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Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, with 21 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law. In the top 25 UK universities (Complete University Guide 2020), its world-class research, the dedication of its teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, inspires its students to succeed academically, socially and personally.

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Campus
Campus

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

UCAS Code: R72

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 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 73%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Opened in September 2017, the new library at the heart of the campus offers more than 1,250 study seats and different zones to accommodate every type of study: silent, social, creative and collaborative. It is open 24/7 nearly all year round. Students have access to over 600,000 volumes, 360,000 e-books and over 40,000 journal subscriptions. Library skills and IT training are offered, to develop search and research techniques.
  • The original and historic Victorian Reading Room in the Founder's Building provides 96 further study spaces.
  • Additionally, every Royal Holloway student has access to all the other libraries within the University of London, including Senate House Library in central London.

Student jobs

  • There is plenty of part-time work available, both on campus and in the local area; the Careers and Employability Service runs a bi-annual part-time jobs fair and an online jobs board.
  • The university and Students' Union employ students in a range of roles; student ambassadors who help run open days and tours, graphic designers, and working in the library or various cafés and bars across campus.
  • There are also many opportunities in the local area in hospitality, education, sports and retail.

Careers advice

  • Royal Holloway students are supported by The Careers Group, University of London – the largest and most comprehensive careers service in Europe. Students can have one-to-one sessions with a careers consultant or attend regular careers fairs, talks and workshops to explore their options and prepare for their future careers.
  • The Passport Award scheme enables students to get official recognition for achievements and contributions beyond their academic accomplishments.
  • Hundreds of alumni and employers visit every year to speak about student and graduate career opportunities, and offer career guidance and top tips. Through the Employer in Residence scheme, students can book one-to-one sessions with visiting employers for advice on applications and to learn about their companies.
  • Opportunities to work and learn through part-time jobs, internships or placements boost students' employability skills. There are typically over 1,000 employment opportunities on campus every year. Many academic departments offer short micro-placements to second year, and some first year, students, providing the opportunity to experience a professional working environment.

Health services

  • An on-campus NHS Health Centre offers routine medical support as well as sexual health and foreign travel advice, vaccinations and referral to specialist services.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students at Royal Holloway have free access to professionally-trained counsellors.

Disability support

  • The university has a dedicated Disability and Dyslexia Service which provides a range of support including one-to-one study skills support, mental health advisers and mentors. 
  • The team can also arrange for academic support such as note-takers for lectures, reading material in different formats such as braille and advance lecture notes. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The university has a non-denominational chapel and a chaplaincy team which provides additional support to students. An on-campus prayer room is also available.
  • The Student Services Centre helps students with non-academic related enquiries such as accommodation, college cards, enrolment and graduation.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is run by students for students; it is led by five sabbatical officers, 22 executive officers and a team of permanent staff.
  • The SU provides a huge range of part-time employment as well as a thriving volunteering programme. They offer general well-being advice, guidance on private sector housing and academic advice (i.e. academic appeals).
  • Inclusivity is at the heart of the SU and there are 150 clubs and societies run by students, as well as a student magazine, radio station and TV channel.

History

  • Royal Holloway, University of London, has its roots in two pioneering colleges for women, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College.
  • Social reformer Elizabeth Jesser Reid founded Bedford College in 1849; while Royal Holloway was founded by Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway, and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886.
  • The colleges became part of the University of London in 1900 and after becoming co-educational in 1965 the two colleges merged in 1985 to become Royal Holloway, University of London.

Fascinating Fact

  • Royal Holloway has a golden postbox on campus, marking the achievements of maths graduate Sophie Christiansen, who won three Paralympic Gold medals in the 2012 Olympics. Her total is now eight Golds, one Silver and one Bronze from four Paralympics.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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.
  • Anna Hemmings – six-time world champion marathon canoeist and Olympian.
  • Francis Wheen – award-winning journalist.
  • Lenny Henry – comedian and actor.
  • Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong – film actors.
  • Sophie Christiansen – eight-time Paralympic dressage champion whose success is commemorated with a gold postbox on campus.

Address

Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX