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UEA, Loughborough, or Royal Holloway?

I’m taking psychology with year abroad/placement and have applied to Loughborough, UEA, Royal Holloway, Kent and Queen Mary’s. I’ve received my offers and I’m between Loughborough who offered me conditional of BBB and UEA offered me standard ABB and Holloway who offered me conditional AAB.
Im in the women basketball team at college and just started volleyball and managed to get selected for the squad too and train with Essex Rebels for basketball too - this sways me to Loughborough for the sports as well as the higher ranking in psychology but i’m from Essex so it’s quite a bit of a distance and I don’t cope well with distance (especially from my boyfriend).
UEA is also great though because it’s only an hour and a half away from my boyfriend and the year abroad options are much wider but I don’t hear much about their sports, however, I have been stuck helping my single mum for years now with my brother and it’s draining me having to always look after him so I don’t want her to use the advantage of getting me home at weekends to look after him. Royal Holloway is in the middle, I’m worried it’s quite isolated but the campus is so beautiful but again, I don’t hear much of their sports or anything about the uni life as it’s in Egham. I know Holloway and UEA are top for research but overall Loughborough is 7th. Which do I choose ?
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Sport is important to you so put Loughborough as your Firm.

With an offer that low you dont need an Insurance, and if you do get below BBB there will be Clearing Psych courses available.
Original post by angelinaaa_ivas
I’m taking psychology with year abroad/placement and have applied to Loughborough, UEA, Royal Holloway, Kent and Queen Mary’s. I’ve received my offers and I’m between Loughborough who offered me conditional of BBB and UEA offered me standard ABB and Holloway who offered me conditional AAB.
Im in the women basketball team at college and just started volleyball and managed to get selected for the squad too and train with Essex Rebels for basketball too - this sways me to Loughborough for the sports as well as the higher ranking in psychology but i’m from Essex so it’s quite a bit of a distance and I don’t cope well with distance (especially from my boyfriend).
UEA is also great though because it’s only an hour and a half away from my boyfriend and the year abroad options are much wider but I don’t hear much about their sports, however, I have been stuck helping my single mum for years now with my brother and it’s draining me having to always look after him so I don’t want her to use the advantage of getting me home at weekends to look after him. Royal Holloway is in the middle, I’m worried it’s quite isolated but the campus is so beautiful but again, I don’t hear much of their sports or anything about the uni life as it’s in Egham. I know Holloway and UEA are top for research but overall Loughborough is 7th. Which do I choose ?

Hi @angelinaaa_ivas ,

It's great to hear you are considering Loughborough and congratulations on your offers!

I may be able to help you here as I am a Psychology student at Loughborough and play BUCS netball.

As you said before the rankings for Psychology at Loughborough are high. I enjoy the course as there is such a variety in modules so you learn lots of different aspects of Psychology. If you look on the course page you can see what modules you can study each year. When I was deciding where to go I compared module options of other uni's to see which suited me best. I have finished my second year and am on placement. One thing I would recommend is the support and help you get from the placement team securing a placement/year abroad- it's so useful and really helped me out.

Sport at Loughborough is amazing and the facilities are incredible. I have played netball for three years at Loughborough and it has been such a good experience. I have made great friends, stayed fit and improved my level of netball a lot and I have played at a decent competitive level. The social aspect is great as you are part of a club and meet so many people. But for me, netball has been a great addition to my uni experience and been a great distraction to the ultimate stress you do get from your studies!

Some insight about Loughborough in general. Loughborough is very much a student town and there is always things going on. During the week most social events happens on campus through the Student Union. For example there tend to be 2 nights out in the week (Wednesday and Friday) and events during the day which differ week to week. Take a look at our student union website for more insight here.

At the weekends more seems to happen off campus. In town there are multiple pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs which tend to be full of students at the weekend. Town is also very close to campus so you can walk. The only thing I would bear in mind is that Loughborough is a town not a city so cannot offer what big cities do. However, we are very close to Nottingham and Leicester and quite often go there on the train for bigger nights out. This is pretty easy to do so as they are both about 20 minutes away via train- the train station is close to campus and there is a bus shuttle every 10 minutes.

I would recommend looking at all the transport options from each university you are considering to see how you would get home if you needed or wanted to. This is something I found important as I wanted to know I could get home easily enough if I wanted to.

