Russell Group of universities to expand

The Russell Group of research-intensive universities is to expand its current membership of 20 to include 4 more institutions.

The Russell Group represents twenty leading research-intensive universities in the UK which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Professor Michael Arthur, Chair of the Russell Group, said, "We are delighted to announce that the Russell Group board has invited four more members to join the group, all of whom have accepted.

"Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary and York have demonstrated that - like all other Russell Group members - they excel in research, innovation and education and have a critical mass of research excellence across a wide range of disciplines."

Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said, "Our global competitors are pumping billions into research and higher education and snapping at our heels.  The UK cannot afford to be outmanoeuvred by other countries who clearly recognize that investment in their leading universities is the key to growth.

"I look forward to working with our new members to make sure the UK remains a global leader in higher education and continues to reap the economic and social benefits that our leading research-intensive universities provide."

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