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Specifically for Mechanical Engineering, how good is Uni of Southampton? Also what’s it like socially and living in Southampton?
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Southampton is generally considered to be one of the best universities in the UK for engineering, after Oxbridge/Imperial/similar. This may not always translate to e.g. good teaching etc however...and "prestige" actually does't mean so much when looking for graduate engineering roles anyway. But it's certainly not "bad" by most peoples' accounts.
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I cannot understand how you can compare Engineering at Oxbridge to Eningeering at Imperial or Southampton.
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I cannot understand how you can compare Engineering at Oxbridge to Eningeering at Imperial or Southampton.
By putting them next to each other in your mind and analysing the similarities and differences. That's how most things are compared...
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Its a very good university, but thats about it, it doesnt really do much for its image, even its website for a RG looks fairly bland and unappealing.

You won't get the glossy feeling from top universities when browsing through its pages, and its entry requirements are lower then most RGs for many courses. Most who plan to do well in their a levels apply as a safety school. It has an above average offer rate.
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By putting them next to each other in your mind and analysing the similarities and differences. That's how most things are compared...
Then tell me what is better: tea or an elephant.

You cannot put Cambridge's and Imperial's Mechanical Engineering next to each other in your mind because Cambridge does not offer Mechanical Engineering.
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Then tell me what is better: tea or an elephant.

You cannot put Cambridge's and Imperial's Mechanical Engineering next to each other in your mind because Cambridge does not offer Mechanical Engineering.
Depends for what purpose. For warming you up a cup of tea is better than an elephant. For travelling across savana, a cup of tea will get you nowhere - elephants are better. See, it's do-able. You've just got to think a little.

At no point have I said that Cambridge offered Mechanical Engineering. :yy:
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Its a very good university, but thats about it, it doesnt really do much for its image, even its website for a RG looks fairly bland and unappealing.

You won't get the glossy feeling from top universities when browsing through its pages, and its entry requirements are lower then most RGs for many courses. Most who plan to do well in their a levels apply as a safety school. It has an above average offer rate.
To confirm, have you just assessed a university based on its website?!
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To confirm, have you just assessed a university based on its website?!
A website shows how much a university cares about itself, look at lower tariff websites and then higher tariff websites.

Your webpage is a huge differentiator in the modern world. The importance really increases year over year as we go from millenial applicants to Gen Z.
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A website shows how much a university cares about itself, look at lower tariff websites and then higher tariff websites.

Your webpage is a huge differentiator in the modern world. The importance really increases year over year as we go from millenial applicants to Gen Z.
So this is the only ranking that matters? http://www.webometrics.info/en/europ...ence%20Rank%2A
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Depends for what purpose. For warming you up a cup of tea is better than an elephant. For travelling across savana, a cup of tea will get you nowhere - elephants are better. See, it's do-able. You've just got to think a little.

At no point have I said that Cambridge offered Mechanical Engineering. :yy:
Then you see that in this case "better" is relative. The previous post stated that Southampton is just below Oxbridge in Engineering without further explanation. OP asked about Mechanical Engineering, which is not offered by Cambridge. Then how can you just say one is better than another? "Better" will vary depending if you want to study general engineering and specialise later or just move directly to your field of interest.
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A website shows how much a university cares about itself, look at lower tariff websites and then higher tariff websites.

Your webpage is a huge differentiator in the modern world. The importance really increases year over year as we go from millenial applicants to Gen Z.
The problem is: "what is more important: quality of education or website design (or how you called it - how much the univeristy cares about itself)?"
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Then you see that "better" is relative. The previous post stated that Southampton is just below Oxbridge in Engineering without further explanation. OP asked about Mechanical Engineering, which is not offered by Cambridge. Then how can you just say one is better than another? "Better" will vary depending if you want to study general engineering and specialise later or just move directly to your field of interest.

The problem is: "what is more important: quality of education or website design (or how you called it - how much the univeristy cares about itself)?"
You wont apply or ever find out, if the website isnt impressive. My top choice became solidified back when i applied 2017...because i found myself consistently enjoying going back to that universities website and reading about, it gave me confidence this was a place that cared about itself.
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So this is the only ranking that matters? http://www.webometrics.info/en/europ...ence%20Rank%2A
The most popular unis do rank well lol. Obviously its not the only metric, but it will become increasingly more important. A website is alas the best way to convince a student to be inspired about your university.
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A website is alas the best way to convince a student to be inspired about your university.
I strongly disagree but maybe it is just a matter of preference.
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The most popular unis do rank well lol. Obviously its not the only metric, but it will become increasingly more important. A website is alas the best way to convince a student to be inspired about your university.
It's the best way to see how much student tuition fees have been spent on the marketing budget v the staff and facilities for teaching :indiff:
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and its entry requirements are lower then most RGs
Southampton BEng MechEng A*AA vs AAB at, er, Nottingham.
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I know someone who rejected Imperial for Southampton. So clearly Southampton is not that shabby. I personally think it's a great uni especially for engineering
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A website is alas the best way to convince a student to be inspired about your university.
You and od1412 will get on swimmingly. They have a survey going about university's digital marketing.
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OP asked about Mechanical Engineering, which is not offered by Cambridge.
You can take (a wide range of) mechanical options at Cambridge and graduate with a degree fully accredited by IMechE - so to all intents and purposes you have studied a MechEng course.
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(Original post by MacLis)
Then you see that in this case "better" is relative. The previous post stated that Southampton is just below Oxbridge in Engineering without further explanation. OP asked about Mechanical Engineering, which is not offeted by Cambridge. Then how can you just say one is better than another? "Better" will vary depending if you want to study general engineering and specialise later or just move directly to your field of interest.
I expect artful_lounger was talking about general quality of education within the engineering field for these universities. But you should take that up with them. I'd suggest you don't criticise someone for lack of explanation when your first post in this thread was this...

(Original post by MacLis)
I cannot understand how you can compare Engineering at Oxbridge to Eningeering at Imperial or Southampton.
You have a valid point but try saying it next time in order to help OP rather than make these aloof statements.
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