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    (Original post by KardasDragon)
    Birkbeck is tier 0 because they mostly do evening classes.

    SOAS is tier 3 because it does not have a fully fledged multi-faculty system. SOAS is very highly known in a small pool of subjects, and its slipping in others such as Law.

    If i put SOAS in tier 2 I would have to do the same for e.g Aberdeen because its the most famous petroleum uni apart from Imperial.

    Cortauld didn't make it because they only offer a single undergrad degree.

    I might move RVC, RAU, Arts London and the other specialised one up to tier 3, you do have a point there.

    I did do a huge amount of research though.
    Why does it matter when tutorials or lectures take place? What possible difference can it make to the education you receive or your career prospects?

    You've put Imperial and LSE in tier 2 even though they aren't multi faculty universities either.

    No you wouldn't.

    The RVC only does 3 degrees, 3 is hardly better than 1 - so why the discrimination?
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    Once you go beyond grad schemes and initial jobs, employers don't care about where your degree is from.
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    why don't you play video games like most youths?
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    There's tier 1 & 2 unis for sure but after that there's nothing much imbetween to get excited about.
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    (Original post by Mathmoji)
    Once you go beyond grad schemes and initial jobs, employers don't care about where your degree is from.
    So why does Oxbridge vastly over represent all the top job industries?
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    In my humble opinion there should be a separate Tier 2 for LSE, Imperial, UCL, Warwick, Durham, Bristol, and Edinburgh.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    In my humble opinion there should be a separate Tier 2 for LSE, Imperial, UCL, Warwick, Durham, Bristol, and Edinburgh.
    I agree - seeing LSE/Imperial/UCL/KCL in the same category as QMUL irked me a little.

    Then again, this list was pointless enough already, particularly as we don't know what it's ranking and what weighting it places on different factors.
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    (Original post by skeptical_john)
    So why does Oxbridge vastly over represent all the top job industries?
    correlation does not equal causation.
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    (Original post by Mathmoji)
    correlation does not equal causation.

    except we have mountains of evidence that shows the benefits of social capital from elite unis. The building up of influential circles that can only happen at these places.
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    In my humble opinion there should be a separate Tier 2 for LSE, Imperial, UCL, Warwick, Durham, Bristol, and Edinburgh.
    St. Andrews? :beard:
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    (Original post by 13 1 20 8 42)
    St. Andrews? :beard:
    St Andrews and maybe KCL too...
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    St Andrews and maybe KCL too...
    Don't forget Wolverhampton
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    I agree - seeing LSE/Imperial/UCL/KCL in the same category as QMUL irked me a little.

    Then again, this list was pointless enough already, particularly as we don't know what it's ranking and what weighting it places on different factors.
    In fact, I'd be ever so inclined as to place Imperial and LSE just a bit higher than the aforementioned and instead in the Oxbridge category - but maybe I am pushing it.

    But then again, it's a pointless list.

    EDIT: To be honest, I'm thinking mainly in terms of Imperial Engineering and LSE Economics, so I'm probably pushing it to suggest that they are in the same tier as Oxbridge holistically..
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    (Original post by KardasDragon)
    I tried to keep this asbalanced as possible, any feedback is appreciated


    Tier 1

    Self explanatory.

    University of Oxford

    University of Cambridge

    Tier 2

    Typically large universities with a huge range of faculties and an enormous research budget. They have big names and are considered quite elite in a wide variety of subjects. World class in the best sense of the word. These constitute of RGs+4.

    University of Birmingham

    University of Bristol

    Cardiff University

    Durham University

    University of Edinburgh

    University of Exeter

    University of Glasgow

    Imperial College London

    King's College London

    University of Leeds

    University of Liverpool

    London School of Economics& Political Science

    University of Manchester

    Newcastle University

    University of Nottingham

    Queen Mary, UniversityofLondon

    Queen's University Belfast

    University of Sheffield

    University of Southampton

    University College London

    University of Warwick

    University of York

    University of Bath

    Lancaster University

    Loughborough University

    University of St Andrews

    Tier 3

    Slightly smaller thantheir RG+4 bretheren, these unis aren't as well known but still enjoy respect in a good amount of fields, while also being looked upon favourably by employers. Couple years may go by and they could go up a notch. Great stuff all things considered.


    University of Aberdeen

    University of Dundee

    University of East Anglia

    University of Essex

    Heriot-Watt University

    Keele University

    University of Kent

    University of Leicester

    University of Reading

    Royal Holloway

    SOAS

    University of Strathclyde

    University of Surrey

    University of Sussex

    Swansea University

    Tier 4

    Excell in a smaller range of subjects, but are extremely proficient in what they do. They are usually smaller, but have tight links to where they need to.

    Aston University

    Bangor University

    Brunel University London

    City University London

    Coventry University

    Harper Adams University

    Royal AgriculturalUniversity

    Royal Veterinary College

    University of Stirling

    St. George’s

    University of the Arts,London

    Robert Gordon University

    Tier 5

    Are separated from Tier6 by having one or two stellar subjects, or a good track record in some other manner (such as work with industry). They aren't usually first choices, but are solid when they play to their respective strengths. A good amount of them are rising ex-polys.


