Opening doors - understanding and overcoming the barriers to university access
The Russell Group recently held two lunches to launch our report Opening doors - understanding and overcoming the barriers to university access and accompanying films, which explore the underlying barriers that cause less advantaged students to be under-represented at highly-selective universities and looks at how Russell Group universities are helping to overcome these.
The first part of our publication and the film below highlight some of the key barriers to those from disadvantaged backgrounds: worse educational achievement at school, poor information and advice, and lower aspirations.
While we can't solve these alone, universities have an important part to play. The second part of our publication and film show just a few examples of how Russell Group universities are helping to close the access gap and open more doors.
Russell Group universities produce vast majority of UK's world-leading research
Results from the Research Excellence Framework, a thorough assessment of UK universities' research, has shown that 68% of the UK's top-rated, world-leading research is conducted within the 24 Russell Group universities. Despite accounting for just 15% of higher education institutions in the UK, our universities are responsible for 68% of the research deemed to have had outstanding impact in terms of its reach and significance.
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Watch our video on the impact of research at Russell Group universities:
Click here to view recent media appearances from Russell Group Director General Dr Wendy Piatt and Chair Professor David Eastwood.
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