Maybe I'm hoping for too much but I was wondering if anyone could give me a non-partisan opinion of Goldsmiths versus Queen Mary!
I have offers from Goldsmiths and Queen Mary to do a PhD, which will (broadly) be in the area of Film Studies.
The offer from Goldsmiths is in their dept of Media & Communications, which is a very highly rated dept with many leading academics.
The offer from Queen Mary is in their Film Studies dept, which is a small sub-dept of their Linguistics dept, which is also highly rated, although perhaps less well known in this field than Media & Comms at Goldsmiths.
I've visited both and I'm quite drawn to the vibrant, arty atmosphere at Goldsmiths, but I liked Queen Mary too and their department was friendly. Somehow Goldsmiths seemed to have a stronger 'identity' than Queen Mary, but then again perhaps some might argue Queen Mary is less pretentious than Goldsmiths! League tables don't help - they're roughly equal most years.
It's really hard to choose!
I also have an offer from Sussex, in the English dept, but I don't think I could manage the travel to and from Brighton (I live in London).
Any thoughts, opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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