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    If a university fall between 45 and 55 on the 2011 times, guardian and independent league tables, does this mean it is considered good or bad?
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    Considering there are ~120 universities, being in the top half must count for something. That said, league tables should be taken with a pinch of salt.
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    It's alright. Although you must take into consideration that when asking this question on tsr most people here are under the impression that anything not in the top 20 is barely worth talking about.
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    No, it's not good.

    However it's good if you have a sob story; like if both your parents are dead, and you escaped drugs and a care home while working really hard to get 3 B's at A-Level to get an offer from said university.

    Otherwise, no.
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    It's average, but without knowing which subject you want to study, it's difficult to judge. Some middle-ranked universities have strong departments for certain subjects, so the overall ranking shouldn't be the only aspect you consider.
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    (Original post by Owly)
    It's average, but without knowing which subject you want to study, it's difficult to judge. Some middle-ranked universities have strong departments for certain subjects, so the overall ranking shouldn't be the only aspect you consider.
    Thank you that was helpful
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    (Original post by spocckka)
    No, it's not good.

    However it's good if you have a sob story; like if both your parents are dead, and you escaped drugs and a care home while working really hard to get 3 B's at A-Level to get an offer from said university.

    Otherwise, no.
    Idiotic, moronic answer. You probably go to London south bank and think you are elite
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    (Original post by ultimate mashup)
    If a university fall between 45 and 55 on the 2011 times, guardian and independent league tables, does this mean it is considered good or bad?
    Depends on your course. Secondly I would say it is considered an average university. Not too great, but also not bad at all. Brunel, Hull, Essex, and City are some with fairly decent reputations. Don't know much about the others.
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    (Original post by Jmzie-Coupe)
    Idiotic, moronic answer. You probably go to London south bank and think you are elite
    Nah, I'm a bitter Oxford reject.
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    The glaring problem dealing with questions like this is that it's impossible to get an adequate answer. Each person's criteria for what makes a university "good" is dependent upon how that individual receives the different qualities of a university. It's a redundant questions to ask "Is a university good?" - the only useful question you can ask yourself is "Is this university good for me?" You find the answer to that by going to an open day, getting a feel for the local area, looking at the course in detail, talking to current students etc. League tables are created by people who decide what things you are looking for in a university and then give you the results of that assumption - why not compile your own? That's not to say they are useless - they do contain some information which is valuable to you, but it is not an arbiter of where you should spend the next three years of your life. Ultimately, you have to tailor all the reasons about going to a university to yourself, not against a newspaper.
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    (Original post by ultimate mashup)
    If a university fall between 45 and 55 on the 2011 times, guardian and independent league tables, does this mean it is considered good or bad?
    I would say "good". It isn't one of the most competitive but you won't go far wrong going there. However, as others have said, without knowing the subject or the name of the university, it is very difficult to tell. In fact, just about impossible because aside from the top few perhaps, the rest change position vastly dependent on the subject. A random example being Sussex ranked 5th on Guardian for chemistry and then 32nd for economics. It varies so much.
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    If an institution encourages and supports learning then yeah =) The course and city in my opinion should be the main things to consider though. A course at one uni is likely to be different to a course at another.
 
 
 
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