UK/World rankings can be extremely inaccurate for measuring the quality of a university. According to the Guardian rankings, Aberdeen is ranked above Cambridge and Oxford. Keele, St. Andrews and Swansea are all ranked above Oxford. Some of the other well-reputed universities such as Kings, Barts and Manchester are all ranked below Newcastle. If anyone is interested in student satisfaction, Edinburgh, Kings and Manchester have lower student satisfaction ratings in comparison to Newcastle! All I’m trying to say here is that rankings and student satisfaction ratings are arguably useless. Well, I study medicine at Newcastle and recommend anyone to apply to Newcastle if you prefer CBL/lecture-based teaching style. I applied to Newcastle specifically because I wanted to learn through lectures, and I do not regret it one bit. The teaching quality is very good, and so far, I do not have any issues with how we are taught. Even though Newcastle is a large medical school, we are divided into 16 or so seminar groups, each consisting of 20-25 students. We go through the topics learnt during lectures and also have clinical and communication sessions in these small groups. We have clinical placements starting from year 1, which is not quite common with other med schools. Constant changes are being made to the curriculum to improve the course structure from feedback from previous cohorts. I have met some of the most friendly coursemates and professors at Newcastle, and if you do find someone rude/unfriendly, you can always raise a concern. The support system at Newcastle is excellent, and again, you can always raise a concern if you are unhappy with the services provided. Newcastle has got 2 huge tertiary care hospitals, so you will have lots of opportunities to work towards your portfolio for speciality training. There is absolutely no reason for you to not have Newcastle as one of your choices.