Location of G5 universities in England
Region served
United Kingdom
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
London School of Economics
University of Oxford
University College London

The G5 is a grouping of five English public research universities that was established in early 2004.[1][2]

The members are Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London.[3][4][5][6] The members of the G5 initially formed the grouping in order to co-ordinate bidding for an increased share of any extra monies made available in the government's summer spending review. The objective was to secure extra state funding above the £3,000 student top-up fees planned in England from 2006 to cover the full costs of home and European Union undergraduates on their courses. This has been attributed to the universities stating they are offering no cheap courses, and that they would have to reduce their intake of UK students without the additional income.[1] The grouping called itself the G5 and its existence was first reported by the Times Higher Education in February 2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Super elite in secret bid for cash boost". Times Higher Education. 6 February 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Universities warned they may face price-fixing fines on fees". The Times. 9 February 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ Murphy, Peter; Peters, Michael A.; Marginson, Simon (2010). Imagination: three models of imagination in the age of the knowledge economy. Peter Lang. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-4331-0529-6. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ Albornoz, Orlando (2006). La universidad latinoamericana entre Davos y Porto Alegre: error de origen, error de proceso. El Nacional. p. 86. ISBN 980-388-266-X. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  5. ^ "President and Provost of UCL Visited SARI". Shanghai Advanced Research Institute. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  6. ^ Wang, Chu-jie (2019). "Analysis on the Improvement of Undergraduate Enrollment Under the Background of "double first-class" Construction - Based on the G5 College Enrollment System Comparison". Teacher Education Forum (in Chinese). 1: 93–97.

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