8 key questions to help choose the right university for you.
1. How is the course ranked?
League tables are helpful but only if used properly. Always read the methodology behind them so you know what they’re really ranking - some are focused on research, others on career prospects, but most look at a range of factors.
UEA is ranked in the UK Top 25 (The Times/Sunday Times 2020 and Complete University Guide 2020), and the World Top 200 Universities (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).
2. What’s the uni’s TEF rating?
T-E-what? TEF stands for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England. Unis are awarded either gold, silver or bronze. This award tells you what kind of teaching to expect but they do not represent the university entirely - it’s better to consider it alongside other ranking factors such as league tables.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been awarded a gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
5. Which do you prefer: Campus or city?
There are clear differences between the two. A campus university like UEA has everything you need within walking distance. You’ll find excellent facilities, study areas and the students union in close proximity. A city uni has these too but they’re usually spread out and located among shops, offices and restaurants. The former has a stronger student community feel but the latter will put you right at the centre of city.
Beth Bunn, student recruitment manager at the University of East Anglia (UEA) advises: "I’d recommend visiting at least one of each type to get a feel and see what’s right for you.”
6. Where will you live?
First-years usually get to stay in university halls. But with so many types available, how do you choose? Should you stay closer or further from campus? Do you want an en-suite bathroom or not? Then there’s no guarantee you’ll get your first choice either, so know your options well so you have several preferred and back-up options you know you can live with for the next year.