Facts and figures

Russell Group universities attract the brightest minds from around the world, welcoming talented students and researchers into their diverse academic communities:

  • 37% of all international undergraduates and 46% of international postgraduates studying in the UK are at Russell Group universities.
  • Around 39% of academic staff at Russell Group universities are from overseas, compared to an average of just 23% at other UK universities.
  • Four of the top 10 universities in the world are Russell Group members, 15 feature in the top 100 and all 24 are in the top 250 in the QS World University Rankings for 2018.

Building prosperity

  • They have an average income of £688 million and a total economic output of over £32 billion per annum - 44% of the total economic output for the whole UK university sector (of which Russell Group universities comprise just 15%).
  • They are a major UK export industry, generating overseas earnings of over £4 billion per annum.

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Leaders in pioneering research

  • Russell Group universities have a proven track record of turning world-leading research into innovative products and services and in 2015-16 our universities generated over £86 million in intellectual property income, 49% of the total generated by UK universities.
  • They produce pioneering research, on a grand scale, across a broad range of disciplines and have the critical mass of excellent research to generate huge impact. The proportion of world leading research at Russell Group universities is almost double that at other universities.

Enriching education and creating opportunities

Russell Group universities provide an outstanding student experience for both undergraduates and postgraduates. In 2015-16, 417,000 undergraduates and 192,000 postgraduates were studying at the 24 Russell Group universities.

In the 2016 National Student Survey:

  • 87% of students at Russell Group universities were satisfied with their course
  • 88% were satisfied with teaching at their university
  • 89% found their course intellectually stimulating.

Driving innovation

Russell Group universities have a proven track record of turning world-leading research into innovative products and services. In 2015-16:

  • Our universities generated over £86 million in intellectual property income, 49% of the total generated by UK universities.
  • The estimated turnover from companies spun out from Russell Group universities was £644 million.

Global reach

Russell Group universities attract the brightest minds from around the world, welcoming talented students and researchers from around the world into their diverse academic communities:

  • 37% of all international undergraduates and 46% of international postgraduates studying in the UK are at Russell Group universities.
  • Around 39% of academic staff at Russell Group universities are from overseas, compared to an average of just 23% at other UK universities.

Our universities are recognised as world-leaders with four of the top ten universities in the world, 15 in the Top 100 and all 24 in the Top 250 of the QS World University Rankings 2018.

For more facts and figures, see our Profile report. 

Profile - 2017 update