What is a Russell Group university and what does it mean for your education?

Deciding which British university is the right one for you can be a difficult choice when there’s a vast number of courses and locations to choose from.\r\n\r\nAdd in those additional considerations – such as whether your chosen university is a Russell Group or not – and things really start getting confusing!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMany students are well aware of the university league tables, which are widely published by the Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Complete University Guide, but knowing what it means to be classed as a Russell Group university isn’t generally understood.\r\n\r\nRussell Group universities are committed to academic excellence across both teaching and research. Like most British universities, they also have global reach and in some cases (for example Nottingham University) they have campuses elsewhere in the world.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAside from outstanding teaching and research, Russell Group universities have excellent links with businesses and have a strong positive impact on the UK from a cultural and socio-economic perspective.\r\n\r\nThe courses offered at Russell Group universities are usually more academic then vocational. This means that Russell Group universities will usually offer traditional subjects and courses leading to professions (e.g. law, medicine or engineering) as opposed to more training based courses (e.g. travel, tourism or hospitality).\r\n\r\nHowever students at Russell Group universities are certainly encouraged to undertake work experience placements and extra-curricular activities during their studies.\r\n

Are Russell Group universities top in the league tables?

\r\nOften, but not always.\r\n\r\nThe following 24 universities are Russell Group universities and while they are deemed prestigious and have high positions in the league tables, there are many other non Russell Group universities that outrank some of these. For example St Andrews University (where both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended!) ranks at number 4 in the Good University Guide for 2015, yet it isn’t a Russell Group institution.\r\n\r\nSo while Russell Group universities are widely considered prestigious, it doesn’t mean a non Russell Group university isn’t a good choice.\r\n\r\nRussell Group universities:\r\n

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  • University of Birmingham
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  • University of Bristol
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  • University of Cambridge
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  • Cardiff University
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  • Durham University
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  • University of Edinburgh
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  • University of Exeter
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  • University of Glasgow
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  • Imperial College London
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  • King’s College London
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  • University of Leeds
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  • University of Liverpool
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  • London School of Economics and Political Science
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  • University of Manchester
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  • Newcastle University
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  • University of Nottingham
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  • University of Oxford
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  • Queen Mary University of London
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  • Queen’s University Belfast
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  • University of Sheffield
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  • University of Southampton
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  • University College London
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  • University of Warwick
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  • University of York
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\r\nWe hope you’ve learnt a little more about the Russell Group and what it means to study (or not study) at a Russell Group university.  If you would like to find out how to apply, please ask your international education consultant for advice.