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What is the 1994 Group?

Like the Russell Group, the 1994 Group was another prestigious group of universities. They were a collective group of universities that focused on research until they disbanded in 2013.

Note, the 1994 Group has now been dissolved as of November 2013.

What the 1994 Group says:

Students at 1994 Group institutions enjoy outstanding experiences thanks to a commitment to quality teaching backed by world class research. Our institutions are smaller than many other research intensive universities and mostly campus based. This means that students, lecturers and researchers are all members of the same close knit academic communities.

Our members are among the very best universities in the world, with highly regarded research and top class facilities. Thanks to this we attract students from around the world, ensuring that our campuses are diverse and cosmopolitan.

Mark Fuller | Director Of Communications - 1994 Group

Who was in the 1994 Group?

Established (unsurprisingly) in 1994, the group included eleven research-intensive universities. Like the Russell Group, a lot of 1994 Group unis were known for doing well in the league tables. Members include:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leicester
  • Loughborough University
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • University of Sussex

What other university groups are there?

The 1994 Group isn’t the only university group to exist. The Russell Group is also associated with research, while Million+ is a public policy think tank made up of universities, many of whom were former polytechnics before 1992 and who have traditionally focused more on vocational (work-related) education.

There is also University Alliance, and Guild HE, which represents many universities and colleges specialising in art and design, teacher training, agriculture, music and drama.

Some universities choose not to be part of any group – and this shouldn’t be viewed negatively.


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