History UsefulNotes / BritishUnis

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.
29th Sep '16 12:33:40 PM JohnPrestwick
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* Brunel. Named after the famous engineer, although it doesn't have much of a reputation for the subject. Part of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was filmed in the lecture halls, a fact [[SarcasmMode they don't broadcast]] [[BlatantLies at all]].
* UsefulNotes/EastAnglia (UEA). Notable for the "Ziggurats", rather individual student accommodation considered by some to be ugly (a victim of {{Zeerust}}) but by others to be quite attractive. Generally well known for its excellent English and Creative Writing courses, instituted by maverick lecturer Malcolm Bradbury. Creator/MattSmith attended. Famous writer alumni include [[Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay Kazuo]] [[Literature/NeverLetMeGo Ishiguro]], Rose Tremaine, and [[Literature/{{Atonement}} Ian McEwan]].

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* Brunel. Located in the western suburbs of London. Named after the famous engineer, although it doesn't have much of a reputation for the subject. Part of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was filmed in the lecture halls, a fact [[SarcasmMode they don't broadcast]] [[BlatantLies at all]].
* UsefulNotes/EastAnglia (UEA). Located in Norwich. Notable for the "Ziggurats", rather individual student accommodation considered by some to be ugly (a victim of {{Zeerust}}) but by others to be quite attractive. Generally well known for its excellent English and Creative Writing courses, instituted by maverick lecturer Malcolm Bradbury. Creator/MattSmith attended. Famous writer alumni include [[Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay Kazuo]] [[Literature/NeverLetMeGo Ishiguro]], Rose Tremaine, and [[Literature/{{Atonement}} Ian McEwan]].



* Surrey. A 1960s birth that has recently begun to peak in the tables, consistently coming in fourth nationally (behind {{Oxbridge}} and St. Andrews), as well as being named University of the Year. It is top for student satisfaction, which could suggest that little studying takes place -- but instead maybe the satisfaction is with the teaching and course. Also home to the Surrey Sports Park (2012 Olympic training centre) and BBC Surrey, as well as the AQA (publically-despised exams board) headquarters.

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* Surrey. Located in Guildford. A 1960s birth that has recently begun to peak in the tables, consistently coming in fourth nationally (behind {{Oxbridge}} and St. Andrews), as well as being named University of the Year. It is top for student satisfaction, which could suggest that little studying takes place -- but instead maybe the satisfaction is with the teaching and course. Also home to the Surrey Sports Park (2012 Olympic training centre) and BBC Surrey, as well as the AQA (publically-despised exams board) headquarters.
2nd Aug '16 9:27:43 AM JamesAustin
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* University of Edinburgh: Founded 1582 (by Royal Charter; the Reformation having happened in 1560). The only non-Oxbridge British university to produce a [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister]] (UsefulNotes/TheViscountPalmerston, the Creator/EarlRussell,[[note]]Who matriculated but did not graduate[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/GordonBrown); all other [=PMs=] either went to Oxbridge, didn't go to uni, or were [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers the Earl of Bute]] (who went to Leiden University in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands).

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* University of Edinburgh: Founded 1582 (by Royal Charter; the Reformation having happened in 1560). The only non-Oxbridge British university to produce a [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister]] (UsefulNotes/TheViscountPalmerston, the Creator/EarlRussell,[[note]]Who UsefulNotes/EarlRussell,[[note]]Who matriculated but did not graduate[[/note]] and UsefulNotes/GordonBrown); all other [=PMs=] either went to Oxbridge, didn't go to uni, or were [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers the Earl of Bute]] (who went to Leiden University in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands).
8th Jul '16 5:09:53 PM DarcyFoster
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* P.O.G. has since earned brownie points by buying out, and keeping afloat, the perpetually struggling Wrexham Town football club, whose Racecourse Ground is slap bang next door to the former tech college campus. This earns the P.O.G. the prestige of hosting Wales' international fixtures on its premises, drawing in football fans from all over the world to pay its admission prices, eat its food, and drink in its bars. Although some locals see dark and sinister intent in the local tech (''nobody'' in Wrexham calls it a "university" - to locals it is still NEWI[[note]]Pron. ''NOW-ee''[[/note]], or just "the tech") buying up a prime building site just next door which currently, inconveniently, has a football club as tenants. Bets are out as to how long the football club will last.

