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Would you say that had I gone to SoAs it wouldn't have been much different than going to Manchester (I.e. Teaching quality, reputation, job prospects?)
Genuinely yes. For postgraduate study, if you do well at either I. E. First, can have a fair chance at Oxbridge master's.

My own personal experience is outside the big 6: Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial, there is no notable difference on graduate labour market. This can be further segmented where Oxbridge and to some extent LSE does open doors that the other universities don't, there are many boutiques that recruit about 70% from Oxbridge.

I think experience, subject you study, etc actually matter far more outside the above universities.

E.g. Durham Econ, Nottingham Econ, SOAS Law etc. Bristol Maths, these subjects will always be competitive in labour market.


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Genuinely yes. For postgraduate study, if you do well at either I. E. First, can have a fair chance at Oxbridge master's.

My own personal experience is outside the big 6: Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial, there is no notable difference on graduate labour market. This can be further segmented where Oxbridge and to some extent LSE does open doors that the other universities don't, there are many boutiques that recruit about 70% from Oxbridge.

I think experience, subject you study, etc actually matter far more outside the above universities.

E.g. Durham Econ, Nottingham Econ, SOAS Law etc. Bristol Maths, these subjects will always be competitive in labour market.


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Thank you for explaining that. I guess what's done is done. I obviously cannot undo my undergrad now. You mention that soas law is competitive. I guess that's what I was talking about Initially as well that I wish I had done law from soas instead of Manchester. It fares well.
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Overrated: UCL

Underrated: Essex, Birkbeck.
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Thank you for explaining that. I guess what's done is done. I obviously cannot undo my undergrad now. You mention that soas law is competitive. I guess that's what I was talking about Initially as well that I wish I had done law from soas instead of Manchester. It fares well.
A Manchester law degree is as good. There are hundreds of law firms in the UK, if you have a LLB, you have massive advantage.

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(Original post by Scruffyjoe)
Thank you for explaining that. I guess what's done is done. I obviously cannot undo my undergrad now. You mention that soas law is competitive. I guess that's what I was talking about Initially as well that I wish I had done law from soas instead of Manchester. It fares well.
League tables are always biased towards the west.

Lookng at facts such as this:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...ast-exams.html

the standards in the unis in the east must be of a higher standard but because the UK media constantly focuses on the UK and US unis, you don't get a balanced view.
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Genuinely yes. For postgraduate study, if you do well at either I. E. First, can have a fair chance at Oxbridge master's.

My own personal experience is outside the big 6: Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial, there is no notable difference on graduate labour market. This can be further segmented where Oxbridge and to some extent LSE does open doors that the other universities don't, there are many boutiques that recruit about 70% from Oxbridge.

I think experience, subject you study, etc actually matter far more outside the above universities.

E.g. Durham Econ, Nottingham Econ, SOAS Law etc. Bristol Maths, these subjects will always be competitive in labour market.


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The fact that people always refer to the IB market as representative of the whole graduate market baffles me.

Warwick, and possibly UCL, are in the top six for IB, yes. They are not in the top six for every subject or graduate market. Warwick, in particular, is barely top ten outside maths, econ and so on.

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The fact that people always refer to the IB market as representative of the whole graduate market baffles me.

Warwick, and possibly UCL, are in the top six for IB, yes. They are not in the top six for every subject or graduate market. Warwick, in particular, is barely top ten outside maths, econ and so on.

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What are you talking about?

WBS is one of the top business schools in Europe, Maths, Econ, Pol, History, Film, History of Art, English.

That's already majority of UGS done.

Outside of IB, Law and Strategy Consulting, there are very few sectors where university rep matters.


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What are you talking about?

WBS is one of the top business schools in Europe, Maths, Econ, Pol, History, Film, History of Art, English.

That's already majority of UGS done.

Outside of IB, Law and Strategy Consulting, there are very few sectors where university rep matters.


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Maths, Economics, Politics, History, Film, History of Art and English at the Warwick Business School.

Okay pal, got the message :rolleyes:
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Maths, Economics, Politics, History, Film, History of Art and English at the Warwick Business School.

Okay pal, got the message :rolleyes:
There was a comma, at no point did I say they were at the business school. The least you can do is read the post properly before replying.

Anyway, with all due respect, I am sure you think you are a big dog and god bless you. However, at end of day, what you think is irrelevant. Tables, rankings, ref, anyone can go check. The data is all available. Whether you like it or refuse to believe it, Warwick is in top 7 of all domestic overall rankings and ~ top 90 in all world. In fact, it's never been outside top 10, to argue it's not a top 10 UK university is just ludicrous.

As an alumnus of the Economics faculty, I have no reason to stand up for other departments, but all arguments need to be based on reality.

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There was a comma, at no point did I say they were at the business school. The least you can do is read the post properly before replying.

Anyway, with all due respect, I am sure you think you are a big dog and god bless you. However, at end of day, what you think is irrelevant. Tables, rankings, ref, anyone can go check. The data is all available. Whether you like it or refuse to believe it, Warwick is in top 7 of all domestic overall rankings and top 90 in all world.

As an alumnus of the Economics faculty, I have no reason to stand up for other departments, but all arguments need to be based on reality.

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I think I'm a big dog? Hahaha...

Outside its Maths/Econ and a few other courses, Warwick is not in the top 6 - that's for sure. No matter how hard Warwick students try to sell themselves.

The very fact that you rely on tables as a measure of reputation just shows your own limited knowledge knowledge. Surrey was, the other year, higher than Imperial for Maths, so it MUST be true, eh?

For IB? Yes, Warwick is pretty good. For consulting? Good too, but to a much lesser extent. Oxbridge dominate here, followed by LSE. For law, it's no better than Exeter, to give an example.

