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Can anybody name a famous or influential Durham academic? This is a genuine request, I'm puzzled-do the aforesaid scholars belong to a secret Rosicrucian sect, in which the price of knowledge is life-long obscurity?

As I said, I'm genuinely open to ideas, and names.

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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
Do you want names of famous/influential academics who are researching at Durham or famous/influential academics who were undergraduates at Durham?

The first is unlikely to happen (though not impossible) the second less so....but than any famous/influential academic who did their undergraduate degree at Durham is likely to be known for their research and their current university and not for where they spent the 18-21 period of their life.
I'd be happy with any information at all. I genuinely like such data, and of course I'm always puzzled by the mystery of Durham's status, but I'm open to refutation (Im a fan of Karl Popper), and it may be that I have under-estimated the place, so anything you've got let it rip...
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(Original post by W.A.S Hewins)
I'd be happy with any information at all. I genuinely like such data, and of course I'm always puzzled by the mystery of Durham's status, but I'm open to refutation (Im a fan of Karl Popper), and it may be that I have under-estimated the place, so anything you've got let it rip...
Prof Ranauld (sp?!) Mitchie, world famous finance-historian and head of faculty for the History dept at Durham
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Prof Ranauld (sp?!) Mitchie, world famous finance-historian and head of faculty for the History dept at Durham
Thanks: recommended author-Warren Farrell (see his websites)
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Thanks: recommended author-Warren Farrell (see his websites)
Recommended author of what? Financial history?
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Recommended author of what? Financial history?

No, he's got interesting views on other matters, but don't take it personally.


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Claire, is it true that you're going to pick Durham over LSE?
That would be crazy!
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That would be crazy!
It wouldn't be crazy really - apparently the Durham history department if much better, and surely you wana go to a uni with the best department available to you?
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i heard that Jonathan Edwards - now retired triple jumper went to durham. admittedly not a leading academic!

Im sure there is a list of high profile researchers in the Uni guides such as "push"
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It wouldn't be crazy really - apparently the Durham history department if much better, and surely you wana go to a uni with the best department available to you?
You need a mix of many things, like University, department, location, academics etc etc.

In general I think you should aim as high as grades allow, and go to the University that you feel comfortable in. I personally would go for LSE over Durham.
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You need a mix of many things, like University, department, location, academics etc etc.

In general I think you should aim as high as grades allow, and go to the University that you feel comfortable in. I personally would go for LSE over Durham.
Well if you should aim as high as grades allow then it should definately be Durham over LSE, as Durham ask for AAB-AAA and LSE only ask for ABB
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It's a good question. I can't think of any. I can't even think of any genuinely A-list alumni - and no, Jonathan Edwards doesn't count.
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Well if you should aim as high as grades allow then it should definately be Durham over LSE, as Durham ask for AAB-AAA and LSE only ask for ABB
I meant as high as the applicant could achieve. Only ABB?? Oh God, only ABB, because that isn't good is it?
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Nasser Hussain went to Durham, and I believe the BBC's George Alagiah did too, and Mo Molam and Jeremy Vine.
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I meant as high as the applicant could achieve. Only ABB?? Oh God, only ABB, because that isn't good is it?
Well it depends on the applicant - if they are a AAA or AAAA applicant then ABB to them will seem very 'easy' to achieve but to people that are predicted lower then they might seem ABB as more difficult to achieve and a much more respectable grade
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Well it depends on the applicant - if they are a AAA or AAAA applicant then ABB to them will seem very 'easy' to achieve but to people that are predicted lower then they might seem ABB as more difficult to achieve and a much more respectable grade
3 A's and 4 A's is the same really.
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I seriously considered taking a Durham offer over a pool Cambridge one for Geography. I'd take Durham over LSE any day, but then I'm anti-all London universities because I live here and want to get out, and know several people who have been miserable at them.
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Nasser Hussain went to Durham, and I believe the BBC's George Alagiah did too, and Mo Molam and Jeremy Vine.
Jeremy Vine (aka Paxo lite) is not A-list.
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Well if you should aim as high as grades allow then it should definately be Durham over LSE, as Durham ask for AAB-AAA and LSE only ask for ABB
Couple of points here: LSE's stated ABB is put as a typical offer-the students who get in will often achieve more than this, especially given the competition for places, and I would expect that the average is much higher, as the overall average is pretty close to 29 points from 30-also for some economic history courses they expect A Level maths.

What I'm really looking for, and I should have made this clearer, is great names from Durham's past-academic prestige is usually anachronistic-it takes years to develop a reputation, so very new names are not that important in most respects. In LSE's case I can think of a few historians at random, spread across different departments, and sometimes I've noted their specialisms (the two named LSE history depts are economic history and international history: Sydney and Beatrice Webb in labour history, RH Tawney, Eileen Power (mediaeval history), Lillian Knowles, Louis Namier, T.S. Ashton (the industrial revolution), James Joll, Lance Beales, Maurice Postan (mediaeval economic history), Paul Preston (Spanish history), plus historical sociologists like Michael Mann and John Hall, and more recently economic historians such as Nicholas Crafts and the 'world historian' Patrick O'Brian, not to mention the celebrated Linda Colley.

This is just my impressionistic recall, there will be more, but what matters is that Durham must have had some names like this, and I want to know them-come on guys, get digging in the archives...
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In LSE's case I can think of a few historians at random, spread across different departments, and sometimes I've noted their specialisms (the two named LSE history depts are economic history and international history: Sydney and Beatrice Webb in labour history, RH Tawney, Eileen Power (mediaeval history), Lillian Knowles, Louis Namier, T.S. Ashton (the industrial revolution), James Joll, Lance Beales, Maurice Postan (mediaeval economic history), Paul Preston (Spanish history), plus historical sociologists like Michael Mann and John Hall, and more recently economic historians such as Nicholas Crafts and the 'world historian' Patrick O'Brian, not to mention the celebrated Linda Colley.
Just to make it clear to people Sydney and Beatrice Webb founded LSE, they were never students there, and Sydney was a professor at LSE - Hewins also neglects to mention the significance of the Webbs in Womens history (however I know that is not his favourite subject) - Sydney was also an active member of the Independent Labour Party when it was first established
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