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    Rather than universities being sprawling institutions that offer many different courses should they specialise so some universities are for the arts/ music others for technology/engineering/maths, the uni's for nursing teaching and sports and others for sciences
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      The main problem is of course the gender ratio... science-specialising unis will be hugely male dominated, while art unis will be hugely female dominated. Not much fun.
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      (Original post by niteninja1)
      Rather than universities being sprawling institutions that offer many different courses should they specialise so some universities are for the arts/ music others for technology/engineering/maths, the uni's for nursing teaching and sports and others for sciences
      Except, thats sort of what happens??? You can go to a conservatoire for music, dance etc. and sciences you can only go to unis with labs. I couldnt do chemistry at st johns in York for instance.

      For sure, there are Uni's that spread themselves too thin, but there are definitely specialised unis on offer.
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      (Original post by SonoLuma)
      Except, thats sort of what happens??? You can go to a conservatoire for music, dance etc. and sciences you can only go to unis with labs. I couldnt do chemistry at st johns in York for instance.

      For sure, there are Uni's that spread themselves too thin, but there are definitely specialised unis on offer.
      not that specialised
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      (Original post by niteninja1)
      not that specialised
      Well, I dont think you know what youre on about then. Say for laboratories, the only other options are private labs, commercial labs and labs that take Phd students (so could be commercial on contract or private/institutions like the RSC) so, you cant really get specialised. but as I say, some universities have better labs than others, thats just a fact of life.

      I dont understand what you mean by "specialised"
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      (Original post by SonoLuma)
      Well, I dont think you know what youre on about then. Say for laboratories, the only other options are private labs, commercial labs and labs that take Phd students (so could be commercial on contract or private/institutions like the RSC) so, you cant really get specialised. but as I say, some universities have better labs than others, thats just a fact of life.

      I dont understand what you mean by "specialised"
      If you go to a uni that offers sports art and chemistry say. at some point funding is going to be unevenly allocated due to the difference types of facilities needed whereas somewhere that just off chemistry would only need to focus on chemistry
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      I'm not sure how this is an 'everyday issue' but I see the sense in what the OP is saying.

      The LSE is obviously specialised, offering no or few degrees except in the Social Sciences. Similarly Imperial in Science and Technology, as was true at UMIST and UWIST.

      You don't have only to look thereafter at e.g. RADA or the Courtauld for examples. Bath is a biggish university, and perceived as general, that in fact limits its offerings to a far greater extent than is commonly the case: offers no Philosophy, Theology, History, Art, Literature, Music, Classics, Law. There are universities hardly bigger that are offering everything under the sun.

      Edit: I think Mathemagicien's concern about gender disparities in intake doesn't obtain here. There are likely ratio differences between faculties, but not across the campus.
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      (Original post by niteninja1)
      If you go to a uni that offers sports art and chemistry say. at some point funding is going to be unevenly allocated due to the difference types of facilities needed whereas somewhere that just off chemistry would only need to focus on chemistry
      Ok. So, being a fully grown adult and having made your own decision regarding what uni you want to go to... what exactly is the problem. You dont want to go to one of those unis? choose an actual specialised uni then.
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      It's okay if some are, but it should not be especially encouraged. Univeristy is about meeting a broad variety of people from lots of different disciplines that would influence you. Also being too specialised would prohibit some interdisciplinary research.
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      Nah. Then there won't be many opportunities to learn from another department (especially if you're interested in a joint honour degree).
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      (Original post by niteninja1)
      Rather than universities being sprawling institutions that offer many different courses should they specialise so some universities are for the arts/ music others for technology/engineering/maths, the uni's for nursing teaching and sports and others for sciences
      Unis shouldn't specialise. This would reduce the cross-discipline research that goes on between faculties (e.g. music /IT/ Maths, for example). Which enables 'out of the box' thinking that won't happen when researchers are working in silos of their own specialism.

      Other examples of cross discipline research:

      Cyber crime - Maths/IT/Criminology/ Sociology/ Psychology.

      Distant galaxies in the universe - Physics/ Maths / Chemistry / Social studies / Media Studies
      - the tools created for this research has found its way into IT analysis of social media and Big Data development).

      I'm sure other folks can come up with more examples...
     
     
     
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