I have offers from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow is a BCC offer (B = Maths) for Civil Engineering, while Edinburgh is BBB offer for Civil and Environmental Engineering. I need to decide which one should be my first choice.
My Grandfather was a very successful Civil Engineer and he studied at Glasgow and has recomended it, as well as recommending not to specialise in environmental engineering as plain Civil Engineering that Glasgow are offering gives me more options. How ever I feel if this was really an issue I could change at Edinburgh.
2 of my best friends are going to Glasgow ( a year earlier than me) so this is another plus for Glasgow.
However, the offer from edinburgh is higher, and they are ranked as a better univerisity, which my maths teachers say is the most important thing as employers will look at that (reputation of uni). I am going to visit them both in Arpil, which should hopefully help. However what do you think based on this information. Baring in mind I should be able to meet both offers. Thanks, Also any opinions on each of the courses and the unis would be appreciated. Cheers
I went to Glasgow. Put all thoughts of it being somehow 'second rate' to one side. I got AAA (which was very unexpected) back in the last year of 'proper' A-Levels. I deferred entry and got accepted to my top two choices (Glasgow and KCL). KCL wanted AAB for History I think, Glasgow at the time wanted BBC (though I note it is now ABB, what with the ludicrous grade inflation of recent years).
Glasgow is an excellent university, just named Scottish University of the Year. It's the in the Times top 100 of world universities (Edinburgh is conspicious by its abscence). It's in the Russel Group. I don't regret choosing it for a moment and I don't think employers will make a great distinction between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Once you discount the top Oxbridge band they both fall into the B group.
The question that should occupy you is do you want to live in Glasgow or Edinburgh. They're very different cities. I personally find Edinburgh a bit too stuffy, and certainly over-run with tourists and lots of 'Scottish' tat shops. Glasgow is rougher round the edges, but has a much more vibrant 'nightlife' and cultural scene. And the West End of Glasgow (where you will be living) is one of the nicest parts of any city on earth. Again, ragged round the edges in the student quaters, but full of life.
Glasgow University library is also second to none. If you are a serious academic type you could spend 100 lifetimes there and still only scratch the surface of its vast collection.
Hmmm, yes, but according to many league tables Loughborough is in the top twenty (and often in the top ten!).
I mean really, some hefty bribes must be doing the rounds.
I wuld think, if you havent already done so, you really need to visit both Glasgow and Edinburgh universities. No point going there if you just dont 'feel' it to be right for you.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR RESPONCES, as I said Im visiting them in April (only 1 day though), so it should help me get a better idea.
Ok well I went to visit both unis. However I only managed to spend about an hr in Edinburgh and that was ALL in the civil engineering building speaking to a professor. The building seemed really nice and modern, and the professor I spoke to was really enthusiastic and pleasant (young too). BUT I didnt see any of the city apart from the drive to/from Glasgow. As for glasgow I saw more of the city, and I liked it, the people were nice and I liked how the University was all in one place. I didnt get to meet a professor, but I did visit the civil engineering building and it wasnt very nice, not as nice or modern as Edinburgh. Discovered one of my friends is actually going to Glasgow Caledonian and the other is going to Glasgow a year before me. Basically I still cant decide. I havnt seen Edinburgh but have heard its a really nice city.
+ University buildings all close together and in city.
+ Too of my best Friends are going to Glasgow (the city anyway).
+ Really liked the city, apparently nightlife and culture is better than Edinburgh.
+Grandpa/Mum reccomends it.
- Facilities, Civil Engineering buildings, older, less appealing.
- Ranked as worse university, academisally worse than Edinburgh???
+ City also really nice
+ Academically rated better
+ Facilities more modern etc
-Living costs higher
-Confined to engineering buildings, smaller group of people.
-Maybe worse nightlife etc.
SOOOOOOOOOOO WHICH ONE?
No problems with Edinburgh's nightlife as far as I've seen over the last year, and you get a taste of three disciplines (from Civil, Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical) in the first term so if one of the other's takes your fancy you can switch to it with relative ease. The teaching has been top-notch so far (mind I'm only doing Mech as an outside course).
Its not like you'll be spending much time at the KB with "all the science nerds", because you have lectures around everyone else at George Square in first year and can meet all kinds of amazing folk. I also like how, by living near the Royal Mile, I've got everything I could want at no more than a 10 minute walk.
Glasgow is a nice city no doubt but it always seems so large and bustling that Edinburgh was a better choice for me personally. Can't comment on it's Engineering departments though.
I'm not going to deny that Edinburgh's a nice city - I went to school there for eight years, I know it like the back of my hand. But the nights out I've had in Glasgow have been absolutely brilliant - the atmosphere is just better and some of the pubs are fantastic. Can't wait to move.
Thanks again for the responces, ive got until the 5th of May to decide. Thanks especially to Foxo, when I looked at league tables when I was making my five UCAS choices, i thought Edinburgh was higher, but obviously its not. I do think Im leaning more towards Glasgow now, but please keep your opinions coming. Thanks Alot.
The Good University Guide can bend over and take it.
OK WELL I FINALLY DECIDED. I left it until the deadline day stupidly. I didnt get an email reply from glasgow concerning my questions, so I phoned a professor and asked hima few things. Generally the proffessor I spoke to at edinburgh was much nicer and more enthusiastic. Also the answers to my questions such as work placments?, working abroad?, investment? were all fairly depressing. So I have decided to put Edinburgh as MY firm and Glasgow as my insurance. THANK **** THATS OVER...for now.