(Original post by Broscientist)
In my opinion it depends on what you plan to do after graduation. If you want to go in a field where prestige matters - absolutely. Note that even then, the university name/brand is only a very small part of securing a job etc. Your work experience, degree classification and interview performance will always be the key factors.
Do not become one of those people who rely solely on the university name to get them a job (like 90% of the naive TSR drones) and then proceed to flip burgers for a living because of the delusions of grandeur and/or arrogance.
The thing is, I'm doing engineering, so rankings don't really matter. But I feel I "should" go to the best uni possible to give myself the most advantage possible?
I feel that employers will seek graduates from their "preferred" unis first and then go after the rest? I read this High Fliers 2015 report where it showed that Nottingham has the second highest sought after graduates from "top" employers. of course, I'm taking it with a pinch of salt. But I feel that going to a "highly rated" uni would make it so much easier career wise, but I don't really know, I feel you're right about university name being a small factor in terms of landing a graduate job?
It's weird, on one hand I like how big and high quality Nottingham is, but on the other hand what I like about Hull is how close all the student houses are to the uni, it's so convenient, walking to uni only takes like 10 minutes, shops are at my doorstep and my friends live 15 minutes away in their own houses at most. I am scared that if I go to Nottingham, I would be living on campus rather than in the town/city with student houses close to the uni.
So what I'm fearing is that after first year when I would move into a student house, these houses would be quite further away from the uni or it wouldn't be as close to the shops or to my other friends' houses, it just wouldn't be as small and convenient ad Hull?
I completely understand that rankings don't get you the job and that it is completely up to the person to build all of their skills so they become attractive to employers, but for some reason I'm paranoid that the "top" unis give you an advantage in one way or another?
High Fliers report I read:http://www.highfliers.co.uk/download...GMReport15.pdf