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Russel group of Universities in UK

Know all about the Russel group of Universities in the United Kingdom (UK)

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities

What is Russell group of Universities?

A group of 24 leading universities in the UK have come together and formed an association which represents common interests and collaboration for education and research.

The group is headquartered in London and was established in 1994 to represent its members’ interests, principally to government and parliament.

The origins of the Russell Group go back to 1994, with 17 original members setting out to ensure that their interests were represented to government. The heads of these universities would meet informally in the Hotel Russell in London, which is where the name came from.

New universities have been added along the way, with the group becoming an official, incorporated organisation in 2007.

University List:

The Russell Group currently has twenty-four members, of which twenty are from England, two from Scotland, and one from each of Wales and Northern Ireland

UniversityYear of joining
University of Birmingham1994
University of Bristol1994
University of Cambridge1994
Cardiff University1998
Durham University2012
University of Edinburgh1994
University of Exeter2012
University of Glasgow1994
Imperial College, London1994
King’s College, London1998
University of Leeds1994
University of Liverpool1994
London School of Economics1994
University of Manchester1994
Newcastle University1994
University of Nottingham1994
University of Oxford1994
Queen Mary University of London2012
Queen’s University Belfast2006
University of Sheffield1994
University of Southampton1994
University college London1994
University of Warwick1994
University of York2012

Advantages of studying in Russel group of University

  • As of 2017, Russell Group members receive over three quarters of all university research grant and contract income in the United Kingdom.
  • Their graduates hold 61% of all UK jobs that require a university degree, despite being only 17% of all higher education graduates.
  • Russell Group members award 60% of all doctorates gained in the United Kingdom.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 68% of world-leading (4*) research and 68% of research with an outstanding (4*) impact was carried out in Russell Group universities.
  • Of the 21 Russell Group universities that have chosen to enter the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), 10 hold gold awards (48%), 10 silver (48%)
  • In 2015/16, following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the 19 English universities with HEFCE research funding allocations (excluding transitional funding) in excess of £20 million were all members of the Russell Group

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