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    I am currently a first year Mechanical Engineering student at Queen Mary, University of London. I recently thought about switching universities and I emailed the University of Birmingham, They told me if I achieved a 50% average in my first year I would be able to start 1st year there next year. I now live with family so I pay zero rent and I get free food. However going to Birmingham would mean I need to take a maintenance loan and I will not be receiving my maintenance grant anymore. I really don't mind the 9k going to waste in my first year at Queen Mary.

    According to the Guardian League tables Queen Mary is ranked : 46 .
    And UoBirmingham is ranked : 6.

    Is it really worth switching, I just want to have a job after my degree, how much does the university you went to really matter.

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    (Original post by shockwaver100)
    I am currently a first year Mechanical Engineering student at Queen Mary, University of London. I recently thought about switching universities and I emailed the University of Birmingham, They told me if I achieved a 50% average in my first year I would be able to start 1st year there next year. I now live with family so I pay zero rent and I get free food. However going to Birmingham would mean I need to take a maintenance loan and I will not be receiving my maintenance grant anymore. I really don't mind the 9k going to waste in my first year at Queen Mary.

    According to the Guardian League tables Queen Mary is ranked : 46 .
    And UoBirmingham is ranked : 6.

    Is it really worth switching, I just want to have a job after my degree, how much does the university you went to really matter.

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    Why change? (Apart from ranking, which is not really a good reason... a future employer, for example, will not care)

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    (Original post by shockwaver100)
    I am currently a first year Mechanical Engineering student at Queen Mary, University of London. I recently thought about switching universities and I emailed the University of Birmingham, They told me if I achieved a 50% average in my first year I would be able to start 1st year there next year. I now live with family so I pay zero rent and I get free food. However going to Birmingham would mean I need to take a maintenance loan and I will not be receiving my maintenance grant anymore. I really don't mind the 9k going to waste in my first year at Queen Mary.

    According to the Guardian League tables Queen Mary is ranked : 46 .
    And UoBirmingham is ranked : 6.

    Is it really worth switching, I just want to have a job after my degree, how much does the university you went to really matter.

    heeeeelp meeee
    League tables are a load of nonsense (the Guardian's being particularly silly) and should be ignored. This is a good explainer http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1096372

    Birmingham does have slightly better employment stats for mech eng (see www.unistats.ac.uk) but in reality they are still good stats at QMUL, and engineers are generally in demand anyway - but I would still recommend getting some work experience alongside your degree.
    Is there something that is pushing you away from QMUL, or is it simply the lure of a higher league table position? If it is the latter, then I would suggest staying at QMUL. Get some work experience, and if it's something that attracts you, then leave home too (once you inform Student Finance, you will get significantly more money as you are living outside of the family home and in London).
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    (Original post by shockwaver100)
    I am currently a first year Mechanical Engineering student at Queen Mary, University of London. I recently thought about switching universities and I emailed the University of Birmingham, They told me if I achieved a 50% average in my first year I would be able to start 1st year there next year. I now live with family so I pay zero rent and I get free food. However going to Birmingham would mean I need to take a maintenance loan and I will not be receiving my maintenance grant anymore. I really don't mind the 9k going to waste in my first year at Queen Mary.

    According to the Guardian League tables Queen Mary is ranked : 46 .
    And UoBirmingham is ranked : 6.

    Is it really worth switching, I just want to have a job after my degree, how much does the university you went to really matter.

    heeeeelp meeee
    The difference in ranking is highly unlikely to make a difference to your job search post degree. What matters far more is you have to offer to employers, in terms of work experience and soft skills. Therefore moving just because of the league table rankings is silly. If you are unhappy at Queen Mary however then that is a different matter, and by all means considering transferring to somewhere you think you might prefer.
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    You could also improve your employability by looking at a placement year, normally after yr2 and if you're doing a BSc then looking to do an extra Masters year when you finish
 
 
 
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