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The Virgin Guide to British Universities 2012 Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753540037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753540039
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Dudgeon is the author of more than thirty works of non-fiction. He worked for ten years as an editor in London before starting his own company, Pilot Productions, publishing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran and Ted Hughes. Subsequently he left London for Yorkshire, where he wrote a number of books evocative of the spirit of place, including "Dickens' London", "The Spirit of Britain: A Guide to Literary Britain" and "The Country Child"; a series of oral industrial histories, including "Glasgow", "Liverpool" and "London's East End"; the classic "Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities", which still involves him in speaking to sixth-forms across the country, and many biographies, including those of Catherine Cookson, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maeve Binchy, the composer Sir John Tavener, the thinker Edward de Bono, and the novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. He is now also publishing a growing list of writers, including Angus Stewart, Alessandra Lavagnino and Giovanni Guareschi, and this year his latest biography, "The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies", is published by The Robson Press in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin's Press in New York. Piers Dudgeon is on Twitter: @piersdudgeon

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"This is a very impressive piece of work . . . a serious and honest picture of student life at each major higher education establishment in the UK" (Careers Adviser magazine)

"The student writing is terrific" (Career Scope)

"Racy but reliable" (Daily Telegraph)

"Lesson learned... Get studying this" (The Sun)

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The insider's guide to choosing a university: by students, for students

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A gamer on 28 May 2011
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The guide is useful in giving a feel for what a university is like, what the mix of students, housing and social side is like. So from that point of view it gives a little more than the tables you can get online from the Guardian or the Complete University Guide websites. However, for the universities I am looking at much is a word for word copy of student comments or admission tutors from the 2010 edition - so presumably quotes gathered in 2009 or perhaps earlier. This is a huge disappointment, and frankly given the amount of change going on with higher education, the amount of building work across campuses etc, politics of applications between Scotland, England and Wales, I'd expect something better from Virgin. I suggest you just see if you can get an older edition from the library first.
Neil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B_Eizel on 3 Nov. 2011
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If you want to have a guide to the best universities based on student opinion where they talk about the aspects of uni life that aren't just about results and academia, then it's perfect. It gives quite a thorough overview of the uni and talks about social scenes, costs of living, costs of rent etc etc etc and in the front of the book there are tables based on the subject area where the universities that are best suited to that subject area are listed. Only downfall to this - for me personally - is that I want to study media which is put under the category of 'Creative Arts, Arts & Design' which doesn't narrow it down enough, so for me more research was definitely needed. But say you wanted to study 'Veterinary Sciences' or 'Medicine' for example then obviously the tables are perfect.

Despite that though, still what I wanted and having a book to look through is so much easier than bookmarking pages online. So for the price it's great.
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We have used Heap, the Sunday Times guide and this book. It is by far the most helpful. My only wish is that some of the descriptions and scores could do with explanation. Eg university campuses are referred to as "civic" or "city centre" without there being a good definition of these terms. Also the star ratings and other comparatives would benefits from explanation. Otherwise really helpful.
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Contains a wealth of information on any university within the Uk you could imagine set out in a tabular format that is easy on the eye. information includes:

social rating
safety level
job prospects
accommodation pricing
average cost of living
a bio of each uni etc.
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