The Russell Group
Created in 1994, the Russell Group is an association which now has 24 members: all of them, British universities. The Group quickly became recognised as representing most of the British universities with the strongest reputations, especially in research. It’s generally harder to gain admission to Russell Group universities than it is to other British universities. But don’t be deterred from applying to a Russell Group university because you think it’s too hard, or from applying to another because it’s not in the group. The difficulty of getting into one of the 24 will be linked to the subject you wish to take. And some of the other universities not in the group have an excellent reputation in certain areas, or even across the board (St. Andrews, for example, is one of the highest ranking universities in the UK, but for whatever reason is not in the group).
You may wish to know that KE summer programmes overall include visits to no fewer than 13 of the 24: Cambridge, Imperial College London, King’s College London, University College London, London School of Economics, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, Leeds, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow!