One of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities

Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s top 20 universities, ranked 129 globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2015-16). We sit within the top 25% of UK universities for research that is rated world leading or internationally recognised and at 89%, our 2015 National Student Survey satisfaction rating is the highest of the University of London institutions.

The university has 21 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law. We combine our world-class research and excellence in teaching with a global perspective, creating a close-knit community that inspires success. With some 9,000 students learning from internationally renowned academics and researchers, ours is a unique culture, where our students and colleagues feel recognised as individuals. We have a unique best-of-both-worlds location; a safe, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey, less than 40 minutes by train from central London and just seven miles from Heathrow airport, creating the environment where our community thrives.

History and future

Today’s university was built on philanthropy and the pioneering spirit of Elizabeth Jesser Reid and Thomas Holloway. Thomas Holloway, a Victorian entrepreneur, built our iconic Founder’s building, which opened in 1886 as a college for women. Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a groundbreaking social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the UK’s first ever women’s college. The institutions merged in 1985 and their combined strength and history has made Royal Holloway the world-leading university it is today. In the dynamic environment of today’s higher education sector we continue to be a strong, sustainable and successful university that is true to the ambition of our founders; to bring education and knowledge to all who might benefit. Ranked within the top 10 UK institutions for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2015-16), we are proud of our reputation for local, national and international collaboration and our success in helping our students prepare for the world of work.

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Our staff are key to achieving our mission. The university prides itself on the quality of its employees and offers a professional working environment with an excellent work-life balance. It is thanks to the quality and commitment of our staff that we are able to offer the first-class learning environment for which Royal Holloway has become renowned.

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Key facts

  • 1575+ staff
  • 9,265 students
  • Stunning campus in Egham, Surrey, with a central London base
  • 7 academic departments in top 10 for 4* & 3* research (REF, 2014)
  • An ambitious estate development plan underway