Our members

LERU is an association of some of the most renowned research universities in Europe. Founded in 2002, as a partnership of 12 leading research universities, the League expanded its membership to 24 universities in 2024. Member universities are based in 12 European countries.

Membership, which is by invitation, is periodically evaluated against a broad set of qualitative criteria and quantitative, such as research volume, impact and funding, strengths in PhD training, size and disciplinary breadth, and peer-recognised academic excellence.

Together, the 24 LERU members develop and disseminate LERU's view on research, innovation and higher education through papers, statements, meetings and events, helping to shape European policy.