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* P.O.G. has since earned brownie points by buying out, and keeping afloat, the perpetually struggling Wrexham Town football club, whose Racecourse Ground is slap bang next door to the former tech college campus. This earns the P.O.G. the prestige of hosting Wales' international fixtures on its premises, drawing in football fans from all over the world to pay its admission prices, eat its food, and drink in its bars. Although some locals see dark and sinister intent in the local tech (''nobody'' in Wrexham calls it a "university" - to locals it is still NEWI[[note]]Pron. ''NOW-ee''[[/note]], or just "the tech") buying up a prime building site just next door which currently, inconveniently, has a football club as tenants. Bets are out as to how long the football club will last.
24th Jun '16 11:49:54 AM lakingsif
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* Surrey. A 1960s birth that has recently begun to peak in the tables, consistently coming in fourth nationally (behind {{Oxbridge}} and St. Andrews), as well as being named University of the Year. It is top for student satisfaction, which could suggest that little studying takes place -- but instead maybe the satisfaction is with the teaching and course. Also home to the Surrey Sports Park (2012 Olympic training centre) and BBC Surrey, as well as the AQA (publically-despised exams board) headquarters.



Sororities and Fraternities are non-existent (at least officially...) and hazing is nowhere near to the scale of the US. What hazing does occur is generally restricted to public-school-based drinking societies and the odd particularly loutish sports team.

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Sororities and Fraternities are next to non-existent (at least officially...) (the import is growing, most notably in Yorkshire unis) and hazing is nowhere near to the scale of the US. What hazing does occur is generally restricted to public-school-based drinking societies and the odd particularly loutish sports team.
team. Whilst even societal drinking is technically banned on campuses, when the sports teams go on 'tour' the hazing can be encouraged.
8th Jun '16 11:34:02 AM bluestrypes
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* University of Stirling: The first new university to be established in Scotland in 400 years. Is known for being pretty big on sports.
3rd Jun '16 9:58:14 AM Doug86
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Universities founded later than {{Oxbridge}}, but pretty distinguished in their own rights. The 'Red Bricks' were founded between the start of the Victorian Era and UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Others were chartered in the 19th century. Some of them are:

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Universities founded later than {{Oxbridge}}, but pretty distinguished in their own rights. The 'Red Bricks' were founded between the start of the Victorian Era and UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Others were chartered in the 19th century. Some of them are:



* 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/WorldWarOne 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]]: 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/WorldWarOne 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.



Many of these came about as a result of the British expansion of Higher Education after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo advised by the Robbins Report. Mainly founded in the 1960s. They are often built of concrete.

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Many of these came about as a result of the British expansion of Higher Education after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII advised by the Robbins Report. Mainly founded in the 1960s. They are often built of concrete.
15th Jan '16 6:37:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* The University of Manchester: A red brick where the nucleus of the atom was discovered and the world's first programmable computer was invented. The largest single-campus university in the UK. Merged in 2004 with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), a large and well-respected institution in its own right. The student union has its own [[http://www.manchesteracademy.net/ nightclub]] with spaces for three gigs to run simultaneously (and they usually do). Over the years it's played host to Music/{{Gorillaz}}, {{Pulp}}, The Music/FlamingLips, KingsOfLeon, Music/KylieMinogue, {{Radiohead}}, ''Music/{{Nirvana}}''... The Hall of Fame reads like a [[http://www.manchesteracademy.net/Hall%20of%20Fame/hfindx.html who's who of music]].

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* The University of Manchester: A red brick where the nucleus of the atom was discovered and the world's first programmable computer was invented. The largest single-campus university in the UK. Merged in 2004 with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), a large and well-respected institution in its own right. The student union has its own [[http://www.manchesteracademy.net/ nightclub]] with spaces for three gigs to run simultaneously (and they usually do). Over the years it's played host to Music/{{Gorillaz}}, {{Pulp}}, Music/{{Pulp}}, The Music/FlamingLips, KingsOfLeon, Music/KingsOfLeon, Music/KylieMinogue, {{Radiohead}}, Music/{{Radiohead}}, ''Music/{{Nirvana}}''... The Hall of Fame reads like a [[http://www.manchesteracademy.net/Hall%20of%20Fame/hfindx.html who's who of music]].
11th Nov '15 10:08:02 AM Scaramouche
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* Aston. Located in Birmingham city centre, it was originally founded as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School in 1895, it was granted university status in the 1960s. Its business school has an excellent reputation. Also known for Chancellor's Lake, which is home to some truly and utterly vicious geese.
11th Nov '15 12:21:35 AM Scaramouche
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* Prifysgol Aberystwyth University[[note]]i.e. Prifysgol Aberystwyth/ Aberystwyth 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/WorldWarOne 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[[/note]]: 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/WorldWarOne 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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