What are redbrick universities?

The Redbrick Universities of the UK were originally a group of institutions that that were founded in major British industrial cities during the 19th century. There were originally six of these civic universities. The six original Redbrick Universities achieved university status before the first world war, either as engineering or science colleges.

The term ‘Redbrick’ was originally a term with some negative connotations, as the new universities were seen as inferior start-ups in comparison to the ancient universities. Following the proliferation of universities, including the introduction of plate-glass universities, in the 1960s, Redbrick Universities gained significantly more prestige. Many Redbrick Universities specialise in technology, science, design and engineering subject – as these areas were in especially high demand during the period they were introduced. 

Today, 5 of the original 6 Redbrick Universities are rated among the top 100 universities in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings.

Which universities are red brick?

There are nine civic universities that are classified as Redbrick institutions. These are the following:

Why are Redbrick Universities popular?

Redbrick Universities are known for offering a wide range of high-quality academic degree programs, along with excellent societies and clubs. They are particularly appealing to international students who may be attracted to the international reputations the redbrick institutions hold.

What is the Russell Group of Universities?

The Russell Group is a selection of 24 UK research universities which receive over 75% of all UK university research grants and contract income. They are also the group which awards 60% of all doctorates in the UK. All but one of the UK’s Redbrick Universities are members of the Russell Group – the only exception being the University of Reading. 

What are the Redbrick University rankings?

Redbrick Universities in the UK consistently rank high in student experience and research quality. Overall UK rankings below are based on the Complete University Guide for 2019.

  • University of Liverpool overall UK ranking 36
  • University of Birmingham overall UK ranking 15
  • University of Manchester overall UK ranking 18
  • University of Sheffield overall UK ranking 30
  • University of Leeds overall UK ranking 13
  • University of Bristol overall UK ranking 15
  • University of Reading overall UK ranking 32
  • University of Nottingham overall UK ranking 17
  • Newcastle University overall UK ranking 22

Redbrick Universities and accommodation

Due to the popularity of Redbrick Universities, particularly with international students, they have continued to invest well in high-quality, modern, comfortable and well-located accommodation and facilities. Some great examples of Redbrick University accommodation include:

Redbrick Universities for conferences and events

If you are organising a conference or event and are considering an academic venue, a Redbrick University offers a host of great selling points. These include stunning architecture, superb city locations and international acumen. Whether your event is academic or otherwise, academic venues such as Redbrick Universities are attractive, memorable practical, culturally significant and certain to leave a positive impression.