Hello, this week in UCAS and Careers news I want to look at the Russell Group of universities. 

It’s a name that we hear often when talking about higher education but who are they? 

They are an association which represents twenty four of the leading universities in the UK including Oxford and Cambridge. They represent the interests of their members to the government and their focus is on supporting these institutions so that they can provide the best education and research opportunities possible. In 2019 they launched ‘Informed Choices’ a website to help students decide what subjects to study at university, (link below) this has replaced their previous ‘facilitating subjects’ list which was unclear.

It must be recognised however that these are not the only universities that provide excellent opportunities for students. There are also other groups supporting universities the MillionPlus group for example says that it is “the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education.” they represent many of the universities that were polytechnics in the past. These universities should not be overlooked as they can be centres of excellence, particularly in newer technology based subjects. For example “Across the UK, 89% of computer games, 87% CG Visual and Audio Effect specialists and 64% software engineering students were at modern universities” (2021, MillionPlus).

Useful links if you would like to find out more:

Informed Choices

Meet the Russell Group – virtual introduction for parents and students in years 11 – 13 on Wednesday 10 February from 12:00 to 19:00


As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any more information.

Kim Lacey, UCAS and Careers