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Firstly i must confess that i do not have this book but i have read it quite extensively from my University Library. I am moving university next year and therefore a book like this should be the tool i need to make my mind up from the offers i have recieved. However this is not the case. If you read through the book and made a decision on what you had read in the book (foolish) then you would be very disapointed when you got to the Uni. The book is not negative enough, it makes every Uni seem like a great place to be and does not critisize much at all. This is a problem because if you only read the review for a couple of prospective Uni's you wouldn't realise that the book is positive about everything and therefore you may feel that the uni you are investigating is far better than the others in the book.
My main problem with this book and the reason i do not recommend it is because some of the Info is just plain wrong. Now the average prospeective student will use this book as a part of their selection process and will believe that this book will give them the lowdown on things they could not find out on Open days or on the Web. The thing is that this book advertises the different activities at Unis but some of these thigns just do not happen. For example i thought in order to gauge this book after i had read two glowing reports on Loughborough and Keele i read the review on Brookes (my current Uni). I was amazed to see events and clubs that do not even exist here! It says in the book that on Thursdays they host a new music showcase where local bands can go and play at the SU. Well this is just palin wrong, One year here at brookes and the event said to be on weekly by PUSH has only actually occured once! This unfortunetly seems to be the tip of the iceberg.
The fact that this book advertises events that do not occur or do not occur as often as the book says so is a very worrying thing indeed. Imagine being completly tied between two different Uni's and having nothing to seperate them, the candidiate decides to go to which ever uni has more live Bands on. They then consult the book. They follow the advice in the book and choose a Uni. A few months later the prospective student finds out the truth and has basically decided their 3 years at Uni on a false claim by PUSH.
Positive? Well it does have vital stats on the uni's such as student population, male/female ratio etc. however all this info can be found on various websites including Push's own!
In conclusion, this book is no more than a casual reference and no-one should base a decision on this book. I would not recommend anyone to buy or even read this book as it will give false impressions that may leave you deciding on a Uni that does not suit you. In fairness to PUSH this trend of miss reporting the Uni's events does eem to carry through most Uni guide books including the Times good university guide.
Do yourself a favour and visit the Unis. Ask all the questions you can and if possible ask a student that is not part of the Open day team top get the real deal. Don't use this book to make a decision.