A family member has just finished his first year there and is loving it. I don't know if it is the case now, but for students achieving three As they offer academic scholarships worth a couple of thousand a year.
I went there many moons ago and loved it. Not in the top rungof universities, but solid I think. It was not a big university when I was there, but that, and it's campus focus, meant that it was less anonymous than some larger places could be (my brothers university didn't have the same feel at all).
We visited last Saturday. It's not an RG but in the top 20. Some of the courses seemed interesting to DD especially a new Liberal Arts American style degree they are about to set up. The entry requirements seem within DDs grasp.
It's in a beautiful location and Not far away from Canterbury but the actual buildings were mostly grim 1960s style concrete blocks although the halls we looked at were nice inside- recently refurbished by the looks of it. DD wasn't sure what to feel about it. Not sure if the buildings are that important