Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary and York join Russell Group

Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary and York universities are set to join the Russell Group of world class research institutions.

The four new additions is recognition of the higher education institutions' academic quality and excellence in "research, innovation and education", according to Russell Group Chair Professor Michael Arthur.

Russell Group Director General Dr Wendy Piatt underlined the need for the UK education sector to keep up with international counterparts, who continue to invest heavily in improving their research capabilities.

"Our global competitors are pumping billions into research and higher education and snapping at our heels," she explained, adding that she looks forward to working with the new members and the opportunity to enhance the economic and social benefits of improved research for the UK.

The Russell Group was formed in 1994 by a group of Vice Chancellors with a shared interested in world-class research and education. Members of the Group have a combined economic output of £22.3 billion, equivalent to 40 per cent of the total output for the sector.

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