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Keele University

Post by Annika » Fri Dec 19, 2008 20:36

I have decided to study a half a year abroad next fall, and keele university is a possible option for me. But I know nothing about Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme or british university vs. swedish. Im planning to take some courses in Political science, international relations.., something like that.

Does anyone know anything about Keele?

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Re: Keele University

Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 19, 2008 21:17

Never been there but I think it's supposed to be sort of in the middle of nowhere. But there's a good curry house in Newcastle-under-Lyme. And some great popshows in Stoke! :)

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Re: Keele University

Post by Annika » Fri Dec 19, 2008 21:23

the city did seem fairly small (80 000 something)..i.e. same size as the city I currently live in.
I wouldn´t mind a bigger city for a change..so maybe not. Stoke, hmm..how far away is it?

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Re: Keele University

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Dec 19, 2008 21:33

Is there any particular reason why you have settled on Keele?

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Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 19, 2008 21:36

Stoke is just the other side of Newcastle from Keele - about five miles I think. It's not that big - population is about 250,000 I think - so if you want to experience city life for a while then you might be better off looking somewhere else.

Gah, I feel really bad for saying that, cos I've had some great times in Stoke! But I don't think there's that much else to do there, in between the Horowitz popshows.

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Re: Keele University

Post by Jono Volpone » Sat Dec 20, 2008 02:56

Keele is out in the countryside, and though that is a very nice thing in many ways, you wouldn't be able to get to indiepop gigs easily or cheaply. They do have a venue at Keele, but naturally only reasonbly well known bands really get to play there I think. I can't comment on the uni itself/standard of tuition/overall experience though.

I don't think Stoke really has any big city feel to it, either. It just feels like a big-ish town.
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Re: Keele University

Post by Annika » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:49

jayen_aitch wrote:Is there any particular reason why you have settled on Keele?
well, im doing this exchange-student-thing, cause its much more convenient and well, basically cheaper. And Keele is a partner-university to the one im currently studying at (Luleå). I wanted to go to Strathclyde in Glasgow for a while too, but they had no spots available for students from the philosophical faculty.

So, maybe not Keele then. I was sort of hoping for a city with higher indie-pop-density. But then again, most cities beat Luleå in that aspect.

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Re: Keele University

Post by humblebee » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:35

Annika wrote:So, maybe not Keele then. I was sort of hoping for a city with higher indie-pop-density. But then again, most cities beat Luleå in that aspect.
London and Glasgow are your best bets, maybe followed by Nottingham and Sheffield.

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Re: Keele University

Post by jayen_aitch » Sat Dec 20, 2008 14:18

What are your other choices with the exchange program?

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Post by Annika » Sat Dec 20, 2008 15:31

jayen_aitch wrote:What are your other choices with the exchange program?
um, ive been considering helsinki as well..not sure, its more of a safe option i suppose.
unfortunately, my university hasnt got that many options for students in pol- science, i think theyve narrowed it down to british columbia, a few european cities + scandinavian universities, which are a lot easier to apply to. I suppose, an alternative would be to study something completely different than what I am currently studying, but im not sure I want that.

Thanks for your advice!

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Re: Keele University

Post by Uncle Ants » Sat Dec 20, 2008 16:18

I don't know if it's still true, but Keele used to have the highest student suicide rate in the country. Having visited it on a cold, snowy foggy day once about twenty years ago ... I could fully understand why.
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Re: Keele University

Post by Annika » Sat Dec 20, 2008 17:20

Uncle Ants wrote:I don't know if it's still true, but Keele used to have the highest student suicide rate in the country. Having visited it on a cold, snowy foggy day once about twenty years ago ... I could fully understand why.
oh my, they do have statistics on everything.

on the other hand, i think i would cope with that.
im already from a highly suicidal part of this country.
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Post by Gordon » Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:17

I reckon go to British Columbia. Is it UBC?
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Post by Annika » Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:14

Gordon wrote:I reckon go to British Columbia. Is it UBC?
oh, cant remember..

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Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:36

Keele is a campus university, just outside Newcastle-under-Lyme and a few miles from Stoke-on-Trent. and maybe it's a little isolating if you want to be around people other than students! There is the option to live off campus though and accommodation can be quite cheap. On the other hand, Stoke is, as people have commented, not exactly a cosmopolitan city and compared to cities like Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, there's a lot less going on musically and culturally, I'm sad to say!
Annika wrote:I have decided to study a half a year abroad next fall, and keele university is a possible option for me. But I know nothing about Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme or british university vs. swedish. Im planning to take some courses in Political science, international relations.., something like that.

Does anyone know anything about Keele?
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Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:42

Stoke itself is about three miles away but it's a fair bet that you wouldn't want to go there very much! It's very run down. Hanley is where most of the shops are and again that's about three miles from Keele by bus.
Annika wrote:Stoke, hmm..how far away is it?
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Re: Keele University

Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:45

I agree with Pete on that one!
humblebee wrote:I think - so if you want to experience city life for a while then you might be better off looking somewhere else.
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Re: Keele University

Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:50

You'd be welcome to join us join us in the travelwagon to indiepopshows, Annika. Venues in Nottingham and Sheffield are within easy driving distance - a couple of hours.
Jono Volpone wrote:you wouldn't be able to get to indiepop gigs easily or cheaply.
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Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:51

Oh yes, I remember that. N block in Horwood was known as suicide tower!
Uncle Ants wrote:I don't know if it's still true, but Keele used to have the highest student suicide rate in the country. Having visited it on a cold, snowy foggy day once about twenty years ago ... I could fully understand why.
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Re: Keele University

Post by Outcognito » Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:57

Annika wrote:I was sort of hoping for a city with higher indie-pop-density. But then again, most cities beat Luleå in that aspect.
Maybe Stoke should be twinned with Lulea! When we started putting on popshows, we had this crazy idea that local people would come out of the woodwork and admit to their indiepop leanings but no! Nottingham and Sheffield are great centres of indiepopness, though, and they're not far away.
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