Durham vs Nottingham vs Lancaster General/ Mechanical Engineering (MEng) Watch

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Hey I was wondering if anyone else had similar decisions regarding where to study come September 2015. Some background:
-Offers (MEng): Durham (A*AA), Lancaster (AAA), Warwick(AAA) (haven't been able to visit so not as keen), Nottingham (AAA)(Uncond if firm them and £1000 yearly bursary Sutton trust)
-Predicted A*AAA (Maths, FMaths, Physics, Chemistry)

As you can see I didn't really choose any insurancey offers which I kinda regret so I feel as though whichever I firm it's them or nothing hah

So what I'm actually asking, are there any current students or people in the same boat that when faced with the similar choices that feel like there was anything they wish they had known in this situation?

As of yet my main thoughts are that I liked Lancaster campus most (shiny new building) and nice accommodation blocks but I've heard finding housing nearby in later years is a pain.
Durham has a really nice course structure, with being able the specialise after second year but I chose the college at random (St Aidan's) and wasn't a massive fan after staying a night :/
The Nottingham offer would simplify the process somewhat even if wasn't as big a fan of the eng building even if the campus generally seemed very nice.

So yeah, thanks for reading and I appreciate any insight you might have on the matter.
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Durham, then Nottingham.
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In my opinion:

If you are sure you will get at least AAA
Durham firm
Warwick/Nottingham insurance
Otherwise just firm Notts.

Forget about Lancaster, the other 3 three schools are more reputable for engineering.

You should visit Warwick. For what it's worth my friends say its gorgeous.
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Firm Durham/ Warwick (beast unis)
Insure Notts (they love clearing).
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Thanks I hadn't realised I had received replies till today, I ended up firming Durham and insuring Lancaster.
Just got results in A*ABB which I'm happy enough with, Lancaster have made their offer unconditional but still waiting to hear from Durham :/
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(Original post by Jamesislost)
Thanks I hadn't realised I had received replies till today, I ended up firming Durham and insuring Lancaster.
Just got results in A*ABB which I'm happy enough with, Lancaster have made their offer unconditional but still waiting to hear from Durham :/
My son is in the same position as you - even down to firm and insurance offers/choices and course! He has made his insurance offer and Lancaster have made his offer unconditional. He has missed his firm offer for Durham by 1 grade and when he rang then a short while ago he was advised they have until 19th Aug to make a definite decision so the wait goes on! Hopefully track will update with regards to Durham before then.
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My son is in the same position as you - even down to firm and insurance offers/choices and course! He has made his insurance offer and Lancaster have made his offer unconditional. He has missed his firm offer for Durham by 1 grade and when he rang then a short while ago he was advised they have until 19th Aug to make a definite decision so the wait goes on! Hopefully track will update with regards to Durham before then.
I called to check whether there would be any flexibility in my offer but the woman was adamant that A*ABB is not acceptable for an A*AA offer despite being 80 ucas points higher, as I mentioned earlier the lancaster campus was lovely, much more modern buildings and facilities and am very happy to go there and im sure your son would be too if Durham doesnt go well, good luck anyway
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(Original post by Jamesislost)
I called to check whether there would be any flexibility in my offer but the woman was adamant that A*ABB is not acceptable for an A*AA offer despite being 80 ucas points higher, as I mentioned earlier the lancaster campus was lovely, much more modern buildings and facilities and am very happy to go there and im sure your son would be too if Durham doesnt go well, good luck anyway
He was rejected by Durham so will be going to Lancaster and like you he is happy to do so. The new engineering block is very impressive and the accommodation has won awards for 6 years in a row so it's all good! He's just waiting on his college allocation now. I'm sure you'll be very happy at Lancaster - I've heard from a number of sources that it's really friendly. Good luck.
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(Original post by Mumsknowbest)
He was rejected by Durham so will be going to Lancaster and like you he is happy to do so. The new engineering block is very impressive and the accommodation has won awards for 6 years in a row so it's all good! He's just waiting on his college allocation now. I'm sure you'll be very happy at Lancaster - I've heard from a number of sources that it's really friendly. Good luck.
This is what I am looking for! A good comment about Lancaster university. So far I read most people commenting here considered that it's not that prestigious compared to universities in big cities, which worried me. But, now I am quite sure to choose Lancaster although I've got two unconditional offers from other universities in bigger cities. I am an international student by the way. Lancaster university is not widely known in my country but what I need is a good and friendly university where I can learn and hone my skills in supporting environment. I hope it's my best decision. I hope I will not regret it (But any concern about the weather? It rains a lot there, right?)
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This is what I am looking for! A good comment about Lancaster university. So far I read most people commenting here considered that it's not that prestigious compared to universities in big cities, which worried me. But, now I am quite sure to choose Lancaster although I've got two unconditional offers from other universities in bigger cities. I am an international student by the way. Lancaster university is not widely known in my country but what I need is a good and friendly university where I can learn and hone my skills in supporting environment. I hope it's my best decision. I hope I will not regret it (But any concern about the weather? It rains a lot there, right?)
Lancaster is not very far from where we live (approx 90 minutes by car) so I don't think the weather is that much different to here and I can't remember the last time we had rain - mind you, it is forecast! Just because other cities may be larger than Lancaster it doesn't automatically follow that their universities are superior. Lancaster is a top ten university in the UK and feedback we have had is that it is extremely friendly. I have just spoken to my son in the last half hour and he has been at Lancaster for almost a month now and is really happy - both socially and with his course. He is almost 21 years old and has previously completed almost 2 years in another - arguably superior (if you believe league tables) university but withdrew because he was so unhappy, so all we ask is that he is happy with his decision to choose Lancaster. Although it is still early days things appear very positive on all fronts. Good luck and try and base your decision on elements of the university and course which are important to you as an individual.
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(Original post by Jamesislost)
I called to check whether there would be any flexibility in my offer but the woman was adamant that A*ABB is not acceptable for an A*AA offer despite being 80 ucas points higher, as I mentioned earlier the lancaster campus was lovely, much more modern buildings and facilities and am very happy to go there and im sure your son would be too if Durham doesnt go well, good luck anyway
I am considering Lancaster as well, and was wondering how quickly you have to specialise in the general engineering degree? I cant seem to find much about it on their website
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I am considering Lancaster as well, and was wondering how quickly you have to specialise in the general engineering degree? I cant seem to find much about it on their website
You specialise in Y2 onwards.
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/und...urse-structure


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