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Good universities that AREN’T Russell group?

Which universities would you consider to be reputable/highly regarded that aren’t in the Russell Group, some that spring to mind are St Andrews, Bath and maybe Lancaster. Anymore?
You could consider some abroad that do teaching in the English language. There have been a number of threads about universities in the Netherlands, for example.
Aberdeen
Dundee
Oxford Brookes
Heriot Watt
Strathclyde
Anglia Ruskin
Aston
Keele
Plymouth
Swansea
Leicester
Original post by anaindiemood
Which universities would you consider to be reputable/highly regarded that aren’t in the Russell Group, some that spring to mind are St Andrews, Bath and maybe Lancaster. Anymore?

Yes those 3 plus Loughborough.

The question is highly subjective though
Reply 4
I’d say Sussex and Kent
Agree with the above posts
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Reply 6
Original post by stereotypeasian
Aberdeen
Dundee
Oxford Brookes
Heriot Watt
Strathclyde
Anglia Ruskin
Aston
Keele
Plymouth
Swansea
Leicester

All very good but I would also add:

Loughborough
Sussex
Kent
Surrey
Original post by Tinders
All very good but I would also add:

Loughborough
Sussex
Kent
Surrey

Also:
UEA
Reading
Reply 8
maybe Harvard? I heard they're alright
Original post by SaDe7
maybe Harvard? I heard they're alright


If only I had the funding😍
Original post by anaindiemood
Which universities would you consider to be reputable/highly regarded that aren’t in the Russell Group, some that spring to mind are St Andrews, Bath and maybe Lancaster. Anymore?

I'm probably biased but UEA is great and not enough people consider it honestly! It's at the top of student satisfaction rates and I can confirm that because I love it :smile: I always tell applicants to never focus completely on league tables and Russell groups because if you're not happy there then there's no point in paying £9000 a year to be sad!
Reply 11
I'm guessing it depends on the degree or course. RVC is 2nd for veterinary medicine in the world in 2020 and has been first before, but its not a russell group uni
University of West of England (UWE)
Depends on what you want to study. For engineering, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt are very reputable and targeted by recruiters pretty heavily (or have been in the past anyway). For art history, the Courtauld is world leading and it's MA programme has produced a very large proportion of the current heads of major museums and galleries in the UK. Anglia Ruskin has a very well regarded illustration programme, while Bournemouth has one of the premier film production courses in the UK to my understanding.

Focus on what is specifically good for your field/sector, not some "general" sense of prestige. Employers in the relevant field will only know/care about the former, not the latter!
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Original post by macy_m
I'm guessing it depends on the degree or course. RVC is 2nd for veterinary medicine in the world in 2020 and has been first before, but its not a russell group uni

This cannot be emphasised enough. League tables/Russell Group are largely irrelevant when compared to uni reputation within your field of interest.
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Original post by Vian
This cannot be emphasised enough. League tables/Russell Group are largely irrelevant when compared to uni reputation within your field of interest.

exactly, in this specific example cambridge is quite a few rankings below in both world and uk rankings
Consistent national and global rankings last 10 years or so In order left to right:

Tier 1: St. Andrews >>> Bath, Lancaster (5-15 Nationally, 50-150 Globally)

Tier 2: Aberdeen, Sussex, UEA, Dundee, Reading, Leceister, Surrey (20-30 Nationally, 150-250 Globally)

Tier 2.5: Loughborough, Strath, (10-20 Nationally, 300-450 Globally)

Tier 3: RHUL, Kent, Essex, Keele, Aston, (30 - 50 Nationally, 350 - 600 Globally)

Tier 4: Brunel, NTU, Portsmouth, Oxford Brookes, Kingston, Bournemouth

Tier 5-6: ???
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Original post by anaindiemood
Which universities would you consider to be reputable/highly regarded that aren’t in the Russell Group, some that spring to mind are St Andrews, Bath and maybe Lancaster. Anymore?

Most former 1994 universities are on a par with Russell Group. The likes of Bath
, St Andrews, Lancaster, Loughborough, Royal Holloway, Reading etc are as good as some RG.

Here is a list compiled by the Sutton Triust of the 30 most selective universities.. There are still a few glaring omissions like East Anglia and Loughborough though.

University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Durham University, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, Imperial College, King's College London, University of Lancaster, University of Leeds, University of Leicester, University of Liverpool, London School of Economics, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Reading, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, University of Strathclyde, University of Surrey, University College London, University of Warwick and University of York.

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