Wednesday 14 March 2012
The prestigious university consortium – the Russell Group – has captured four new university members.
York, Durham, Exeter and Queen Mary’s, University of London have joined such institutions as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and the LSE within the Russell Group fold.
The Russell Group has for six years represented the interests of the UK’s larger, research universities. In 2008 analysis showed that 60% of the UK’s world-leading research took place at Russell Group universities.
The move probably also reflects a sense of growing competition amongst universities. Membership of the Russell Group would increase the value of the universities in the eyes of students who now have to pay up to £9000 a year for their tuition.