(Original post by JJS)
Which is better Manchester or Nottingham? Which one is more highly regarded by employers? Which one do you think / predict will break into the top ten in 5 - 10 years from now?
No one here has a crystal ball and we also don't know the criteria league tables will use in 10 years time. As league are just a statistical game then, y'know...
As far as current league tables go, Manchester has suffered a decline in recent years. Despite being a very strong and large research institution, its student satsifaction score is modest. Nottingham has also declined in the league tables
Whether student satisfaction will be used in future tables, or if it will have the same weighting as it currently does, we don't know. As a result it is difficult to predict exactly how either will perform.
However, given that both are Russell Group universities, strong in research and teaching across the faculities, then it's unlikely either will be viewed as being poor. The difference between between the two
MAnchester does well in employment surveys and league tables simply because it is so large. Not because it's necessarily better or that a Manchester graduate
In short, prestige is in the mind of the beholder. Some will say Nottingham. Some will say Manchester. The vast majority of employers, along with most people in the real world, won't care. Of those employers who do place a significanece on university name they will still be unlikely to prefer a graduate of one over the graduate of another. There are far more important things to take into account - work experience, personal qualities, the course you've studied (which will probably be more important than the university) e.t.c. You're the person who gets the job. Not your university.
Choose the uni you actually prefer. Don't be under the mistaken belief that one will raise more eyebrows than the other.