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The University of Liverpool is set to lose its Russell Group status

The news follows the recent announcement to cut more than 200 jobs

It has been confirmed that the University of Liverpool will soon no longer be classed as a Russell Group university, despite it being the original redbrick university.

The Russell Group's 24 universities are known to be research-intensive, unique institutions that each have their own history and ethos, but share a commitment to maintaining a high standard of research and teaching.

For many months now the university has seen a decline in rankings, including a bronze award in the Times Higher Education rankings for quality of teaching whilst Liverpool John Moores University secured a gold.

The Complete University Guide rankings saw the University of Liverpool drop three places from 2017, being ranked in 41st place for 2018, whilst the QS World University Rankings showed Liverpool dropped 16 places. The Guardian's University League Table 2018 ranked the University of Liverpool a shocking 67th, below Liverpool Hope (56th).

The continued decline of the University of Liverpool's position in almost every form of university ranking has culminated in the university losing its Russell Group status from September 2018 onward. It remains unconfirmed as to whether another university will take UoL's place, or whether the Russell Group will simply be reduced to 23 universities.

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