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Russell Group Universities: Who are the members, what do they do?

If you have been researching about studying in the UK, you would have come across the term Russel Group. Let’s take a look at what exactly a Russell Group really is.

So, what is the Russell Group?

Currently, 24 UK Universities are a part of the Russell Group. The Russell Group represents these top UK Universities which are known to be world-class, dynamic and global education institutions. Most of these Universities have a history of upwards of 50 years and have some of the most well known alumni from across the world. The member universities provide excellent research and education opportunities for students from all around the world. The Russell Group itself is fairly new, it’s board members who were the heads of the respective Universities, started the first meet in 1994. The Russell Group was set up as an incorporated organisation very recently in the year 2007. The member institutions are aware of the global changes, cultural impacts and have policy development guidelines as they are members of this prestigious group.

These institutions are believed to take into consideration global challenges and provide research and education to tackle these challenges. Their world class education helps to create better communities and a fruitful future for the UK. They offer excellent research opportunities for students, great cultural experiences, excellent learning experiences and sturdy associations with business both national and those of the public sector.

What is the purpose of the Russell Group?

The Russell Group aims to ensure that the member universities have favourable studying conditions for their incoming students, both global and Uk students. They ensure students studying here can flourish and also make an impact on the social, economic and cultural effects through the teaching provided via these Universities. A critical role that Russel Group plays is that of a facilitator to the member Universities — in particular providing strategy and policy development. In addition they also provide communication assistance and advocacy for the member Universities. This makes the Russel member Universities more favourable to incoming students from other countries.

The member universities strongly believe that students and ideas are key to addressing the dynamic global challenges. Through their offering of the best in class research and education they are in a way extending help to build a stronger economy in the UK and even stronger communities. They have consistently maintained the very best in teaching facilities and research.

Recent Statistics: Impact on UK and the world

Russell Group universities have a massive impact both across the UK as well as across the world. They in particular have huge social, economic and cultural impact across all sectors and communities:

  • Recent statistics show that the Russell Group Universities produce nearly two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in the UK universities and also extend support to more than 300,000 jobs in the United Kingdom.
  • Currently their economic output is stated to be over £32 billion a year.
  • Studies show that in the year 2015-16, nearly 417,000 undergraduates and over 192,500 postgraduates studied at a member University of the Russell Group.

Making it Global

The Russell Group Member universities year after year welcome students and teaching faculty from across the globe and also collaborate with work with businesses and large organisations:

  • Of all the students graduating from a Russell Group member University, nearly 39% of the faculty and 34% of the students are not UK nationalities
  • Thirty-nine percent of academic staff and 34% of students are of non-UK nationality, attracted to our universities by the quality, relevance and reputation of the research groups and departments they join.

Most students join Russell Group Universities as they are impressed with the quality and reputation that these Universities bring. Russell Group members also have a huge impact on the regional and even the local communities. Most often they are known to work very closely with large enterprises on research projects and even supply work force to these organisations. A number of businesses rely on these Universities to provide them with a highly qualified workforce.

 Russel Group of Universities

These are the 24 Universities which are currently a member of the Russell Group. These member institutions offer world class teaching and research opportunities for students from across the globe.

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

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