We recently ranked the worst to best Russell Group universities: but what about the best non-Russell Group universities. After all, it’s not all about Oxbridge. In fact, there are plenty of fantastic non-Russell Group universities to study at in the UK. What’s more, many of these boast higher levels of student satisfaction, student diversity and most importantly, lower entry requirements. So, if you aren’t quite sure where to study or you’re simply keen to know where you’re university stands then read on. These are the best non-Russell Group universities: Ranked.
11. Royal Holloway
In position eleven of the best non-Russell Group universities is Royal Holloway. This London university boasts extremely high levels of student satisfaction and graduate prospects. The university has 25 academic departments with degree options ranging from the arts to economics and law. One of the reasons students choose this uni is that it’s extremely career focussed. In fact, employability skills are taught throughout the degree, with support from the Careers Service available to students even after they graduate. What’s more, Royal Holloway is undoubtedly one of the prettiest university campuses in the UK. It’s no surprise that it’s been used as a filming location for plenty of popular movies and television series.
Next up on our list and in spot number ten is the University of Strathclyde. This Glasgow university is one of the largest in the UK and has one of the best reputations among non-Russell Group universities. It scores incredibly highly in key factors such as student satisfaction, student to staff ratio, academic services spend and graduate prospects.
Following on we have Swansea University in Wales, a university that boasts a gorgeous bayside campus and a great reputation. Swansea is a research-led university and is well known for its high-quality degrees in subjects such as Engineering and Business. Likewise, it has high levels of student satisfaction ( its Student Union has 150+ societies and more than 60 sports teams on campus.) Therefore, Swansea really does seem to have it all.
Next up, The University of Dundee bodes incredibly well in the university rankings list. Factors it scores highly in include entry standards and student satisfaction. With over 200 different undergraduate degree combinations on offer, and with a range of scholarships to help undergraduate students achieve the most from their studies, it’s no wonder that the University of Dundee has made it up so high on to our list.
In position number seven on our list is the University of Essex. This university is one of the most diverse in the UK and great for international students. In fact, Essex’s student body represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies. What’s more, students at this uni are encouraged to learn a foreign language alongside their studies. It offers degrees in subjects ranging from politics to social sciences.
Next up is Edinburgh based university, Herriot-Watt. This uni has a history of quality teaching and practical research dating from 1821 and it’s still one of the most well-regarded universities today. The degrees that Heriot-Watt specialises in include business, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fashion. Likewise, it’s a great university for international students or those wanting to study abroad. In fact, the uni has five campuses including sites in Malaysia, with over 1,200 students, and Dubai, with nearly 4,000 students.
Following on and in position number five is the University of East Anglia (UEA). This uni is a highly-ranked campus university with arguably one of the prettiest university campuses– It’s set in acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of the thriving city of Norwich. It has incredibly high levels of student satisfaction and offers degrees in everything from climate change to health sciences and creative writing. There is lots to do outside of studying for students, with over 200 societies and one of the best sports centres in the country.
Lancaster graduates are regarded highly by employers which is undoubtedly why it scores so highly for graduate prospects. It is great for local and international students alike. In fact, the university welcomes students from over 100 countries to its Lancaster campus. Likewise, it has partnerships with institutions in 24 countries. Therefore this is great for uni students wanting to study, travel and volunteer abroad.
Now, we are into the top three and next up we have the University of Bath. This beautiful campus university is highly regarded by employers due to its high standards of teaching and emphasis on practical work experience. It ranks in the first position in the UK for Architecture and Criminology and second for Psychology, Sports Science and Sociology. Its high levels of student support are also a reason why it ranks so highly on our list.
Following on in our list of the best non-Russell group universities is Loughborough. This reputable University has a campus spread over a vast 440-acre green site that is among beautiful gardens and open spaces. We can think of worse places to study… The uni offers a wide range of degrees and is particularly well known for its sports-related subjects. In fact, Loughborough is home to the world’s largest university-based sports technology research group.
Drumroll, please… In position one, we have the University of St Andrews. One of the oldest universities in the world, St Andrews boasts high-quality teaching, a diverse student population and flexible degree options. It’s a great university for international students with over 140 countries represented in the student body. Despite offering a broad range of subjects, this Scottish university excels in Theology, Divinity and Religious studies.
So, there you have it. Those are the best non-Russell group universities in the UK. Do you study at any of these universities and if so, how are you finding it? Share your thoughts in the comments. Additionally, be sure to check out our list of the most popular degrees in 2022 if you arent’ quite sure what to study at university.