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The UK Member Universities of the LERU

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The League of European Research Universities, commonly known as the LERU originally had 12 member universities. Over the ten years of its existence, however, it expanded on 21 member universities. The UK member universities form nearly one quarter of all LERU members as 5 from total 21 members are from the UK.

The UK member universities of the LERU are (according to the alphabetic order):

Imperial College London. The public research university which is specialised in science, medicine, engineering and business was the last UK university to be admitted to the LERU in 2010. Besides being a member university of the LERU, the Imperial College London is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the Association of MBAs, the Russel Group and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Together with the other leading London-based universities, the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, the Imperial College London also forms the so-called Golden Triangle.

University College London. The oldest and the largest constituent college of the federal University of London is another London-based LERU member university and a part of the Golden Triangle. And just like the Imperial College London, the University College London is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association and the Russel Group. But it is also a member of the G5 and UNICA. The University is a member of the LERU since 2006.

University of Cambridge. The second oldest and one of the most pre-eminent universities in both Europe and the world was one of the 12 founding member universities of the LERU. It is also a member of the G5, the International Alliance of Research Universities – a network of 10 leading international research-intensive universities which offer opportunities for students to teach abroad, the Russel Group and the Coimbra Group which is a network of 40 most prestigious universities in Europe.

University of Edinburgh. The only Scottish LERU member is also one of the original 12 members of the League. The Athens of the north as the University of Edinburgh is popularly called is also the only Scottish member of the Russel Group.

University of Oxford. The oldest surviving university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest surviving university in the world played an important role in the creation of the LERU as well. Like its rival – the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford is also a member of the Coimbra Group, the International Alliance of Research University, the G5 and of course, a part of the Golden Triangle. But it is also a member of Europeanum, an organisation which connects the top ten leading European universities that was set up on the initiative of European studies in the University of Oxford and other high education institutions in Europe that are closely connected with Oxford in the early 1990s.