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    I'm almost certain that there have already been many topics asking the identical question to me, but I've had a look around, and can not find any right now. Anyway, while I know the university you should apply to depends largely on the course you wish to study, apart from Oxbridge and Durham, which other universities have a similar prestige.
    Obviously this will not affect my applications greatly, but I know that employers undoubtedly are attracted to certain universities, and if I don't get into Oxridge (as I'm certain I won't) then I am interested in which other universties are generally most respected etc.

    Thank you, Will
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    I think the good university guide always helps. Its a crude way of ranking unis but it helps to get a rough idea of the standard of education if nothing else. You have to realise however that different unis are right for different people and its not all about the tables.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/pdfs/finalunitable2.pdf

    Hope that helps
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    Thanks for looking that up for me! I'll take a look at the table, it should be very interesting, though I won't forget to keep in mind what you say!

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    My opinion?
    Manchester (although personally I didn't like it),
    Nottingham,
    Warwick (especially for Business),
    St. Andrew's,
    Edinburgh,
    Trinity (Dublin) - especially for History,
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    Exeter,
    Lancaster (college system like Durham, 1970's build, but good reputation),
    Bristol.

    Hope that helps.

    Other decent unis (redbricks):
    Birmingham,
    Liverpool.
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    Thank you egyptiancat and thanks also for the pm, that's exactly what I was looking for. It just allows me to take into account the university's reputation as I begin to investigate
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    (Original post by WillSen)
    Obviously this will not affect my applications greatly, but I know that employers undoubtedly are attracted to certain universities, and if I don't get into Oxridge (as I'm certain I won't) then I am interested in which other universties are generally most respected etc.
    you have 13 A*s at GCSE and you think you won't get into Oxbridge? think again.
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    (Original post by schneider_128)
    you have 13 A*s at GCSE and you think you won't get into Oxbridge? think again.
    Not really, it's not all grades. I know someone with 10 1s at Standard Grade and 7As at Higher - pooled and then rejected for Maths at Cambridge. Not uncommon.
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    Exactly, that's why I'm very interested in the other options, there's so many things that could go wrong between now and the interview, and of course once I'm in the interview so I'm at least making sure I have a number of viable alternatives.
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    Off the top of my head
    Bristol
    York
    Warwick
    Exeter
    Durham
    St Andrews
    UCL
    LSE (but obviously only for certain subjects)
    ummm Cardiff is going up in the world...

    It's worth looking at the subject tables though... e.g. Loughbourough is not the best uni in the country by a long shot.... but a few years back a very very good law professor transferred there and they now have a kick-ass law department...
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    Apparently Sussex Uni is supposed to be very good once you get there, but everyone (me included!) still judges it as no ones ever really heard of it...
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    SOAS is also a good one if you're interested in its specialist subjects - it's actually the best for music surprisingly (only behind two specialist music university) and was the 4th and 7th best in two university guides.
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    oxbridge is only as good as the next red brick uni down... (i.e for social sciences LSE, for sciences Imperial...)
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    LSE is better for social science than cambridge. It's why it's ranked second in the world.
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    (Original post by WillSen)
    I'm almost certain that there have already been many topics asking the identical question to me, but I've had a look around, and can not find any right now. Anyway, while I know the university you should apply to depends largely on the course you wish to study, apart from Oxbridge and Durham, which other universities have a similar prestige.
    Obviously this will not affect my applications greatly, but I know that employers undoubtedly are attracted to certain universities, and if I don't get into Oxridge (as I'm certain I won't) then I am interested in which other universties are generally most respected etc.

    Thank you, Will
    London. Most other universities are rubbish and not worth bothering with.
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    It's a shame that in America most people have only heard of Oxbridge, and sometimes only of Oxford. I can't tell you enough of how many peeps I know from high school who have never heard of Cambridge. It's ridiculous. It makes me want to sock them in the head.
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    (Original post by schneider_128)
    you have 13 A*s at GCSE and you think you won't get into Oxbridge? think again.
    what so you think oxbridge admissions its based largely on gcse's?
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    Well to be fair anyone who can get 10A*s or more must be a genius
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    (Original post by ba_ba1)
    what so you think oxbridge admissions its based largely on gcse's?
    Yes, that's obviously what he's saying. It isn't possible that he's suggesting that someone intelligent enough to get 13 A*s has the potential to make a great oxbridge candidate

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    Unorthodox as this may be, intelligance places less of a role as some people imagine at GCSE level. If you can revise, and write essays well (perhaps the only two things I can do) then you can do well, without extraordinary abilities. I don't want to come to an Oxbridge interview with all my hopes pinned on 30 minutes of my life, therefore I am keen to have a balanced view of all the universities while still remaining ambitious.
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    i would say; bristol, warwick, nottingham, ucl, lse, durham, imperial, and maybe edinburgh
 
 
 
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