My biggest recommendation would be do what you think is right for you. There are so many factors to consider but the choice is up to you. It is likely there are pros and cons to each university option you are considering but think of the aspects which are most important to you. For me, this was being on a campus, sport and the module options for Psychology.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please do ask 🙂

Alex
Original post by Loughborough Student Community
Original post by angelinaaa_ivas
I’m taking psychology with year abroad/placement and have applied to Loughborough, UEA, Royal Holloway, Kent and Queen Mary’s. I’ve received my offers and I’m between Loughborough who offered me conditional of BBB and UEA offered me standard ABB and Holloway who offered me conditional AAB.
Im in the women basketball team at college and just started volleyball and managed to get selected for the squad too and train with Essex Rebels for basketball too - this sways me to Loughborough for the sports as well as the higher ranking in psychology but i’m from Essex so it’s quite a bit of a distance and I don’t cope well with distance (especially from my boyfriend).
UEA is also great though because it’s only an hour and a half away from my boyfriend and the year abroad options are much wider but I don’t hear much about their sports, however, I have been stuck helping my single mum for years now with my brother and it’s draining me having to always look after him so I don’t want her to use the advantage of getting me home at weekends to look after him. Royal Holloway is in the middle, I’m worried it’s quite isolated but the campus is so beautiful but again, I don’t hear much of their sports or anything about the uni life as it’s in Egham. I know Holloway and UEA are top for research but overall Loughborough is 7th. Which do I choose ?

Hi @angelinaaa_ivas ,

It's great to hear you are considering Loughborough and congratulations on your offers!

I may be able to help you here as I am a Psychology student at Loughborough and play BUCS netball.

As you said before the rankings for Psychology at Loughborough are high. I enjoy the course as there is such a variety in modules so you learn lots of different aspects of Psychology. If you look on the course page you can see what modules you can study each year. When I was deciding where to go I compared module options of other uni's to see which suited me best. I have finished my second year and am on placement. One thing I would recommend is the support and help you get from the placement team securing a placement/year abroad- it's so useful and really helped me out.

Sport at Loughborough is amazing and the facilities are incredible. I have played netball for three years at Loughborough and it has been such a good experience. I have made great friends, stayed fit and improved my level of netball a lot and I have played at a decent competitive level. The social aspect is great as you are part of a club and meet so many people. But for me, netball has been a great addition to my uni experience and been a great distraction to the ultimate stress you do get from your studies!

Some insight about Loughborough in general. Loughborough is very much a student town and there is always things going on. During the week most social events happens on campus through the Student Union. For example there tend to be 2 nights out in the week (Wednesday and Friday) and events during the day which differ week to week. Take a look at our student union website for more insight here.

At the weekends more seems to happen off campus. In town there are multiple pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs which tend to be full of students at the weekend. Town is also very close to campus so you can walk. The only thing I would bear in mind is that Loughborough is a town not a city so cannot offer what big cities do. However, we are very close to Nottingham and Leicester and quite often go there on the train for bigger nights out. This is pretty easy to do so as they are both about 20 minutes away via train- the train station is close to campus and there is a bus shuttle every 10 minutes.

I would recommend looking at all the transport options from each university you are considering to see how you would get home if you needed or wanted to. This is something I found important as I wanted to know I could get home easily enough if I wanted to.

My biggest recommendation would be do what you think is right for you. There are so many factors to consider but the choice is up to you. It is likely there are pros and cons to each university option you are considering but think of the aspects which are most important to you. For me, this was being on a campus, sport and the module options for Psychology.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please do ask 🙂

Alex


this helped to convince me ! I have now put Lboro as my firm ☺️
Original post by angelinaaa_ivas
I’m taking psychology with year abroad/placement and have applied to Loughborough, UEA, Royal Holloway, Kent and Queen Mary’s. I’ve received my offers and I’m between Loughborough who offered me conditional of BBB and UEA offered me standard ABB and Holloway who offered me conditional AAB.
Im in the women basketball team at college and just started volleyball and managed to get selected for the squad too and train with Essex Rebels for basketball too - this sways me to Loughborough for the sports as well as the higher ranking in psychology but i’m from Essex so it’s quite a bit of a distance and I don’t cope well with distance (especially from my boyfriend).
UEA is also great though because it’s only an hour and a half away from my boyfriend and the year abroad options are much wider but I don’t hear much about their sports, however, I have been stuck helping my single mum for years now with my brother and it’s draining me having to always look after him so I don’t want her to use the advantage of getting me home at weekends to look after him. Royal Holloway is in the middle, I’m worried it’s quite isolated but the campus is so beautiful but again, I don’t hear much of their sports or anything about the uni life as it’s in Egham. I know Holloway and UEA are top for research but overall Loughborough is 7th. Which do I choose ?

