I think the 'this uni is better than that uni' is a really sad subject, especially when you say people judge you on which uni you went to, yes it's a fact of life but there is more to getting a job than which university you went to. Many employers prefer experience over a degree.
I'm going to DMU but that's not to say I'm any less intelligent than someone going to Leicester, it's purely because only old polytechnics or art and design schools do my course. To be honest I do wish I'd put Northumbria as one of my choices, not because I don't like DMU but I'm not too keen on the city (not the prettiest is it?) and am having second thoughts about moving away from my life here, unfortunately that's not what I was thinking months ago when I was keen to get away from Newcastle!