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    Just to point something out about University of Manchester, without it we wouldn't have computers, nuclear energy, or have won world war 2 thanks to Alan Turing cracking Axis codes, not to mention the university has a world famous radio telescope. How can anyone claim that Oxbridge universities are more important when all they contribute is the next generation of the upper class? Clearly other universities matter more because they are open to a wider range of people, if Manchester is so bad why do people travel from across the world to study there? Apart from that, how far a graduate goes depends on their ability not JUST the 'quality' of the university.
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    More hype ? Where does it say Turing was educated at Manc ?

    Really think a guy from Sherborne wold go to Manc, I don't think so


    Alan Turing Education:


    Princeton University (1936–1938)

    King's College, Cambridge (1931–1934)

    Sherborne School
    St. Michael's School
    Institute for Advanced Study
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    (Original post by mrkl)
    More hype ? Where does it say Turing was educated at Manc ?

    Really think a guy from Sherborne wold go to Manc, I don't think so


    Alan Turing Education:


    Princeton University (1936–1938)

    King's College, Cambridge (1931–1934)

    Sherborne School
    St. Michael's School
    Institute for Advanced Study

    I didn't say he studied there did I? I said thanks to the university he was able to do his work, you should probably read EVERY word before replying
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    This thread's question sums up what is the matter with people on TSR.
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    No. Different universities are regarded differently by different industries because of what they specialise in. So people looking for a graduate specialising in media would look to universities that specialise in media more approvingly tan universities that specialise in maths, because they are from that industry.
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    (Original post by RD208)
    No, and I'd actually go as far to say that some of their graduates are less employable than those from other universities.
    Of course some are less employable, that's hardly controversial.
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    I hope you are not implying that Manc was responsible for his WW2 code breaking work ?

    That would be an incredible feat since he only worked at Manc AFTER the war.

    Princeton and Cambridge are responsible for giving him the skills to do that, NOTHING to do with Manchester.

    This needs to be said otherwise it could be very misleading. I hope that is not your intent



    (Original post by Liam_OBrien_)
    I didn't say he studied there did I? I said thanks to the university he was able to do his work, you should probably read EVERY word before replying
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    Still won't change the fact that Alan Turing never studied at Manc despite the attempts to imply that he did.

    I must be doing something right despite some people's hatred for the truth since I just got a couple of reps for restoring Turing's true reputation.


    Haha indeed
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    Alan Turing was Reader in the Mathematics dept. of Manchester in 1948 and was appointed Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory...writing software for the one of the first true computers, the Manchester Ferranti Mk 1.
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    Yes.

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    No, Cambridge and Imperial are the only UK universities that matter.


    Oxford's time has been over for some good 10 years atleast
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    (Original post by newblood)


    Oxford's time has been over for some good 10 years atleast

    How do you come to this conclusion ?
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    No university is good at everything and that includes Oxford and Cambridge. For example, if I were to start a course in engineering I would pick Imperial over either Oxbridge university.
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    (Original post by Anonynous)
    Relative to the rest of the world, I would say yes.


    On a world stage you could include LSE and arguably UCL but other than that.. the other institutions don't hold nearly as much clout.

    KCL is 16th in the world. The top 10 British universities are easily the best in Europe, apart from a couple of the Swiss ones a degree from any one of them would be more highly regarded than the best university of another European country.
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    (Original post by Copperknickers)
    KCL is 16th in the world. The top 10 British universities are easily the best in Europe, apart from a couple of the Swiss ones a degree from any one of them would be more highly regarded than the best university of another European country.
    I would humbly suggest that attendees at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany or the Grand Ecoles in France would strongly disagree with that assessment. As I expect would attendees at the Karolinska Institute or Chalmers University in Sweden. I could go on.

    It is a very anglophone thing to assume that our universities are far better than the rest of Europe, and to use clearly anglophone biased league tables to support this idea. However, working in the European research scene as I do, this simply doesn't stack up with reality.
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    (Original post by ChemistBoy)
    I would humbly suggest that attendees at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany or the Grand Ecoles in France would strongly disagree with that assessment. As I expect would attendees at the Karolinska Institute or Chalmers University in Sweden. I could go on.
    You can go on as long as you want, but most international rankings will prove you wrong I'm afraid.

    It is a very anglophone thing to assume that our universities are far better than the rest of Europe, and to use clearly anglophone biased league tables to support this idea. However, working in the European research scene as I do, this simply doesn't stack up with reality.
    I'm afraid most research is done in English. You can't have a good international reputation if half of your papers are published in Swedish or French, nobody in America or Asia or the UK will be able to read it, and those are the countries that matter.
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    (Original post by ChemistBoy)
    No university is good at everything and that includes Oxford and Cambridge. For example, if I were to start a course in engineering I would pick Imperial over either Oxbridge university.
    http://www.topuniversities.com/unive...=false+search=

    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.u...neering-and-IT

    http://www.theguardian.com/education...al-engineering

    Yeah, Cambridge does seem poor relative to Imperial at Engineering...
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    (Original post by Oz_Vessalius)
    According to this - http://www.topuniversities.com/stude...ding-employers - Imperial, LSE, and Manchester are up there too. I'd say UCL is pretty well regarded globally too.

    But no matter how good other UK universities are, most foreigners will never have heard of many beyond the top few.

    I reckon Manchester is world class! It's getting better by the day.
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    (Original post by Liam_OBrien_)
    Just to point something out about University of Manchester, without it we wouldn't have computers, nuclear energy, or have won world war 2 thanks to Alan Turing cracking Axis codes, not to mention the university has a world famous radio telescope. How can anyone claim that Oxbridge universities are more important when all they contribute is the next generation of the upper class? Clearly other universities matter more because they are open to a wider range of people, if Manchester is so bad why do people travel from across the world to study there? Apart from that, how far a graduate goes depends on their ability not JUST the 'quality' of the university.


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    (Original post by Copperknickers)
    You can go on as long as you want, but most international rankings will prove you wrong I'm afraid.
    International rankings that have a clear bias towards anglophone universities that follow the British/American structure - this is because the rankings (such as the QS) consistently undervalue research output and over-value 'fluff' and opinion (such as the academic peer review which has a ridiculously high weighting and is riddled with selection bias as if you ask lots of Americans where the best universities are they will tell you that they are in America!). Other items, such as 'faculty to student ratio' don't account for the different structures in other university systems, such as the German system which is organised by professoriat and so many teaching academics are ignored.

    As I actually work in research I prefer to look at real output and results and draw my own conclusions for that. My conclusion, as an expert, is that there are many top quality European universities producing excellent world class research and you ignore them at your peril.


    I'm afraid most research is done in English. You can't have a good international reputation if half of your papers are published in Swedish or French, nobody in America or Asia or the UK will be able to read it, and those are the countries that matter.
    Thank you for missing the point as all the institutions that I have talked about all regularly publish their research in leading English language journals. That isn't the point. The point is that to ignore countries like Germany - with a huge industrial & engineering base and research profile to match simply because they don't speak English is utterly ridiculous. For example, the Frauenhofer institues in Germany, TNO in the Netherlands or SINTEF in Norway are world class research institutes that specialise in commericialisation of technology - they are far better at this than anything in the UK or US.
 
 
 
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