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University of Bristol reputation?

What kind of 'band' is it in? You know like Oxbridge at the top, then LSE, st andrews, warwick, durham, etc. It's one of my choices (im applying for economics/philosophy) and i don't know much about the unspoken reputations of unis since im homeschooled. Does it have a good reputation/do employers pick from there etc? Or is it middle of the road?

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Reply 1
Original post by caranewp
You know like Oxbridge at the top

Does this mean to say that you're casting off certain universities dependent upon the category that you're allocating, out of interest?

Have a brief look at league tables if this is what you're thinking of for a comparison, but you can only make a decision about a university once you've visited/had a thorough research. "Oxbridge at the top" isn't for everyone, remember, and your degree is what you make of it! :smile:
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Original post by iceberg5
Does this mean to say that you're casting off certain universities dependent upon the category that you're allocating, out of interest?

Have a brief look at league tables if this is what you're thinking of for a comparison, but you can only make a decision about a university once you've visited/had a thorough research. "Oxbridge at the top" isn't for everyone, remember, and your degree is what you make of it! :smile:

Not casting off bc obviously i’m not just basing my decisions off of reputations. what i meant by oxbridge being at the top was that they’re often seen as the most prestigious, academically rigorous unis in the UK. the thing is every uni promotes itself in the same way so just reading websites doesn’t help much, it helps more to get info from people who went to them or know people who did. this is me ‘researching’ because i have no clue about what the general consensus is on places, like if they’re ranked highly but are actually not very great or vice versa
Reply 3
Hmm, I can understand your perspective. Have you flicked through any prospectuses yet? The university websites (and UCAS) will also display entry grades, don't forget.
Depends entirely on the subject under consideration. For maths it's generally considered as the next closest uni to the Warwick-Oxbridge-Imperial cluster. But it may be worse (or perhaps, better) for other subjects. Generally it's a well regarded uni, but more importantly: university "reputation" has no bearing on graduate employability outside of investment banking and a small number of roles at international firms. Grad recruiters really and truly don't care where you studied, or even what you studied usually. The degree is just a tick box exercise to see if you have one, at the appropriate classification level to not be filtered out, and then they will focus on other things. More than anything the most important thing for making yourself employable as a graduate is to make sure you get a good range of appropriate work experience while in uni through e.g. internships, work placements, vacation schemes, etc. That is what employers really want to see, because that is what tells them if you can actually work and not simply take exams and go to lectures.
Original post by caranewp
What kind of 'band' is it in? You know like Oxbridge at the top, then LSE, st andrews, warwick, durham, etc. It's one of my choices (im applying for economics/philosophy) and i don't know much about the unspoken reputations of unis since im homeschooled. Does it have a good reputation/do employers pick from there etc? Or is it middle of the road?


Your bands/tiers are already a bit faulty.

Bristol is in tier B2 here:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6788950#post92246812
Original post by caranewp
What kind of 'band' is it in? You know like Oxbridge at the top, then LSE, st andrews, warwick, durham, etc. It's one of my choices (im applying for economics/philosophy) and i don't know much about the unspoken reputations of unis since im homeschooled. Does it have a good reputation/do employers pick from there etc? Or is it middle of the road?


Its an excellent university. Not quite as prestigious as Oxbridge lse ucl for economics.
but id put it just behind alongside Warwick, Durham, Notts.

Type of place you’ll find lots of missed Oxbridge applicants and very strong candidates who don’t want live in London.
Reply 7
It's certainly a great place; I spent a week at Bristol University some time ago doing some specialist research in one of their collections and really liked it there. There's a hill going up to the University buildings where there are little cafes; I felt that the atmosphere in the area was very good.
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Original post by artful_lounger
Depends entirely on the subject under consideration. For maths it's generally considered as the next closest uni to the Warwick-Oxbridge-Imperial cluster. But it may be worse (or perhaps, better) for other subjects. Generally it's a well regarded uni, but more importantly: university "reputation" has no bearing on graduate employability outside of investment banking and a small number of roles at international firms. Grad recruiters really and truly don't care where you studied, or even what you studied usually. The degree is just a tick box exercise to see if you have one, at the appropriate classification level to not be filtered out, and then they will focus on other things. More than anything the most important thing for making yourself employable as a graduate is to make sure you get a good range of appropriate work experience while in uni through e.g. internships, work placements, vacation schemes, etc. That is what employers really want to see, because that is what tells them if you can actually work and not simply take exams and go to lectures.

