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My daughter is in Year 12 so we have started the process of thinking about which universities to apply for next year. She is studying Italian, Psychology and Media Studies and is probably aiming for 3 x Bs at this stage, although an ABC is not beyond her. She is quite shy and introverted, likes her home comforts and has a small but close circle of friends. So whichever university she chooses will need to be small and friendly enough to enable her to find her way around, make new friends and settle into campus life easily. I fear a larger, city campus like Manchester might be overwhelming for her and know from other friends' kids, how damaging home-sickness can be in that first term. Based on her subjects and predicted grades, does anyone have any suggestions on where we should start our search?
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Your daughter is only a month into her a levels, so it’s a little early to say she’s aiming for BBB/ABC.
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Hi - I'm basing the predictions on her GCSEs and where she is likely to be in comparison to her older siblings' results. Also, I am a teacher so I have fairly good sense of where she is academically. There is, obviously, some leeway because A Level boundaries change from year to year. But we're looking at solid middle results rather than As and A*s.
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Not to be disrespectful because I get that parents worry but why don’t u let her decide. It might be an opportunity for her to open up and be herself and become more extroverted. As a younger child with 3 older siblings I found uni gave me a sense of freedom that my parents couldn’t interfere with
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Hi! You should let your daughter decide, but I thought I'd add my university into the mix. I'm currently entering my sixth week at the university of Lincoln and I'm really enjoying my time here. They had lots of activities during freshers week, there are many societies to get involved in too. I wouldn't know how it compares but it took me like 2 days to get my bearings, once you know where everything is it's really easy to navigate. Plus, even though it's in a city, you don't actually have to go much further than the high street.
If there are any questions that I might be of use answering, please let me know
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Lancaster could be a good one to start at
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My daughter is in Year 12 so we have started the process of thinking about which universities to apply for next year. She is studying Italian, Psychology and Media Studies and is probably aiming for 3 x Bs at this stage, although an ABC is not beyond her. She is quite shy and introverted, likes her home comforts and has a small but close circle of friends. So whichever university she chooses will need to be small and friendly enough to enable her to find her way around, make new friends and settle into campus life easily. I fear a larger, city campus like Manchester might be overwhelming for her and know from other friends' kids, how damaging home-sickness can be in that first term. Based on her subjects and predicted grades, does anyone have any suggestions on where we should start our search?
I think small, campus unis sound best for her but what subject will she be applying for and what part of the country do you live in roughly? I think somewhere not too far away from home would be better for her, psychologically speaking, so she knows she can get home quite easily - although not live at home.
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I think small, campus unis sound best for her but what subject will she be applying for and what part of the country do you live in roughly? I think somewhere not too far away from home would be better for her, psychologically speaking, so she knows she can get home quite easily - although not live at home.
Hi, we live in the London area but she doesn’t want to consider any London unis, which is fair enough. She’s interested in studying Italian right now, or Psychology. We’ll look at both.
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Hi, we live in the London area but she doesn’t want to consider any London unis, which is fair enough. She’s interested in studying Italian right now, or Psychology. We’ll look at both.
There aren't many courses combining Italian with Psychology, but she may have a clear favourite subject by the time she applies in Year 13. Liberal Arts combines both and that is available at a small campus uni called Royal Holloway - it's part of the University of London but is actually in Surrey and 40 minutes by train from Waterloo. They also offers courses in Italian on its own, or straight Psychology

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/stud.../liberal-arts/

Your daughter could start thinking about booking some uni Open Days - they are a great chance to look around unis and get a feel for which ones feel comfortable, and she could attend subject talks in both Italian and Psychology. Open Days may have finished for 2019 but there will be plenty more coming up in the Spring and Summer of 2020 and it's a good idea to attend at least a couple before starting Year 13.

