Russell Group comment on UK and international admissions

19 August 2022

Commenting on admissions of UK and international students to Russell Group universities on A level results day (18 August 2022), a Russell Group spokesperson said: 

“This year’s figures show that so far in the cycle, the number of UK 18-year-olds securing undergraduate places at higher tariff universities is up by 24% on 2019, while the equivalent figure for international students is around 6%. These figures underline universities’ determination to provide a high-quality education for homegrown students. 

“The fact that our universities attract people from around the world is an asset and should be celebrated. It ensures our campuses provide a vibrant and diverse environment for young people to learn in and is a key part of the Government’s International Education Strategy, generating funds that are re-invested in our universities and benefit the wider UK economy.”


  • UCAS figures show that so far in the cycle the numbers of UK students placed at higher-tariff universities are the second highest on record, significantly up on 2019 and the pre-pandemic trend.
  • The proportion of UK students out of the total accepted at our universities has remained steady over the past decade, and is higher this year than in 2019.

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