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Glasgow or Strathclyde for Computer Science?

My son has to decide between Glasgow and Strathclyde for Computer Science. Glasgow is ranked higher but Strathclyde seems to be catching up fast, any advice would be much appreciated.
Answered by Alison Patterson
Has your son visited the two universities? This can be very instructive.

There are other factors than league table ranking that can and should influence choices. He should check the course content, curriculum, assessment and opportunities for industrial placements (for example). One style of course might appeal more than the other. It is a personal decision and different people are suited to different environments. If your son is going to be at university for at least four years it is important that he finds the best fit so that he can flourish.

Glasgow is the traditional, red brick university, a member of the Russell Group. By contrast, Strathclyde is a technological university. However, they are, as you say, quite close in terms of the data (as well as geographically).

My best advice would be to visit if at all possible.

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