    Abertay University (videogame tech)

    Aberystwyth University(politics)

    Bournemouth University(computer related media)

    Universityof Buckingham (medicine, english)

    University of Bradford(international relations, business) also fantastic graduate employment records

    Glasgow CaledonianUniversity (nursing, fashion, lots of service related subjects)

    De Montfort University(english, design related subjects)

    Falmouth University (arts)

    Goldsmiths (art and design)

    University of Hertfordshire(aerospace, history, business) very employability focused

    University of Hull(languages, health related)

    University of Lincoln (agriculture, health related)

    Northumbria University(business, the professions)

    Oxford Brookes(architecture, law)

    Plymouth University(marine, health professions)

    University of Portsmouth(health professions)

    University of Salford(media and journalism)

    Ulster University(biosciences, celtic studies, law, nursing, design)

    University of Derby(radiography)

    Edge Hill University (THEUni of the Year)

    University of Huddersfield(arts, social sciences)

    Kingston University (artand design, also renown for work with start-ups)

    Liverpool JohnMooresUniversity (sports sciences)

    ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity (education)

    Nottingham Trent University(creative arts, lots of employer links)

    Roehampton University(performance arts)

    Sheffield Hallam University(sports science, health & social care)

    Teesside University (healthrelated, digital tech)

    Norwich University of theArts (arts)

    University of Winchester(arts)

    University West of England(forensic sciences)

    Queen Margaret University(medicine related)


    Tier 6

    Neither here nor there.Average I suppose. Faculty quality is variable and the unis don't stand out toomuch. Might have good time or might not.

    University West of Scotland

    Birmingham City University

    University ofGloucestershire

    University for theCreativeArts

    Middlesex University

    Canterbury ChristchurchUniversity

    University of Westminister

    University of Cumbria

    Cardiff MetropolitanUniversity

    Bath Spa University

    Arts University Bournemouth

    University of Chichester

    Liverpool Hope University

    University of Northampton

    University of Brighton

    Edinburgh Napier University

    University of Chester

    University of Worcester

    University of Greenwich

    University of South Wales

    University of Central Lancashire

    Staffordshire University

    University of Sunderland

    University of West London

    York St John University

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Buckinghamshire NewUniversity

    Leeds Beckett University

    Southampton SolentUniversity

    London South BankUniversity

    Newman University

    St Mary's, Twickenham

    Bishop GrossetesteUniversity

    University of Bedfordshire

    University of Bolton

    University of WalesTrinitySaint David

    University of St Mark andStJohn

    Glyndwr University



    Tier 7

    Going here mightactually hurt you.

    University of East London

    London MetropolitanUniversity

    Tier 0

    Due to a differentapproach to teaching, these can't be ranked normally. They exist because theycater to certain people's needs and are very good at doing that.

    University of the HighlandsandIslands

    Open University

    Birkbeck



    Feedback?
    You are not putting universities such as ICL or LSE in the same tier as Liverpool or Cardiff, are you? Like, seriously? For me as a foreigner this is particularly strange. The reliable rankings which really focus on the quality of teaching and the academic standard and/or employment prospects are the QS World University Rankings and The Times Higher Education University Rankings. If you apply for a job in Germany, the US or the UAE or Japan, this is the university rankings they employers are going to look at [if any], not the complete university guide or Guardian measuring student satisfaction, but even without those they will know Oxbridge and the other top ones.
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    You sure were bored.
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    Why's St Georges so low down?
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    EDIT: To be honest, I'm thinking mainly in terms of Imperial Engineering and LSE Economics, so I'm probably pushing it to suggest that they are in the same tier as Oxbridge holistically..
    I agree with you - while LSE rivals Oxbridge for Law and Econ, and Imperial for Maths/Engineering, I think that what makes Oxbridge special is that they are "all rounders" that do everything as well as, if not better, than those two.
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    Remember Yeah your there to get an education but If you don`t like the place you study are really going to excel in a subject. I love my Unis i`m looking to go to and yeah their official standing is completely different but after going to an open day i was sure i wanted to go to these places. I agree with doing your own League Table but focus on things like Student Satisfaction, Graduate Prospects and the overall score on a Uni. Why not if your bored get in to do some Volunteering or Doing something to boost up your Personal Statement or even if you have an interview. TAKE ALL LEAGUE TABLES WITH A PINCH OF SALT is my advice because it may be number one for you subject but it may not be the place for you!
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    (Original post by skeptical_john)
    except we have mountains of evidence that shows the benefits of social capital from elite unis. The building up of influential circles that can only happen at these places.
    So what you're saying is that they all make friends at uni and give jobs to their mates when they are older?

    I'm not sure that proves your argument that there is something inherently better about a Oxford grad compared to a MMU grad.
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    I found out(by chance after I'd firmed) that Leicester turned down an invitation to join the RG when it was formed.

    http://the-ripple.co.uk/higher-educa...roup-disbands/

    Would they be in Tier 2 if they'd accepted?
 
 
 
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