The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Our research-intensive, world-class universities play an important part in the intellectual life of the UK and have huge social, economic and cultural impacts locally, across the UK and around the globe.

While our member universities have histories varying in length from 50 years to nearly 1,000, the Russell Group itself is a newer body, whose board members – the heads of the Russell Group universities - first began to meet in 1994. It was set up as a professional, incorporated organisation in 2007 following the appointment of Dr Wendy Piatt as its first Director General and Chief Executive.

The aim of the organisation is to help ensure that our universities have the optimum conditions in which to flourish and continue to make social, economic and cultural impacts through their world-leading research and teaching. We provide strategy, policy development, intelligence, communications and advocacy for our member institutions.

Find out more about the Russell Group, including facts and figures about our members, in our Profile publication.



Facts and figures about the 24 universities which make up the Russell Group.

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