Poll: Which university would be best?
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Hello to you all! Long time user, first time poster. I have a bit of a pickle at the moment with my selection for Politics (L200). Basically, for my first choice, I have to decide between the University of Hull or the University of Nottingham. Originally, my situation was simple. Just get the grades and get to Nottingham, a very respected university and a brilliant campus in the city. However, with a second look around Hull, with some brilliant professors, a great course and the opportunity to go there on a low offer (and a possible semester to work at Westminster), I have found it hard to decide which university to put down as my first. It has now come to this point, where I am asking random strangers to say which university they think would be better. I like Nottingham for the campus, but Hull looks very good as well, with the commercial and art side growing year by year. Anyone got any ideas?
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Both have very good politics departments with similar specialisms. Parliamentary studies are extremely central to Hull's syllabus so if you're interested in that sub-field I'd seriously consider Hull (they have Lord Philip Norton of Louth, perhaps Britain's leading authority on parliaments). That said, Notts are also strong in that area and you'll probably get a little more emphasis on other areas such as IR and political theory than you would at Hull. All in all a tough call. I'd probably go for Hull, but then I'm a parliamentary geek and and not great fan of Nottingham as a city...
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(Original post by PMClinton)
Hello to you all! Long time user, first time poster. I have a bit of a pickle at the moment with my selection for Politics (L200). Basically, for my first choice, I have to decide between the University of Hull or the University of Nottingham. Originally, my situation was simple. Just get the grades and get to Nottingham, very respected university and a brilliant campus in the city. However, with a second look around Hull, with some brilliant professors, a great course and the opportunity to get go there on a low offer (and a possible semester to work at Westminster), I have found it hard to decide which university to put down as my first. It has now come to this point, where I am asking random strangers to say which university they think would be better. I like Nottingham for the campus, but Hull looks very good as well, with the commercial and art side growing year by year. Anyone got any ideas?
I am a graduate of Nottingham’s Politics Department but would strongly recommend Hull.

Nottingham offers a pretty decent three year Politics course all in all. 90% of students get a 2.1 or 1st so you are paying for something near impossible to fail. The 2.2 students I remember were those who didn’t put the hours in. Bluntly if you work hard and put the hours in a 2.1 your reward.Socially it is brilliant. 200 societies. 70 sports clubs, Karni, JCRs, the nightlife. The varsity sports etc. The campus is lovely and the accommodation is pretty decent as well in my view.

So what’s the problem?

The problem comes afterwards. You graduate and apply for internships in Portcullis House and you don’t get taken seriously because you have no experience. (Source: Personal experience)
Pick Hull and their placement gets you round that issue. Employers don’t care about your academic knowledge but a placement with an MP gets you ahead of the competition.

You also get Lord Norton who is a massive Tory who has what might politely be termed self-regarding views relating to House of Lords reform.

Nottingham is probably better in terms of league tables/being a RG uni/not being the subject of Blackadder jokes but league tables mean sod all once you are out of the education system.
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I am a graduate of Nottingham’s Politics Department but would strongly recommend Hull.

Nottingham offers a pretty decent three year Politics course all in all. 90% of students get a 2.1 or 1st so you are paying for something near impossible to fail. The 2.2 students I remember were those who didn’t put the hours in. Bluntly if you work hard and put the hours in a 2.1 your reward.Socially it is brilliant. 200 societies. 70 sports clubs, Karni, JCRs, the nightlife. The varsity sports etc. The campus is lovely and the accommodation is pretty decent as well in my view.

So what’s the problem?

The problem comes afterwards. You graduate and apply for internships in Portcullis House and you don’t get taken seriously because you have no experience. (Source: Personal experience)
Pick Hull and their placement gets you round that issue. Employers don’t care about your academic knowledge but a placement with an MP gets you ahead of the competition.

You also get Lord Norton who is a massive Tory who has what might politely be termed self-regarding views relating to House of Lords reform.

Nottingham is probably better in terms of league tables/being a RG uni/not being the subject of Blackadder jokes but league tables mean sod all once you are out of the education system.
Thank you! This does mean quite a lot to me, considering you are a Nottingham graduate! I did meet Lord Norton of Louth actually on the Applicant Day and he was so nice, but I couldn't agree with him on HoL reform! You have made my day!
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Both have very good politics departments with similar specialisms. Parliamentary studies are extremely central to Hull's syllabus so if you're interested in that sub-field I'd seriously consider Hull (they have Lord Philip Norton of Louth, perhaps Britain's leading authority on parliaments). That said, Notts are also strong in that area and you'll probably get a little more emphasis on other areas such as IR and political theory than you would at Hull. All in all a tough call. I'd probably go for Hull, but then I'm a parliamentary geek and and not great fan of Nottingham as a city...
Thank you! This has helped a lot!
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