History UsefulNotes / BritishUnis

19th Jul '17 1:37:00 AM AgProv
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* Bolton: People will be shocked to realize that Bolton even ''has'' a university.

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* Bolton: People will be shocked to realize that Bolton even ''has'' a university. however, its most famous alumnus is Creator/PeterKay, who studied Drama and didn't do too badly for himself.
18th Jul '17 4:53:59 PM TheDreadMittens
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* Prifysgol Aberystwyth University[[note]]i.e. Prifysgol Aberystwyth/ Aberystwyth University, 'prifysgol' being the Welsh word for 'university'[[/note]]: the oldest university in Wales, it also pioneered the study of International Politics (the department was founded in 1919 with the object of preventing something like UsefulNotes/WorldWarI from ever happening again - well done, everyone). Known colloquially as 'Aber' (pronounced the same way as 'ABBA'). Also the only uni to ever be banned from ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' for five years after the Aber team started a fight with Manchester.

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* Prifysgol Aberystwyth University[[note]]i.e. Prifysgol Aberystwyth/ Aberystwyth University, 'prifysgol' being the Welsh word for 'university'[[/note]]: one of the older universities in Wales (The oldest university being Lampeter University which was founded in Wales, 1822), it also pioneered the study of International Politics (the department was founded in 1919 with the object of preventing something like UsefulNotes/WorldWarI from ever happening again - well done, everyone). Known colloquially as 'Aber' (pronounced the same way as 'ABBA'). Also the only uni to ever be banned from ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' for five years after the Aber team started a fight with Manchester.
8th Jul '17 11:12:42 AM Kate
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* With some very limited exceptions, uni sports in Britain get attendances of effectively zero - maybe the players' girlfriends if they're lucky, plus possibly a reporter from the uni paper who wants to be a real sports reporter later in life. This doesn't stop the participants being very serious about them, but no-one else cares; there aren't any scholarships, there's no money, and the real prospects usually turn professional at 16/17 and never go to uni in the first place. The only exceptions are Oxbridge and Loughborough; Oxbridge takes some traditionally upper-class sports (UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion and cricket) very seriously indeed, and the Boat Race is the only event comparable to US Division I football/basketball, complete with recruitment and payment scandals. Loughborough is more about first-class physical training for individual-sports athletes, especially track-and-field.

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* With some very limited exceptions, uni sports in Britain get attendances of effectively zero - maybe the players' girlfriends if they're lucky, plus possibly a reporter from the uni paper who wants to be a real sports reporter later in life. This doesn't stop the participants being very serious about them, but no-one else cares; there aren't any scholarships, there's no money, and the real prospects usually turn professional at 16/17 and never go to uni in the first place.place (although by tradition, there are never lectures, seminars or exams on a Wednesday afternoon at any British university, to provide a time for fixtures that allows all the players not to miss anything important). The only exceptions are Oxbridge and Loughborough; Oxbridge takes some traditionally upper-class sports (UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion and cricket) very seriously indeed, and the Boat Race is the only event comparable to US Division I football/basketball, complete with recruitment and payment scandals. Loughborough is more about first-class physical training for individual-sports athletes, especially track-and-field.
26th Jun '17 6:27:53 PM nombretomado
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There have been increasing complaints in the media about what are perceived as comedy courses, degrees for the sake of it (the Government is trying to get 50% of school-leavers to do a degree, a proposal that has been widely considered an attempt to keep unemployment figures artificially low, keep kids off the streets and raised fears of grade inflation).[[note]]It's actually impossible to achieve without grade inflation, because 50% of school leavers qualify to take A-levels, of which you need three passes to get into uni. In other words, not only would everyone who qualifies for A-levels have to take them but they'd have to pass them all.[[/note]] These include things like Surf Science (despite the fact that this degree was desperately needed in the watersport's industry as most of the degree is infact Oceanography with the surf aspect on top to allow better understanding of the issues it faces) and the oft-complained about Psychology (or, worse, Sociology - frequently lampooned in telly like ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'') degrees. There are allegedly far more university places to take Media Studies than there are annual jobs in the media industry (TheOtherWiki claims a factor of 43) -- although in actual fact it's relatively easy to spot which media degrees are useful for getting jobs in the industry and which ones aren't (basically, if it's one that's 90% theory with the option of shooting a five minute film on an old VHS camcorder in your final year, move along).

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There have been increasing complaints in the media about what are perceived as comedy courses, degrees for the sake of it (the Government is trying to get 50% of school-leavers to do a degree, a proposal that has been widely considered an attempt to keep unemployment figures artificially low, keep kids off the streets and raised fears of grade inflation).[[note]]It's actually impossible to achieve without grade inflation, because 50% of school leavers qualify to take A-levels, of which you need three passes to get into uni. In other words, not only would everyone who qualifies for A-levels have to take them but they'd have to pass them all.[[/note]] These include things like Surf Science (despite the fact that this degree was desperately needed in the watersport's industry as most of the degree is infact Oceanography with the surf aspect on top to allow better understanding of the issues it faces) and the oft-complained about Psychology (or, worse, Sociology - frequently lampooned in telly like ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'') degrees. There are allegedly far more university places to take Media Studies than there are annual jobs in the media industry (TheOtherWiki (Wiki/TheOtherWiki claims a factor of 43) -- although in actual fact it's relatively easy to spot which media degrees are useful for getting jobs in the industry and which ones aren't (basically, if it's one that's 90% theory with the option of shooting a five minute film on an old VHS camcorder in your final year, move along).
17th Jun '17 10:27:04 AM nombretomado
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* With some very limited exceptions, uni sports in Britain get attendances of effectively zero - maybe the players' girlfriends if they're lucky, plus possibly a reporter from the uni paper who wants to be a real sports reporter later in life. This doesn't stop the participants being very serious about them, but no-one else cares; there aren't any scholarships, there's no money, and the real prospects usually turn professional at 16/17 and never go to uni in the first place. The only exceptions are Oxbridge and Loughborough; Oxbridge takes some traditionally upper-class sports (RugbyUnion and cricket) very seriously indeed, and the Boat Race is the only event comparable to US Division I football/basketball, complete with recruitment and payment scandals. Loughborough is more about first-class physical training for individual-sports athletes, especially track-and-field.

