✨ What is a Russell Group University? ✨
You may have come across the term "Russell Group University" in connection with UK higher education, but what is the Russell Group?
Formed in 1994, the Russell Group is a self-selecting (they choose their own members) association of the UK's largest public research universities. The following 24 universities are currently members:
|University of Birmingham||101–150||84=||141=||16||15=||15|
|University of Bristol||61||44||76||17||27||16=|
|University of Cambridge||3||4||2||1||1||1|
|University of Edinburgh||32||23=||27=||23=||30=||24|
|University of Exeter||151–200||158=||130=||14=||13||14|
|University of Glasgow||101–150||65||80=||36=||23||20|
|Imperial College London||27||8||8||5||6=||4|
|King's College London||46||23=||36||21||39||28=|
|University of Leeds||101–150||101||139||14=||14||10|
|University of Liverpool||101–150||173=||177=||41||67||42|
|London School of Economics||151–200||35||25=||4||15=||11|
|University of Manchester||38||34||54=||22||28||25|
|University of Nottingham||101–150||84=||147=||18||19||18|
|University of Oxford||7||6||1||2||2||2|
|Queen Mary University of London||151–200||127||121||33||44||43|
|Queen's University Belfast||301–400||202||201–250||35||38||38|
|University of Sheffield||101–150||82||104||31||40||21|
|University of Southampton||101–150||102||126=||26||35||30|
|University College London||16||7||16||7||10=||7=|
|University of Warwick||101–150||57||91||8||8||9|
|University of York||201–300||135=||137=||20||17||16=|
They are not selected based on their rankings, but it does include many of the UK's highest ranked universities.
The group's stated objectives are to:
- "lead the research efforts of the United Kingdom;
- maximise the income of its member institutions;
- attract the best staff and students to its member institutions;
- create a regulatory environment in which it can achieve these objectives by reducing government interference; and
- identify ways to co-operate to exploit the universities' collaborative advantage."
It is certainly considered a lobby-group (an organisation that seeks to influence politics), and has been accused of being a cartel (an association of companies working together to raise collective profits); but the Russel Group would say the main focus is to collaborate on research.
Being a Russell Group member doesn't necessarily indicate the quality of the university, but some employers and organisations nevertheless use it as a proxy for the best universities because it does not change every year like university rankings. So you may stand a better chance of getting a job if you went to a Russell Group university.
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