Choosing a Uni for Chemical EngineeringWatch
If you've received offers, they'll probably invite you to offer-holder visit days. That'll give you more information and you could make a more informed decision after that.
Remember there's absolutely nothing to gain by rushing to decide your firm/insurance.
Also they're both very different kinds of universities, remember. UCL is right in central London, Birmingham is its own campus within the city, and Nottingham is definitely a campus uni - it's kind of off by itself. So yes the course should be a major factor but it's not everything.
Also have you seen how much the positions of those unis change on the subject tables? Last year Notts was 12th for chem eng, now it's 4th, UCL was once 13th, now it's 10th and once it was 6th. Who knows where they'll be next year, or the year after. That's why you shouldn't pay too close attention to league tables, let alone use it as a deciding factor.
I'd agree that offer holder days are a great way to get a feel for the uni and choose which one you prefer!
In the mean time if you have any questions you'd like to ask a current UOB chem eng student, go ahead!