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The University of York is to become a member of the influential Russell Group of leading UK universities

Posted on 12 March 2012

The University of York has been invited to join the Russell Group in recognition of our excellent research, outstanding teaching and learning, and the impact of our work with business and the public sector.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said: “It is an honour and a privilege to accept this invitation from the Russell Group.  We have been invited to become a member of a group of highly prestigious universities as a consequence of the great progress we have made since our founding in the 1960s.  We are not yet 50 years old but our research has a worldwide reputation for excellence and the quality of our teaching and student experience is acknowledged throughout the UK and beyond.  York is a truly international university but we are also deeply committed to the great city of which we are a part.”

York’s move to the Russell Group will coincide with its resignation from the 1994 Group which represents smaller research-intensive universities. The Vice-Chancellor said: “We are disappointed to be leaving the 1994 Group of which we were a founder member.  We are grateful for the unstinting support we have received from our 1994 Group colleagues and wish them well in the future.”

The Russell Group statement is here:

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