Q about UWE BristolWatch
At the time I had no idea about university rankings or anything, I just went to it because it was close and offered the course I wanted (software engineering). In hindsight I would try to get into a better ranked university.
I didn't like most of the people in my course but had a lot of friends there overall. I remember the election for student union president was a joke, and this popular guy won despite being known for streaking.
Got a decent job (and several other job offers) after graduating from there with a 2:1. People didn't care about it being an ex-poly. University felt like jumping through a series of hoops to get a rubber stamp rather than actually learning much, but that's probably the same no matter where you go.
I don't regret going there but if I were to take a 2nd degree I'd try to go to a more well established / redbrick university.