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    (Original post by River85)
    Don't you want to name it? My university? I wish I were the Vice-Chancellor! How I'd shake the place up and would love his six figure salary.

    No college, they're all pretentious! Seriously, depends on what you are after in a college. Do you want to be close to your department, what accomodation do you want, postgrad only? (if postgrad only this doesn't leave you with much choice!).

    Personally I'd go with Cuth's (which was my college) or Ustinov, neither of which are actually colleges in a techincal sense, though they essentially are. Ustinov because it's postgrad only and I had enough of undergraduates as an undergrad, Cuth's because it is a "friendly" college, to use a cliche, Has a good mixture of local, part-time, independent and state school students, and is widely regarded as having the best college bar (Josephone Butler, which is the newest college, has the largest bar, but not necessarily the best). However, it is a Bailey college, and if you're living in accommodation you'll likely be based in the city centre so a good 20 minutes plus walk from SGIA, should that be your department.

    Nightlife is, as you'd expect, awful. Some decent pubs and restaurants, but the clubs are generally rubbish/average and small in number. Shopping isn't fantastic, either.

    Societies, in terms of the number of them, is impressive. Some better run than others. Still, better than average, Student Union is historically poor though.

    Strong in sport if that interests you.

    Is this an offer from SGIA, or another department, for I do have some things to say about SGIA if it is.

    Still a better start than van Gaal, after spending less too. I have no idea what's going on in the United thread these days though.
    Hello River. Thank you for writing to me. Yes. Your username is purple, and so is your university.

    So, I'm trying to get a number of different opinions on these things. And I know you're a respected man when it comes to the university. :cool:

    In terms of colleges, I have heard to avoid Hatfield, as there are too many "posh boys" and "rahs" there. My cousin was an undergrad and he heard somebody say "Your fathers all work for my father" at the college. I'm staunchly a state school boy opposed to private schools. Although I'd welcome the chance to meet some hot private school girls, which we know Durham is full of....

    I heard St John is the Bible bashing college (I'm a staunch Atheist) and I heard St. Cuthberts is for drinkers. I heard Grey College was for normal people. I will be going to Durham in a few weeks to do some groundwork for this. Are these reputations correct? Do you agree with those?

    Yes, I'm final year undergrad now, and I'd like to meet some people who don't party 24/7 and are a bit more normal.

    Yes. SGIA, do you mean the School of Government and International Affairs? Any comments would be welcome on that, as that is where my offer is.

    Basically I have MA International Relations offer from your uni, and I also have MSc International Public Policy offer from University College London. I consider these two as the two best "catch all" universities in the UK besides Oxbridge. Thus I applied to them. There is an argument for Imperial/LSE, but they are more specialist. So I'm not sure what to do. I'll see if I can get some funding. Did you do something in the SGIA? David Held is the chair I'm told. What a big dog! I wrote about him in first year essay! I'm applying to grad schemes as well. Just keeping my options open basically!

    Thanks River, I appreciate you taking the time to write to me about your university which you will become chancellor of one day!

    I think Moyes was better than Van Gaal to be honest. And he's a nicer bloke. I miss Moyes
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    anyone who has seen interstellar, does it match up to the hype or is it just a nolan bumlicking? rarely go to the cinema these days because its just such rip off, even more so when the film is a disappointment.
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    Was just going to post about Interstellar. Watched it last night and it was one of the only films I have ever watched that I would pay to go and see again. I went into the cinema very skeptical and thinking it would be rubbish. But, it was excellent, absolutely excellent. Nolan (great visuals, and I liked the ending), McCounaughey, Caine and Chastain were on top form. It might not be to everyone's taste, but after having seen a lot of films this year, this one just destroys the field.

    I think I will have to watch it again to fully appreciate it. If you are not a very academically scientific person it may confuse you in parts, but after coming home after the film and understanding it I realise just how good the film was.
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    Can't wait to watch it, going to London next weekend, trying to convince everyone to meet up a bit earlier to watch it.


    Also was out on Friday night and Kevin Lyttle come on, that bought me back

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    (Original post by Eboracum)
    In terms of colleges, I have heard to avoid Hatfield, as there are too many "posh boys" and "rahs" there. My cousin was an undergrad and he heard somebody say "Your fathers all work for my father" at the college. I'm staunchly a state school boy opposed to private schools. Although I'd welcome the chance to meet some hot private school girls, which we know Durham is full of....

