So much ignorance here. Parking this to expand on later...
So here I go - partially anecdotal evidence
The way I see it is, for some subjects, they are better done at red bricks, and others are better done at ex polys
ie: engineering is supposed to be really good at Glasgow university, but IT tends to be better at ex polys
I'm on placement, went to an ex poly (and still technically going), and I'm working in a large corporation - what the ex polys have always been good at is industry links
There's a reason why a lot of large companies would rather take someone from universities like:
Staffs, Coventry, BCU, Sheffield Hallam etc... etc.. compared to Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Birmingham etc... for IT
It's the way in which the universities deliver the course. Not just that, for my course, because it's networking, there's a heavy amount of Cisco "propaganda" so partially, the qualifications are externally marked, and it relies almost quite heavily on experience
I know there's someone here who went to Coventry doing cyber security and is now working at a large corporate doing cyber security related stuff
I keep referring back to this:
What pretty much sold Staffs to me was this:
"Cisco Systems have given Staffordshire University an Educational Achievement award, one of only six in Europe and the only one in the UK."
And the fact that we supposedly get more graduates doing jobs related to our degree - and supposedly earning slightly more than some of those in the red bricks
Again that's only IT. Imo, it depends from course to course. Certain subjects will most definitely be done better at different institutions