Are there distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities in the UK?

  title={Are there distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities in the UK?},
  author={Vikki Boliver},
  journal={Oxford Review of Education},
  pages={608 - 627}
  • V. Boliver
  • Published 3 September 2015
  • Education
  • Oxford Review of Education
In 1992 the binary divide between universities and polytechnics was dismantled to create a nominally unitary system of higher education for the UK. Just a year later, the first UK university league table was published, and the year after that saw the formation of the Russell Group of self-proclaimed ‘leading’ universities. This paper asks whether there are distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities in the UK, and, in particular, whether the Russell Group institutions can be… 
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