Blog: Path to Success – Your Future

09 October 2017

Choosing which university to attend and what course to study are two of the biggest decisions that you will take.

Picking one course or one university over another will have a real impact on the experience you have as a student – and what happens after you graduate.

It is important that you consider all the options open to you. University admissions offices and websites will be able to give you the facts, and league tables will provide an idea about how different courses stack up. Your parents, teachers and friends are all there to help too.

This is your choice and your future.

Here are a few reasons why we think studying at a Russell Group university will put you on the path to success.

Student experience

Russell Group universities provide an outstanding educational experience that is grounded in the world-leading research our members produce. This offers lasting benefits to our graduates – and to society as a whole.

Students starting their courses this year will benefit from £1.85 billion of investment in new facilities over the last five years. Our members are boosting teaching facilities, libraries, student accommodation, university IT and much more.


Since 2012, Russell Group universities have spent £930 million on teaching and research facilities and £920 million on student accommodation, sports and social facilities, libraries and IT.

Excellent facilities also come with excellent teaching - on average, Russell Group universities have double the number of academic staff members per student compared to other UK universities

Graduate outcomes

Our graduates finish their courses with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

The top 10 UK universities for graduate recruitment, as rated by employers, are all members of the Russell Group.


If you graduate from a Russell Group university you are more likely to get a job within months of completing your course, and that job is more likely to be in a professional field like medicine or law.


80% of leavers with a first degree from a Russell Group university were in professional employment compared to 68% for other universities within six months of graduating.

You are also more likely to be better paid than people of your age who went to other universities. Official figures show that our graduates can expect to earn an average of £3000 a year more than their peers three and a half years after finishing their courses.


If you want to find out more about our members and the courses they offer, check out our advice for undergraduate applications (the links will take you to detailed guidance from each of our member universities).


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