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Geology at the University of Liverpool

Is there anyone here thats on the course that could tell me more about what its like? or really anyone from the Uni of Liverpool that can give me an honest honest opinion of how they find it there?

Im bordering between the Uni of Leicester and Liverpool for geology and need to make a firm choice
You'd be mad to choose Leicester over Liverpool for any course
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Original post by Carpetshiz
You'd be mad to choose Leicester over Liverpool for any course


Why?
Original post by normaw
Why?

It's just the better university. It's a Russell Group, a red brick, is much higher in both national and international rankings, and it is considerably more well-known.
Original post by Carpetshiz
It's just the better university. It's a Russell Group, a red brick, is much higher in both national and international rankings, and it is considerably more well-known.

Define 'better'. The Russell Group is a marketing concept and there are a lot of very good unis that have chosen not to be in the RG. Rankings shouldn't be relied upon when choosing a course either. Some rankings rely heavily on student feedback which can be very subjective. A good uni is one that provides a course that you will find interesting and in a location that you will feel comfortable and enjoy living in.
Original post by normaw
Define 'better'. The Russell Group is a marketing concept and there are a lot of very good unis that have chosen not to be in the RG. Rankings shouldn't be relied upon when choosing a course either. Some rankings rely heavily on student feedback which can be very subjective. A good uni is one that provides a course that you will find interesting and in a location that you will feel comfortable and enjoy living in.

I have already defined 'better.' There is no other way to define 'better' in terms of university. Of course, people should not rely solely on prestige and rankings to make their university choice, but if they're asking which university is better, rankings are the only way to go.

Additionally, I understand that some rankings rely heavily on student satisfaction metrics, but University of Liverpool's satisfaction is about as low as other prestigious universities' student satisfaction rankings in the Russell Group, hence its unusually poor performance in The Guardian rankings (a notoriously inaccurate reflection of university ranking positions due to its heavy emphasis on student satisfaction).

According to the Complete University Guide, University of Liverpool and Leicester University have the exact same student satisfaction score, yet Liverpool is 18th in the UK while Leicester is 36th.

What's more, Liverpool has a much higher international ranking, according to both the QS and Times Higher Education. International rankings are widely considered more accurate due to their avoidance of student satisfaction examinations.

Again, prestige isn't the most necessary thing to consider when applying to university, but it can help rule out certain universities.

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