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Old 2 Jul 20, 07:48 AM  
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Mobile Uni 2020 how are people feeling about their child going this year ?

I have been chatting on another thread regarding exams for next year. I have a dd taking gcse exams next year and my other dd is waiting for A level results. She has a place at Durham which she desperately wants. I admit that I was always going to find her moving so far from home very hard. She is my first to go and we live in London so she will be a very long way from home. I am even more concerned with the current situation and the real possibility of no freshers week and bubbles of people she will be allowed to socialise with. My concern is that she may not get a long with the people in her bubble and even if she does will she feel too isolated. I wondered how other parents are feeling and if some are considering postponing uni ? Durham have been good at giving lots of information but as things are continuously changing it will be a very uncertain start assuming she is awarded the grades she needs.
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What's you daughter studying at Durham? My granddaughter is starting there this year ,shes doing teacher training
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My daughter is studying maths and will be at greys college. Do you know which college your granddaughter will be attending?
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DD has recently applied for accommodation at Bath - who knows if she will get the grades required since even with exams she was going to be touch and go. The teachers would probably give her the grades, but the general downshift that is rumoured by the exam boards would not.

(her school is not a school that excels at exams generally, so any adjustment for the school's past performance would be downwards)

But she figures that with all the uncertainty - so many of her friends are going to take gap years - she has the best chance ever of gaining a place. People taking a gap year may find a lot of competition next year.

She is not a social animal - and has loved and relished lockdown. As a result - she is the rock of her friendship group - which she has found an unusual position to be. So don't think the lack of freshers week etc would bother her too much.
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I agree that competition for places next year will be high with more choosing to have a gap year. Good luck to her with the grades.
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My daughter is studying maths and will be at greys college. Do you know which college your granddaughter will be attending?
No I dont but I can find out ( once she manages to drag herself out of bed!... actually that's not fair, she maybe working today,
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My concern with Durham is the huge amount of shared room accommodation - meaning right from day one you are sharing with someone who may or may not already have the virus.

The sharing was the only reason ours ruled Durham out, loved it in every other way
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My concern with Durham is the huge amount of shared room accommodation - meaning right from day one you are sharing with someone who may or may not already have the virus.

The sharing was the only reason ours ruled Durham out, loved it in every other way
Hi I have just checked and greys college has 19 shared rooms. I would hope that she was allocated a single as you are right sharing would be concerning. Having said that even in a single room she would have to share bathroom facilities. It is worrying. What uni have you decided on.
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Hi I have just checked and greys college has 19 shared rooms. I would hope that she was allocated a single as you are right sharing would be concerning. Having said that even in a single room she would have to share bathroom facilities. It is worrying. What uni have you decided on.
Assuming exam results play ball, they have chosen to take the offer they have at Oxford.

Strangely it is a lower offer than the one from Durham (OX AAA, DHM A*AA)
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Hi I have just checked and greys college has 19 shared rooms. I would hope that she was allocated a single as you are right sharing would be concerning. Having said that even in a single room she would have to share bathroom facilities. It is worrying. What uni have you decided on.
Greys is an anomaly at Durham (must admit missed that in your post) in that it doesn't have a lot of shared rooms, most of the other colleges are predominantely shared rooms.

I did a masters there and loved the place (although it was decades ago so I'm sure the experience is very different today)
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