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.
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.
We welcome that from 2017-18 tuition fees will increase in line with inflation for universities that provide excellent teaching
The Russell Group has commented on the speech by Universities Minister Jo Johnson which outlined plans for a Teaching Excellence Framework