UK & EU Undergraduates
Students at Russell Group universities have outstanding opportunities to learn, develop, and realise their full potential in their future careers
Russell Group universities work hard to create the ideal learning environment for students to flourish. The combination of teaching and research excellence in our universities will offer you the chance to learn from some of the world’s most respected academics. You will be supported to make sure you get the most from the education our universities offer and you’ll have access to some of the best teaching facilities in the UK: from libraries and lecture halls, to labs and online learning tools. In combination, this gives Russell Group graduates a huge step up to achieving success in the wider world.
This short video gives just a brief insight into the student experience at Russell Group universities.
At a Russell Group university, you will benefit from world-class teachers, first-rate facilities and a highly-motivated and talented peer group.
The value of studying at a Russell Group university is highlighted by the:
- High levels of student satisfaction – the 2015 National Student Survey showed 88% of students at Russell Group universities were satisfied with their course, while 89% of students were satisfied with teaching at our universities
- Greater graduate earnings – graduates of Russell Group universities earn around 10% more on average over the course of their lifetime than graduates of newer universities
- Stiff competition for places – an average of six applications are made for each place
- Low drop-out rates – Russell Group universities have some of the lowest drop-out rates in the world.
Each Russell Group university sets its own entry requirements for each of its courses. This means that when you’re thinking about going to university, you’ll need to look on universities’ own websites or in their prospectuses to find the specific grades, qualifications and subjects that they require for the courses that you are interested in. Links to their websites are provided in the University website links section of this page.
We do provide some general guidance to students who are choosing their A-levels, Highers and other equivalent qualifications that you might study after the age of 16. This can be found on the Subject choices at school and college page.
Funding your studies
Money worries should not put you off from applying to a Russell Group university. If you live in and are a citizen of the UK and are planning to study full time for your first degree at a university in the UK there are some key facts you need to know about tuition fees:
- Wherever you study you don’t have to pay for your course upfront - you can get a government loan that will cover the tuition fees for your chosen university.
- You only pay back your university loan when you can afford to do so after graduating.
- Whatever the fee, the size of your monthly repayments when you start repaying your loan will be the same.This is because your monthly repayments are based on how much you go on to earn rather than the size of the loan you took out.
- After a set period of time the outstanding balance on your student loan is written off by the Government.
- Loans, grants and scholarships are available to help you with your living costs.
The process of applying for the government student finance package differs according to which part of the UK or EU you are from – just follow the most appropriate link below for more information:
- Students who live in England and EU students who want to study at a university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
- Students who live in Scotland and EU students who want to study at a Scottish university
- Students who live in Wales
- Students who live in Northern Ireland
On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union but will remain a member until the conclusion of negotiations that are expected to take at least two years. The government has confirmed that students from other EU countries currently at UK universities or planning to start a course in the 2016/17 academic year will be able to access student loans for the duration of their course. We would encourage students from other EU countries to contact the university that they have applied to (or are planning to apply to) for more information.
Russell Group universities offer financial help to their students in addition to the maintenance loans and grants provided by the Government. The money that you receive will vary between universities and depend on your particular circumstances but last year a third of all undergraduate students at English Russell Group universities received a bursary or scholarship worth an average of £2,200.
More information about the money that universities offer through bursaries and scholarships to support you whilst you study can be found on their websites - see the University website links section of this page.