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Russell Group Universities

What is the Russell Group?

The Russell Group is a collective of 24 research-intensive UK universities. Its members share a commitment to and focus on research and outstanding teaching and learning experiences.

The Russell Group was founded in 1994, and in the QS World University Rankings 2024, four of the top 10 universities in the world - Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London - are Russell Group members.

What is the purpose of Russell Group Universities?

Russell Group universities receive two-thirds of all research grants, allowing them to make a massive contribution to intellectual, cultural and economic factors in the UK.

As a result, the very best academics are attracted to Russell Group institutions. By producing world-leading research across various topics and disciplines, Russell Group universities play a major role in the UK and the health of its economy. Following the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Russell Group universities produced 68% of the UK’s ‘world-leading’ research and 68% of the country’s research with an ‘outstanding impact’.

From an international student perspective, Russell Group universities have better employability and student satisfaction rates and a higher staff-to-student ratio.

List of Russell Group Universities

Studying at Russell Group University offers an incredible opportunity for international students seeking a high-quality education and a promising future.

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Russell Group University FAQ

How can I study at a Russell Group university?

You must apply through the standard UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) to study at a Russell Group university. Research the university's website for specific course requirements and application deadlines, and make sure you meet the academic qualifications and any additional criteria for the course you wish to pursue.

What’s so great about studying at a Russell Group university?

Russell Group universities are renowned for academic excellence and world-class research, providing a world-class education. They have strong industry links, offering valuable networking opportunities and enhancing employability prospects. Russell Group universities attract a diverse community, fostering cultural understanding and global perspectives.

Is the Russell Group the same as the Ivy League?

No, the Russell Group is a UK consortium of research-intensive universities, while the Ivy League is a group of elite US private universities. Both are prestigious but different entities.

Do I need to attend a Russell Group university to get a good degree?

You need not attend a Russell Group university to get a good degree. While Russell Group universities are known for their academic excellence and research-intensive programmes, many other universities worldwide offer high-quality education and opportunities to excel in your chosen field.

What are the admission requirements at the Russell Group?

To apply to top Russell Group universities like Cambridge and Oxford, you'll typically need AAA and above or international equivalent, while other universities may require ABB for most courses. If your A-Level results fall short, some institutions offer foundation programmes admitting students with BCC and above. These entry requirements vary depending on the course and university within the group.

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