ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY
Location: Egham, Surrey, England
Total Students: 11,040
Percentage of International Students: 26.3%
The university is made up of a number of schools and departments organised into three faculties, and 20 academic departments. One Dean heads each faculty, and is supported by Deputy Deans. The Principal takes the role of appointing The Heads of Department, who in turn report to their faculty’s Dean.
Royal Holloway merged with Bedford College (another former all-women’s college in London). The merged college was named Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC), this remaining the official registered name of the college by Act of Parliament. The campus is dominated by the Founder’s Building, a Grade I listed red-brick building modelled on the Château de Chambord of the Loire Valley, France.
Royal Holloway is ranked 19th (out of 134) in the UK according to The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, who also shortlisted the institution for University of the Year 2020. It is also ranked 23rd (out of 131) in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2020, as well as being ranked in the top 300 universities in the world as published by Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2019.
The College Council is the governing body of the college with responsibility for “financial integrity and setting the overall strategic direction of Royal Holloway.” There are 25 members of the council, many of which are lay members from outside Royal Holloway who are initially appointed for five years. A total of 16 lay members are appointed; two from local authorities; one selected by the Privy Council; another by the University of London; two more are appointed as alumni from Royal Holloway, Bedford College or Royal Holloway College; and the rest are chosen to offer a range of skills and experience.
Royal Holloway employs around 2,300 members of staff, including 534 academic staff and 132 research staff. The total number of undergraduate and postgraduate students is 11,040, from 100 countries.
The Royal Holloway Students’ Union (SURHUL) actively represents and provides a service for the needs and interests of all students studying at Royal Holloway. It is claimed to have “a reputation as one of the best unions in the London area”, in the words of The Independent.The students’ union provides much of the on-campus entertainment, organising and sponsoring the sport clubs and special-interest societies, on top of providing welfare advice to students through the Student Advice Centre.
Royal Holloway Volunteering has five different types of opportunity. These are Community Action, Social Action, Community Research, Volunteering Abroad and Sports Volunteering.
With 100 different community partners, there are lots of incredible ways of getting involved if you want to volunteer with local charities, schools or non-profit organisations.
Royal Holloway is Welcome Week, where you can join a host of activities aimed at helping our new students settle in, whether they live in halls or commute to campus. Examples of activities include campus tours, icebreakers and sports events.
Royal Holloway has access to small number of rooms in intercollegiate halls of residence in central London that is available to postgraduate students only.
The Students’ Union run a Housesearch tool, offers a great starting point if you’re looking for accommodation in the private sector.
If you’re an international student studying a university preparation
programme, you can choose to live in University-managed
accommodation or arrange your own rental accommodation.
Find out more about the accommodation options available and how to book your room at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre.
Royal Holloway’s campus is set in 135 acres (55 ha) of woodland, between Windsor and Heathrow. Around 200 species of shrubs, 150 different types of tree and numerous wild flowering plants can be found in RHC’s parkland. The nearest station is Egham. The campus is about 40–50 minutes from Waterloo station in central London about 19 miles (31 km) away, and Windsor is 5 miles (8 km). The campus is 2 miles (3.2 km) from M25 junction 13 and close to the M3, M4 and M40 and London Heathrow Airport. RHC’s worst feature is considered to be that “Egham is not known for its social scene”, but it has been noted that the campus’s environment “offers the best of both worlds – friendly and relaxed on the one hand, dynamic and busy on the other.
- Sharifa Dina bint Abdul-Hamid (born 1929), former Queen of Jordan
- Dame Kitty Anderson (1903–1979), former Headmistress of North London Collegiate School
- Dame Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG (born 1956), former High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy
- Greg Barker, Baron Barker of Battle (born 1966), politician
- Helen Bentwich CBE (1892–1972), philanthropist and politician
- Daphne Blundell CB (1916–2004), former Director of Women’s Royal Naval Service
- Daniel Bradley (1928–2010), Fellow of the Royal Society
- Emma Bridgewater CBE (born 1960), entrepreneur
- Martin Buck, Fellow of the Royal Society
- Susan Bullock CBE (born 1958), soprano
- Helen Cam CBE (1885–1968), first female professor at Harvard
- Sophie Christiansen CBE (born 1987), Gold medalist at Paralympics
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