The Russell Group

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.

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.

Find out more

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.

A passion for learning – The student experience at Russell Group universities

The Russell Group’s most recent publication explores how our universities provide the ideal learning environment for students to flourish, how they support students to get the most from the education on offer and how they give graduates the best chance of success in the wider world.

Read A passion for learning: The student experience at Russell Group universities.

Click here to view recent media appearances from Russell Group Director General Dr Wendy Piatt and Chair Professor David Eastwood.

Informed Choices - choosing A-level and equivalent subjects

In December 2013, the Russell Group updated Informed Choices, our guide to making decisions about post-16 education. It is aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent qualifications. This short film explains more:

Read Informed Choices and our FAQs.

Click here to view recent media appearances from Russell Group Director General Dr Wendy Piatt and Chair Professor David Eastwood.

Recent appearances on broadcast media

On 14 August Russell Group Director General & CEO Dr Wendy Piatt discussed the problems that will be associated with uncapping student numbers at higher education institutions in England on BBC Radio 4's World at One.

More of Dr Piatt's latest media appearances can be accessed here.

The Impact of Research at Russell Group universities

The Russell Group has launched two major reports: Jewels in the Crown, on the importance of world-class universitiesand the Social Impact of Research

We have also released a short film about the economic and social impact of Russell Group university research.

Click here to view recent media appearances from Russell Group Director General Dr Wendy Piatt and Chair Professor David Eastwood.

Latest News and Policy Statements

HEFCE changes open access policy

Changes to HEFCE's open access policy will ease the administrative burden on staff in our universities

University funding cuts

We are disappointed that vital funding for science research and teaching has been cut.

Office for Fair Access 2016/17 access agreements

More students from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to our universities - but the long-term challenge remains underachievement at school and poor advice on choosing A-levels and degree courses.

Summer Budget

We welcome that from 2017-18 tuition fees will increase in line with inflation for universities that provide excellent teaching

Teaching excellence

The Russell Group has commented on the speech by Universities Minister Jo Johnson which outlined plans for a Teaching Excellence Framework