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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 Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "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

  • Career skills are central to every one of the university's academic courses, with programmes designed to equip students with the skills they need for the workplace.
  • All students are enrolled onto Careerlink, an online careers service with a range of resources, including a CV builder, interactive mock job interviews, volunteering and jobs directories and skills courses.
  • Students can also join the career mentoring scheme, which links students with an experienced Roehampton graduate. The university has mentors working in a wide range of careers.

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. Its campus is accessible to all users and it offers flexible support services tailored to the needs of students, staff and visitors. Disability Services are based on the main campus.
  • The Access Centre (Access@SW15) provides needs assessments for students who have successfully applied for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding. It also offers assistive technology training to ensure students who are recommended software or hardware in their DSA assessment can use it confidently.

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.

Students' Union

  • Roehampton Students' Union offers a range of opportunities for students, from joining student societies, volunteering, presenting on Fresh Air TV and radio stations, through to representing their college in the College Cup. Societies are as diverse as the students who organise them – from the Hogwarts Society for Harry Potter fans, with 'potions class' and Quidditch matches, to the Roehampton Players Society for musical theatre. Students can start their own societies too.
  • Based on the Froebel campus, the union hosts regular events from the student-led Black and Minority Ethnic conference, to its club night, THE BOP, on Friday nights. In the summer, the union courtyard hosts a range of food stalls.
  • The RSU runs its own environmental social enterprise, Growhampton, on campus. Student volunteers can grow vegetables on campus allotments, help run the Hive Café (whose fresh-cooked food uses vegetables from the allotment), or assist with Market Day on Thursdays. The RSU also offers plenty of opportunities for volunteering in the local community, such as helping out with sports or hosting tea parties in local care homes.

History

  • The university has four colleges – Froebel, Southlands, Digby Stuart, and Whitelands – each established in the nineteenth century.
  • The university federated to form the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education (RIHE) in 1975.
  • In June 2004 Roehampton was granted independent university status by the Privy Council.

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

  • 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.
  • Niki and Sammy Albon – twins whose YouTube channel has gained over 192,000 subscribers since its launch in June 2013.
  • 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 – British actress known for musical theatre, including in the West End production of Hamilton.
  • 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