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I decided not to accept an offer from Lancaster to do another subject, as I didn't get the grades for it, for law which was my original offer. Decided to go to Leeds Met instead. Do you think it has a rubbish reputation? I'm starting to think I've made the wrong choice? It is a good university? It's ranked like number 90 odd in The Times, whereas Lancaster is around the 20 something ranked.
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Leeds Met is a good uni without doubt. The ranking doesn't really matter. The only true list to work from is the Russell Group and neither Lancaster or Leeds are in that group.

Don't forget, Leeds is the biggest law centre outside of London so you could study at Leeds or Bradford College and end up with a LLB. Ultimately, your career will depend on how you apply yourself rather than the uni or college you attended.
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i'm going to leeds met to do law, it may not be one of the best ranked universities but it's all about the effort you put in and the degree you get at the end of three years! x
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You have to acknowledge Leeds as a city- it's one of, if not the, most popular student cities so it's a great place to be a student.
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League tables can be very misleading as different league tables actually measure different things. There is no definitive listing, however, speaking with academics from around the world, the Russell Group comes up time and time again.

Ultimately, poly or no poly, your future career will depend on continued postgrad study as this will push you down one of two routes a) academic and b) profession. At some point, the two can and will merge. Until then, you would have to make a decision on your priority.

Either way, you will have to study in some form or another for the rest of your career and your bachelors wouldn't come into question just so long as you could show an employer that you had the aptitude and attitude that they require of an employee.
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(Original post by fresherfresher)
Leeds Met is a good uni without doubt. The ranking doesn't really matter. The only true list to work from is the Russell Group and neither Lancaster or Leeds are in that group.

Don't forget, Leeds is the biggest law centre outside of London so you could study at Leeds or Bradford College and end up with a LLB. Ultimately, your career will depend on how you apply yourself rather than the uni or college you attended.
What? How on earth is the Russell Group better to go by than rankings? Rankings aren't perfect but they are a far better indication of (subject specific) quality than whether a uni is the the Russell Group or not.

Some of the most prestigious unis (including one of the top law schools) isn't in eve Russell Group.

You've really no idea what you're talking about, have you?

And stop spamming with your Bradford college stuff.
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i ignored the league tables completely i decided it was the right place for me, in terms of that i want to enjoy my life...

i mean i went to one of the best schools in the area i live in but i hated it... it was the best but wrong for me, they dragged me in crying nearly everyday...

sometimes what people think is the best just isnt... my friend was looking at oxford, went to an open day, came home and said noway do i want to go there i hate it...

plus if your happy and like where you are you will do better because you will want to study
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I did not ignore the league tables completely. I chose a Russel Group university as my firm and Leeds Met as my insurance. I guess league tables give you a slight idea of what the university is like, but I don't think that these rankings are as important as some people make them. In the end, the only thing important is how YOU perform, they're both universities after all.

I do believe that Leeds Met is a good uni, it's one of the most popular universities in the UK and it has been a university for 16 years. And Leeds is just a great place to be. I, for one, think that you've made the right decision.
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I do believe that Leeds Met is a good uni, it's one of the most popular universities in the UK and it has been a university for 16 years.
Just like most ex-polys? :confused: It's hardly a lifetime. What's more important is that they have still been educational instiutions for much longer.
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[QUOTE=River85]What? How on earth is the Russell Group better to go by than rankings? Rankings aren't perfect but they are a far better indication of (subject specific) quality than whether a uni is the the Russell Group or not.

Some of the most prestigious unis (including one of the top law schools) isn't in eve Russell Group.
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I worked at a Russell Group uni. My mother attends one. I have friends who have gained their degrees, Masters and PhD from the same Russell Group uni. In terms of quality, there is a noted distinction regardless of which of the growing number of league tables you refer to. League tables are a very loose guide.

You say, "Prestigious unis that Some of the most prestigious unis (including one of the top law schools) isn't in eve Russell Group." OK and I can point to other institutions/courses that aren't 'prestigious' or 'popular' but deliver a very high quality education. So really, when it all said and done, it depends on how one defines quality. For many in this world, the ultimate seal is the Russell Group.
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(Original post by fresherfresher)
You say, "Prestigious unis that Some of the most prestigious unis (including one of the top law schools) isn't in eve Russell Group." OK and I can point to other institutions/courses that aren't 'prestigious' or 'popular' but deliver a very high quality education. So really, when it all said and done, it depends on how one defines quality. For many in this world, the ultimate seal is the Russell Group.
I was referring to Durham, which is not a member of the Russell Group.

But there's also St Andrews, York and, to a lesser extent, unis such as Loughbrough, Exeter, Bath and Reading. Are you saying these are neither prestegous or popular?

Very few people who know what they are talking about see the Russell Group as the "ultimate seal". It's only the media who like to paint it as some Ivy League (and then mistakenly include universities such as Durham, York and St Andrews in it).

Tell me, how can Reading and Bath (two fine instittions) not able to provide as good an undergrad education (or aren't as "prestigious" as Queens University Belfast - A RG uni?) In my opinion they are superior.

The Russell Group is no more that a lobbying group for the large research intenisve unis. There are many research intensive unis that can provide as good, if not a better, education that many Russell Groups. It's just they aren't as large. If you really see it as "a seal of ultimate quality", especially for undergraduate education, you really don't know what you're talking about.

Forgive my typing, rubbish university keyboards.
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Further to your comments and those of others, I had a little laugh at the central role lists play in life.... 10 things to do before 30/40/50/death. 100 top all time movies. 10 best unis to study at.

An overseas friend just called me to ask about studying a masters in the UK. So far they are looking at a course at UCLA in the US and wanted to make a comparison betwen US and UK universities. They asked me a number of questions, two of which were:

1. Which of the top UK unis feature in the top 100 unis in the world?
2. How many of these are in the Russell Group?

My answers were inline with published data, however, I suggested that they carry out further research to identify which unis offer the most appropriate masters for her career. I believe this picks up on your point about Reading and Bath.

The underlying principle extends to other educational institutions, many of which have specialisms that are often overlooked because prospective students often choose institutions based on popularity and/or location. As always, the media plays a huge role in determining the popularity of instutitions and courses.
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Leeds Met is particularly weak in Law. I recently discovered that a former colleague got a job there teaching Employment Law on the Masters and am astonished that they have recruited a person with little ability and no teaching experience or qualification.
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