Hiya @angelinaaa_ivas !😊
Congratulations on your position with Essex Rebels.🤩🏀
At Essex our Psychology courses gives you the opportunity to not only choose modules from other departments to complement your studies but also you will learn from our researchers with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a psychologist as their research assistant.🎓

Our Psychology degrees you given the opportunity to study abroad or take a placement year.
This is a great opportunity to enrich your culture, travel the world and get new experiences.🌍
This link will lead you to our exchange finder where you can have a look at all the universities around the world we have partnerships with.
MoveON - Welcome to the Exchange Finder (moveon4.com)

Our psychology lecturers include award-winning teachers and prize-winning researchers who are international experts in their own research areas.🏆
[start]Our staff carry out research into areas of psychology that fall under our three key themes: thinking about the world, interacting with the world, and experiencing the world. These three themes help tie your knowledge together as they directly feed into our modules, where you can study how we remember things, what captures out attention, how relationships work, what our emotions do with us, or the impact of culture on ourselves and others.[/start]

At Essex we offer special facilities for students such us:🏢
-Dedicated laboratories including a virtual reality suite and an observation suite
-Specialist areas to study visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology
-Our Babylab is the leading infant lab in the east of England that explores perceptual, emotional, and cognitive processes in infants
-Our multimillion pound Centre for Brain Science (CBS) allows staff to investigate brain activity, and to measure eye movements and other physiological responses

We offer careers services where you can get help and advice applying for jobs and improving your CV as well as the department will conduct taster sessions where they will bring guest to talk about the industry and what job they do what got them there. This is a good way to have insight of the job market and industry.📚

Our Students Union (SU) offers more than 100 societies you can join.
Find A Society (essexstudent.com)
Everyday on campus our SU offer activities for students such us dog therapy, arts and crafts, live music and much more.🎤🐕*🦺
Every Thursday we host a food market where coffee shops from town sell their food to our students as well as our night club during the day transforms into a vintage clothing shop.🍜🥟🍩🥤

We offer a lot of facilities to our students such us coffee shops, supermarkets, restaurants ,bars, night clubs, everything in one place.

Let me know if you have nay questions and good luck with your application.

Essex Official Rep- Cat🤩
Hi @angelinaaa_ivas ,

That's great news, I'm glad I could help 🙂
Good luck!

Alex
(edited 2 months ago)
Original post by angelinaaa_ivas
I’m taking psychology with year abroad/placement and have applied to Loughborough, UEA, Royal Holloway, Kent and Queen Mary’s. I’ve received my offers and I’m between Loughborough who offered me conditional of BBB and UEA offered me standard ABB and Holloway who offered me conditional AAB.
Im in the women basketball team at college and just started volleyball and managed to get selected for the squad too and train with Essex Rebels for basketball too - this sways me to Loughborough for the sports as well as the higher ranking in psychology but i’m from Essex so it’s quite a bit of a distance and I don’t cope well with distance (especially from my boyfriend).
UEA is also great though because it’s only an hour and a half away from my boyfriend and the year abroad options are much wider but I don’t hear much about their sports, however, I have been stuck helping my single mum for years now with my brother and it’s draining me having to always look after him so I don’t want her to use the advantage of getting me home at weekends to look after him. Royal Holloway is in the middle, I’m worried it’s quite isolated but the campus is so beautiful but again, I don’t hear much of their sports or anything about the uni life as it’s in Egham. I know Holloway and UEA are top for research but overall Loughborough is 7th. Which do I choose ?

Hi there,

It’s great to hear you’re considering studying Psychology at Royal Holloway! Our varied programme of innovative courses and placement opportunities through established connections equip students with a wide portfolio of transferable skills, giving you the edge in your career path.

Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. Visit our campus and get a real feel for student life at one of our Open Days. You can find out more information on this page: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/student-life/visit-royal-holloway/open-days/

There's almost always something going on at the campus whether it's drama in our contemporary Caryl Churchill Theatre, a pool tournament in the Students' Union, a meeting of the Harry Potter society or a non-alcoholic slumber party. We're one of the top sporting colleges of the University of London with more than 80 sports teams and fantastic facilities. We offer a wide range of options so whether you're passionate about joining a club, new to using the gym, or you're looking to get involved in exercise classes and casual sport with friends - we've got something for everyone. Find out more here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/more/local-community/royal-holloway-sport/

Our students know us better than anyone and can tell you all about life at Royal Holloway, from what the courses are like, to accommodation options and what’s available on campus! Chat to a current student here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/chat/

I hope this helps!

Best wishes,
Royal Holloway, University of London Rep

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