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    Glasgow
    5
    13.51%
    Aberdeen
    4
    10.81%
    Exeter
    21
    56.76%
    Kent
    6
    16.22%
    Portsmouth
    1
    2.70%
    Canterbury Christ Church
    0
    0%

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    having to decide between a few, and wondered if people's experiences/opinions could help tip the balance?

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    In terms of prestige, most likely Exeter. Personally, Kent. It's absolutely beautiful and the spokesperson who visited our school was ever so nice and informative!
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    How can you compare Canterbury CC and Portsmouth with the likes of Glasgow/Aberdeen/Kent ?!

    Exeter is the best, followed by Glasgow.
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    (Original post by BadExaminee)
    How can you compare Canterbury CC and Portsmouth with the likes of Glasgow/Aberdeen/Kent ?!
    why - who are we saying is the higher class of uni then?
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    (Original post by PrincessRose5)
    why - who are we saying is the higher class of uni then?
    Sorry not getting you. If you can, go to Exeter or Glasgow, superb campus life and great education.
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    (Original post by PrincessRose5)
    why - who are we saying is the higher class of uni then?
    ok, well what do you mean by this comment then?:yep:
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    (Original post by Pillar of Autumn)
    In terms of prestige, most likely Exeter. Personally, Kent
    :confused: Erm....Glasgow? I have a lot of time for most univeresities and I don't mean to be too critical of Kent or any of the other unis there.

    I'm also very aware of how abstract a term "prestige" is. However, Glasgow is an ancient university. It's the fourth oldest university in this country (and second oldest in Scotland). It has produced numerous academics, literary figures...it's a large, research uni with a particularly impressive employment record. The same is true for Aberdeen, to a lesser extent.

    I would say there isn't much to chose between Exeter and Glasgow, Glasgow probably just edges it.
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    (Original post by River85)
    :confused: Erm....Glasgow? I have a lot of time for most univeresities and I don't mean to be too critical of Kent or any of the other unis there.

    I'm also very aware of how abstract a term "prestige" is. However, Glasgow is an ancient university. It's the fourth oldest university in this country (and second oldest in Scotland). It has produced numerous academics, literary figures...it's a large, research uni with a particularly impressive employment record. The same is true for Aberdeen, to a lesser extent.

    I would say there isn't much to chose between Exeter and Glasgow, Glasgow probably just edges it.
    there seems to be a unanimous feeling that canterbury and portsmouth are not as good - whats wrong with them? anything i should know?
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    (Original post by PrincessRose5)
    there seems to be a unanimous feeling that canterbury and portsmouth are not as good - whats wrong with them? anything i should know?
    Probably because Portsmouth is an ex-poly (post-1992 uni) and CC is similar (only gained university status in 2005, I think?) and therefore don't do well on league tables :rolleyes:

    Anyway, no one's opinion should matter but your (please don't think that, from my earlier post, I was suggesting Glasgow or Exeter were "the best"). What course are you studying? What sort of location do you prefer? Glasgow is a big city, Exeter's a small city in rural Devon, Kent is, I think, a campus based uni.
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    (Original post by River85)
    Probably because Portsmouth is an ex-poly (post-1992 uni) and CC is similar (only gained university status in 2005, I think?) and therefore don't do well on league tables :rolleyes:

    Anyway, no one's opinion should matter but your (please don't think that, from my earlier post, I was suggesting Glasgow or Exeter were "the best"). What course are you studying? What sort of location do you prefer? Glasgow is a big city, Exeter's a small city in rural Devon, Kent is, I think, a campus based uni.
    History, and I was brought up in a city so I like them, but would like country close by to escape to sometimes!
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    In my (slightly biased!) opinion, if you want a city with countryside close by, Aberdeen is great for that - it definitely has a city feel, but it's got sea on one side and the Cairngorms on the other, and the mountaineering/fell-walking/surf/sailing/ski clubs are all very active if you want to get involved with outdoorsy stuff.

    I'd imagine that Glasgow's probably similar, but it's obviously a bigger city. I know very little about Exeter I'm afraid, but it's another uni with a great reputation.

    People I know at Kent seem to love it, although I've never been there, and the same with Canterbury.