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* With some very limited exceptions, uni sports in Britain get attendances of effectively zero - maybe the players' girlfriends if they're lucky, plus possibly a reporter from the uni paper who wants to be a real sports reporter later in life. This doesn't stop the participants being very serious about them, but no-one else cares; there aren't any scholarships, there's no money, and the real prospects usually turn professional at 16/17 and never go to uni in the first place. The only exceptions are Oxbridge and Loughborough; Oxbridge takes some traditionally upper-class sports (RugbyUnion (UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion and cricket) very seriously indeed, and the Boat Race is the only event comparable to US Division I football/basketball, complete with recruitment and payment scandals. Loughborough is more about first-class physical training for individual-sports athletes, especially track-and-field.
30th May '17 6:26:43 PM nombretomado
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** London School of Economics (LSE). It also does other stuff, but mostly social sciences and humanities where it is second only to Harvard. Has a reputation for being somewhat aloof but is possessed of a very strong academic reputation. Has many famous alumni and is perhaps unique in producing Prime Ministers of every country aside from its home nation. In fiction however, it did produce [[Series/YesMinister James Hacker]] (PlayedForLaughs in his dealings with Oxonians Sir Humphrey and Bernard) and [[TheWestWing Jed Bartlet]].

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** London School of Economics (LSE). It also does other stuff, but mostly social sciences and humanities where it is second only to Harvard. Has a reputation for being somewhat aloof but is possessed of a very strong academic reputation. Has many famous alumni and is perhaps unique in producing Prime Ministers of every country aside from its home nation. In fiction however, it did produce [[Series/YesMinister James Hacker]] (PlayedForLaughs in his dealings with Oxonians Sir Humphrey and Bernard) and [[TheWestWing [[Series/TheWestWing Jed Bartlet]].
6th Apr '17 2:52:13 PM TommyR01D
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* Bolton: People will be shocked to realize that Bolton even ''has'' a university.
26th Feb '17 12:00:24 PM nombretomado
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** Also given a TakeThat in ''TheInbetweeners'', when Mr. Gilbert tries to blackmail Will into grassing up whoever has vandalised the roundabout: "As your UCAS referee, I will [[PrecisionFStrike fuck your application up]]...It's goodbye first rate education, hello the University of Lincoln". Will goes on to trash the city in general: "I've been to Lincoln, and it's a shithole".

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** Also given a TakeThat in ''TheInbetweeners'', ''Series/TheInbetweeners'', when Mr. Gilbert tries to blackmail Will into grassing up whoever has vandalised the roundabout: "As your UCAS referee, I will [[PrecisionFStrike fuck your application up]]...It's goodbye first rate education, hello the University of Lincoln". Will goes on to trash the city in general: "I've been to Lincoln, and it's a shithole".
29th Dec '16 9:20:35 AM nombretomado
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* The college formerly known as Cambridge Polytechnic is the setting for Creator/TomSharpe's ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'' series of novels. After expulsion from [[TheApartheidEra South Africa]] for being illegally in possession of a sense of humour, Sharpe got a job teaching history here. He wrote about his experiences in academic bureaucracy and office politics (both of which seemed to matter far more than mere teaching), fictionalising his workplace as the Fenland College of Technology, and writing himself into the character of Henry Wilt. The first of the five ''Wilt'' novels was made into a film starring Griff Rhys-Jones and Mel Smith. [[note]]Amusingly, the ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'' series has as its sub-plot the failed attempts at empire-building by an egotistic Principal, who dreams of it being able to re-charter as a University. These pompous dreams are always shattered by Wilt's doings. HilariousInHindsight, as this was twenty years before it was allowed to become a uni.[[/note]]

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* The college formerly known as Cambridge Polytechnic is the setting for Creator/TomSharpe's ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'' series of novels. After expulsion from [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra South Africa]] for being illegally in possession of a sense of humour, Sharpe got a job teaching history here. He wrote about his experiences in academic bureaucracy and office politics (both of which seemed to matter far more than mere teaching), fictionalising his workplace as the Fenland College of Technology, and writing himself into the character of Henry Wilt. The first of the five ''Wilt'' novels was made into a film starring Griff Rhys-Jones and Mel Smith. [[note]]Amusingly, the ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'' series has as its sub-plot the failed attempts at empire-building by an egotistic Principal, who dreams of it being able to re-charter as a University. These pompous dreams are always shattered by Wilt's doings. HilariousInHindsight, as this was twenty years before it was allowed to become a uni.[[/note]]
1st Oct '16 8:22:24 AM Morgenthaler
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Political societies are very common. Many of these are the peace groups i.e. CND and Stop The War (there was a recent case of a Student Union barring TheUKArmedForces from recruiting on campus). Amnesty makes a showing too - left/liberal causes are by far the most common, their equivalents at the 'other end' of the political spectrum generally being banned by NUS policy.

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Political societies are very common. Many of these are the peace groups i.e. CND and Stop The War (there was a recent case of a Student Union barring TheUKArmedForces the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships UK Armed Forces]] from recruiting on campus). Amnesty makes a showing too - left/liberal causes are by far the most common, their equivalents at the 'other end' of the political spectrum generally being banned by NUS policy.
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