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Russell Group of Universities

Want a world-class research intensive education? Be a part of the Russell group!

Do you know that every year, almost 90,000 international students choose to join the 320,000 students already studying at a Russell Group university? After all, this is a chance to access the best teaching facilities, learn from some of the world’s finest minds, and study with a diverse, talented and intellectual peer group. 
 

What is Russell Group?

Established in 1994, the Russell Group comprises of 24 leading universities in the UK which are committed to offering world-class research, excellent teaching and learning experience and a strong connection with the industry.

The high impact research-intensive universities play a significant role in the economic, social and cultural development of the world. Russell Group universities may be as old as a 1,000 years or as new as 50, but they together aim to ensure optimum conditions to flourish and grow through their quality research and training. 

All Russell Group universities are ranked high by the world university rankings such as the QS, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), etc. No wonder, all 4 UK universities out of the top 10 universities (as per QS Rankings 2019) in the world come under Russell Group. 

Russell Group Universities

S.No

University

Location

QS 2019

THE 2019

1

University of Birmingham

Birmingham

79

116

2

University of Bristol

Bristol

51

78

3

University of Cambridge

Cambridge

6

2

4

Cardiff University

Cardiff

145

187

5

Durham University

Durham

74

114

6

University of Edinburg

Edinburg

18

29

7

University of Exeter

Exeter

154

141

8

University of Glasgow

Glasgow

69

93

9

Imperial College London

London

8

9

10

King’s College London

London

31

38

11

University of Leeds

Leeds

93

153

12

University of Liverpool

Liverpool

164

181

13

London School of Economics and Political Science

London

38

26

14

University of Manchester

Manchester

29

57

15

Newcastle University

Newcastle

141

171

16

University of Nottingham

Nottingham

82

149

17

University of Oxford

Oxford

5

1

18

Queen Mary University of London

London

119

130

19

Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast

180

201-250

20

University of Sheffield

Sheffield

75

106

21

University of Southampton

Southampton

96

118

22

University College London

London

10

14

23

University of Warwick

Coventry

54

79

24

University of York

York

134

119

 

Eligibility and admission 

  • Each university under the Russell Group has its own eligibility criteria which differs as per the program level and discipline. The parameters may include previous qualifications, grades, eligibility test scores, work experience, etc. 
  • All universities would require good command on your English language. Your visa will also need you to fulfill a certain criterion for entering the country. You can find out all about English language test score requirements on the university’s website. Also check for student visa requirements on the Government of UK website.

Financial Support 

Most Russell Group universities provide scholarship opportunities, grants and bursaries for its students. These may be granted on the basis of academic merit, extracurricular activities, volunteering, region, discipline, etc. Visit your university’s website or contact your international admission cell to find out more about it. 
 

Why study in a Russell Group university?

  • The Russell Group universities produce over two-thirds of the global research contributed by all the universities in the UK.
  • All universities are globally ranked universities including four in the top ten.
  • Research produced by the Russell Group supports over 30,000 jobs in the UK.
  • The economic output of Russell Group us over£32 billion every year.
  • Diversity is synonymous to the Russell Group – 39% of the academic staff and 34% of students are non-UK.

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