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    You’ve got to go with the one you like best and feel most comfortable at. Take it from me, you can go to a “prestigious” university because it’ll look better when you graduate, but you’re spending 3 years of your life there and if you’re not happy and not comfortable then chances are you won’t make it through your degree at all! Personally, I’d definitely go to the non-RG uni if I was in your position.
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    I was in the same situation. But I decided to make Goldsmiths my firm even though I had an offer from KCL. Based on my visits to both places I preferred Goldsmiths and the people at the applicant day were lovely. Also, I realised that the KCL halls were way too expensive and if I go to Goldsmiths I can walk to campus from the accommodation. I also preferred the course at Goldsmiths and I am hoping that I will have a good time there!
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    Hey!
    I was in the same position last year - I actually applied and got an offer to 4 Russell group unis, and decided to go to the only one that was further down the league board. I could've gone to any of them - I worked hard enough and got the grades, so it could have happened. However, I knew that I loved the one I chose, and for me that was enough. I definitely doubted myself to begin with, and I would be lying if I said I hadn't thought 'what if...?' about the other unis. But I am truly happy here - it depends on what is right for you. Leena Norms on youtube (justkissmyfrog) made a video about her opinion on this - she went to Aberystwyth, and she feels the same as me - it's down to you and your preferences! You'll know which one is right for you
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    I am in my final year of uni now and was in a similar situation to you 3 years ago. I had the option to attend a university in the early 20s or 60s and decided to go to the less prestigious one. I must admit, if I had the opportunity again I would probably go for the more prestigious one for the reasons you mentioned; people will be more academically inclined (which is useful in group work situation) and may be easier for job prospects!

    Hope this helps
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    Go for the more prestigious one for sure! Look at it this way, someone is in the same boat as you are in with exactly the same uni’s; they go for the more prestigious one and you go for the less prestigious one, coming out of uni and you both apply for the same job, they are getting that job over you 90% of the time! But do what makes you happy, that’s just my advice!
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    you both apply for the same job, they are getting that job over you 90% of the time!
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    Hi TSR,

    I have an offer from a very prestigious RG uni, top 10 in the UK. Obviously I should be happy about having the opportunity to go to such a great uni, but I'm seriously considering turning it down in favour of a much less prestigious university (about 30 places lower in the league tables).

    I've visited both unis and preferred the less prestigious one, because it's more of a campus uni, all a bit more small-scale, and the staff were much more friendly. It seemed to be a place that suits me better, and I also prefer the course content. It's also quite highly regarded for my course, hmore so than the RG uni. However, I do think that the people at the RG uni will be more academically inclined and since I'm quite academical myself, maybe it'll be easier for me to make friends there. And I've just read so much about attending a good uni really helping in further study/employment, so maybe it'd just be plain stupid to turn the RG uni down.

