My friend Ramone is currently studying at Durham and runs a helpful blog. He also had the wisdom to choose Durham for his PhD.
I will say that there are many advantages to doing a PhD in a good US program (though I direct many prospective students towards the UK as well). For example, some US programs requird courses in pedagogy – something we never learned in the UK PhD process. It is a huge gap in the educational system that future higher ed teachers are never taught to teach!
Anyway, thanks Ramone.