durham. We will have a ranking and our aim is to compete at that level and above. In University terms our ranking is public knowledge and we are the highest ranked institution with a school of pharmacy. This varies depending on which league table you choose to read of course and of course UCL now features there or thereabouts now.

    I'm really pleased you pointed out this industry issue as your perception is exactly what we wouldn't want to encourage. We do have strong hospital links but our links with industry are really a big priority. We have strong links with AZ and as an institution we have relationships with GSK and Proctor and Gamble (no pharmaceutical division but still a large world employer for scientists in formulation). I will examine our website and see where we can improve this. Durham has a world class chemistry department and physicists working with polymers and soft matter, directly working with the pharmaceutical industry. The school of pharmacy will have access to all of this. Our final year is 50% research and there will be options to work in all of these was as well as many others. We haven't yet worked it through entirely but we would also like to see our final year students completing their project within industry or abroad.

    Happy to discuss in person if you wish, either way you are choosing a fantastic education Nottingham really is excellent in all ways so please don't think I'm suggesting anything other. I just want to be clear Durham isn't aiming to be a small new school, we are aiming to be the very best in providing a research-led education for pharmacists.

    (Original post by Shenin...)
    Hello,


    It is Durham's overall ranking which caused me some confusion about whether to choose between Nottingham and Durham.
    However what has persuaded me towards Nottingham, which I have found lacks in Durham, is the emphasis on industry and opportunities abroad.
    E-mailing admission staff at Durham, I have found there seems to be close ties to community and hospital pharmacy, but very little (practically no) information or direction about industry.
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    (Original post by Shenin...)
    For me this sounds ideal, because as it stands, I really want to go into industry.
    It seems a shame about the lack of links between GlaxoSmithKline and Nottingham, however that doesn't discourage me as I'd still apply for one of the pre reg places.
    Have you spent any of your years abroad?
    hi,

    well the course prepares you for industry in terms of getting into industry, as 4 out of the 11 pre regs in industry offered in the uk went to students at Nottingham this year including MSD and GSK. however, don't decide upon a university course just because it's the "top school" in rankings, like the dean of Durham mentioned, they have a great reputation, with good staff, it'll only be a question of time before they are recognized as a top pharmacy school. UEA took 3 years to become the second best school in the country with good staff etc.

    in terms of access into industry, it wasn't facilitated at university of Nottingham officially in terms of structured programs, i'm personally in the process of setting up a industry pharmacy network at school, so again it doesn't really matter where you are studying, but more of your passion of wanting to join the pharma industry and going out your way to network with professionals and finding work experience.

    i haven't spent any time abroad personally, but a few of my friends have. there are 2 opportunities currently, you can either spend half or full time of your second year in Malaysia or spend your final year project at a variety of locations which include Australia etc, i believe with the Shanghai campus opening there will be opportunities to spend time there in the future.

    I'm not trying to sell Nottingham as a course, but just sharing my experience as a student there. i think there's a new course structure for the first years so your experience may differ, but either way it's been a great experience
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    hi,

    well the course prepares you for industry in terms of getting into industry, as 4 out of the 11 pre regs in industry offered in the uk went to students at Nottingham this year including MSD and GSK. however, don't decide upon a university course just because it's the "top school" in rankings, like the dean of Durham mentioned, they have a great reputation, with good staff, it'll only be a question of time before they are recognized as a top pharmacy school. UEA took 3 years to become the second best school in the country with good staff etc.

    in terms of access into industry, it wasn't facilitated at university of Nottingham officially in terms of structured programs, i'm personally in the process of setting up a industry pharmacy network at school, so again it doesn't really matter where you are studying, but more of your passion of wanting to join the pharma industry and going out your way to network with professionals and finding work experience.

    i haven't spent any time abroad personally, but a few of my friends have. there are 2 opportunities currently, you can either spend half or full time of your second year in Malaysia or spend your final year project at a variety of locations which include Australia etc, i believe with the Shanghai campus opening there will be opportunities to spend time there in the future.

    I'm not trying to sell Nottingham as a course, but just sharing my experience as a student there. i think there's a new course structure for the first years so your experience may differ, but either way it's been a great experience
    Hey,

    It's alright I think in the back of my mind I was always going to choose Nottingham, but I couldn't help question Durham simply because of their prestige.
    Nottingham seems to have so many international relations and the fact that you have the opportunity to go abroad multiple times definitely make it stand out for me, plus I can't ignore Nottingham being the no 1 pharmacy school atm.
    Everyone that I've spoken to so far is enjoying pharmacy at Nottingham, I hope I do too (if I get in).
 
 
 
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