    I'm really unsure of what to do, advice would be more than welcome
    I study engineering at a Russel Group uni, and I sort of regret my decision. Here are the reasons why:
    1) Lecturers and other staff are not very helpful, as the uni encourages self study, unlike non RG unis.
    2) Also, the workload (coursework etc.) is way more than non RG unis, leaving you with hardly any time for extra-curricular activities. Also the course content is more extensive and hence, more difficult.
    3) When it comes to applying for jobs, employers look at how pro-active and well-rounded you are as an individual. So don't think going not going to a RG uni will narrow your job prospects.
    4) Don't let the reputation deceive you. Since the RG unis have a lot of money to carry out research, you'd think that they update their course content. But we are unfortunately still taught from PPT slides from 2004! Those slides are 14 years old!
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    (Original post by sunshiine)
    I study engineering at a Russel Group uni, and I sort of regret my decision. Here are the reasons why:
    1) Lecturers and other staff are not very helpful, as the uni encourages self study, unlike non RG unis.
    2) Also, the workload (coursework etc.) is way more than non RG unis, leaving you with hardly any time for extra-curricular activities. Also the course content is more extensive and hence, more difficult.
    3) When it comes to applying for jobs, employers look at how pro-active and well-rounded you are as an individual. So don't think going not going to a RG uni will narrow your job prospects.
    4) Don't let the reputation deceive you. Since the RG unis have a lot of money to carry out research, you'd think that they update their course content. But we are unfortunately still taught from PPT slides from 2004! Those slides are 14 years old!
    Which Uni are you studying at, if you don't mind sharing. Also, what where your other options. My son is applying this fall for Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He is considering Imperial, UCL, Southampton, Leeds, Bristol, Bath and Surrey. Any feedback on any of these Unis?
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    I think there's two main things to consider here.
    1. What your career aspirations are? aka does it actually matter where your degree comes from for what you want to do?
    2. How far apart the two universities actually are in the rankings over time and how 'prestiguous' the prestigious university actually is?
    - If the universities aren't that far apart, go with the one you want to go to. Equally if the prestigious uni is barely in the Russell Group and isn't incredibly reputable then you're probably better off at the other uni.
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    (Original post by ChangeOurWorld)
    I think there's two main things to consider here.
    1. What your career aspirations are? aka does it actually matter where your degree comes from for what you want to do?
    2. How far apart the two universities actually are in the rankings over time and how 'prestiguous' the prestigious university actually is?
    - If the universities aren't that far apart, go with the one you want to go to. Equally if the prestigious uni is barely in the Russell Group and isn't incredibly reputable then you're probably better off at the other uni.
    I think I would like to be a research scientist, but it seems to be a very competitive field, therefore I'm not entirely sure. I probably do want to get my PhD though, so maybe it'd be possible for me to "move up" the rankings, like if I do my undergrad degree at a not so prestigious uni, I might be able to get into a higher ranking university later on? I'm not so sure how all that works though, maybe I should look into it?
    The RG uni is a top 10 UK uni, the other one is like 20-30 places further down. However, when it comes to subject rankings, the non RG is a top 10 UK uni and the RG uni is like 15 places down. I'm not sure whether people actually look at subject rankings though!
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    I think I would like to be a research scientist, but it seems to be a very competitive field, therefore I'm not entirely sure. I probably do want to get my PhD though, so maybe it'd be possible for me to "move up" the rankings, like if I do my undergrad degree at a not so prestigious uni, I might be able to get into a higher ranking university later on? I'm not so sure how all that works though, maybe I should look into it?
    The RG uni is a top 10 UK uni, the other one is like 20-30 places further down. However, when it comes to subject rankings, the non RG is a top 10 UK uni and the RG uni is like 15 places down. I'm not sure whether people actually look at subject rankings though!
    Honestly, the difference between Aberdeen and Edinburgh is not enough to stress out about this decision. They're both perfectly good universities.

    If this was a decision between Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier... however..

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    (Original post by hysterria)
    I think I would like to be a research scientist, but it seems to be a very competitive field, therefore I'm not entirely sure. I probably do want to get my PhD though, so maybe it'd be possible for me to "move up" the rankings, like if I do my undergrad degree at a not so prestigious uni, I might be able to get into a higher ranking university later on? I'm not so sure how all that works though, maybe I should look into it?
    The RG uni is a top 10 UK uni, the other one is like 20-30 places further down. However, when it comes to subject rankings, the non RG is a top 10 UK uni and the RG uni is like 15 places down. I'm not sure whether people actually look at subject rankings though!
    There is absolutely nothing to prevent you applying to, say, Cambridge for a PhD with a good BSc from Aberdeen.

    https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk...n/requirements
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    There is absolutely nothing to prevent you applying to, say, Cambridge for a PhD with a good BSc from Aberdeen.

    https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk...n/requirements
    Huh wait, can you go to PhD straight after doing a BSc in the UK? In my home country you need to do a Master's first... Anyway, don't you think they'll prefer students from prestigious universities?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    There is absolutely nothing to prevent you applying to, say, Cambridge for a PhD with a good BSc from Aberdeen.

    https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk...n/requirements
    Those are the minimum entry requirements and we know how fierce is the competition when applying to Cambridge.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Honestly, the difference between Aberdeen and Edinburgh is not enough to stress out about this decision. They're both perfectly good universities.

