The Russell group are a group of twenty four universities that are research-intensive, world-class universities. They are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivaled links with business and the public sector.
Russell Group universities play an important part in the intellectual life of the UK and have huge social, economic and cultural impacts locally, across the UK and around the globe. Between them they produce more than two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities, support over 300,000 jobs across the country and have a total economic output of more than £32 billion every year. Last year, more than 395,000 undergraduates and over 184,000 postgraduates were studying at a Russell Group university.
The Russell group universities are listed below. We have many students who are intellectually capable of gaining places at these universities and every year many do. Some students though do not enable themselves to be contenders simply because they struggle to have the resilience and self discipline to take on the most challenging subjects. Current year 8 students will, in only nine months time have to make choices about their studies. While we continue to not force students to take the EBACC, we do encourage those students who are capable of having the choice to attend one of these top universities to study French or German, study a humanities subject and balance this with the a subject from the Arts, Sport or Technology. With strong grades in Science, Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, they will be able to successfully compete with students from both the maintained and independent sector. We should encourage all of our students to love learning and to enjoy it when they have to think really hard, rather than giving up at every hurdle and waiting for help.