(Original post by GCarrots)
3rd year philosophy undergrad, spent first year in tennis courts (on the vale) taken part in the newspaper and a sports team (not one of the uni ones). Birmingham is a quality uni with a quality reputation, I would recommend it to anyone.
Just to wade in on the little debate going on here.....I don't like to flame but uob whoever you are, you come across real conceited; talking as though your word is law/fact. I think you make a valid point in saying that the halls you are in really affects what you would recommend, and that socially you can have as much fun in any one of the halls as another. I think the advantage of the Vale is that it is central and the majority of people you meet outside of your own halls will be on the Vale or Pritchatts park (the most central halls). So internally yeah the social life of any hall can be great, but if you want to branch out a bit the Vale is definitely more convenient. Furthermore Hunters Court, The Beeches, QHC etc are all more than a thirty minute walk
, whereas on the Vale and Pritchatts it ranges from 10-25mins. As someone who has done a bit of extra-curricular I can safely say it affects your ability to do stuff if you are far from campus, I know a lot of the people I play sport with didn't bother in first year because their halls were too far away.
Secondly this guild business, the guild ARE tossers. They are out to make money and promote the reputation of the uni, beyond that they do not give a monkey's about Joe Bloggs student. The guild is a 'fab' building and has a lot of great services for students (im sure that facilities wise our union is right up there) but it is run by a bunch of massive douchebags. This probably won't affect your uni life that much though, it certainly hasn't mine.
Also the target uni's thing is true, Birmingham uni has definitely not been a target uni for the last few years (if ever as far as i know). There is no definitive list but if you search around the net you can get a good idea. This is not to say that it is bad for grad jobs, far from it, you just aren't as sought after as someone from oxbridge, durham, warwick, bristol etc.
In fact everything uob says about careers is basically a load of tripe, I have whored myself out to gradschemes over the last year and haven't bothered with the careers department once. The fact that employers come to our uni shows they are willing to recruit from us but beyond that is meaningless, you will not get a job by visiting a stall at a careers fair, you will just learn about the gradscheme, which you could do by sitting at home and going on wikijobs. The only way the uni can help you with careers is if your too dull to do the research yourself, or if they have some kind of special relationship with a particular employer, or if I guess the uni is particularly respected for say tennis racket research and you wanna make tennis rackets and learnt from Mr tennis racket research god (purely hypothetical example).
ps again I hate to flame, but I hate to keep my mouth shut more so uob, you seem like an absolute keeno (very keen on doing well academically) who is really involved with doing for/with the guild (work with the careers liason officer blah blah blah) who is a bit smug (sorted out after graduation thanks blah blah blah). This is absolutely fine and will probably stand you in good stead for life and isn't that much of a bad thing I guess BUT you are not representative of the "average student" if there is one.
pps Target Uni's, jeeees you have no idea. Just because a company sends a poxy stall to our careers fair does not mean they are targeting us, not in the sense that the Target Uni's (capital letters for nouns, cos they are an actual bloody thing) are targeted. Basically there is a group of uni's, dunno how many, about ten or something, that the FS sector and IB's particularly look to recruit most of their grads from, because that is where they think the quality is. But what kind of idiot recruiter wouldn't send a stall to a decent redbrick like bham where there might be some (not as many as the Target Uni's [see its that noun thing again]) potential grads. They are just being thorough. But at the end of the day Birmingham is a good enough uni to get you considered for any gradscheme as long as you personally stack up.