The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We believe people and ideas are the key to meeting global challenges.

Through world-class research and education we are helping to create a dynamic economy, stronger communities and a better future for the UK.




The Russell Group has appointed Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell as its next Chair.


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    While students from around the world choose to study at British universities because of the high-quality education and experience they provide

    23 July 2023

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    Over 100 organisations and individuals representing the research community across the UK and Europe back statement

    22 July 2023

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    Russell Group responds to the introduction of new rules designed to protect the stability and integrity of the higher education sector

    03 July 2023

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    Russell Group responds to Government plans to cement the UK as a science superpower



We ensure policy development across a wide range of higher education issues is underpinned by a robust evidence base. This work currently spans six main areas:

  • Research

    Our universities are global leaders in research, but it is vital they receive sufficient funding and support

  • Education

    A high-quality, research-led education requires proper funding at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

  • Access and inclusion

    The under-representation of talented students from certain backgrounds has deep-rooted causes which we cannot solve alone

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    Collaboration with business is a key part of the work of our universities but Government could foster more innovation

  • EU & International

    Our universities are global businesses competing for staff, students and funding with the best in the world

  • Regulation

    Autonomy is crucial to the success of our universities – they will not flourish if they are over-regulated

For students

Russell Group universities provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with outstanding opportunities to learn, develop, and realise their full potential in a research-intensive environment.

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For business

Businesses, charities and other organisations can access our universities’ world-class research, expertise and facilities to raise their performance and competitiveness.

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