Which is the better uni? Exeter Manchester or Nottingham?

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For students who have studied or are currently studying in the following unis, which one is better? Exeter Manchester or Nottingham.
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There isnt a better university. For each person it will be different. Exeter is much smaller than the other. Is that for you. Manchester is a huge city. How will you feel about going there. Nottingham is somewhere between.
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There is no 'better or 'best' - it depends on the subject, your grade predictions, what you want in the course, what you need from a University etc etc.

Please read - How to Avoid 5 Rejections - all of it : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...ity-rejections
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Better for what?

I'm assuming from your username that you are planning on studying maths, in which case I'd say Manchester is the strongest of the three by a wide margin for that subject. The other two aren't really in the same league as it for that subject area in my opinion.
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Better for what?

I'm assuming from your username that you are planning on studying maths, in which case I'd say Manchester is the strongest of the three by a wide margin for that subject. The other two aren't really in the same league as it for that subject area in my opinion.
Sorry I should’ve been more specific, I wanted to know which one has better teaching. Thanks
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Nobody is going to know that as they wont have been to each to compare, You could try the guardian ranking. I think they use teaching as part of their gradings.
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(Original post by Mathstarget10)
Sorry I should’ve been more specific, I wanted to know which one has better teaching. Thanks
Academically speaking, Manchester is a bit ahead of Nottingham and Exeter, although the latter make nicer environments for learning as they are leafy campus based universities. Exeter is very popular with private schools, whilst Nottingham has made great strides to reduce private school intake.

If it was my choice, I would choose from Nottingham and Exeter, but mainly because Manchester is not a campus university. I prefer to be on a safe and secure campus boundary that is just for the students.
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Manchester will be better regarded by employers and is harder to get in. The reputation is very high.
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Manchester will be better regarded by employers and is harder to get in. The reputation is very high.
Doesn't work like that when comparing Russell Group universities at the middle end.
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(Original post by StarLinyx)
Academically speaking, Manchester is a bit ahead of Nottingham and Exeter, although the latter make nicer environments for learning as they are leafy campus based universities. Exeter is very popular with private schools, whilst Nottingham has made great strides to reduce private school intake.

If it was my choice, I would choose from Nottingham and Exeter, but mainly because Manchester is not a campus university. I prefer to be on a safe and secure campus boundary that is just for the students.
Thank you for your advise.
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Manchester, objectively speaking (it’s in the RG top 10)
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Manchester, objectively speaking (it’s in the RG top 10)
That is only half the story. You have to consider the campuses and whether the environment suits you. Choosing a university based on reputation alone is a bad idea. Manchester isn't a particularly nice looking university, other than the main building and library.
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(Original post by Mathstarget10)
Thank you for your advise.
Exeter for the campus and environment

Exeter and Nottingham are gold rated, Manchester is silver - Teaching Excellence Framework - this is not subject specific though and generally League tables are flawed.
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Exeter for the campus and environment

Exeter and Nottingham are gold rated, Manchester is silver - Teaching Excellence Framework - this is not subject specific though and generally League tables are flawed.
Nottingham also has a very nice green campus, with new buildings and facilities popping up all over the university.
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Manchester, objectively speaking (it’s in the RG top 10)
Yea definitely Manchester,
why study at the department that produced the last fields medalist when you can attend a university the CUG arbitrarily decided was in the top 10 this year.

This is not saying you should go elsewhere, but that is a not a good reason.
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(Original post by StarLinyx)
That is only half the story. You have to consider the campuses and whether the environment suits you. Choosing a university based on reputation alone is a bad idea. Manchester isn't a particularly nice looking university, other than the main building and library.
Hence why I said “objectively speaking”. I agree with what you’re saying but those are personal judgments only the OP can make.
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Yea definitely Manchester,
why study at the department that produced the last fields medalist when you can attend a university the CUG arbitrarily decided was in the top 10 this year.

This is not saying you should go elsewhere, but that is a not a good reason.
Read my reply to StarLinyx
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(Original post by ParadoxicalNerd)
Read my reply to StarLinyx
My point was different, Starlinyx was describing a preference for the type of university layout.

Im saying choosing a university because of the CUG ranking is not sensible. Using the CUG rankings are generally a pretty poor way to evaluate a university.
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My point was different, Starlinyx was describing a preference for the type of university layout.

Im saying choosing a university because of the CUG ranking is not sensible. Using the CUG rankings are generally a pretty poor way to evaluate a university.
It’s not just CUG. Manchester is consistently ranked higher in other places, in fact, it’s placed higher than KCL on these two sites:

https://www.studyin-uk.com/uk-study-...sity-rankings/
https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...sities-uk-2021
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(Original post by ParadoxicalNerd)
It’s not just CUG. Manchester is consistently ranked higher in other places, in fact, it’s placed higher than KCL on these two sites:

https://www.studyin-uk.com/uk-study-...sity-rankings/
https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...sities-uk-2021
My point expands to university rankings as a whole not just the CUG.
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