The Russell Group is a self-styled and self-selected association of 24 research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 to represent the interests of member institutions to the UK government and parliament. Its representative, lobbying, and other functions extend to a range of national and sector organisations. Following political devolution at the end of the 1990s, these bodies include the Scottish parliament and the national assemblies for Wales and for Northern Ireland.

Russell Group universities are mostly large multi-faculty institutions devoted to teaching, research, knowledge exchange, and public engagement. In their entry requirements, they are amongst the most selective institutions in the British higher education system. They attract international students and scholars in large numbers and account for a majority of the world-leading ...

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