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    I can't get a clear answer on this.

    A few years ago people on here seemed to scoff at it a bit, but its reputation seems to be on the rise and it's doing pretty well in League Tables at the moment. I know it's not a 'top 10' university, but if it continues in this vein, do you reckon it could be in the same league as, say, Exeter or Bath in a few years time? Or is a university's reputation more or less set in stone?

    Basically what I'm asking is, is it categorically a 'prestigious' university?
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    (Original post by MaskOfKeaton)
    I can't get a clear answer on this.

    A few years ago people on here seemed to scoff at it a bit, but its reputation seems to be on the rise and it's doing pretty well in League Tables at the moment. I know it's not a 'top 10' university, but if it continues in this vein, do you reckon it could be in the same league as, say, Exeter or Bath in a few years time? Or is a university's reputation more or less set in stone?

    Basically what I'm asking is, is it a 'prestigious' university?
    I wouldnt consider a prestigious univeristy, but it is decent I would say its a bit above the league of kent/leeds/lancaster
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    (Original post by Samendra)
    I wouldnt consider a prestigious univeristy, but it is decent I would say its a bit above the league of kent/leeds/lancaster
    Depends on what you mean by 'prestigious' though.

    Most people would probably consider Bristol 'prestigious'. But is there really much difference between Bristol and Birmingham? I mean the entry requirements are more or less exactly the same. I don't understand why they can't be mentioned in the same sentence.
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    (Original post by MaskOfKeaton)
    Depends on what you mean by 'prestigious' though.

    Most people would probably consider Bristol 'prestigious'. But is there really much difference between Bristol and Birmingham? I mean the entry requirements are more or less exactly the same. I don't understand why they can't be mentioned in the same sentence.
    I personally dont find bristol prestigious and entry requirements mean **** all, for example Manchester's phyiscs entry requirements are A*A*A, while other courses are AAB. It depends on how high your aiming. Also the uni ranking tables dont mean anything, If you want 'prestige rankings' that would be more use for your case but I dont find birmingham particularly prestigious. Tbh the only uni's I find are prestigious are Oxbridge, Imperial, Warwick , Manchester, UCL, durham etc.. so the top 10 ish uni's but even that is pushing it. If you ask an american who knows about british uni's what unis they find prestigious they would only say Oxbridge, and at the end of the day they are probably right.
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    I'd say it's sorely average. Not terrible by any means, but not fantastic either.
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    It's a top 20 uni
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    Well, for me, only G5 is undoubtedly prestigious. Some trailing unis like Warwick, Durham, St Andrews etc are pretty close to prestigious too.

    Birmingham is in a slightly lower tier, it is still a great uni but I don't think prestigious is the correct adjective.

    However according to OP's thread title, I do think it is ranked around 15-ish in the country.
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    (Original post by ML8020)
    Well, for me, only G5 is undoubtedly prestigious. Some trailing unis like Warwick, Durham, St Andrews etc are pretty close to prestigious too.

    Birmingham is in a slightly lower tier, it is still a great uni but I don't think prestigious is the correct adjective.

    However according to OP's thread title, I do think it is ranked around 15-ish in the country.
    Which one would you consider better from Birmingham vs Manchester vs Bath vs Liverpool vs Newcastle, purely based on the city and the university's reputation?
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    (Original post by EC)
    Which one would you consider better from Birmingham vs Manchester vs Bath vs Liverpool vs Newcastle, purely based on the city and the university's reputation?
    Bath and Birmingham are in a similar tier... I would say Bath >= Birmingham as I heard that one of Bath's selling point is the relatively high employability of their graduates. However in terms of location, Birmingham is a big metropolis which beats Bath, a small town. Life is more fruitful in a splendid city.

    I don't think Manchester is far behind from Bath and Birmingham either. They have a long tradition in several degrees (e.g. Chem Eng).

    I won't consider Liverpool nor Newcastle though, they seem a bit - sorry if offensive - poor.
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    (Original post by ML8020)
    Bath and Birmingham are in a similar tier... I would say Bath >= Birmingham as I heard that one of Bath's selling point is the relatively high employability of their graduates. However in terms of location, Birmingham is a big metropolis which beats Bath, a small town.

    I don't think Manchester is far behind from Bath and Birmingham either. They have a long tradition in several degrees (e.g. Chem Eng).

    I won't consider Liverpool nor Newcastle though, they seem a bit - sorry if offensive - poor.
    Thank you for sharing your opinion.
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    (Original post by ML8020)
    Well, for me, only G5 is undoubtedly prestigious. Some trailing unis like Warwick, Durham, St Andrews etc are pretty close to prestigious too.

    Birmingham is in a slightly lower tier, it is still a great uni but I don't think prestigious is the correct adjective.

    However according to OP's thread title, I do think it is ranked around 15-ish in the country.
    I always assumed the differences between universities inside the top 20-or-so (excluding Oxbridge and the top London ones) was basically nothing. I know some are considered a bit better than others, but I didn't know the difference between them was particularly meaningful. I thought your career prospects were more or less the same if you did well at one of those.
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    Mid to Low Russel Group in my opinion, not top 15. I mean they are handing out unconditional offers??
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    (Original post by Mr Moon Man)
    It's a top 20 uni
    Can't you compromise and say it is in the top seventeen and a half?
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    It's one of the above average RG unis. Does pretty well in a range of subjects and garner's a decent amount of employer interest.

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