    I heard St John is the Bible bashing college (I'm a staunch Atheist) and I heard St. Cuthberts is for drinkers. I heard Grey College was for normal people. I will be going to Durham in a few weeks to do some groundwork for this. Are these reputations correct? Do you agree with those?
    They're exaggerated stereotypes.

    I never noticed Cuth's as being particularly hard with drinking, just because it has the best bar. Though as a whole it's quite a hard drinking university, which surprises some, and I'd say those at Cuth's are capable of holding their own Of the Bailey colleges it is perhaps the "booziest".

    Grey is known as "grey by name, grey by nature". It's one of the colleges which, at least during my time, seems to slip below the radar. You just don't hear about it as much, either good or bad.

    There's always a lot of hatred toward Hatfield. It was the second college, so there's always going to be a rivalry with University College (Castle), and this has filtered down to the later colleges. I remember during one of our lectures Colin Turner (in SGIA) presented us with some statistics after he google the various colleges and "gay". Hatfield brought the greatest number of results by far, something like 10 times the next highest.

    The total proportion of 2014 entrants to Hatfield was 59.4% from the independent sector. The average across all colleges was 40.2%. This is non-mature undergraduates only. So, yes, it does have a particularly high intake from private schools. I still found Hatfield's reputation was overstated but, yes, Hatfield and the Bailey colleges as a whole are distinctly "posh".

    Van Mildert, Trevs and St Aidans typically have the greatest percentage of state school students, largely because they are less attractive, more modern hill colleges rather than the "pretty and posh" Bailey types.

    St John's is known as the Christian college, and does have a higher number of Christians, particularly Evangelical Christians than the others. Has a decent college library though (in terms of number of books) or did at least. Athiests manage just fine there.

    Yes. SGIA, do you mean the School of Government and International Affairs? Any comments would be welcome on that, as that is where my offer is.
    They're ****ers.

    OK, that's a bit harsh and not quite true, and my experience is from an undergraduate perspective (and not a typical undergraduate).

    Organisation often left a lot to be desired, as did the quality or teaching (well, not so much the quality, but more the consistency). There were signs of improvement in my final years though as they did receive quite a battering in the National Student Satisfaction Survey in 2009(ish).

    I had some quite negative experiences with them from the point of view of a disabled students and support offered. Though I have no reason to suspect UCL is substantially better in this regard.

    Basically I have MA International Relations offer from your uni, and I also have MSc International Public Policy offer from University College London. I consider these two as the two best "catch all" universities in the UK besides Oxbridge. Thus I applied to them. There is an argument for Imperial/LSE, but they are more specialist. So I'm not sure what to do. I'll see if I can get some funding. Did you do something in the SGIA? David Held is the chair I'm told. What a big dog! I wrote about him in first year essay! I'm applying to grad schemes as well. Just keeping my options open basically!
    I studied Philosophy and Politics, so SGIA was one of my departments.

    I don't know David Held as he only moved to Durham in my final year. That's kind of the point, academics come and go. Emma Murphy is head of department now and I can't say what the department is like under her. I perhaps saw three heads of department during my time at Durham, and there's been two (including Prof Murphy) since I left.

    Ultimately there were signs it was improving as a department but it still seems to be one of Durham's more mediocore departments, from an undergraduate perspective at least.

    If you have a strong interest in the Middle East or East Asia I'd recommend it, however, as these are great strengths of the department.

    Thanks River, I appreciate you taking the time to write to me about your university which you will become chancellor of one day!
    God no. Vice-Chancellor, perhaps, if they don't improve their support for disabled students. I'd shake things up.
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    (Original post by Tom_Ford)
    Was just going to post about Interstellar. Watched it last night and it was one of the only films I have ever watched that I would pay to go and see again. I went into the cinema very skeptical and thinking it would be rubbish. But, it was excellent, absolutely excellent. Nolan (great visuals, and I liked the ending), McCounaughey, Caine and Chastain were on top form. It might not be to everyone's taste, but after having seen a lot of films this year, this one just destroys the field.

