(Original post by mandeep2009)
Newcastle all the way its a red brick uni, night life amazing!! plus its a Russell Group uni so get more funding. Leicester has become a very good uni within recent years but personally i reckon the standards are much higher at newcastle
(Original post by dantethealb)
The difference is the money universities receive for research. Look up Russell Group on wikipedia for more info.
Whether Newcastle is a Russell Group or not doesn't really matter. The Russell Group is only a lobbying group of the largest research intensive universities. Leicester is in the 1994 Group of smaller universities. Although the Russell Group collectively get the majority of research funding, this does not mean all individual Russell Group universities reiceve more than a 1994 Group university. Leicester is still research intensive with a considerable research income.
In fact, you really need to look at this at a departmental level. Leicester actually did better than Newcastle in the last RAE (2008). 5% Leicester's research submitted was of world class in originality and quality, and 35% international class. Newcastle didn't submit any world class research, with 40% international class and fewer of Newcastle's staff were submitted. So Leicester's law department has a slightly higher "research power". Not only this, but how much research actually benefits an undergraduate can be questioned.
(Original post by jacqerin)
that sounds amazing! but isn't leicester uni nearer to london? therefore its more fun?
sorry this is going to be my first year in uk, so i kindof know nth bout the country itself :P
Leicester is still a fair distance from London, a couple of hours or so (Newcastle is about five hours by car, two and a half by train). So it's not like you can easily go to London for a night out in either city
But you don't need to be near London to have fun (and there are many places near London which, believe me, aren't fun!) . Newcastle in particular is a vibrant and exciting city and a lot can be said for Leicester also.
About the accomodation/halls, techincally Newcastle isn't older than Leicester. Leicester is actually the oldest. Newcastle didn't gain its independence and become a university in its own right until a few years after Leicester was given a university charter. Although Newcastle can trace its history back further, into the 19th century, the vast majority of the university was built from the 1960s onwards including the law department and accomodation. It might be worth posting in the Newcastle forum to find out more about the halls.
The difference between the two academically is negligible. So factors like cost of living, campus university v. city university and city life will probably be the deciding factor.
Personally speak, I'd go for Leicester, although that's only because I've lived near Newcastle all of my life so I'd prefer a change of scenery. If I were from elsewhere in the country, then I'd probably choose Newcastle on the basis of the city (compact, easy to navigate, reasonable cost of living, based in the city centre). You have the benefit of the city, with good access to a wide variety of countryside on your doorstep which, for me, is a big plus. Sandy beaches of Northumberland, hills, valleys, dales and National Parks in every direction.
This isn't to say Leicester's without merit. It's law department rivals Newcastle, is perhaps even marginally better, and it does offer what is, in my opinion, a nice campus.
I wouldn't let me views influence you too much as what I look for in a university or city might be completely different to what you look for.