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    Hello guys and gals,

    I am going to study Computer Science with a year in industry at both University of Kent and UEA. I have been to open days at both universities, but I am having difficulty as to choosing my firm and insurance choices.

    I feel that University of Kent has better Academic support as they have student club which is where students who are experiencing difficulty receive help from other students (eg. First year receive help from second/third year) and since I am doing a year in industry. Kent has two dedicated officers to helping you find placements for your third year and are usually high profile companies (eg. CISCO,Intel IBM, HSBC etc). The graduate prospectus is also one of the best in the UK, which appeals to me.

    The university itself is also very beautiful, lots of modern architecture and the facilities are modern as well, especially the accommodation which is the best out of all of the universities I have seen. As to social life, I literally have no idea about Canterbury besides the Cathedral, I understand that Canterbury is actually quite small and is mostly a student based city due to the other universities being close by.

    As for UEA I feel that academically it is very strong. It has had several rewards for its research quality as well being in the top 10 universities for having the highest student satisfaction. Unfortunately there isn't much in terms of academic support like Kent with student club etc. The accommodation isn't also that great, however they are constructing a new block of flats which will be available when I join the university. (I have no idea what it looks like nor the prices). The university itself is a mixture between 60's architecture and modern architecture, in comparison to Kent it is MASSIVE, and is around 30 mins from Norwich (once again no idea with regards to social life)

    In terms of ranking the two are incredibly close to each other. UEA is ranked 15 overall and Kent is ranked 22. With regards to Computer Science UEA is ranked 35 where as Kent is ranked 28.

    So I was hoping that current students of UEA and Kent can give me some insight into their experiences or anyone really. The positives and the negatives of each of the university.
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    Hello guys and gals,

    I am going to study Computer Science with a year in industry at both University of Kent and UEA. I have been to open days at both universities, but I am having difficulty as to choosing my firm and insurance choices.

    I feel that University of Kent has better Academic support as they have student club which is where students who are experiencing difficulty receive help from other students (eg. First year receive help from second/third year) and since I am doing a year in industry. Kent has two dedicated officers to helping you find placements for your third year and are usually high profile companies (eg. CISCO,Intel IBM, HSBC etc). The graduate prospectus is also one of the best in the UK, which appeals to me.

    The university itself is also very beautiful, lots of modern architecture and the facilities are modern as well, especially the accommodation which is the best out of all of the universities I have seen. As to social life, I literally have no idea about Canterbury besides the Cathedral, I understand that Canterbury is actually quite small and is mostly a student based city due to the other universities being close by.

    As for UEA I feel that academically it is very strong. It has had several rewards for its research quality as well being in the top 10 universities for having the highest student satisfaction. Unfortunately there isn't much in terms of academic support like Kent with student club etc. The accommodation isn't also that great, however they are constructing a new block of flats which will be available when I join the university. (I have no idea what it looks like nor the prices). The university itself is a mixture between 60's architecture and modern architecture, in comparison to Kent it is MASSIVE, and is around 30 mins from Norwich (once again no idea with regards to social life)

    In terms of ranking the two are incredibly close to each other. UEA is ranked 15 overall and Kent is ranked 22. With regards to Computer Science UEA is ranked 35 where as Kent is ranked 28.

    So I was hoping that current students of UEA and Kent can give me some insight into their experiences or anyone really. The positives and the negatives of each of the university.
    I hold an offer from UEA and from Canterbury myself. Imo, nightlife in Canterbury isn't as best as other areas as it has about 4 average nightclubs in the town and The Venue on campus (which I haven't been to myself but have been to the town ones). I've spoken to a few Kent students and a majority were disappointed in freshers, HOWEVER, that isn't a representative of what everyone thinks. Nevertheless all seemed pleased at their time at Kent in terms of education and the support they receive. Having been to UEA, the campus reminds me a lot of Kent. If I were you, I would go to Kent if the connections they have with various companies will benefit you largely in the computer science industry. However, it could be beneficial to ask UEA what support they provide as I found the lecturers and tutors to be very supportive, but then again I am viewing the biological sciences.

    (The heating at Kent library is also optimum temperature to revise in but you will find that 75% of campus lacks 3G)

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    Lots of things to consider there, OP! Great to hear though that you're giving it so much thought. Incidentally have you been to an applicant day yet? It's worth doing - especially if you're finding the decision making so difficult!

    I think you're doing us a slight disservice saying we're in the Top 10 for student satisfaction though - out of the mainstream UK universities we were ranked second in the National Student Survey. It's an almost unbeatable record. It probably has something to do with the hundreds of clubs and societies the Student Union runs, the great nightlife we have in the form of gig nights, fancy dress nights, club nights, comedy nights, etc and the community feel there is here. We also have the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, one of the largest indoor sportsparks in the UK, literary festivals, political debates, public lectures, and night classes during the evening to stretch yourself further! Picking up on the point about 3G in Kent, we'll add to that by pointing out we have 3G and some networks now provide 4G to campus too

    As you say, we're expanding our accommodation offering. We now have some new accommodation in the city, and we're building two new blocks ready for September. It's worth coming to an applicant day if you haven't done so yet to see what we have to offer on campus, there are a lot of options and we do pride ourselves on that fact we still have more affordable options than a lot of other universities. We also find the nearby area has a lot of an affordable private accommodation - important when thinking about 2nd/3rd year. Getting a bus pass will also make it more affordable to go between campus and Norwich itself to explore more of our beautiful city, and give you more options for a social life.

    Looking at the Unistats website and comparing Computing Sciences at the two universities I can see there's higher student satisfaction for the Computing Sciences course, that the feedback aspect of the course is more positive at UEA, and that more students feel they've received sufficent advice and support with studies. This is worth taking into account. Also with regards to postgraduate studies, we are currently running a scheme where if you achieve a First you will get 50% off your Master's degree. While there's no guarantee this will apply in 3 years time, we are always looking at ways to encourage graduates back for further studies.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.
 
 
 
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