The Russell Group is a collection of British research universities who first joined together in 1994 at a hotel in Russell Square in London.
The group was formed to protect the universities' mutual interests and to help each other maintain a high standard of teaching and research. Member universities are often considered to be the most prestigious institutions in the United Kingdom.
While there is no way of saying whether particular universities are objectively 'better' or 'worse' than others, many students are drawn to the Russell Group because of their focus on research and high teaching standards. For example, 10 out of the 24 members hold gold awards by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.
Others choose to apply to member universities because they believe it will make it easier to get a job. This is backed up by a survey from the Office of National Statistics that found that Russell Group graduates hold 61% of all UK jobs that require a university degree, despite being only 17% of all higher education graduates.
It is also important to note that a number of excellent institutions are not Russell Group members and that course quality will vary by the department in all universities. Other factors such as student social life, location and course structure are just as important to consider when applying to university.
The best way to make sure you'll be able to get into any prestigious university is to score highly in your A levels or equivalent high school diploma. In particular, you will want to achieve good grades in the subjects that are essential to the understanding of your chosen degree. You can check which subjects to take on the Informed Choices website.
All students who successfully complete our University Pathways programme are guaranteed entry to one of our partner universities, of which many are Russell Group members.
Every year we help students from around the world achieve a place at university in the UK. Contact us to find out more.