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I think I'm a big dog? Hahaha...

Outside its Maths/Econ and a few other courses, Warwick is not in the top 6 - that's for sure. No matter how hard Warwick students try to sell themselves.

The very fact that you rely on tables as a measure of reputation just shows your own limited knowledge knowledge. Surrey was, the other year, higher than Imperial for Maths, so it MUST be true, eh?

For IB? Yes, Warwick is pretty good. For consulting? Good too, but to a much lesser extent. Oxbridge dominate here, followed by LSE. For law, it's no better than Exeter, to give an example.

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Lol, ok: http://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/whe...d-universities

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I think I'm a big dog? Hahaha...

Outside its Maths/Econ and a few other courses, Warwick is not in the top 6 - that's for sure. No matter how hard Warwick students try to sell themselves.

The very fact that you rely on tables as a measure of reputation just shows your own limited knowledge knowledge. Surrey was, the other year, higher than Imperial for Maths, so it MUST be true, eh?

For IB? Yes, Warwick is pretty good. For consulting? Good too, but to a much lesser extent. Oxbridge dominate here, followed by LSE. For law, it's no better than Exeter, to give an example.

Please.
There's a difference between relying and recognising for 50 years the university has never been outside the top 10 on any domestic overall ranking.

Also for clarification, I'm a Warwick alum and a Cambridge student. Not a Warwick student.

Having worked in 8 different sectors, fair to say I have a decent idea about what I'm talking about.

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Yes, because that is a definitive guide of reputation.Turns out it's even better than UCL and LSE
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There's a difference between relying and recognising for 50 years the university has never been outside the top 10 on any domestic overall ranking.

Also for clarification, I'm a Warwick alum and a Cambridge student. Not a Warwick student.

Having worked in 8 different sectors, fair to say I have a decent idea about what I'm talking about.

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I asked you a question: Surrey was above Imperial here. Do you think Surrey is a better uni than Imperial?

Being an alumnus (alum is a chemical compound) means that you studied there. It changes nothing in terms of needing to improve your university's image.

And I am sure you do - as is evident from your reliance on domestic tables.
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Yes, because that is a definitive guide of reputation.Turns out it's even better than UCL and LSE
It's a pretty good guide, and in my opinion an accurate representation..

From speaking to a fair number of recruiters in the London legal sector, this is how they 'bucketed' out universities for representation and where they recruit/receive most applications from - not in order:

Bucket 1
- Cambridge
- Oxford

Bucket 2
- Bristol
- Durham
- LSE
- KCL
- Manchester (possibly)
- Nottingham
- UCL
- Warwick

Bucket 3
- Birmingham
- Exeter
- Leeds
- Sheffield
- QMUL
- etc.

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I think I'm a big dog? Hahaha...

Outside its Maths/Econ and a few other courses, Warwick is not in the top 6 - that's for sure. No matter how hard Warwick students try to sell themselves.

The very fact that you rely on tables as a measure of reputation just shows your own limited knowledge knowledge. Surrey was, the other year, higher than Imperial for Maths, so it MUST be true, eh?

For IB? Yes, Warwick is pretty good. For consulting? Good too, but to a much lesser extent. Oxbridge dominate here, followed by LSE. For law, it's no better than Exeter, to give an example.

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Can't help but agree.
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I asked you a question: Surrey was above Imperial here. Do you think Surrey is a better uni than Imperial?

Being an alumnus (alum is a chemical compound) means that you studied there. It changes nothing in terms of needing to improve your university's image.

And I am sure you do - as is evident from your reliance on domestic tables.
I abbreviated a word, I think it's getting pretty desperate.

It will serve you well in life and your studies if you make judgements based on empirical evidence. Our friend has already shown you how law firms recruit.

I think there is no more to be said, wish you good day.

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I abbreviated a word, I think it's getting pretty desperate.

It will serve you well in life and your studies if you make judgements based on empirical evidence. Our friend has already shown you how law firms recruit.

I think there is no more to be said, wish you good day.

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You did not - let's be honest here.

Well, you can believe whatever you want. If you think Warwick is better than LSE and UCL just because these rankings say so, I refuse to accept you have a single idea of how the market works.

Peace.
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You did not - let's be honest here.

Well, you can believe whatever you want. If you think Warwick is better than LSE and UCL just because these rankings say so, I refuse to accept you have a single idea of how the market works.

Peace.
Look back to my earlier post about being an Economics alumnus if it makes you happy, the time is on the post.

That's your choice.

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It's a pretty good guide, and in my opinion an accurate representation..

From speaking to a fair number of recruiters in the London legal sector, this is how they 'bucketed' out universities for representation and where they recruit/receive most applications from - not in order:

Bucket 1
- Cambridge
- Oxford

Bucket 2
- Bristol
- Durham
- LSE
- KCL
- Manchester (possibly)
- Nottingham
- UCL
- Warwick

Bucket 3
- Birmingham
- Exeter
- Leeds
- Sheffield
- QMUL
- etc.

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Hmm, that's pretty contrary to my experience.

I'd argue it's -

Bucket 1- Cambridge- Oxford
Bucket 2- Bristol- Durham- LSE- KCL- Nottingham- UCL
Bucket 3- Birmingham- Exeter- Manchester- Warwick- QMUL.
And so on.

I've been to three insight days thus far, and while they are not openly talking about this, you can see the numbers.

When I went to Shearman's Head Start, there was just 1 (out of about 35) from Warwick, having studied Economics (in fact, the two trainees that gave us a presentation on a case study were both from Exeter)

At Burges Salmon, there was none from Warwick.
Same at a CMS.
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