For teachers and career advisers
Russell Group universities work closely with schools and colleges across the UK to help raise attainment and aspirations, and to provide careers IAG
Collectively, Russell Group universities’ students and staff have an enormous reach, working with thousands of young people and teachers in the UK. In 2015-16 the 20 Russell Group universities in England alone will invest £49 million on outreach activities.
The key reason why too few students from disadvantaged backgrounds apply to leading universities is that they are not achieving the right grades in the right subjects.
Although universities cannot solve this problem alone, Russell Group universities work extensively with schools and colleges across the UK to support teachers to identify and build on potential – and to raise the attainment of pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our universities do this in a variety of proactive ways, including:
- Sponsoring academies or setting up schools
- Running substantial, long-term programmes with students from poorer backgrounds
- Providing continuing professional development for teachers
- Delivering academic support through mentoring
- Supporting after-school homework clubs and revision sessions
For information on schemes and initiatives run by the Russell Group universities in your area, please use the Useful links.
Information, advice and guidance
Russell Group universities invest significant time and resources in developing and delivering high quality information, advice and guidance initiatives to:
- Challenge negative perceptions of higher education and raise student aspirations
- Help students choose the right subjects for them and understand course requirements
- Provide advice on applications
The Russell Group’s guide, Informed Choices, provides students with information, advice and guidance about their post-16 subject choices. Teachers and advisers can use this in the classroom to help those students with the potential to study at a Russell Group university choose the most appropriate subjects at ages 15 and 16. For information on schemes and initiatives run by the Russell Group universities in your area, please use the Useful links.
A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 educationDownload (PDF, 1.4MB)