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    I'm applying for Biomedicine at the University of Sussex, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Uni of Bristol although i'm completely stuck for which to pick as my insurance and firm.

    The issue I have is, that I really like both. I love the campus atmosphere at Sussex, and the whole area of Brighton is a great place to live. The accommodation and course looks brilliant too! It seems perfect, but at the same time I really liked Bristol and the city. The only downside was that I was less keen on the accommodation that, but the trade off is that Bristol is a Russell group uni and ranked somewhat higher and people are telling me that I will have much better job prospects afterwards if I get a degree from Bristol..

    Please can anyone give me some help. I think the facilities at Sussex are equal to if not slightly better than that at Bristol because they are much newer...

    any thoughts would be greatly apprieciated!


    Go for Bristol. It's a respected university internationally as well as within the UK and as a member of the Russell group, it will open up more opportunities and give you an easier ride when it comes to finding jobs.

    Sussex is a good university, however, it's not in the same league as Bristol and having visited Sussex before I don't think it can compete with most of the Russell group unis including Bristol. I don't think the labs at Sussex are very good compared to others I've seen and I've visited a fair few universities.

    I went to a 1994 group uni for my biology BSc which was similar in terms of size and reputation as Sussex and wish I'd gone to a Russell group uni. I had offers from several Russell group unis and turned them down because I, like you, really liked my university when I visited on an open day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and met amazing friends but having graduated now and moved away I wish my university was better known - reactions to hearing where I went are usually "eh? where?" even though it's relatively high ranked! I'm now doing a masters at a Russell group and the differences are huge in terms of investment, research and employment prospects.
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