International Staff

07 June 2017

The strong base of overseas talent at Russell Group universities underpins excellence in research, innovation and education; helping the UK to maintain and develop its position as a world-leading research nation and playing a critical role in educating future generations.


Over 42,000 staff from outside the UK are working at Russell Group universities, making up 25% of the overall workforce. These highly qualified individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise, developed in their home nations, to our universities.

Overseas academics are responsible for some of the highest quality research at our institutions and make up a particularly high proportion, 48%, of academics on research-only contracts.
36% of international staff at Russell Group universities are directly involved in teaching and provide a significant core of expertise and capacity for training future generations.

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