    I think I will have to watch it again to fully appreciate it. If you are not a very academically scientific person it may confuse you in parts, but after coming home after the film and understanding it I realise just how good the film was.
    I'm seeing it at some point this week, can't wait. Potential GOAT from what i've heard.
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    Just saw Interstellar, oh my god. Amazing.
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    Love thins song




    Wilfred? The only thing I like from Birmingham, and even the Streets sing cockney?????????????????????
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    Am I a chav for doing ?

    -Remember I got a 6 month contract which was paying very well in 2012.

    -I went to Margate with the entire family, grandads, grandmothers, brought best mates etc. People from Holland etc.

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    some bits i didnt like but as a whole, amazing film, loving dem visuals. liked the music too hans zimmer on point.
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    -Remember I got a 6 month contract which was paying very well in 2012.
    What you doing atm?
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    My brother got a job at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, English, Dutch, German,Afrikanns, but also Spanish and French. Really nice. He's got a nice flat in Berlin, nice parties.

    So I spent the last few days in Berlin. Kreuzberg is nice, and I like a beer....I was singing this in the middle of Berlin man:



    About 6 Dutch guys and me singing this outside the Reichstag , feels soooooooooo good man
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    (Original post by jam277)
    What you doing atm?
    Not a thing. Will have to get a job very soon though since I'm running out of money and I could use a purpose in my life to go with my absolutely top education. My brother did languages at Uni and is sorted with a career and that, need to focus my own talents atm....
    :

    My bro said this about me: ''You look the kind of guy who wants Germany to invade so that you'll have something to do''

    I said:'' Nah mate, I'll have started it''
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    Totally cocked up my interview with TPP, back to square one. Made best buds with a Chilean guy from Notts who reminded me of a young Pellegrini though. He was raving about Alexis Sanchez and how he was not being used properly at Barca, we both said hopefully we see each other again (meaning we would both have jobs!).

    It's pretty bad out there for a lot of us apparently, he's been looking for a proper job for 2 years.
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    In all seriousness, the first time I saw the Benson and Hedges scene from Mike Bassett, I literally almost choked laughing.

    For those unaware, the England manager wrote his squad selection on the back of a B&H pack of 20 and his secretary picked 'Benson' and 'Hedges' from the conference

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    This entire film is absolute genius. Theyve got a parody of Gazza, Merson, Adams as well and so the official World Cup song is:

    ''It's on me head son, not off me head son...'''



    Hilarious
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    I love being English...something about walking along the beach in Barcelona sunburnt like a tomato sampling the free cava from the restaurants.

    Then you spot the other English lads doing the exact same thing, ''Alright fella'

    Brilliant.
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    As well. I'm one of these guys down the pub who really likes Ireland to do well, with absolutely no connection or blood to Ireland. But then the old Irish guys get excited, and so do I !!!!




    Anyone else?
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    I love being English...something about walking along the beach in Barcelona sunburnt like a tomato sampling the free cava from the restaurants.

    Then you spot the other English lads doing the exact same thing, ''Alright fella'

    Brilliant.
    Got to be honest, most British cities bar London are terrible places (Edinburgh is a good city though). They are basically identikit hellholes full of the worst kinds of the English. Liverpool? Leeds? Manchester? Newcastle? Forget them, I would not be fussed if they sank into the sea. Same with the **** towns surrounding them. Everything about those places is depressing, you know that when they're not even pleasant in the summer.

    Durham is the best city in the UK north of London though imo, no place like home. I was born in London but my heart is in this jewel in the north.
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    (Original post by Tom_Ford)
    Got to be honest, most British cities bar London are terrible places (Edinburgh is a good city though). They are basically identikit hellholes full of the worst kinds of the English. Liverpool? Leeds? Manchester? Newcastle? Forget them, I would not be fussed if they sank into the sea. Same with the **** towns surrounding them. Everything about those places is depressing, you know that when they're not even pleasant in the summer.

    Durham is the best city in the UK north of London though imo, no place like home. I was born in London but my heart is in this jewel in the north.
    Absolutely certain.

    But there is something about that moment when a group of sunburnt English/Scotch/Welsh/Irish see another group abroad and everyone does the drunken nod/smile thing.

    Makes me proud to be British
 
 
 
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