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Hi guys,

I'm looking at unis at the moment, and although I live in London I haven't really heard much about Royal Holloway in terms of reputation. Can anyone tell me how it is viewed by employers etc? Just to put it in context, the other unis I'm looking at are Exeter, Cardiff, Sheffield, Nottingham, LSE, Leicester and Reading, and I'm looking to study geography

Thanks!
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Hi guys,

I'm looking at unis at the moment, and although I live in London I haven't really heard much about Royal Holloway in terms of reputation. Can anyone tell me how it is viewed by employers etc? Just to put it in context, the other unis I'm looking at are Exeter, Cardiff, Sheffield, Nottingham, LSE, Leicester and Reading, and I'm looking to study geography

Thanks!
Hi there,

I can provide you with some stats if that helps. In the latest Reseach Excellence Framework 2014 (which can roughly be seen as the Ofsted for universities), our Geography department was ranked the top Geography department in England. In the latest Times Good University Guide, the department also ranked within the top 10 in the UK for employability due to its placement opportunities.

In the 2014 National Student Survey, the Geography department also received 99% overall satisfaction (fourth in the UK and first in England).

I hope those stats help!

Best,

Emily
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(Original post by nmorgan305)
Hi guys,

I'm looking at unis at the moment, and although I live in London I haven't really heard much about Royal Holloway in terms of reputation. Can anyone tell me how it is viewed by employers etc? Just to put it in context, the other unis I'm looking at are Exeter, Cardiff, Sheffield, Nottingham, LSE, Leicester and Reading, and I'm looking to study geography

Thanks!
I just want to stress that Roho, despite being part of the University of London, is NOT in London. The campus is in Egham which is in Surrey - so it's no where near Holloway prison (a common misconception). - Because you live in London, will you be staying at home if you attended Roho?

Roho has a great all round reputation and indeed, as above, a strong geography department.

The campus is beautiful too and definitely can rival those 'traditional' Hogwarts-like buildings in Cambridge and Oxford!

It sounds like you're still deciding on many factors. I would say you should first look at the course the different universities offer. This is super duperly important because it is what you're committing yourself to for the next 3/4 years of your life. Then have a look at the campuses - visit them if you have time! Get a feel for what it's like.

Also I'm sure there are geography students at Roho on here that wouldn't mind speaking to you about their experiences to help you make a decision.
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HI, I'm currently at Royal Holloway in my final year studying geography. I also looked at Exeter and am happy I chose Holloway.

I got a part time job through the uni which is brill work experience. Also, Holloway's the top university for my course which looks really good on my cv. Whether you chose to specialise in human or physical geography, you have till near the end of your degree to choose between having a BSc or a BA which is good too when you begin to get an understanding of what the future career options you chose favour best. The department is also really sociable and you get to go on a Spain trip in your first year. I also got to know other students on the course really well, and the lecturers too. Getting to know the lecturers makes second and third year more personable when completing coursework and dissertations. Also knowing the lecturers well helps a lot when you come to asking them for references for jobs and other stuff like applying for a masters. The Spain trip was also free, just thought I'd mention, which is fab! I hope this helps, Toby
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I'm also looking into geography at university, and I really want to stay in London and go to a London University, but I'm not sure about the grades (I think I might get ABBB this year in Year 12). Does anyone know any good universities for geography in London that I am able to apply for with AAB/ABB in Year 13?
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I'm also looking into geography at university, and I really want to stay in London and go to a London University, but I'm not sure about the grades (I think I might get ABBB this year in Year 12). Does anyone know any good universities for geography in London that I am able to apply for with AAB/ABB in Year 13?
Just remember royal holloway isn't strictly in London - it is in egham in Surrey. Lovely place though but it can confuse people!

Most of the universities in London have a good all round reputation but I would say don't base it on these things. Look carefully at the course! You will be doing it for three or four years of your life! No "amazing" uni can make up for a hated course...

And I would say that if you have your set on only going to London universities then there is no harm applying in year 13 and if worse comes to worse you can always reapply having taken a gap year where you resit.

Hope this helps

(Obviously slightly off topic so if you want more advice, perhaps start a new thread?)


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Just remember royal holloway isn't strictly in London - it is in egham in Surrey. Lovely place though but it can confuse people!

Most of the universities in London have a good all round reputation but I would say don't base it on these things. Look carefully at the course! You will be doing it for three or four years of your life! No "amazing" uni can make up for a hated course...

And I would say that if you have your set on only going to London universities then there is no harm applying in year 13 and if worse comes to worse you can always reapply having taken a gap year where you resit.

Hope this helps

(Obviously slightly off topic so if you want more advice, perhaps start a new thread?)


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Oh yeah I forgot it wasn't actually within London, despite its name. Thanks for the advice and yes, I may have to start a new thread. I might take a look at each individual Geography course at each London university, and the league tables for the subject.
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Royal Holloway has a well-established and good reputation. It is one of the oldest universities in the country, and the third college to join the University of London in 1900. Like most universities it has various departmental strengths. Based on international rankings that don't bias the less science and engineering focused universities (Times Higher Education), Royal Holloway ranks is currently ranked 17th in the UK, 36th in Europe, and 118th in the world. It has a world-class campus and a world-class library currently in construction.
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