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i've just finished a first year philosophy module (as an ouside elective) and i can tell you that all the lecturers and tutors i had were truely fantastic. as far as warwick being the 'cleverer' place i don't think you'll find the case. differences in intellect between the two institutuions is minimal:- if you want to do well at durham, you will have to be very smart and have a huge enthusiasm for your subject... and exactly the same goes for warwick. look at the course structures and see which on you would enjoy more. as far as outside life is concerned, it seems to me that you've already decided durham is the place to go...
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Hello! I have offers from various places to study philosophy, and my first choice was Durham until I got an offer from Warwick and now I am confused. I really like the collegiate structure at Durham, and I went to visit and it's a beautiful city and seems like the sort of place that I would love to live in. But, Warwick have recently given me a higher offer (AAB as opposed to ABB) which will mean a little more stress come exam time if I accept it, but I am led to believe its got a better philosophy department and is more academically credible. I haven't visited Warwick yet, and maybe when I do the decision will be a bit easier, but for now I need some advice. Which would YOU pick? Lovely Durham (Grey college) or Clever Warwick (in a field)? Incidentally, for philosophy, league tables (The Times and The Guardian) rate Durham as 11th and 7th and Warwick 3rd and 4th.
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I really liked Durham's philosophy course and very nearly accepted it. The department are all really nice and their particular emphasis is on contiential philosophy, which is a rareity in Britain. The course really did seem excellent and the mock-tutorials on their open day were very enjoyable. I just couldn't bring myself to live in Durham, or I'd be going there. I also got an offer from Warwick which I didn't even consider.
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(Original post by bananaman)
I really liked Durham's philosophy course and very nearly accepted it. The department are all really nice and their particular emphasis is on contiential philosophy, which is a rareity in Britain. The course really did seem excellent and the mock-tutorials on their open day were very enjoyable. I just couldn't bring myself to live in Durham, or I'd be going there. I also got an offer from Warwick which I didn't even consider.
Why are people still offering advice when this thread is over four months old? I'm sure from reading other posts that the person that started it has already made their decision! If not, I'd choose Warwick.

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Durham would be my choice, when i went Warwick just didnt feel right for me, so its between Leeds and Durham for me. Dont choose unis on the basis of reputation unless you really have to, they're both top unis and if you think you'll be happier at the other go for it. Warwick, no doubt, is the "better" uni overall, ive no idea subject-wise.

Dont let the collegiate structure effect your choice too much however, to an large extent they're just glorified halls of residence (although they wont admit it!), the whole intercollege rivalry gets on my nerves and i dont even study there (yet...maybe)!
I'm at Durham and completely beg to differ on what you say. They aren't glorified halls of residence... there's so much more there. All of my mates in box standard unis with halls wish they had something like ours. The whole college rivalry is brilliant and just great fun! At charity rugby games, and all sports events really it is brilliant... maybe if you are not into 'belonging' somewhere, feeling pride in where you live and having fun etc, Durham is not right for you. I reccommend you chose a uni where you'll fit in otherwise your whole uni life experience ( it really is the best time of your life) will be wasted

ps what durham college have you applied to, cos if its Aidan's or Hatfield they are really big on fun and college spirit....

pps noone is forced to join in with anything... please don't anyone think this. It's just there if you want it... most people do, but theres some who dont (i live out with a girl like this)

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err Aidans....which was slightly disappointing, although i concede that you cant get a full impression of a college on an open day...
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err Aidans....which was slightly disappointing, although i concede that you cant get a full impression of a college on an open day...
So true you would not believe it....
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which college/year/course are you on!?
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which college/year/course are you on!?
Aidan's (surprisingly) / Second / BA Business

Sorry if sounded harsh in first post... didnt mean to... just find it really hard to understand your point of view!

What course are you looking at?

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I'm at Warwick, but we had a Durham philosophy lecturer teach us here on secondment for a term. I know this is only one person but he was awful. I'm sure he knew his stuff but he couldn't teach it and he only ever seemed to touch on the basics. We figured Durham had sent him becuase they wanted to get rid of him...! :rolleyes:
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