As well as Royal Holloway, nice small campus unis close to London include the University of Kent at Canterbury, Reading, Sussex (Brighton) and Surrey.
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There aren't many courses combining Italian with Psychology, but she may have a clear favourite subject by the time she applies in Year 13. Liberal Arts combines both and that is available at a small campus uni called Royal Holloway - it's part of the University of London but is actually in Surrey and 40 minutes by train from Waterloo. They also offers courses in Italian on its own, or straight Psychology

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/stud.../liberal-arts/

Your daughter could start thinking about booking some uni Open Days - they are a great chance to look around unis and get a feel for which ones feel comfortable, and she could attend subject talks in both Italian and Psychology. Open Days may have finished for 2019 but there will be plenty more coming up in the Spring and Summer of 2020 and it's a good idea to attend at least a couple before starting Year 13.

As well as Royal Holloway, nice small campus unis close to London include the University of Kent at Canterbury, Reading, Sussex (Brighton) and Surrey.
Great suggestions Harrysbar. Thanks a million.
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Look at smaller campus Unis - and not RG or other 'academic pressure' Unis.

Oxford Brookes would be a sensible choice to look at - smaller, less pressure, reputation for very good pastoral care, lots of housing on campus, but in an interesting city and not too far from London. No Italian there but lots of other joint subject possibilities, and there would always be the chance of a Year Abroad in Italy instead. Portsmouth I can also recommend - its the only Uni there and P'mouth itself is literally an island - its all very cosy and close together.

Sussex or Kent would be other possibilities for size/campus reasons.

Go to some Open Days and talk to other students as much as you can about what life there is like.
A gap year before starting Uni to help her self-confidence might be a good idea.
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Would she be interested in Penryn like your son. I might be blowing a local trumpet how would she feel about Swansea. Very friendly city and university and that is the general feedback I get. As a rule things tend to be more friendly up North or in Wales. Aberystwyth is a bit like Penryn small and remote. UWTSD has a very remote campus in Lampeter with very few students. I dont know if it offers Psychology but it is really quiet in the back of beyoung
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https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/lampeter/
https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/carmarthen/
https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/swansea/

http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/lampeter/
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Hi! I graduated from the University of York this year, given that the university is all on campus, it’s fairly easy to find your way around and everybody will be living very close to one another in campus owned accommodation. I found it to be very very friendly, both the city and the university in general. I personally lived on campus east (a short free 5 min bus ride from the main campus, campus west) and I found it very quiet but lovely to live on and surrounded by wildlife! Campus west is more lively but still relatively quiet. There are so many societies to join and lots of activities on freshers week for both people who love and hate partying, a great mixture. I really loved york and I definitely think it’s worth checking out as a potential option! I hope this helps!
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My daughter is in Year 12 so we have started the process of thinking about which universities to apply for next year. She is studying Italian, Psychology and Media Studies and is probably aiming for 3 x Bs at this stage, although an ABC is not beyond her. She is quite shy and introverted, likes her home comforts and has a small but close circle of friends. So whichever university she chooses will need to be small and friendly enough to enable her to find her way around, make new friends and settle into campus life easily. I fear a larger, city campus like Manchester might be overwhelming for her and know from other friends' kids, how damaging home-sickness can be in that first term. Based on her subjects and predicted grades, does anyone have any suggestions on where we should start our search?
Hi there. I'm a 1st year student at the University of York and I totally agree with what Charlotte has to say. Like Oxbridge, Durham and Lancaster, York has a collegiate system whereby students are a member of a college (based on accommodation choice) and it's a great small community to be part of within a larger community. Students will get an opportunity to meet the college administrator and manager and the university has excellent support for students and other outreach services should they need to access them. So far, I've found York to be a very friendly place in terms of both the city and uni and although sometimes uni life can be a bit quiet, the colleges, different societies and the uni as a whole do aim to put on many events during the week. This allows students to meet fellow students and make friends that way and just to get to know a lot of people.

With regards to grades, York does have varied entry requirements depending on the course but I really wouldn't worry too much about predicted grades because York do offer a variety of courses in clearing every year (excluding Medicine etc.) but to avoid disappointment, it's best to phone them up as soon as your daughter has received her results.

As for homesickness, this can be inevitable and many students will experience this at some point whilst at uni. I haven't really experienced that personally but I'm sure fellow students will be sympathetic about that and as aforementioned, the uni offers excellent support for students should they experience this or any other issues.

