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    Ok so i'm almost at this point where i firm/insurance and i have considered most factors important to me already.

    This final factor relates to communication experience i've had with certain unis - email replies, questions replies, just basically signs of being very approachable. I'm not sure if it's a good thing to go of off?

    E.G Cardiff has never replied to my simple question email 2 months ago, i sent another question a few weeks back to many of my choices: bristol, soton, swansea, cardiff. All but cardiff replied within 1/2 days, cardiff has yet to reply at all. I know cardiff is a big uni but so are bristol and soton. im not sure whether this delay is cos theyre busy or just a bit unorganised and it does give me a neg. impression of them. It's obviously a dealbreaker at this point because other unis seem to reach out to my queries well, but im unsure if they are really busy.
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    Just bear in mind the communications is usually handled by one small department, marketing. Also the strikes really slow things down. I wouldn't say its representative of the uni as a whole.

    Btw is that you in your avatar?
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    Just bear in mind the communications is usually handled by one small department, marketing. Also the strikes really slow things down. I wouldn't say its representative of the uni as a whole.

    Btw is that you in your avatar?
    hmmm, strikes in a lot of unis or just cardiff?cos its looking like they gone on hols since december, not even an automated email that unis send out so often sighhh


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    hmmm, strikes in a lot of unis or just cardiff?cos its looking like they gone on hols since december, not even an automated email that unis send out so often sighhh


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    Pretty much every university is striking for the next 2 weeks. You won't hear much until then. If I remember correctly you have until May to make your decision. Go to the different universities you've applied to, have a look around, speak to people there. Think about the cities, would you want to live there for the next 3-4 years? Whats the nightlife like? Rental prices? Religious communities? Etc etc
    Also look at some statistics on how many get a 2.1, teaching rankings (bronze, silver, gold - if its bronze avoid. poor teaching is the absolute worst, trust me), starting salaries and student satisfaction then make your decision.
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    Pretty much every university is striking for the next 2 weeks. You won't hear much until then. If I remember correctly you have until May to make your decision. Go to the different universities you've applied to, have a look around, speak to people there. Think about the cities, would you want to live there for the next 3-4 years? Whats the nightlife like? Rental prices? Religious communities? Etc etc
    Also look at some statistics on how many get a 2.1, teaching rankings (bronze, silver, gold - if its bronze avoid. poor teaching is the absolute worst, trust me), starting salaries and student satisfaction then make your decision.
    thanks, i have considered all of those factors already and been to most, and since they're similar imo, i've based it off correspondence cos i read that it's important to someone on here before so i thought i would if it makes sense to
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    thanks, i have considered all of those factors already and been to most, and since they're similar imo, i've based it off correspondence cos i read that it's important to someone on here before so i thought i would if it makes sense to
    The thing is the university might have good email communications but that doesn't mean the whole university will. Edinburgh is pretty prompt at responding to emails but I've had loads of socially awkward/incompetent professors over the past 2 years. Then again that might be expected for a subject like computer science.
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    The thing is the university might have good email communications but that doesn't mean the whole university will. Edinburgh is pretty prompt at responding to emails but I've had loads of socially awkward/incompetent professors over the past 2 years. Then again that might be expected for a subject like computer science.
    lmaooo i thought some of the lecturers were a bit timid on the visit day, i dont really want to uno be around people who can't clarify or be approachable cos im a bit dim sometimes btw is that you in your pic
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    Just bear in mind the communications is usually handled by one small department, marketing. Also the strikes really slow things down. I wouldn't say its representative of the uni as a whole.

    Btw is that you in your avatar?
    Marketing normally wouldn’t handle admissions emails. Admissions would. And in a university like Cardiff neither admissions or marketing would be a small team.

    Administrative staff aren’t allowed to be in the union that is striking. Only academic staff.
 
 
 

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