    Portsmouth is part of a huge urban conurbation, so I doubt that's your best bet for seeing the country, although I may be wrong
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    (Original post by PrincessRose5)
    having to decide between a few, and wondered if people's experiences/opinions could help tip the balance?

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    Doesn't the decision partly depend on what A-level grades you think you are going to get? Exeter mainly asks for AAA-AAB (with some ABB offers, and a lower BBB for biological sciences or something). Portsmouth will no doubt ask for significantly less. I'm sure the History course at Exeter will be a lot more competitive to get onto than Portsmouth.

    Also, it depends on course content too. Are the courses the same?

    I'm an Exeter student, but I wouldn't automatically advise it because of the TSR perception of its "prestige". The Scottish universities are ancients, which means their buildings are going to be gorgeous. Glasgow is no doubt a lot busier and metropolitan than any other choice you have there. Exeter is in a sleepy, smaller city.
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    (Original post by The Boosh)
    Doesn't the decision partly depend on what A-level grades you think you are going to get? Exeter mainly asks for AAA-AAB (with some ABB offers, and a lower BBB for biological sciences or something). Portsmouth will no doubt ask for significantly less. I'm sure the History course at Exeter will be a lot more competitive to get onto than Portsmouth.

    Also, it depends on course content too. Are the courses the same?

    I'm an Exeter student, but I wouldn't automatically advise it because of the TSR perception of its "prestige". The Scottish universities are ancients, which means their buildings are going to be gorgeous. Glasgow is no doubt a lot busier and metropolitan than any other choice you have there. Exeter is in a sleepy, smaller city.
    yeah, good point, but am just curious as to what these particular unis are really like cos these are the ones that i am most keen on
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    (Original post by PrincessRose5)
    yeah, good point, but am just curious as to what these particular unis are really like cos these are the ones that i am most keen on
    Oh OK, so you want to know if your choices are OK/which one to put first on a UCAS form?

    I'm sure they are all great universities in their own right. It's a shame that this couldn't also be in the history thread, so you have current students telling you about their departments, rather than non-specialists trying to judge a university generally. I studied History as an undergrad but at Oxford Brookes. I then went to Exeter for postgrad (PhD etc). There is a lot of talk about prestige and league tables, but in my experience of Brookes, quality was not something that was lacking, despite the fact that (a) it is a new university and (b) is around 50-55 in the league tables. You may get other comments like this in the History section of TSR by students who study at the universities you have mentioned.
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    (Original post by Me Myself I)
    In my (slightly biased!) opinion, if you want a city with countryside close by, Aberdeen is great for that - it definitely has a city feel, but it's got sea on one side and the Cairngorms on the other, and the mountaineering/fell-walking/surf/sailing/ski clubs are all very active if you want to get involved with outdoorsy stuff.

    I'd imagine that Glasgow's probably similar, but it's obviously a bigger city. I know very little about Exeter I'm afraid, but it's another uni with a great reputation.

    People I know at Kent seem to love it, although I've never been there, and the same with Canterbury.

    Portsmouth is part of a huge urban conurbation, so I doubt that's your best bet for seeing the country, although I may be wrong
    well just put portsmouth in the poll to see how much rep it had, but my faves are aberdeen and i also really loved kent (from the second i walked out the library to be met by a huge area of lush green grass, happy students, and the gorgeous imposing form of canterbury cathedral) *sigh*
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    (Original post by The Boosh)
    Doesn't the decision partly depend on what A-level grades you think you are going to get?
    (Original post by The Boosh)
    Are the courses the same?
    Exactly. Concentrate on those two areas (plus location). Don't be too influenced by TSR "prestige". The Scottish ancients, apart from Edinburgh and St Andrews, get too easily dismissed. There's also great ex-poly snobbery. Are you not swayed by course content? Do you have any specific interests/areas in history?

    (Original post by The Boosh)
    The Scottish universities are ancients, which means their buildings are going to be gorgeous.
    They are :yep: Glasgow's the third most attractive uni in the UK (that's fact :p: ) Aberdeen is far from ugly though.

    But to go back to location. Exeter is a city (no particularly small, but far from a metropolis) and is in rural Devon. It is, as The Boosh says, more "sleepy" or quant. That's not to say it doesn't have its own nightlife. It certainly does have great countryside nearby; two national parks (Dartmoor and, slightly further away, Exmoor) and great coastline for a start.

