(Original post by St. Brynjar)
One point I really dislike is the anti-Oxbridge attitudes we have (admittedly I got to Cambridge so that probably influences me a fair bit!) but tertiary education really shouldn't be divisive, since admittance is based on merit rather than anything else.
The only people who are anti-Oxbridge are those who can't get over the rejection
The average Joe thinks Oxbridge is the absolute creme de la creme, all singing all dancing super centre of hyper intelligence. But tell him you went to, say, Warwick/Imperial, he won't be all that impressed. Heck, if my experience has taught me anything it's that half of them haven't even heard of those places
Now I too am biased here because I spent a year at Warwick last year and hope to return there this October
But there shouldn't be this enormous gulf in the public perception of these universities in my opinion and it annoys me a bit.
I don't think we should be anti-Oxbridge, anyone who gets in there should be proud, but I do think we need a cultural shift to recognise a "British Ivy league" so that the average Joe sees such universities as being on a very similar level to Oxbridge. We have some absolutely amazing universities but in the public eyes it's always been "Oxbridge and the rest" when it shouldn't be. Oxbridge is the best, but our other top universities are damn close. In America, everyone knows Harvard is the best, but they'll also be impressed if you got into, say, Princeton or Columbia. We need that same level of recognition here to end the stranglehold that Oxbridge has on the public perception.