University of Sheffield vs University of Nottingham for Aerospace Engineering?

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I have received offers from both Sheffield and Nottingham to do this course. Sheffield have requested AAA where as Nottingham have provided an unconditional if I put it as my firm choice otherwise AAA. I was wondering if people could tell me their opinions/experiences and any information on each university, including the city life, accommodation, student life, night life, the teaching of the course etc.
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(Original post by Arran1904)
I have received offers from both Sheffield and Nottingham to do this course. Sheffield have requested AAA where as Nottingham have provided an unconditional if I put it as my firm choice otherwise AAA. I was wondering if people could tell me their opinions/experiences and any information on each university, including the city life, accommodation, student life, night life, the teaching of the course etc.
Ignore the unconditional aspect. It's a marketing tactic that benefits the university more than the student. Only firm that university if you prefer it, nevermind the offer conditions.

Have you visited both universities? And which course do you prefer?



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I only know general engineers at Sheffield Uni but they seem to get the most out of their money there from anyone! Most profs are really good and they all seem to enjoy it
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University park is very campus based, the engineering department is one of the largest in the UK, they do a good mix of practical hands on and theory based stuff as well. Engineering benefits from the brand new George green library that is open 24/7 during revision. Accomodation is nice either catered or uncatered on Uni park. Science is considered a big deal at Notts, you can look it up on youtube Nottingham science and numberphile also originate from Nottingham. Alot of care goes into that department and almost everyone i know enjoys, although they say its no walk in the park and alot of contact hours. However, i think thats part of engineerings DNA regardless where you go. Nightlife in Nottingham is peak there is Pryzm, Stealth, Rock city, Ink, Pom pom etc, cheap entry no club more then £5 pounds lots of fancy dress and student nights. Also the legendary student only ocean. University park is recieving a serious overhaul currently, more shops and the look and feel is being improved. Cost of living in Nottingham is comparably low for your later years of university to alot of places. However, Sheffield is a decent city also a tad bigger. All in all Nottingham is the total package, and likely tops Sheffield especially with international presence, but engineering from any Russell group will give you good prospects.
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Nottingham's aero course is very new, hence the unconditional as they're trying to build up their cohort size. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of aero I would say it's risky to start a course before at least the first cohort has graduated as there won't have been much time for the course to mature otherwise which can lead to lots of poor communication between departments so lots of overlapping topics, deadlines, amongst other mismatches, and Notts course is in its second year I believe so two more years to go before it gets to that point. That said, it won't be a massive problem, your degree will still be absolutely fine.

I would decide based upon the course, Notts is more traditional aero whereas Sheffield is more general (though still covers everything that Notts course does, or for some specialist topics at least provides you a solid foundation to learn further from). Sheffield will give you the opportunity to get involved with things like robotics, machine learning, manufacturing whereas those opportunities won't be as available to you at Notts.

Their city life is pretty similar, it would be difficult to differentiate between the two based on that.
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Ignore the unconditional aspect. It's a marketing tactic that benefits the university more than the student. Only firm that university if you prefer it, nevermind the offer conditions.

Have you visited both universities? And which course do you prefer?



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I have visited both of them and both are really nice. I am leaning more towards Sheffield as I quite like the fact that is has a student village although Nottingham does have its own campus. In terms of the course, when I went it was clear to see that at Nottingham it is quite a new course where as Sheffield's course looks much more established. However that may not mean that Nottingham's course is worse.
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Nottingham's aero course is very new, hence the unconditional as they're trying to build up their cohort size. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of aero I would say it's risky to start a course before at least the first cohort has graduated as there won't have been much time for the course to mature otherwise which can lead to lots of poor communication between departments so lots of overlapping topics, deadlines, amongst other mismatches, and Notts course is in its second year I believe so two more years to go before it gets to that point. That said, it won't be a massive problem, your degree will still be absolutely fine.

I would decide based upon the course, Notts is more traditional aero whereas Sheffield is more general (though still covers everything that Notts course does, or for some specialist topics at least provides you a solid foundation to learn further from). Sheffield will give you the opportunity to get involved with things like robotics, machine learning, manufacturing whereas those opportunities won't be as available to you at Notts.

Their city life is pretty similar, it would be difficult to differentiate between the two based on that.
Yep, I got that feeling when i visited Nottingham for the open day/applicant day. I think I am definitely leaning more towards Sheffield, based on the fact that the course is much more established, they have got a new Engineering building (The Diamond) and the fact that is seems that the graduate prospects will be better at Sheffield. I think the Night life will be similar for both of them so I am not really going to be looking at that. I am visiting Sheffield on Wednesday so I will make my final choice on that day and I can look at accommodation again.
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Hey! Which uni did you end up going for?? I'm also torn between sheffield and nottingham, but for chemical engineering
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