Study in the UK
Students who come to study in the UK have a vast array of courses to choose from. This was not the case 25 years ago when further education was eschewed for a long apprenticeship which usually preceeded a long career in the same company. Now, the job market is so much more competitive and an individual has to be prepared to move from one job to another in order to progress up the ladder for increased salary and responsibility. When a student decides they want to study in the UK, they may like to look into the different types of universities that have come into being – mostly during the last century. Most United Kingdom universities can be classified into 5 main categories,
Ancient universities - universities founded before the 19th century
Red Brick universities - universities founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
New Universities - two categories of institutions have been given this label:
- those created in the 1960s less often called Plate Glass Universities, which were known as "New Universities" when first created, but which are now more commonly considered a sub-section of the "Old Universities" which existed prior to the 1992 changes which allowed Polytechnics to become Universities, and
- those created in or after 1992 often called Post-1992 universities, from polytechnics and colleges of Higher Education, which are the Universities most commonly referred to as "New Universities" in the present day.
- The Open University, founded in 1968 is Britain's sole mainly distance-learning University.
It is important not to place too much emphasis on the ranking of universities as this can sometimes be misleading. One particular university dropped 20 places because they paid less relevance on research projects. For a student wanting to study in the UK and wishing to do a research project, this is an important issue. However for and undergraduate student this is not so important.
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