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diplasios
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Hello all.

I'd like to ask for opinions / advice on a decision I've got to make soon about unis to go to for graduate work. At the moment I've got places at Royal Holloway, Oxford, and the Warburg Institute. My dilemma is that I reckon the Warburg Institute is probably the best place to do my subject, but its practically unknown outside of a small group of people interested in the subject. And I reckon that could potentially make it harder to get work as an academic later on, particularly as I want to work abroad, and expect that a lot of people reading my CV would just wonder what the Institute is. The other think which is giving me some trouble is that the Holloway offer is fully funded, whereas I don't fancy my luck getting governmental funding at the WI or at Oxford. I reckon I could go ahead with funding, but it would involve living off savings and asking my family for support (which they're happy to do, though ).

Anyway, I just want to ask - if you were me, what would you go for? A place which is the best in reality, but probably won't be recognised as such? And would you settle for a worse place just because it was funded?

Phew, long post.
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Assuming that you will seek an academic career in the area of your doctorate then it makes sense to go for the pre-eminent institution in your field. If this is The Warburg Institute then this would be the place to go.
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(Original post by diplasios)
Hello all.

I'd like to ask for opinions / advice on a decision I've got to make soon about unis to go to for graduate work. At the moment I've got places at Royal Holloway, Oxford, and the Warburg Institute. My dilemma is that I reckon the Warburg Institute is probably the best place to do my subject, but its practically unknown outside of a small group of people interested in the subject. And I reckon that could potentially make it harder to get work as an academic later on, particularly as I want to work abroad, and expect that a lot of people reading my CV would just wonder what the Institute is. The other think which is giving me some trouble is that the Holloway offer is fully funded, whereas I don't fancy my luck getting governmental funding at the WI or at Oxford. I reckon I could go ahead with funding, but it would involve living off savings and asking my family for support (which they're happy to do, though ).

Anyway, I just want to ask - if you were me, what would you go for? A place which is the best in reality, but probably won't be recognised as such? And would you settle for a worse place just because it was funded?

Phew, long post.
you just said it yourself - it's known within your subject field. surely if you want to go to do post grad work in this field it would be the best place to go because the academics you are working with would have definitely heard of it? if they haven't, i'm sure asking around and a bit of googling would show them it's a good institute. they will do that if they get your CV and don't knwo it!
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you just said it yourself - it's known within your subject field. surely if you want to go to do post grad work in this field it would be the best place to go because the academics you are working with would have definitely heard of it? if they haven't, i'm sure asking around and a bit of googling would show them it's a good institute. they will do that if they get your CV and don't knwo it!
But I'm still not entirely convinced that going to the institute would be the best move. The way I see my career panning out is that I work over here for a few years, and then try to get a job in a liberal arts college in the US. Because their courses are quite wide ranging, I wouldn't be sticking to the area covered by the institute, and I'd be working for and with people who wouldn't have any idea what it was. Plus, I'd like to drift towards administrative positions at some stage.

Incidentally, has anyone here actually heard of the Warburg Institute?
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Well if you put:

The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London

on your CV, even those that do not know about it will probably be reasonably impressed.
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Well if you put:

The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London

on your CV even those that do not know about it will probably be reasonably impressed.
Hopefully, but I still reckon in the US at least they'd be more impressed with New College, University of Oxford. There seems enough snobbery over here about Oxbridge, but in America it seems even worse, if anything. :hmpf:
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