February 12, 2006

Warwick isn´t Oxbridge

Iīve had this conversation many times with different people. But the one thing that keeps emerging out of it is why Oxford, Cambridge (and to a great extent even the LSE) are just so different. And why Warwick will struggle to start punching at that level for a long time to come. No, this isnīt about the brand or the awe that these places awaken in many contexts.

It is the sheer lack of community across the entire University of Warwick. The campus is huge. And one of the things that are desparately needed are common rooms, spaces, bars and dining rooms where people can get together. Where greater interaction can take place. Where people can just hang out together. Coz these are the spaces where relationships are built and where you form your networks. However, it is almost absent in the whole of the campus for all practical purposes.

The spread of the campus means that you can have like at least four or five more dining areas. As well as bars and common rooms. However, the most social spots if you dont want to go to the Central campus bars/ food areas are in peopleīs kitchens. Not the most exciting place to go to is it? Itīs sad that there are such few spaces at Warwick. If this university has to move up a rung, it has to seriously address how it can get people together.

Like Oxford and Cambridge does through its college systems. Or how LSE does through its halls of residences as places for community and common interaction. Its one of those things that have to come in. Or else, there is going to be just not enough interaction between people… And therefore, never networks which make the other institutions what they are!

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