liverpool, sheffield or manchester uni?

(41 Posts)
BerylThePeril44 Sun 06-Oct-13 19:44:41

Hi. Does anyone have any experience or advice on these universities? Been to open days and prefer Sheffield from a mothers point of view. Son liked Manchester...it did have a great buzz x

Scarifying Thu 10-Oct-13 18:53:35

If would get him to really closely look at the actual course details - how it's assessed,contents, teaching style etc etc.

I LOVE SHEFFIELD grin

LaVolcan Thu 10-Oct-13 09:12:31

Which university you put first depends on your subject. My son studied engineering, and both Sheffield and Manchester had good departments for that.

BlackMogul Wed 09-Oct-13 23:39:37

I think Sheffield always scores well on student satisfaction. Personally I would put Bristol, Durham or Exeter above them. I never considered safety for my DCs! I assumed they had the skills to stay safe and this is no reason to choose any university in the UK. Have u ever heard a student say they did not feel safe at university?. Sounds like moving away from home is a good idea and the loan will be well worth it. Needs to make his own life and function without Mum around!

SwedishEdith Wed 09-Oct-13 20:05:54

You've put Liverpool in your title but not mentioned what you thought about that?

LaVolcan Tue 08-Oct-13 21:50:03

My son went to Sheffield for his undergraduate degree and Manchester for his masters. He enjoyed both - so I am no help there.

wordfactory Tue 08-Oct-13 11:06:53

I agree.

I htink many parents have no more idea what to look for than their offspring.

That said, I guess an adult can also spot practical issues that a young person may not.

UptheChimney Tue 08-Oct-13 10:49:25

Young people (17yrs) will be hard pushed to see all this. They're far more interested in picking up on the vibe

Yes, that seems sometimes to be the case (viz. the thread sequence in here about the DD who wanted the "party university" and is now apparently breaking her mother's heart). But I'm not sure that all parents know how to determine value for money either. They seem focussed on contact hours, which is really not the point. They don't ask me the kinds of questions that indicate to me that they know what they're talking about from a parent's POV. I end up telling them what they should be looking for & asking about, such as the kinds of specialisations of different departments in my field nationally, assessment techniques, learning styles.

wordfactory Tue 08-Oct-13 10:04:25

I have to say that as an academic/teacher I can see that parents' involvement seems a pain...but...

I'll be honest, as a parent, I will go to open days with mine and have been with my niece.

Thnigs have changed in higher education. Pressure on funding means IMVHO that some universities are simply not delivering good or indeed any value for money. Some of the courses are cobbled together. Some of the facvilities are poor.

Young people (17yrs) will be hard pushed to see all this. They're far more interested in picking up on the vibe etc.

BeckAndCall Tue 08-Oct-13 07:28:11

I disagree with posters who are telling you to basically back off and let him make his own decision. Who knows your child better than anyone else? You do. So you would know if the big city culture of Manchester is what would suit him or the more campus-in-city feel of Sheffield. Of course it's his final decision but he's asking you for guidance so naturally you'd want to give it.

And I would not choose a uni based on league tables alone - they are someone else's idea of what's important - and all the tables are different. ( so choose wants important for you and look for that - for me it's the RAE and TQA - don't really care about entry grades etc)

As to comparisons between these three, I'd say they are all good and I wouldn't be unhappy if my kids went to any of them - the rest is down to choice

MissFenella Mon 07-Oct-13 23:57:34

sheff Uni is great for study for academia's sake. Given the subject - it would be my top choice.

To explain, if he was looking at engineering then Shef Hallam has the better 'into employment' reputation.

Earthworms Sun 06-Oct-13 22:21:41

Manchester was bloody awesome,

Good uni, good city, great vibe.

I loved it

Ilanthe Sun 06-Oct-13 22:13:07

I've been to both Manchester (ug) and Sheffield (pg). I went to the open days on my own, on the train wink though it was 17 years ago.

They are both fantastic cities, tbh. I prefer Manchester because it's bigger and grimier and settled here after uni.

From what I could tell, Sheffield has nicer halls and the 'sporty' clubs seem much more popular, Manchester had more variety of clubs for the musically and dramatically inclined.

BerylThePeril44 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:12:34

Thank you nicestsmile. You've got experience of all three!!! Obviously, I'm biased about Newcastle, most of his friends are hoping to go there..sadly sign of times re: high costs. We've worked really hard all his life to save money for him..so he has options. I felt I never had as a young person. So he can go away and live 'full' student life. If I was 'overpowering' this wouldn't be the case.

Beryl, DS1 went to Newcastle, graduated last year but is still living there, he loves it smile

Accommodation is nicer at Sheffield I think - DD2 had a new en suite room at Manchester a few years ago & DS2 started at Sheffield 2 years ago - his room was much bigger than hers & better equipped.

He really enjoys living in Sheffield.

BerylThePeril44 Sun 06-Oct-13 21:56:37

I'd love him to choose Newcastle too, viviennemary. Its our city... Respect his decision to spread his wings though,gulp xxx

BerylThePeril44 Sun 06-Oct-13 21:52:58

Thank you vbisme. That's what I thought...and he thinks that too. Sheffield is better for politics apparently. But Manchester definitely felt more vibrant...

Sheffield ranks above Manchester for Politics I think.

I know what you mean about the cities, OP - Sheffield is smaller & feels friendlier & safer. (The weather's much better there too grin)

Viviennemary Sun 06-Oct-13 21:50:59

I agree it is up to the individual student and their preferences. If I was young again (wishes!) I think I'd choose Newcastle. Students seem to love it there.

VBisme Sun 06-Oct-13 21:43:35

For History I'd put Manchester above Sheffield, but I could be out of date on this.

Either city is brilliant for students, Sheffield is probably friendlier (I've lived in both cities).

I'm sure he'll be fine whichever he choses.

UptheChimney Sun 06-Oct-13 21:39:49

He needs to think about how he likes to learn, and what areas he may want to focus on. And then he needs to match that against the information about the syllabus and teaching styles that he's given in talks at each university.

He REALLY needs to take note of that information, and look at Departmental websites.

What I find very frustrating is that we will give information about their curriculum, examination and assessment, availability of specialisations etc (I can bore for Britain on our syllabus, credit points etc) and then within a few weeks of the start of term, there'll always be one or two who complain & whinge and say "It wasn't what I was expecting."

VivaLeThrustBadger Sun 06-Oct-13 21:36:21

My brothers studying history at Manchester and has really enjoyed the course. He's managed not to get shot/killed/beaten up in three years. I think the student areas and bars are as safe as student areas/bars in any other city. They don't go to the "rough" areas.

BerylThePeril44 Sun 06-Oct-13 21:29:33

Thanks for your interest. Its such a huge decision, and obviously we want to help him make the best one for him. Just want him to be happy and safe. Its sheff uni and other traditional unis. He wants to study history and politics. Any advice...on this matter...welcome xxx

VBisme Sun 06-Oct-13 21:18:43

I think we need to know which subjects, and I'm assuming your talking about the traditional universities in those cities rather than the new ones?

MissFenella Sun 06-Oct-13 21:13:26

what is he studying and is it Sheff Uni or Sheff Hallam?

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