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    (Original post by mobbdeeprob)
    There are all too many people swanning around, thinking that Nottingham and Warwick (in particular) are the bees knees. They're simply not.
    Well said (remind me to rep you tommorow).
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    (Original post by mobbdeeprob)
    The shocking thing is that the bulk of these people have A*/A, A*/A in English Lang & Lit.
    The main reason why I would not take A level English. It is not the English I wish to learn. Makes me wonder why those stuck up universities have such an emphasis on those who have done so well in English. I can't see how reading Shakespeare will help your current day English. This needs to be changed.
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    (Original post by Leekey)
    Well said (remind me to rep you tommorow).
    If you must... :rolleyes:

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    (Original post by NDGAARONDI)
    The main reason why I would not take A level English. It is not the English I wish to learn. Makes me wonder why those stuck up universities have such an emphasis on those who have done so well in English. I can't see how reading Shakespeare will help your current day English. This needs to be changed.
    I would go on record as saying that A-level English is in a different ballpark though, it is a test of competency in the subject.
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    (Original post by mobbdeeprob)
    I would go on record as saying that A-level English is in a different ballpark though, it is a test of competency in the subject.
    Yeah but we both know that.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Its more about the location though which is why they can get away with it so much. So on acedemic terms in some courses you are probably right but it dosn't mean the universities as a whole are over rated as there is much more to them than just undergraduate degrees.

    Yet other universities have top 5 star rated departments which are actually quite easy to get into.
    Warwick has a superb business school and several average departments, trading under an illusion of grandeur.

    Nottingham has a clutch of 'highly regarded' but (very often) not exactly world-beating departments - and yet some people seem to think that is the modern-day School of Athens. A lot of its departments are average, but try telling that to most my cohort.

    I dislike Durham with a passion, but even I can see that for all its faults (), it has some bloody good departments that are world class.
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    Kent
    SOAS
    Southampton
    Leeds
    Cardiff
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    I think Warwick's maths course seems top notch, but the actual university seemed quite miserable and didn't seem to have much going on.
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    (Original post by Leekey)
    If you were looking for a uni in the middle of nowhere, surely you could have done beter than Lancaster (it actually has pubs other than those of the SU)!!!
    I liked the location too
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    I'm going to get a load of abuse and sniggers here BUT

    Underrated - Oxford Brookes

    Overrated - Exeter

    I've graduated from both (BA English and History @ Brookes, MEd Special Ed. Needs and Early Years PgCE at Exeter) now studying an MSc&PhD at Ex.

    Brookes - history department was excellent. Really friendly & knowledgable staff, 6* RAE rating, good teaching methods (I'm saying this as a qualified teacher), really interesting subject matter, lectures who have graduated from oxbridge, st. andrews etc and lectures that lecture at oxford uni (roger griffin, donal lowry etc). I had lots of peers with reasonably good a-levels - (usually oxford uni wannabies but intelligent none-the-less). The nightlife and events were really good, most people can get halls in their first year and lots of money has been ploughed into it lately. English was ok, not so special. I met many people who loved the uni and know people who have stayed there to do masters because the enjoyed it so much. The uni had a really high graduate employment rate too. Best new uni god knows how many years in a row.

    Exeter - really backwards admin system, student union (or guild) rather dissapointing, arrogant members of staff - really really crap accommodation and finance offices, many postgrads come here and get pissed off for many reasons. The only reason I'm still here is because of my phd supervisor - who is a top guy and one of very few in the field.

    By the looks of things Brookes gets slated a lot on this site but there are some REALLY influential academics there and judging by the quality of work being produced by the history postgrads I lived with at Exeter who graduated from Warwick (2:1) and St. Andrews (1st) I'm not convinced that there is a huge difference between abilities of graduates from some of the older unis and my ex poly.

    So there you go.
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    Its seems to me from this thread that Royal Holloway has been underrated although its ranks in the league tables are quite good. (not that i like the league table systems! lol)
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    A lot of the ex-poly's get slated unfairly, though historical reasons are going to influence a lot of undergrads
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    (Original post by Meeps)
    Its seems to me from this thread that Royal Holloway has been underrated although its ranks in the league tables are quite good. (not that i like the league table systems! lol)
    Oh that's true!
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    So it seems to me that Lancaster is not getting the reputation that it deserves is purely because of its location?
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    (Original post by tobytoby)
    So it seems to me that Lancaster is not getting the reputation that it deserves is purely because of its location?
    No but they get the stigma because of it. They've never been to or heard other universities in the land of nowhere then.
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    (Original post by tobytoby)
    So it seems to me that Lancaster is not getting the reputation that it deserves is purely because of its location?
    Yes but doesnt it also have the highest suicide rate in the country, most likely because of location.

    I find cardiff is very underrated, great city and some very good teaching scores.
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    (Original post by rah2)
    Yes but doesnt it also have the highest suicide rate in the country, most likely because of location.

    I find cardiff is very underrated, great city and some very good teaching scores.
    Again this is people getting mixed up. It is actually the university of central lancashire that has the highest suciede rate in the country, and even I think the figure is about two since the 1960's from the days when it was a poly.

    This question was raised at my sister open day at Lancashire and they aaid it was a load rubbish, we are also discussing this at Salford and one of my lecturers who has a PHd also said it was a load crap at is was UCL.

    The location of Lancaster isn't that bad, it has lovely hills sorounding it but I admit it isn't exactly party land.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Surrey
    Sussex
    Lancaster
    Reading
    Cardiff
    Birmingham
    Aston
    Loughborough
    Leicester
    Bradford
    Luton
    Salford
    Bournemouth

    Would rather not say about over-rated
    Agreed. Had a look around the Surrey campus while on a sojourn to England recently and was quite impressed.
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    (Original post by mobbdeeprob)
    SOAS
    Definately. Considering how LSE blows its own trumpet (not that it doesnt have cause to) by describing itself as the worlds leading instution for the social sciences its surprising SOAS doesnt publicise itself more effectively considering it could claim a similiar status for the areas in which it specialises.
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    (Original post by an Siarach)
    Agreed. Had a look around the Surrey campus while on a sojourn to England recently and was quite impressed.
    Agreed, Surreys campus looked verrrrrry impressive indeed. I think Kingston is also quite underrated.
 
 
 
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