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I chose City over East Anglia and other uni's?
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Those who go to the top 10/20 unis will tell you yes it does.
Those who go to non prestigious universities will tell you no it doesn't as so and so they know went to a non prestigious uni and is now a multimillionaire/banker/world emperor
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Depends on what you want to do in the future. Some jobs target certain universities but if your career requires further study or you're doing medicine it probably doesn't.

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(Original post by Pinkberry_y)
Those who go to the top 10/20 unis will tell you yes it does.
Those who go to non prestigious universities will tell you no it doesn't as so and so they know went to a non prestigious uni and is now a multimillionaire/banker/world emperor
Isn't a degree a degree?....You can do bad at a good uni and do good at a bad uni.
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I chose City over East Anglia and other uni's?
In all honesty? Nowadays i'd say not so much. It does matter to me personally though. Years ago however people took the mickey out of those who went to a "polytechnic"/ "metropolitan"/ non-russelgroup university.

It depends on the course too, oxford and Cambridge don't offer some of the more vocational degrees for example (social work, nursing etc.) whereas many of the universities seen as 'lesser' for not being in the Russel group or well known tend to excel in different specialisms.

If you're going off to study something super studious like physics,maths or medicine etc. then yes. This is because the "good" unis tend to excel in teaching and research for these courses.This means you'd have a better experience of your chosen field and perhaps gain some extra experience others wouldn't.

Most degrees in most unis are also regulated to some extent for example chemistry courses often have accreditation with the royal society of chemistry. This ensures your education is at a suitable and challenging enough level.

In other words look at the league tables and student satisfaction tables, these give a better idea of how good your uni experience will be.
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It almost definitely does. If you say it doesn't, you shouldn't attend university, end of.
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It almost definitely does. If you say it doesn't, you shouldn't attend university, end of.
That's a bit harsh don't you think?......I chose my current location and family matters over the uni's, I'm certainly not clueless and I know going to a good uni is extremely beneficial future wise.
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That's a bit harsh don't you think?......I chose my current location and family matters over the uni's, I'm certainly not clueless and I know going to a good uni is extremely beneficial future wise.
City isn't bad, there's universities that are A LOT worse. You won't get what you'd get from somewhere like Oxford or UCL, but you'll be fine.
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It almost definitely does. If you say it doesn't, you shouldn't attend university, end of.
I'd say that's a very elitist view, you are of course entitled to your opinion, but some of the "lesser" unis excel in more non-traditional degrees and often overtake the better unis in league tables and drop out rates etc.

I go to the University of Manchester which is considered to be an excellent university but that doesn't mean I disregard people who have studied hard for their degrees elsewhere. That's ludicrous!
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In all honesty? Nowadays i'd say not so much. Years ago however people took the mickey out of those who went to a "polytechnic"/ "metropolitan"/ non-russelgroup university.

It depends on the course too, oxford and Cambridge don't offer some of the more vocational degrees for example (social work, nursing etc.) whereas many of the universities seen as 'lesser' for not being in the Russel group or well known tend to excel in different specialisms.

If you're going off to study something super studious like physics,maths or medicine etc. then yes. This is because the "good" unis tend to excel in teaching and research for these courses.This means you'd have a better experience of your chosen field and perhaps gain some extra experience others wouldn't.

Most degrees in most unis are also regulated to some extent for example chemistry courses often have accreditation with the royal society of chemistry. This ensures your education is at a suitable and challenging enough level.

In other words look at the league tables and student satisfaction tables, these give a better idea of how good your uni experience will be.
In terms of career success after getting the degree City ain't that bad.....I understand everything that you've said but I've also had some friends that have failed miserably at very good uni's.
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In terms of career success after getting the degree City ain't that bad.....I understand everything that you've said but I've also had some friends that have failed miserably at very good uni's.
In my opinion it does matter to some extent, however many people like yourself regard other factors in their decision of where to study. I based my decision on academic rigor and reputation as oppose to location everyone is different and that's fine I'd say it depends a lot on the person and their situation.

EDIT: I'd never disrespect the hard work that goes into someone's degree based on the uni, like I said most courses are regulated but others are more rigorous.
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I'd say that's a very elitist view, you are of course entitled to your opinion, but some of the "lesser" unis excel in more non-traditional degrees and often overtake the better unis in league tables and drop out rates etc.

I go to the University of Manchester which is considered to be a top UK university but that doesn't mean I disregard people who have studied hard for their degrees elsewhere. That's ludicrous!
I completely agree with you, I've declined some really good uni's and honestly I regret that till this date.
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I chose City over East Anglia and other uni's?
Depends what course you're going for but I honestly think you made the right decision choosing London over Norwich. Many people out there choose places like London Met, UEL and Kingston over Russell Group uni's because London has the financial district, cultural centres, entertainment hubs etc. If you want the best opportunities after you graduate, a lot of your time at uni will be spent networking with people in your chosen career path. You can't go wrong in London where everything you could ever hope for is right there on your doorstep. You would struggle to find even a fraction of those opportunities in Norwich.
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In my opinion it does matter to some extent, however many people like yourself regard other factors in their decision of where to study. I based my decision on academic reputation as oppose to location everyone is different and that's fine I'd say it depends a lot on the person and their situation.
Yea I mean my parents weren't that supportive, so I guess that was my main issue.
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I'd say that's a very elitist view, you are of course entitled to your opinion, but some of the "lesser" unis excel in more non-traditional degrees and often overtake the better unis in league tables and drop out rates etc.
Not true for most examples, but I get where you're coming from.

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I go to the University of Manchester which is considered to be an excellent university but that doesn't mean I disregard people who have studied hard for their degrees elsewhere. That's ludicrous!
I do, it's hard enough getting a job with a degree from a good university.
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Yea I mean my parents weren't that supportive, so I guess that was my main issue.
Don't worry about what your parents think, it's your experience and you're the only one that matters in the process

My parents slated me over my degree choice but i'm very happy with it and to me, that's all that matters.
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Not true for most examples, but I get where you're coming from.
Hence the word "some" I mostly agree with you tbh.
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Is the answer yes then?
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Yeah you're right, I'm looking to see if my course does a placement year abroad.
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Don't worry about what your parents think, it's your experience and you're the only one that matters in the process

My parents slated me over my degree choice but i'm very happy with it and to me, that's all that matters.
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