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University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, fulfil their potential. Students will become the kind of graduates that employers value: confident, critical thinkers who are adaptable, able to work well with people from all walks of life, and who possess an ongoing passion for learning. The university has a proud history in higher education, stretching back 175 years through its four colleges.

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Collegiate
Collegiate

The university is composed of individual colleges

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: R48

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Postgraduate 15%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Roehampton has London's newest university library, opened in September 2017 and awarded the RIBA National Prize for architecture in 2018. It has hundreds of thousands of books, a wide range of computer suites and 1200 study spaces, including private rooms for group work, and quiet areas where students can study individually.
  • Expert library staff provide advice and support on using the library, as well as academic support with referencing and bibliographies.
  • Several special collections are housed in the library, reflecting the university's rich and diverse history as a higher education provider.

Student jobs

  • The university has an onsite recruitment agency to help students find part-time work or volunteering opportunities while studying, and full-time placements afterwards.
  • There are also a range of placement opportunities available in the university.

Careers advice

  • All courses are designed with the job market in mind. Whatever you study, you’ll get to learn skills employers value. Many of the courses also offer work placements and guest lectures and talks from industry experts.
  • You will be enrolled onto Careerlink, our fantastic online careers resource exclusively for Roehampton students and graduates, giving you access to a CV builder, interactive mock job interviews, volunteering and jobs directories, online skills courses and much more.
  • You can also join the Career Mentoring Scheme, which links students with an experienced Roehampton graduate. There are mentors working in a huge range of different careers, all over the world. They’ll share their experiences with you, and help you build your professional networks: you may even get to meet someone you’ll go on to work with after you graduate.
  • Roehampton also organises practical workshops covering CV writing, making job applications and more. It provides drop-in sessions in the Careers Service, if you want one-to-one support.
  • Finally, you can spend a semester overseas with the Study Abroad programmes; choose from countries across Europe, and places further field like the USA. You can also learn a new language via the Languages for All courses.

Health services

  • The university has an on-campus Student Medical Centre with three GPs and nurse-led services. The Medical Centre also offers online services and an electronic prescription service.
  • Additionally, each of the four colleges has a full-time Student Well-being Officer, the first point of contact for students with any problems including mental health or sexual health.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • General support and counselling is offered by the Student Well-being Officers. There are also professional counsellors on campus, along with free psychological therapy for depression through the university's Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation.
  • Staff can also provide students with access to online self-help resources and local NHS support, including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), should they need help with anxiety and depression.

Disability support

  • The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. The Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with the Access Centre: Access@SW15.

Other services and facilities

  • Students can seek personal advice on budgeting from the university's Student Well-being Officers. A range of financial support includes generous scholarships and a Student Hardship Fund.
  • Study support includes a dedicated personal tutor, extensive online resources and supportive staff to help students gain the skills required to do well in their degree. These support services are one of the reasons that the university's students thrive: in 2016, 70% of students gained a first or upper-second class degree.
  • Reflecting the diverse community of the university, a multifaith chaplaincy has chaplains, chaplaincy community workers and faith supporters from a number of faith traditions.
  • Roehampton have an onsite recruitment agency, URJobs, to help you find part-time work while you are studying, and full-time placements afterwards.
  • As a Roehampton student you will also be able to apply for a Student Hardship Fund, which provides financial assistance for to help students through periods of financial difficulty.

Students' Union

  • Roehampton Students' Union (RSU) offers a range of opportunities for students, from student societies, volunteering, through the College Cup and Summer Ball.
  • There are over 55 societies at Roehampton, ranging from the Dance Society to the Hogwarts Society, to sports teams and more.
  • The RSU provides over 200 events every year for students to get involved in, such as club nights, Theatre Tuesdays, De-stress events, Summer Ball, formal dinners and more.
  • The RSU runs its own environmental social enterprise, Growhampton, on campus. Student volunteers can grow vegetables on campus allotments, help run the Hive Café, look after the campus chickens or assist with Market Day on Thursdays.
  • The RSU also offers the choice of over 70 volunteering opportunities, plus the opportunity to be involved in Raising and Giving (RAG), which has raised over £10,000 for local and national charities.

History

  • When you join Roehampton you will be part of a 175-year history and tradition you will feel proud to belong to.
  • Roehampton is comprised of four historic Colleges: Digby Stuart, Froebel, Southlands and Whitelands, which were all formed in the 19th century. When you join Roehampton as a student, you will become a member of one of them.
  • Through the oldest of four Colleges, Whitelands, it has been providing higher education to women longer than any other University in the country.
  • Its values come from rich history, built on community, engagement and partnership, with a belief that no matter your background, it can help realise your ambitions.

Fascinating Fact

  • At the University of Roehampton, London, during the Second World War a V-1 Flying Bomb caused blast damage to the Grove House estate.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Matt Henry MBE – Olivier Award-winning singer and actor, known for his role as Lola in the West End production of Kinky Boots.
  • Rachel John – Musical theatre actress, best known for playing the original Angelica Schuyler in the West End production of Hamilton.
  • Niki and Sammy Albon – YouTube personalities, radio presenters and digital creators.
  • Toby Anstis – radio and TV presenter on the Heart network.
  • Dame Helen Metcalf, DBE, FRSA – headteacher credited with the turnaround of Chiswick Community School, becoming a Dame for her services to education before her death from long-term breast cancer.
  • Deepak Tripathi, PhD, FRHistS, FRAS – British historian noted for his work on South Asia, the Middle East, the Cold War and the United States in the post-Soviet world, receiving a Doctorate in social science from the university in 2012.
  • Darren O'Shaughnessy – author writing under the name Darren Shan for a young adult fiction series, The Saga of Darren Shan.
  • Margaret "Maggie" Alphonsi MBE – former English rugby union player with Saracens W.R.F.C. and England; Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2010.

Address

University of Roehampton, Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU