Depends what subject you come here for - I'm a Psychology student, as I want to become a clinical Psychologist and it's a very good department - We have two journal editors here (I work for one); its within the top five for research - even undergraduates have been know to get published; next year we will have a world leading neuroscience department with the psychologyschool; Dr Giam Thierry, the frenchman from the BBC brain and behaviour programmes is a lecturer here (and the editor of a neuroscience journal); Infact most of the lecturers here are leaders in their fields; and the degree is research based. Even first year undergraduates are expected to design their own experiment - they choose what field they want to research, and design an appropriate study. I'm not sure all universities put that much pressure on their first years.
The uni is also very good for ocean science and, according to my girlfriend, it's within the top 15 (or very close) for languages.
I dunno about chemistry, though.
I turned down Keel and Leicester to come here, too.