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Opinion: most underrated university among the general public watch

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    Fair warning: I realize that this thread might end up consisting of a bunch of people arguing and defending that their university is underrated, but I genuinely want to know what people think. Please try and support your claim with evidence/statistics rather than pure conjecture, as to why you chose that particular university.


    I think a lot of younger people (myself included) are perhaps too heavily influenced by rankings when choosing our five universities. While rankings do have their use, they should by no means be a deciding factor. For an example, some universities have shot up in rankings (i.e. domestic rankings) due to the methodology used, which measure aspects that do not properly reflect the quality of institution. I think some solid and respectable universities are losing out on massive amounts of viable students due to their position in the guardian and thecompleteuniversityguide rankings. Meanwhile, some other universities are enjoying tremendous growth in number of applicants and popularity due to their position in the aforementioned rankings, which might not be a fair representation of the university. Just because some universities have a lower student satisfaction (just an example) than others, doesn't mean that they're not as good. In my opinion, student satisfaction is not at all relevant or an appropriate use of measurement, when determining the quality of a university.

    If you were to pick a university that you think don't receives enough credit or recognition among the general public of the UK, which would it be? As mentioned previously, please do not just state a university without explaining your reasoning.
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    Oxford.

    Jk - I'd say Bath, which isn't RG or that well-known in my circle, but is great at Architecture and Engineering.
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    Sussex? I hear it used to be considered Balliol by the sea but doesn't get bundled into the top tier of unis most of the time
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    (Original post by cazzem)
    Fair warning: I realize that this thread might end up consisting of a bunch of people arguing and defending that their university is underrated, but I genuinely want to know what people think. Please try and support your claim with evidence/statistics rather than pure conjecture, as to why you chose that particular university.


    I think a lot of younger people (myself included) are perhaps too heavily influenced by rankings when choosing our five universities. While rankings do have their use, they should by no means be a deciding factor. For an example, some universities have shot up in rankings (i.e. domestic rankings) due to the methodology used, which measure aspects that do not properly reflect the quality of institution. I think some solid and respectable universities are losing out on massive amounts of viable students due to their position in the guardian and thecompleteuniversityguide rankings. Meanwhile, some other universities are enjoying tremendous growth in number of applicants and popularity due to their position in the aforementioned rankings, which might not be a fair representation of the university. Just because some universities have a lower student satisfaction (just an example) than others, doesn't mean that they're not as good. In my opinion, student satisfaction is not at all relevant or an appropriate use of measurement, when determining the quality of a university.

    If you were to pick a university that you think don't receives enough credit or recognition among the general public of the UK, which would it be? As mentioned previously, please do not just state a university without explaining your reasoning.
    Leeds Trinity. It's a wonderful university. It's very small, but the lecturers are people who genuinely want to teach, rather than just disgruntled researchers.

    The staff are all genuinely helpful and approachable. If you have a problem, they will help you.

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    Leicester.
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    caltech
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    Oxford Brookes, I don't go there but apparently it's not as bad as people say it is. Then again this is TSR and you are considered a failure if you don't get into Oxford or Cambridge.
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    Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Warwick and Imperial imo.
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    (Original post by INF10)
    Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Warwick and Imperial imo.
    You forgot UCL -_-
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    Would agree with bath and sussex
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    Oxford.

    Jk - I'd say Bath, which isn't RG or that well-known in my circle, but is great at Architecture and Engineering.
    I agree. It's around 6th for my course, but a lot of people ignore it because it's non-RG.
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    You forgot UCL -_-
    What do you mean?
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    You forgot UCL -_-
    I don't think they did.
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    Most underrated...

    UCL and UEA.


    Most overrated...

    KCL and Durham.
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    Maybe UEA as well, I hadn't even heard of it until I came to applying for unis
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    I don't think they did.
    UCL is a better uni than Warwick that covers a wider variety of courses at a higher level (excluding stuff like Maths and Economics) - so he should have mentioned it :'( <-- sad face

    (Original post by Nicholas Nelson)
    Oxford Brookes, I don't go there but apparently it's not as bad as people say it is. Then again this is TSR and you are considered a failure if you don't get into Oxford or Cambridge.
    Nah
    A friend of mine who got into Oxford (he's a year older) for AA (Archaelogy and Anthropology) mentioned how much stick some of his friends gave the Oxford Brookes students. You'll die from the snobbishness of some of the people there...
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    You forgot UCL -_-
    This thread is about underrated universities.
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    Oxford and Cambridge (people need to realise oxbridge are good) not to mention LSE, Warwick and UCL again are massively underrated universities on TSR especially by the finance community.
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    Durham. It is one of the intellectual trinity: Doxbridge.
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    (Original post by studentro)
    This thread is about underrated universities.
    He was mentioning them ironically... I think


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    Durham. It is one of the intellectual trinity: Doxbridge.
    The delusion is real
 
 
 
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