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There are a couple of green-campus universities I want to study at but they're low ranking for my course, is it worth going there? I see everyone talking about Russell group universities being the best but they don't appeal to me even though they're top ranking for my course.
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What are you studying to apply and what do you want to do after uni
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What are you studying to apply and what do you want to do after uni
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What are you studying to apply and what do you want to do after uni
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Regardless of my curse, do uni rankings matter?
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There are a couple of green-campus universities I want to study at but they're low ranking for my course, is it worth going there? I see everyone talking about Russell group universities being the best but they don't appeal to me even though they're top ranking for my course.
Depends on what you want to do. Some jobs such as law, banking etc place a very high importance on where you went to university.

Others, such as film, media, fashion don’t mind where you went to university, some industries don’t mind if you have a degree or not in the first place!

There are green campus RG universities as well as some highly ranked universities not in the RG.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
There are a couple of green-campus universities I want to study at but they're low ranking for my course, is it worth going there? I see everyone talking about Russell group universities being the best but they don't appeal to me even though they're top ranking for my course.
Hi there,

Great question! It really depends on what you want to do. Some industries place greater importance on the ranking, while others pay very little attention (if any). Remember most league tables have subject-specific filters so you can show the table for your subject only - which is useful to know.

Unless you are in an industry where it is really important (in which there are few), then it matters more that you make the most of your time at university, whether it be demonstrating your ability to dedicate yourself by getting a good grade, gaining experience along the way (placements, volunteering etc.) or getting involved in extra-curricular activity. It's a three year period to add skills and experience to your CV outside of your degree to help you stand out in the job market.

In summary, while it is comforting to know that the university you are going to ranks highly, it's just one of a handful of things you should be considering when choosing a university, rather than the be all and end all. To many industries, it's about the experience you gain, or your personal qualities that make the difference.

Hope this helps,

James - Student Rep
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