UK university groups
Many UK universities have formed groups through which they share ideas and resources regarding issues and procedures in the higher education sector. The list below lists the major university groups.
The Russell Group
The Russell Group is the most prestigious university group in the UK. It represents 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, including Oxbridge, Cambridge, and Imperial College London, and is regarded as an elite university group. The members of the Russell Group have the quality and strengths to compete successfully in the global market place for research and expertise.
Eight Russell Group members made the top 20 of the Guardian's university league table last year. The other 16 were from the 1994 group. Four of them, Exeter, Durham, York and Queen Mary, left the 1994 Group and joined the Russell Group recently (March 2012).
The below is the list of the Russell group member institutions.
1. University of Oxford
2. University of Cambridge
3. Imperial College London
4. London School of Economics & Political Science
6. University of Warwick
7. University College London
9. University of Edinburgh
10. University of Southampton
11. University of Bristol
12. King's College London
13. University of Nottingham
15. Newcastle University
16. University of Sheffield
17. University of Glasgow
18. University of Birmingham
19. University of Leeds
20. University of Manchester
21. Queen's University Belfast
22. University of Liverpool
23. Cardiff University
24. Queen Mary, University of London
The 1994 Group represents 15 UK universities. The 1994 Group's mission is to promote excellence in research and teaching. The members are committed to delivering very high levels of student satisfaction and offering an excellent experience to students. The 1994 Group is consistently an excellent performer in the National Student Survey.
The below is the list of the 1994 group member institutions.
1. University of St Andrews
2. University of Bath
3. Lancaster University
4. School of Oriental and African Studies
5. Loughborough University
6. University of Leicester
7. Royal Holloway, University of London
8. University of Sussex
9. University of Essex
10. University of Surrey
11. University of East Anglia
12. University of Reading
13. Goldsmiths, University of London
14. Birkbeck, University of London
15. Institute of Education, University of London
The Million+ group represents 26 new universities, incorporating post-1992 and university colleges. Many members have long histories as colleges and subsequently polytechnics. The group was formed in 1997. The million+ group is at the forefront of the political debate about the role and contribution of universities to the economy and society.
The below is the list of the Million+ group member institutions.
1. University of Central Lancashire
2. Birmingham City University
3. Middlesex University
4. University of Wolverhampton
5. Coventry University
6. University of Gloucestershire
7. Edinburgh Napier University
8. Bath Spa University
9. University of Cumbria
10. Kingston University
11. University of Sunderland
12. University of West London
13. University of Abertay Dundee
14. Leeds Metropolitan University
15. Staffordshire University
16. Canterbury Christ Church University
17. University of Bedfordshire
18. University of Northampton
19. Buckinghamshire New University
20. University of Derby
21. University of Greenwich
22. Anglia Ruskin University
23. University of The West of Scotland
24. University of East London
25. University of Bolton
26. London Metropolitan University
The University Alliance was formed in 2006 comprising a mixture of pre and post 1992 universities. The member institutions have a balanced portfolio of research, teaching, enterprise and innovation. Alliance universities have innovation and enterprise running through everything they do and deliver: the courses they offer; their graduate prospects; their research impact; how they work with business, professions and the community; the role they play in building regional economies; to the way they are run.
There are 23 business-engaged universities in University Alliance. They are
1. Oxford Brookes University
2. Open University
3. University of Hertfordshire
4. Plymouth University
5. Nottingham Trent University
6. University of Huddersfield
7. Northumbria University
8. University of the West of England
9. Bournemouth University
10. Sheffield Hallam University
11. University of Lincoln
12. University of Bradford
13. Glasgow Caledonian University
14. De Montfort University
15. University of Portsmouth
16. University of Glamorgan
17. Kingston University
18. University of Wales, Newport
19. Teesside University
20. Manchester Metropolitan University
21. University of Salford
22. Liverpool John Moores University
23. Cardiff Metropolitan University
The United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA) aims to promote the distinctive character of UK specialist arts institutions providing higher education courses, and to add value to their effectiveness through recognising and advancing their links to the creative, cultural and communications industries, the community and business. The members of UKADIA are specialist creative industries, arts and design institutions from across the UK's higher and further education sectors. The specialist colleges contribute to the UK's reputation in the visual arts and creative industries.
Because it is a specialist group, UKADIA is relatively small comparing with other university groups. It only has 13 members. Some top art colleges, such as Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, are not members of this group.
1. University College Falmouth
2. Arts University College at Bournemouth
3. University of the Arts London
4. Norwich University College of the Arts
6. University for the Creative Arts
7. Plymouth College of Art
8. Royal College of Art
9. Leeds College of Art
10. Rose Bruford College
11. Hereford College of Arts
12. Cleveland College of Art & Design
13. Central School of Speech and Drama
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