I definitely wouldn't base your decisions on league tables. They're ok for consideration, but really you should be thinking about which one you want to go to...not be going to a uni because some random you've never met says you should.
(Original post by grahamB)
But in terms of employment, would Portsmouth be a better option than UEA or Sussex because of the tables?
To be honest I doubt companies really look at the tables thinking they're the be all and end all either. Recruiters in companies will most likely be subjective anyway, as inevitably most people are. Reputations of unis will be much more prominent in a recruiters mind than what some table says. So your Oxbridge and your main redbrick unis will naturally be the preferred choice, or indeed whatever universities are considered renowned in your chosen field.
So to answer your question - in terms of employment, if YOU as a person stand out, have good references, a good degree result, plenty of experience etc etc then you will prosper. It's all good and well thinking about how a university will affect your chances, but you yourself and what you do at whatever uni you choose to go to are much more important.
(Original post by grahamB)
I was looking today at the league tables for Maths.
My offer from Sussex is AAB, Exeter AAA, UEA ABB, Portsmouth BBB
Yet Portsmouth, according to the Times, is better than UEA and Sussex and only SLIGHTLY worse than Exeter?!
So in terms of employment, would it be best to go to Portsmouth over Sussex and UEA?
There are many problems with league tables in getting a general idea about the best place to go. Firstly, it is a matter of opinion as to how much weighting should be given to each thing that they measure but the newspaper does that deciding for you. Secondly, there are things that they can't measure - the social possibilities in the city and at the university, whether the type of university is your preferred kind (redbrick, campus etc), how good the accommodation and general architecture are (a bad campus can make a difference).
However you can look at individual pieces of data and if they are WAY out of each other, ask some questions about that. Are the missing pieces of data in the Maths table because those universities don't teach that kind of Maths or because they didn't want to submit that data?
Overall, Exeter has the best name for itself, followed by Sussex or UEA, then Portsmouth.
One year, a university is 9th place, next year, it goes to 13th place, then the year after, it goes to 11th place etc.
They FLUCTUATE in such great magnitudes.
I don't know HOW an employer can judge which is better..They surely should look at the content that the Universities teach and the general position in the league tables - i.e an average over 5 years.
There's no other accurate way to do it.
For example, Durham University for Business - their degree is relatively new, but it's relatively low ranked compared to universities at the same level of prestige. However, big 4 accounting firms warm to the content taught in the degree greatly and believe Durham University business graduates are top class.
Yes they do have some importance but with a small difference between your universities it doesn't matter.
I'd put portsmouth as my insurance choice as the conditions are lower just incase you really flop.
(Original post by Marsha2112)
And for those who say "o but it's 3 whole years of your life", that's like 3/75 or 1/25th......and the career that degree will lead you to....is about half your life.
Yes, I'm perfectly serious. Three years is not much in the grand scheme, but it is a long time to be miserable. I've known people go from happy to taking powerful anti-depressants in less time.