    Glasgow's in the west of the city (the posh end :p: ) so isn't right in the city centre itself. It's not far off the city centre (which offers fantastic but very fast-paced nightlife) and you don't have to travel too far to find coutnryside.

    Aberdeen has already been covered. A decent size city with some great countryside and heritage nearby. It is, however, very northern. Despite its good transport links it may take a the best part of a day travelling there/back. Do you think this would be a problem?

    Canterbury is a city that's smaller than Exeter (I think). It has its own nightlife and identity but I think it's fair to say that, like Exeter, it will be quieter.

    So, when you say you want a city I'm a little confused. There's quite a difference between Exeter/Canterbury and Glasgow. I suppose Aberdeen, as a city, is a bit of both (though more Glasgow).
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    This now has been moved to history (I'll leave it to the experts now )

    I do realise this will possibly mess up the poll results but I think getting views from history students is far more important than those of non-specialists (and people who don't realise how good the Scottish ancients are, or that newer universities can match them).
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    Deffo Exeter. Beautiful area, good reputation and a cheaper part of the country to live. It's hilly though which might be a bit of a disadvantage. Bikes are the preferred method of transportation.

    Kent was my insurance. Absolutely crap at responding fast (including UCAS application), bloody expensive and messed me around on results day. I was not impressed. I also found the campus a horrible concrete disaster, and when I went, no one was speaking english. It's a huge uni and easy to feel isolated. I'd highly recommend not going.

    Portsmouth uni isn't considered one of the best and again, ugly concrete buildings. Tis right by the sea though

    Canterbury Christchurch... bit of a no no. Sorry, sounds snobby, but again, expensive and kind of isolated in terms of location.

    Glasgow looks amazing. Cheaper uni fees. Cosmopolitan city, a downsized version of London, but with people with funny accents Has a good reputation.

    Aberdeen is the most northern uni in Britain. They ask for low grades, and again, cheaper uni fees. Not too far from the coast and with good transport links. Absolutely beautiful campus. Recently spend millions refurbishing it. Old uni, looks like a castle.
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    (Original post by River85)
    Exactly. Concentrate on those two areas (plus location). Don't be too influenced by TSR "prestige". The Scottish ancients, apart from Edinburgh and St Andrews, get too easily dismissed. There's also great ex-poly snobbery. Are you not swayed by course content? Do you have any specific interests/areas in history?



    They are :yep: Glasgow's the third most attractive uni in the UK (that's fact :p: ) Aberdeen is far from ugly though.

    But to go back to location. Exeter is a city (no particularly small, but far from a metropolis) and is in rural Devon. It is, as The Boosh says, more "sleepy" or quant. That's not to say it doesn't have its own nightlife. It certainly does have great countryside nearby; two national parks (Dartmoor and, slightly further away, Exmoor) and great coastline for a start.

    Glasgow's in the west of the city (the posh end :p: ) so isn't right in the city centre itself. It's not far off the city centre (which offers fantastic but very fast-paced nightlife) and you don't have to travel too far to find coutnryside.

    Aberdeen has already been covered. A decent size city with some great countryside and heritage nearby. It is, however, very northern. Despite its good transport links it may take a the best part of a day travelling there/back. Do you think this would be a problem?

    Canterbury is a city that's smaller than Exeter (I think). It has its own nightlife and identity but I think it's fair to say that, like Exeter, it will be quieter.

    So, when you say you want a city I'm a little confused. There's quite a difference between Exeter/Canterbury and Glasgow. I suppose Aberdeen, as a city, is a bit of both (though more Glasgow).
    i just want a uni that has a course with a wide range and choice of history options.
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    (Original post by River85)
    Probably because Portsmouth is an ex-poly (post-1992 uni) and CC is similar (only gained university status in 2005, I think?) and therefore don't do well on league tables :rolleyes:

    Anyway, no one's opinion should matter but your (please don't think that, from my earlier post, I was suggesting Glasgow or Exeter were "the best"). What course are you studying? What sort of location do you prefer? Glasgow is a big city, Exeter's a small city in rural Devon, Kent is, I think, a campus based uni.
    You should give people honest advice. Surely you don't think, teaching quality aside, Canterbury or Portsmouth are better than Glasgow/Exeter in anyway?
 
 
 
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