If I cannot get into a Russel Group University will I be at a disadvantage?Watch
The Russell Group is hugely overrated.
And quite honestly the sense of entitlement (to internships and jobs) it fosters in its students should be avoided at all costs.
There are people who go to the "low ranking" colleges to do their degrees, but still end up at the same place as people from Oxbridge. It's hard, but possible.
In the end, you are at uni for knowledge. If you let a degree or university define you, then it's going to be hard to be successful. You just have to be dedicated and enjoy what you are doing.
Universities pay to join the Russell Group. Some of those universities in the group used to be the old polytechnic colleges and do not hold as good a reputation as the older more traditional universities in the group.
You need to do some proper research on the courses and outcomes. Many courses at non Russell Group Universities offer courses on a par with the lower rated Russell Group Universities so you wont lose out by going elsewhere.
Also for context when I've been recruiting in the past (I'm old and a mature student) I've never noticed or taken into account where anyone gained their degree except for the Oxbridge students. They seem to mention their Oxbridge degree frequently throughout the recruitment process.
(scenario a) a graduate who has a good degree, in a broad subject, and transferable skills they have acquired through work experience
(scenario b) a RG graduate who has a not so good degree, in a niche subject, with no transferable skills, no work experience.