    If this was a decision between Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier... however..

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    Okay thank you! I did indeed make sure to avoid applying to any really bad universities such as Napier haha
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    Those are the minimum entry requirements and we know how fierce is the competition when applying to Cambridge.
    Many other courses say a First. This doesn't...

    That department has a roughly 25% offer rate for research postgrads, and other factors will be very important including the research proposal.

    (Original post by hysterria)
    Huh wait, can you go to PhD straight after doing a BSc in the UK? In my home country you need to do a Master's first... Anyway, don't you think they'll prefer students from prestigious universities?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Yup. And nope
    So, you mean that if 2 candidates with an equally challenging research proposal and 2:1 degrees are considered equally whether they come from a top tier or a low tier uni... 🤔

    What factors do you think they will consider to make such a decision. Because if it were that simple, noone would try top tier unis for undergraduate degrees. I mean if there is no competitive advantage why bother get into Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL etc. and not attend a lower rank uni to have a simple and pleasant student life for undergrad and not stress yourself?
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    (Original post by EleaGR)
    So, you mean that if 2 candidates with an equally challenging research proposal and 2:1 degrees are considered equally whether they come from a top tier or a low tier uni... 🤔

    What factors do you think they will consider to make such a decision. Because if it were that simple, noone would try top tier unis for undergraduate degrees. I mean if there is no competitive advantage why bother get into Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL etc. and not attend a lower rank uni to have a simple and pleasant student life for undergrad and not stress yourself?
    Yes correct for the first paragraph. In a similar way there's no advantage per se for an undergraduate applicant from a private school vs one from a comprehensive. It's up to the student to make the most of the opportunities presented by their institution.
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    (Original post by EleaGR)
    So, you mean that if 2 candidates with an equally challenging research proposal and 2:1 degrees are considered equally whether they come from a top tier or a low tier uni... 🤔

    What factors do you think they will consider to make such a decision. Because if it were that simple, noone would try top tier unis for undergraduate degrees. I mean if there is no competitive advantage why bother get into Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL etc. and not attend a lower rank uni to have a simple and pleasant student life for undergrad and not stress yourself?
    There IS an advantage, just not in areas that most people care for. E.g. most people are neither interested nor competitive enough to go into environments where attending a top university can boost your chances.

    Likewise, most people probably don't care to be among the best of the best networks wise. Or to be intellectually challenged heavily by difficult courseloads. A certain "type" of person fits the profile of your typical top uni student that doesn't really translate to the wider population of students.

    Now, this profile isn't only pertinent to people at top unis. There might be equally as motivated, smart and capable people elsewhere who may have not had as rosy a road to university or chose a different university for other factors. These are the outliers that get good grades, get involved and go on to do similar things as their top uni counterparties.

    What I'm trying to say really is that it's really about the people.. On average, you'll find more intelligent/driven people at better universities which are qualities employers look for (hence the bias some firms have) but on a individual basis that isn't always the case. On average, you're probably better off at a top uni (due to network effects, signaling, better opportunities etc), but it's not cut and dry all the time.



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    There IS an advantage, just not in areas that most people care for. E.g. most people are neither interested nor competitive enough to go into environments where attending a top university can boost your chances.

    Likewise, most people probably don't care to be among the best of the best networks wise. Or to be intellectually challenged heavily by difficult courseloads. A certain "type" of person fits the profile of your typical top uni student that doesn't really translate to the wider population of students.

    Now, this profile isn't only pertinent to people at top unis. There might be equally as motivated, smart and capable people elsewhere who may have not had as rosy a road to university or chose a different university for other factors. These are the outliers that get good grades, get involved and go on to do similar things as their top uni counterparties.

    What I'm trying to say really is that it's really about the people.. On average, you'll find more intelligent/driven people at better universities which are qualities employers look for (hence the bias some firms have) but on a individual basis that isn't always the case. On average, you're probably better off at a top uni (due to network effects, signaling, better opportunities etc), but it's not cut and dry all the time.



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