Established to promote excellence in research and teaching. To enhance student and staff experience within our universities and to set the agenda for higher education.

The Group's aims are:

To secure widespread recognition and a position of strength to influence decision and policy-making groups.

To achieve awareness and profile that underpins the ambitions of members in global markets.

To promote the need for diverse, distributed centres of research and teaching excellence.

To share good practice, enhancing the experience of staff and students.

To provide services that help members respond effectively to changing market conditions.

The Group believes that:

Members' identities and traditions can be respected while providing a basis for innovative and challenging thinking.

Research-intensive universities should play a full role at local, regional, national and international level.

High-quality research and teaching are mutually supportive and serve to reinforce each other.

Students and staff from diverse backgrounds should be encouraged to realize their potential in a well-maintained environment, providing a stimulating choice of academic, cultural and social opportunities.