Hope you found this helpful and I wish your daughter the very best with her studies!
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Hi! I graduated from the University of York this year, given that the university is all on campus, it’s fairly easy to find your way around and everybody will be living very close to one another in campus owned accommodation. I found it to be very very friendly, both the city and the university in general. I personally lived on campus east (a short free 5 min bus ride from the main campus, campus west) and I found it very quiet but lovely to live on and surrounded by wildlife! Campus west is more lively but still relatively quiet. There are so many societies to join and lots of activities on freshers week for both people who love and hate partying, a great mixture. I really loved york and I definitely think it’s worth checking out as a potential option! I hope this helps!
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A campus based university may suit her as like my daughter she is preferring these ones as she’s quiet too
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My daughter is in Year 12 so we have started the process of thinking about which universities to apply for next year. She is studying Italian, Psychology and Media Studies and is probably aiming for 3 x Bs at this stage, although an ABC is not beyond her. She is quite shy and introverted, likes her home comforts and has a small but close circle of friends. So whichever university she chooses will need to be small and friendly enough to enable her to find her way around, make new friends and settle into campus life easily. I fear a larger, city campus like Manchester might be overwhelming for her and know from other friends' kids, how damaging home-sickness can be in that first term. Based on her subjects and predicted grades, does anyone have any suggestions on where we should start our search?
Hi Deisegirl,

We are a small campus university of the south coast of England, we have two campuses, one in Chichester and one in Bognor Regis. As we are a campus-based University it means that our students are known by name by their lecturers which helps them settle in quickly and creates an extremely supportive network. Our students are notoriously known for being friendly and our community-feel allows students to be completely themselves in an inclusive environment and you can't turn a corner on campus without bumping into a familiar face!

One of our students wrote a blog on what's like being a student at Chichester as in introvert which may help: http://www.chilife.co.uk/the-quiet-s...ts-guide_72385

We also have a strong teaching heritage which dates back to 1839 have extremely strong Psychology courses that have been ranked 17th in the UK in the Guardian League Tables 2020 and has 100% student satisfaction in the NSS.

Our Creative and Digital Technologies department has a variety of media courses that are taught in our brand-new Tech Park that has industry standard facilities.

You are more than welcome to come to an Open Day to get a feel of the campus, meet our students and meet the lecturers on a one to one basis outside of subject talks to help talk through any queries or worries. You can go to Open Days this year if that helps! You can book onto an Open Day here: chi.ac.uk/opendays

You can find all the courses we offer on: chi.ac.uk/courses

If you have any more questions about universities, we are more than happy to help!
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Hi Deisegirl,


Choosing the right university and course is a difficult decision, one which we understand parents can help with. Here at the University of Lincoln we offer several variations of a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, including the option to specialise in either forensic or clinical psychology. Although we don't offer an Italian degree, we do offer a short language course in Italian, which you daughter would be able to complete alongside her degree.

Here is the full course information for Psychology, Psychology with Clinical Psychology and Psychology with Forensic Psychology.

As pivotalmoment kindly said we do have a relatively small campus that is only a short walk from the city centre. If you want to discover Lincoln and explore our campus, check out our Virtual Open Day.

We recommend visiting each university choice via an open day, as this is a great way to see if the campus and location will be right for your daughter, as well as deciding which course she wants to study. You can book a place on to one of our upcoming Open Days here.

We wish you and your daughter the best of luck wherever you choose!

If you would like to speak to other parents who have children studying at the University of Lincoln, please feel free to join our Parents and Guardians Facebook group.

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York. It isn't actually in the city and is campus based. Has a lovely atmosphere.
Lincoln. Isn't a massive city and from what I've seen it looks lovely. Having lived in York and now only 20 mins away from Lincoln, they are both similar cities
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Keele.

Firstly, I love how all these universities are trying to 'grab' you .

I couldn't recommend Keele enough for you! It is well known as a bubble. A fantastic community. It suits all types of people, from all backgrounds.
I will let Keele Student Ambassador1 maybe try and sawed you towards that direction, but this is the university you want...
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