What would your answer if you had to point someone? A friend in Italy phoned me to ask for another friend who will be phoning me later. Apparently his daughter, studying engineering at an Italian University is quite bright but feeling held back, and maybe not getting on well with Profs. though doing well in exams. She is thinking of finishing her studies in the UK. I am asked if I could suggest/recommend anywhere. OK I know an answer depends on many things, but just to start pointing in a good direction. Remember for an international thing reputation counts a lot, being just the one thing that employers can recognise more easily than other more imponderable things. It is really not at all my field, but off the top of my head I thought to answer for a start you cannot go wrong with: Bath, Herriot-Watt, Imperial and a couple of places in Manchester (the old UMIST?) and maybe Cambridge. I have a vague idea of the first two as top for connection to industry and industrial work experience. I don't know whether by next year the Scottish one will still cost a lot less cost than the English ones. Think of Imperial as excellent of course, but in London and so expensive and you will somehow always go to London later and not the greatest student or cultural experience. Warwick was supposed to be industry-oriented but have mostly heard of it for other things like maths. Loughborough used to hear of but not of recently, is that in top class? Any reactions of interest. Also how to better inform. As well as the Uni sites and prospectuses, the NUS has a rundown on student experience and views and the Times a Good University Guide? I will probably be able to firm what she is looking for later and come back, but almost any half-informed comment here could be useful.