Information for parents and advisors


The process of applying to and beginning university involves many important decisions. Parental guidance can be a valuable source of support at this time. On this page, you’ll find some helpful information to enable you to better support your son or daughter.

Why go to university?

There are many benefits to following a path in higher education. By developing in-depth knowledge and valuable transferable skills, your son or daughter will have access to a more fulfilling career, as well as better salary prospects.

In addition, university will give them access to opportunities that will enable them to expand their horizons, make new friends, and become a more confident and well-rounded adult, which will help them in whatever direction they take.

Parents Guide

Choosing a university – what to ask

We’ve put together a list of topics that your son or daughter might want to consider, along with suggested questions.

Academic standards and reputation

  • How does the university rank in aspects like teaching audits, guide books and league tables?
  • How is it viewed by employers?
More about our academic standards and reputation.


  • What sort of accommodation is available?
  • What’s included in the accommodation fee?
  • Are students guaranteed accommodation?
Discover our accommodation options.

Career opportunities

  • Does the university offer any support in terms of researching careers and applying for jobs?
  • How many of the university’s graduates find work or go onto further study and what are their average starting salaries?

More about our Careers and Employability Service.


Extracurricular activities

  • What does the university’s students’ union (an organisation run by students to improve the experience of university) offer in terms of clubs, societies and events?
  • What other initiatives can students get involved with?
More about our Students’ Union and other extracurricular activities.

Scholarships and finance

  • What scholarships are available for international students?
  • How much are the tuition fees?
  • What sort of advisory services are there?
More about scholarships, fees and finance at Nottingham.


  • Is the university based in a town or city or does it have its own campus?
  • What facilities are provided?
  • How easy is it to get to the university?
Discover more about our campuses.


  • What support services are available to students?
See what support we offer international students



University of Nottingham Guides


Choosing a course – what to ask

Choosing which course to study is an important part of the decision-making process. Your son or daughter may wish to consider the following questions:

  • What are the required grades?
  • Does the university have a good reputation for that course?
  • What careers can the course lead to?
  • Is the course theory or practice-based?
  • How much teaching time is there, as opposed to independent study?
  • What facilities/resources are available?

International Student Recruitment

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