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the best uni/student guide...

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
my search for a uni is getting very difficult because my my specialised course...

but has anyone come across some really good uni/student guides...

and student lifestyle books?

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  • JsTJsT TheSite Graduate Posts: 18,265 I am one with The Mix
    The Times has a good one,

    my sixth form head swore by it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Isn't there also one in The Guardian?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What course are you thinking of?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ucas website, surely?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The Virgin guide always used to be good, dunno if it still is...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    books aside, the best advice you can get is from people already there and from visiting each place in turn and getting a feel for the place.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The Times university guide I think can be misleading. The Times university listings measure the ability of the university based on their research staff and list the best university(Top 20 i think) for each subject you can study. These measurements are the based on the performance (out of 7) and then matched against the number of staff submitted. Research quality obviously matters.

    Being a student at University of Leeds I know research is at a quality of 5 but the computing department employed more staff for teaching 'support' to give lecturers relief and provide a better study environment for the student. Due to this the university gets a low score because a lower percentage of staff is submitted on the research front.

    The cause means that a university with quality of research at 3 and a decent staff percentage submittedwill rank higher than what is a very good 5- research quality.

    Leeds is a good place for a Computing student so the league table measurements are damaging it.

    Just don't totally base your decision on it...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whenever you look at league tables you need to look at what they give marks for.

    Some give extra points for things like the number of people who are the 1st generation into uni from their family, or the % of state school offers, or the number of ethnic minority offers. I'm not saying these things don't matter, but they don't make it a better course from the academic side.

    One method I used was to ring up a couple of places that recruit graduate engineers (as I'm doing engineering) and said which uni's do your good graduates come from.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i looked at www.push.co.uk a bit when i was choosing mine, its got a some good stuff on there some not so good, but to be fair its got some kind of information on nearly all the unisyou miht find useful, hope it helps a bit.
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