Okay thank you so much!! this helps a lot :smile:
Reply 9
Original post by Kerzen
It's certainly a great place; I spent a week at Bristol University some time ago doing some specialist research in one of their collections and really liked it there. There's a hill going up to the University buildings where there are little cafes; I felt that the atmosphere in the area was very good.

Okay tysm :smile:
Reply 10
Original post by mnot
Its an excellent university. Not quite as prestigious as Oxbridge lse ucl for economics.
but id put it just behind alongside Warwick, Durham, Notts.

Type of place you’ll find lots of missed Oxbridge applicants and very strong candidates who don’t want live in London.

This really helps!! tysm :smile:
I can't speak for politics but the generally accepted rankings go as follows:

Tier 1:
Cambridge, LSE, Oxford, UCL and Warwick (cam and LSE best).

Tier 2: Durham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Bath, Nottingham

Tier 3: Exeter, Manchester, St Andrews, King's College London.
Original post by BenRyan99
I can't speak for politics but the generally accepted rankings go as follows:

Tier 1:
Cambridge, LSE, Oxford, UCL and Warwick (cam and LSE best).

Tier 2: Durham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Bath, Nottingham

Tier 3: Exeter, Manchester, St Andrews, King's College London.

Accepted where that Warwick is in the class of Oxbridge?
Original post by RoyalBeams
Accepted where that Warwick is in the class of Oxbridge?

Warwick is undoubtedly the lowest of that top tier, still a great position to be in though
Original post by BenRyan99
Warwick is undoubtedly the lowest of that top tier, still a great position to be in though

Top tier in what way and accepted where?
Original post by RoyalBeams
Top tier in what way and accepted where?

I'm just speaking from my own experience as an economist at a top financial institution. 90% of all the people there were from Oxbridge, LSE, UCL or Warwick. It's been the same on other internships which is why I included them in a band together. Other unis were a fair bit less represented than those top 5. Bristol and Nottingham were far more common to see than Durham and Edinburgh, maybe because I've always worked in London, maybe because Durham's Econ department isn't that strong, same with St Andrews and Kings
Original post by BenRyan99
I'm just speaking from my own experience as an economist at a top financial institution. 90% of all the people there were from Oxbridge, LSE, UCL or Warwick. It's been the same on other internships which is why I included them in a band together. Other unis were a fair bit less represented than those top 5. Bristol and Nottingham were far more common to see than Durham and Edinburgh, maybe because I've always worked in London, maybe because Durham's Econ department isn't that strong, same with St Andrews and Kings

Oh, you were referring to rankings for Economics?

My bad, I thought you were referring to general rankings. My Bad.

For Economics, your rankings can possibly fly.
Reply 17
Original post by RoyalBeams
Oh, you were referring to rankings for Economics?

My bad, I thought you were referring to general rankings. My Bad.

For Economics, your rankings can possibly fly.

I’m applying for economics/philosophy joint hoping to go into economics :smile:
Reply 18
Original post by BenRyan99
I'm just speaking from my own experience as an economist at a top financial institution. 90% of all the people there were from Oxbridge, LSE, UCL or Warwick. It's been the same on other internships which is why I included them in a band together. Other unis were a fair bit less represented than those top 5. Bristol and Nottingham were far more common to see than Durham and Edinburgh, maybe because I've always worked in London, maybe because Durham's Econ department isn't that strong, same with St Andrews and Kings

Okay thank you :smile: I’ve got offers from bristol and york still waiting on LSE but i don’t have high hopes so i’m trying to choose between them. Probably bristol at this rate and that’s very helpful :smile:
Hi,

I hold an offer for Economics from both Bristol and Nottingham, and I am still awaiting a decision from Warwick. Between Bristol and Nottingham, please could somebody provide me with some insight into how these universities are rated for their economics course and whether one is more respected than the other, or is it the case that they are both respected and it is just down to my personal preference at that point?
Thanks

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