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Royal Holloway, University of London

2015 League Table Ranking 33
2015 Overall Score 759
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Entry Standards 402 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 15.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.67 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 1,038 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.10 Help
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Facilities Spend 435 Help
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Graduate Prospects 63.6 Help
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Degree Completion 92.3 Help
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Good Honours 74.0 Help
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Green Score 30.0 Help
Green Score
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  • Opened by Queen Victoria in 1886, Royal Holloway was founded by Thomas Holloway, a Victorian entrepreneur and visionary.
  • Became part of the University of London in 1900 and later merged with Bedford College, another pioneering college founded in 1849 as the first college in Great Britain for the higher education of women.
  • Royal Holloway was the Olympic Village for Rowing.
  • The Founder's Building is one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world.
  • Our Music Department is awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Until now, only two had been created in the last century.

Location and Transport

  • Fifty-four-hectare (135-acre) parkland campus adjacent to Windsor Great Park at Runnymede, Surrey. Also a central London base at Bedford Square.
  • Good road, rail and air links: 40 minutes by train and 30.5 km (19 miles) west of central London.
  • Good transport links with Heathrow, the M25, M4 and M3 all just a few miles away. College bus covering local areas and station.

Entry Standards

  • 300–360 entry points, depending on the course.
  • Get more information about entry standards at Royal Holloway online.

Student Mix

The 9,670 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible approach to major/minor programmes and course units across 18 academic departments.
  • Plenty of scope for interdisciplinary study and research.
  • Visit the online course finder to find out about study options.

Teaching Standards

  • High levels of student satisfaction reported via the National Student Survey (ranked equal fifth in the first NSS survey).
  • Royal Holloway has achieved another year-on-year improvement in the National Student Survey (NSS), with an overall satisfaction rating in the most recent survey in 2013 at 89%. Six of our departments are ranked in the top 10 nationally, placing us in the top quartile for universities in the UK.
  • Teaching quality and standards were strongly commended by the QAA in the most recent institutional audit (spring 2011).

Research Standards

  • Royal Holloway is a national leader for research.
  • Ranked 102 worldwide, 36 in Europe, 12 in the UK (the Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
  • In the last RAE, we ranked 16th in the UK for proportion of research in the top 4* category, indicating world-leading research and of the highest standards in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • The Department of Music is the top department in the UK.
  • A further eight departments are ranked in the top ten – Biological Sciences, Drama, Earth Sciences, Economics, Geography, German, Media Arts and Psychology.
  • 60% of research profile is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Academic Strengths

  • Departments spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management and economics.
  • We have an international reputation for research; ranked no.1 in the UK for international outlook and 16thin the UK for world-class research (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2013)
  • We have an international reputation for research, leading the way in many areas, notably Cyber Security, Holocaust Studies, Biological Sciences, Physics, Music, Drama and Media Arts.

Student Facilities

  • Two libraries on campus all with modern facilities, plus access to University of London libraries. They offer 846 workspaces between them, encompassing a range of study spaces.
  • Several hundred open access pcs available for students in libraries and the computer centre, plus significant investment in wireless infrastructure.
  • College shop, bank, bookshop, health centre and chapel, plus range of bars, eating places and theatres all within beautifully landscaped grounds.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at Royal Holloway. For enquiries, call the Educational Support team on +44 (0)1784 443966.

Students' Union

  • Widely acknowledges as one of the most active SU’s in the country.
  • Run by students for students, the SU provides quality entertainment, societies and activities as well as advice and support on a range of welfare issues.
  • The Union operates three bars: the Union building, which hosts club nights every Wednesday and Friday, Medicine, a bar and games area designed by the creators of Ministry of Sound and our campus pub, the Stumble Inn.
  • Award-winning student magazine and radio station.
  • The SU runs a variety of clubs and societies giving you the chance to persue your passions (and discover new ones).
  • Thriving Community Action Volunteering programme involves over 1,000 student volunteers working with various organisations in the local area – hundreds of opportunities available from animal rescue to youth work.


  • Sports facilities are on-site making staying fit really easy.
  • Extensive sports fields, sports hall, tennis courts and fitness facilities on campus.
  • Thriving STARS programme - sports bursaries for elite sports students.
  • Extensive sports and leisure programme for all, Be Active
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management
  • Official Rowing & Canoe Sprint Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Aspirations of a 3G football/rugby artificial pitch and a 3G hockey pitch.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Windsor Building, a lecture theatre complex with 400-seat auditorium and multiple seminar rooms
  • Major extension to the School Of Management teaching space, to accommodate expanding programmes.
  • Refurbishment of laboratories for Biological Sciences, and The Hub, new student dining facilities and new and refurbished halls of residence
  • £2 million invested in library resources, implementing the latest technology and introducing innovative learning spaces to encourage collaborative and group learning, and increasing silent study spaces.
  • Boilerhouse project – adding a 250 seat lecture theatre to our academic buildings, it is multi-purpose, enabling students to use the restored space for performance and plays.
  • New state-of-the-art purpose-built studio, the Caryl Churchill theatre, for the Department of Drama & Theatre
  • A remarkable new building that will provide a natural focal point for student life – as well as a library open 24/7, the building will be home to an array of student services including our Careers and Employability Service, social spaces, a café and shop.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Lots of local opportunities – Royal Holloway is surrounded by over 50,000 businesses comprising 300 of the world’s premier multi-national blue chip companies.
  • Work availability on campus with a wide range of roles and working patterns.
  • Students have access to part-time and vacation work opportunities locally and in London via our popular online jobs board ‘JobOnline’ and our bi-annual Part-time Jobs Fair
  • Royal Holloway performs consistently well for graduate employability, with an active careers programme based on extensive employer networking and access to the largest careers service in Europe, The Careers Group, University of London.
  • Our graduates go on to succeed in many fields – we have earned a reputation as a place where capable, thoughtful and creative leaders blossom.
  • Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs – a highly popular initiative run by students with College backing (Patron Sir Alex Reed CBE), runs weekly events relevant to the workplace – there have been numerous successful business start-ups and awards in regional and national business competitions.

Notable Alumni

  • Susan Bullock and Dame Felicity Lott – International Opera Singers.
  • Elliot Gleave – the rapper known as Example.
  • Joby Talbot – concert, ballet and film composer.
  • KT Tunstall – singer songwriter.
  • Professor David Bellamy – botanist and environmental activist.
  • Baroness Cathy Ashton – EU Foreign Minister.
  • Anna Hemmings – six times world champion marathon canoeist and Olympian.
  • Janice Hadlow – Head of BBC 2.
  • Francis Wheen – award-winning Journalist.
  • Dr Simon Thurley – Chief Executive of English Heritage.
  • Lenny Henry – comedian and actor.
  • Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong – film actors.

For further information

  • www.rhul.ac.uk
  • liaison-office@rhul.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 1784 443399
  • Royal Holloway
    University of London
    Egham Hill
    TW20 0EX
UCAS Code R72

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