What UK universities offer
UK universities offer top facilities, advanced teaching and study methods and a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. We look at the plus points below…
High rankings and prestige
The history of UK education is rich and respected around the world. This is reflected in the high standing of the UK’s top universities in the QS World University Rankings.
The UK’s most prestigious universities are also reflected by their membership of the Russell Group.
What is the Russell Group?
The Russell Group is an elite organisation of 24 UK universities committed to achieving excellence in research and teaching, and building strong links with industry. Russell Group universities are recognised for their very high completion rates and student satisfaction levels. Unsurprisingly, competition for places is always high!
According to the Guardian University Guide 2013, seven of the top ten ranked UK universities are members of the Russell Group.
Learn about the best universities with our top 10 university facts infographic!
Location of Russell Group universities in the UK
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Achievements of Russell Group universities
|Russell Group universities have been credited with…
- Awarding over 90,000 students with first class degrees every year
- Supplying 81% of the UK’s doctors and dentists and 30% of the UK’s science and engineering graduates
- Empowering graduates in the modern jobs market. Russell Group graduates have an average wage premium of up to 10% compared to graduates from other universities.
Teaching and study methods
It may take a little time for you to adapt to academic life in a UK university. Teaching and study methods may be different from what you are used to in your home country, but don’t worry – this will be a great experience for you!
UK universities challenge students to think critically and encourage independent study, creating some of the brightest and most successful graduates in the world.
Key features of British teaching and study methods in UK universities
Seminars and tutorial groups
This is a great chance to express, discuss and explore your own ideas and those of your fellow students. Seminars and tutorials provide a mature and inclusive learning environment where there is equal respect between students and teachers.
As well as written exams, towards the end of your degree you may be asked to write a dissertation. This is a major piece of work that will showcase:
- your capacity to study independently
- the quality of your academic writing
- your ability to evaluate and construct a compelling argument.
In many cases it will be regarded as the pinnacle of your degree. So give it your all!
Libraries and reference services
UK universities are renowned for their libraries and reference services. Some of the oldest and largest libraries in the world can be found in the UK, including the Bodleian research library
in Oxford and the British Library
in London. Many of the top UK research libraries are run by Russell Group universities
that are committed to sharing resources through the Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
agreement. This allows students to visit and in some cases even borrow material from other academic institutions!
UK universities support their students with advanced IT equipment – everything from computers to printing facilities and innovative e-learning resources. Wireless internet is standard across university campuses, which means that UK students are some of the most digitally connected in the world. Whether you’re in the library, student union or your halls of residence, researching your next assignment is probably just a click away!
Your studies will take many different forms during your degree, which is why universities offer a variety of flexible work spaces to meet your learning needs. As well as lecture theatres and seminar rooms, group study areas are often available so that you can work on projects with your fellow students.