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So I'm about to pick my insurance choice and I'm stuck between Surrey and Leicester. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to tell me about their experiences with either or share any info/advice they might have?

I've applied for BSc Psychology and my firm choice is Royal Holloway if that makes any difference?

Thank you in advance!!
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So I'm about to pick my insurance choice and I'm stuck between Surrey and Leicester. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to tell me about their experiences with either or share any info/advice they might have?

I've applied for BSc Psychology and my firm choice is Royal Holloway if that makes any difference?

Thank you in advance!!
I haven't heard a single good thing about leicester, I heard that they fired every single maths researcher and fired a lot of english professors/researchers over "decolonising the curriculum", I don't know much else but it generally seems like a uni in decline and has been dropping in the league tables.
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I haven't heard a single good thing about leicester, I heard that they fired every single maths researcher and fired a lot of english professors/researchers over "decolonising the curriculum", I don't know much else but it generally seems like a uni in decline and has been dropping in the league tables.
This is not actually true. Leicester wanted to decolonize the curriculum of many subjects causing some (racist) academics to resign and have, unrelatedly, had to fire staff in subject areas that have declined because of fewer applicants. It is not a university in decline, but a university taking a step forward in terms of progression. I dont go to Leicester btw i go to manc
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This is not actually true. Leicester wanted to decolonize the curriculum of many subjects causing some (racist) academics to resign and have, unrelatedly, had to fire staff in subject areas that have declined because of fewer applicants. It is not a university in decline, but a university taking a step forward in terms of progression. I dont go to Leicester btw i go to manc
"...to ensure a future research identity in AI, computational modelling, digitalisation and data science requires ceasing research in Pure Mathematics in order to invest and extend activities in these areas", they haven't any concrete plan "to invest or extend activities", just to cut in fundamental mathematics research.

"Named Britain’s ‘University of the Year’ in 2008, and coming 17th in the Guardian University Guide’s national league tables, it was also top university for ‘student satisfaction’ outside Oxbridge.

That was then. But things didn’t exactly work out. Today Leicester is ranked a lowly 77th out of the UK’s 121 universities, according to the most recent Guardian league table.

Its latest Annual Report, covering the 2018/19 academic year, shows that student numbers have dropped from 23,000 to 18,338 and are falling by around 4 per cent annually. The intake was a mere 2,855, down from 3,668 a year earlier."

it's very irresponsible to suggest that anyone should go into a uni with this many red flags unless they have done thorough research about it and are very sure it's of quality, the facts speak for themselves.
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To get an idea of what each Uni looks like and 'feels' like, watch their Campus Tours and Open Day films on YouTube.
Look at each course in detail - which optional units would you actually choose, for all three years of the course.
Lots more advice here : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...urance-choices
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So I'm about to pick my insurance choice and I'm stuck between Surrey and Leicester. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to tell me about their experiences with either or share any info/advice they might have?

I've applied for BSc Psychology and my firm choice is Royal Holloway if that makes any difference?

Thank you in advance!!
Hiya!

It's great to hear your considering Surrey I am a second year student studying Psychology. I can try and help you out in terms of what Surrey is like and my experience there. I'll break it down into headings.

Student Life: Firstly, I have found student life to be very welcoming from the moment I moved onto campus! Everyone I came across was very friendly and helped me whenever I needed help (students included). On campus, there is places you can study or just chill in such as The Nest or The Hive and the Library. Furthermore, there is many food outlets on campus such as a mini supermarket to be able to quickly get any essentials or to buy lunch. There is also a Starbucks and other food outlets such as Wates House and Hillside. Every week there is also a fresh fruit and veg market so you can get these at your door step without going to Tesco. There is a nightclub on campus called Rubix which is always putting on great events each week. With COVID Rubix has been put on hold, however hopefully it will make a return soon! The town centre night life is quieter compared to other unis however is still a good fun environment. As well as this, there is also so many societies and club you can join, this will help you to make more friends at university too Here is a link to see the full list of clubs and societies we have at Surrey - https://www.ussu.co.uk/getinvolved/clubs

Location: The University is about a 20 minute walk from Guildford town centre and 10 minute bus journey which has a variety of shops and many restaurants! My favourites are Positano and La Casita, so if you end up in Surrey make sure to check these out What I loved about Surrey is that the Uni isn't far from London. It is about a 34 minute train journey making trips to London quick and efficient. There is also a big Tesco that is about a 3-5 minute bus journey or 10 minute walk so it is easy to pick up your shopping for the week.

Standard of Teaching & Support: In the Psychology department, the department has always maintained a high standard. I feel as though I am really benefitting from the teaching here and learning new things. The lecturers have always been quick in helping me. They also have contact hours which you can attend and ask them any questions you may have. For other support around the uni, there is a health and wellbeing centre which can help with any needs such as sexual health, mental health or any queries you may have. There is also a Career service team that can help with CVs and cover letters and even interviews. I am currently applying for placements in HR and the career team have been extremely helpful in reading my CVs and helping me improve it to enable me to get through the application process of many HR roles.

If you also look at these two links you will be able to delve deeper into the psychology department and look at the facilities and equipment that will be available to you if you come to Surrey:
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/school-psychology
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/school-psyc...-and-equipment

Furthermore if you are unsure about studying Psychology then see this link for 5 reasons why you should https://www.surrey.ac.uk/news/five-r...chology-surrey

I hope this helps and give you some more information and options when it comes to considering your uni choices for Psychology! Feel free to ask any questions you may have.

I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any more questions! Also check out our Instagram to see Surrey from students perspective each week: SurreyStudent

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