Royal Holloway, University of London

2014 League Table Ranking 30
2014 Overall Score 754
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Entry Standards 396 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 16.2 Help
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Research Assessment 2.67 Help
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Academic Services Spend 995 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.08 Help
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Facilities Spend 402 Help
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Graduate Prospects 66.1 Help
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Degree Completion 93.3 Help
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Good Honours 73.7 Help
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Green Score 30.0 Help
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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.
  • The Founder's Building is one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world.
  • The College has just marked its 125th anniversary year with a programme of celebrations involving the Vice Chancellor, The Princess Royal

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.

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

  • Just over half of the total student population (56.5%) is female.
  • Approximately 20% of students are international, from more than 130 countries.
  • Around a quarter of entrants are from private schools or colleges.
  • Places are competitively sought with 11,000 applications for 2,000 undergraduate places in 2010.
  • The inclusive culture is reflected in a commitment to widening access, and the work of a busy outreach team encouraging applications from students from all social, educational and ethnic backgrounds.

Course flexibility

  • Flexible approach to major/minor programmes and course units across 18 academic departments.
  • Plenty of scope for interdisciplinary study and research.
  • Recent additions incluyde Philosophy joint programmes added in 2010–11.
  • 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 2012 at 88%. 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 recent institutional audit (spring 2011).
  • Previously rated 21 out of 24 in French, Italian, Biochemistry, Management Studies and Sociology; 22 in Economics, Maths and Statistics; 23 in Physics, Classics, Drama, and Media Arts; 24 in Psychology and in Biological Sciences.

Research standards

  • Royal Holloway is a national leader for research.
  • Ranked 88th out of 200 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 13th overall in the UK.
  • In the last RAE, the College 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

  • Royal Holloway is strong across three faculties – Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Management, and Economics.
  • Staff to student ratio, student retention and successful completion rates are among the highest in the UK.
  • International reputation in many areas including Information Security, Holocaust Studies, CSR, Creative Writing, Genetic vaccines, Quaternary Science and Musicology

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Two libraries on campus all with modern facilities, plus access to University of London libraries. Dynamic social learning spaces have been added to the main campus library this year.
  • Computer workstations 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

  • 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.
  • Entertainments run seven days a week - and a reputation as one of the best SU's in the London area.
  • Award-winning student magazine and radio station, over 100 clubs and societies, weekly markets on campus.
  • Thriving Community Action volunteering programme involves over 1,000 student volunteers working with various organisations in the local area.
  • Major refurbishment of the Students' Union building in 2011.


  • One of London's top universities for sporting success.
  • Extensive sports fields, sports hall, tennis courts and fitness facilities on campus.
  • Thriving STARS programme - sports bursaries for elite sports students.
  • There is an extensive sports and leisure programme for all under the banner Be Active.
  • Recently introduced a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management.
  • Official Rowing & Canoe Sprint Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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; the Hub, new student dining facilities; and new and refurbished halls of residence.
  • £2 million in the last two years invested in library resources, implementing the latest technology and introducing innovative learning spaces to encourage collaborative and group learning, and increasing silent study spaces.
  • Royal Holloway has been given the green light to build a brand new state-of-the-art theatre for the Department of Drama & Theatre which will open in 2013.
  • Work begins this year on the final phase of redevelopment of the old Victorian Boiler House to create a multi-purpose cultural space to be used for performance and student events across the Arts Faculty and Students’ Union, due to open in September 2014.

Availability of part-time work

  • Excellent work availability, with around 1,000 student jobs on campus (SU, open days, libraries, etc), and locally, plus nearby Ascot, Henley and Windsor event scene. Careers Centre runs an electronic job shop with local employers.
  • The College 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.
  • 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 – 1 in 8 students have registered with the society, there have been numerous successful business start ups and awards in regional and national business competitions.
  • The Passport Awards was launched last year aimed at improving student employability skills and recording extra-curricular activities such as volunteering in the local community.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1784 443399
  • Royal Holloway
    University of London
    Egham Hill
    TW20 0EX
UCAS Code R72

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