The Russell Group of Universities is a cluster of 24 leading universities from the United Kingdom (UK). Set up in 2007, the heads of the Russell Group Universities who are also the board members aim to help ensure that the universities have the optimum conditions in which to flourish and continue to make social, economic and cultural impacts through their world-leading research and teaching. These world-class, research-intensive institutes play an important role in the intellectual life of the UK and around the globe

History of the Russell Group

The origins of the Russell Group go back to 1994, with 17 original members setting out to ensure that their interests were represented to government. The heads of these universities would meet informally in the Hotel Russell in London, which is where the name came from. 

New universities have been added along the way, with the group becoming an official, incorporated organisation in 2007.

Russell Group of Universities in UK World Rankings

The 24 Russell Group of Universities are ranked as per QS World University Ranking 2020 and Times Higher Education 2020 Ranking for a better understanding of each university and how they fare in the global education map. 


QS World University Rankings 2020

Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 Ranking

University of Oxford (OU)



University of Cambridge



University College London (UCL)



University of Manchester



Imperial College London



University of Leeds



Kings College London (KCL)



University of Warwick (Warwick)



London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)



University of Birmingham



The University of Edinburgh (ED)



University of Bristol



Cardiff University



Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)



University of Glasgow



University of Nottingham



The University of Liverpool (UoL)



Durham University



Queens University Belfast (QUB)



University of Southampton



The University of Sheffield



University of Exeter (Exeter)



University of York



Newcastle University




Eligibility and admission

  • Each university under the Russell Group has its own eligibility criteria which differs as per the program level and discipline. The parameters may include previous qualifications, grades, eligibility test scores, work experience, etc. 
  • All universities would require good command on your English language. Your visa will also need you to fulfill a certain criterion for entering the country.

Financial Support

Most Russell Group universities provide scholarship opportunities, grants and bursaries for its students. These may be granted on the basis of academic merit, extracurricular activities, volunteering, region, discipline, etc. Contact us to more about it.

Why study in a Russell Group university?

  • The Russell Group universities produce over two-thirds of the global research contributed by all the universities in the UK.
  • All universities are globally ranked universities including four in the top ten.
  • Research produced by the Russell Group supports over 3,00,000 jobs in the UK. It covers more than two-thirds of the world-leading research conducted in UK universities
  • The economic output of Russell Group us over £32 billion every year.
  • Diversity is synonymous to the Russell Group – 39% of the academic staff and 34% of students are non-UK. 

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