If it were me applying again personally it would be a toss up between Loughborough and Northumbria
I’ll quickly bulllet point the warrents and merits: imo
Northumbria : small class size, good ideas, headed up by the new dean steven kyfan (think i’ve spelt the name wrong) who was ex head at Philips design. Philips is very much a northumbria’s old boys. They also have links with Gro, GDD, Nokia think a couple from last year went to New Edge ( was the brewery), PDD. However they do sometimes lack an well rounded skillset, you find better sketchers, CAD modellers etc… at other universities.
Brunel : Large class size, Can that bridge support 3 elephants? Very techy and tend to really lack qualities in dealing the semantics (although that is a bit of a broad brush stroke). Strong links with industry Virgin, Nokia, Vetch, PDD, Dyson,Kinneir Dufort
Loughborough : Smack in the middle if you ask me.large class size, have to do everything. Consider relationship between users and visual brand languages, strong research methodologies and come out with a good understanding of manufacturing in the 2nd year you make you own injection moulding tool (yup you have to machine it by hand) in order to produce a widget. Having to do everything can come at a price, its probably the most demanding course out of all of them in terms of modules and time management and output . Strong links with industry again, Tangerine, Nokia, Seymour Powell, DCA, Vtech, Joseph Joseph (who graduated from Loughborough and then RCA) The Alloy,GDD, PDD, Dyson, Kinneir Dufort
You will find that when it comes to ID and applying to places most UK consultancies will automatically short list to these universities and for good reason. Other universities as a whole, in general can’t compete.
But hey it varies it is all about what you put into it but to give yourself the best headstart i recommend these 3.
Convetry - great trans although heard the ID isn’t strong
Huddersfield- great trans pretty decent ID
CSM- Poor ID (its more art)
Kingston - has good furniture design
defiantely check out new designers in the next couple of weeks.