- Royal Holloway, University of London
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.
We combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, our campus has a community feel that helps inspire individuals to succeed. Our 9,000 students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves.
Built on the foundation of philanthropy, we take our name from one of our founders, the Victorian entrepreneur Thomas Holloway, who established Royal Holloway as a college for women in 1886. Holloway was not the first visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women; Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the UK’s first ever women’s college.
The two institutions merged in 1985 and their combined strength and history has made Royal Holloway the world-leading university it is today. These farsighted Victorians not only left us our extraordinary Founder’s Building (modelled on a French Château) and a history of academic ‘firsts’; their spirit also lives on in our values and culture – to inspire individuals to succeed while maintaining our community spirit.
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 a close-knit community thrives.
Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland.
Most teaching and social activity takes place on campus and, with the exception of Kingswood Hall (just a mile away), this is where most undergraduates live in their first year. It’s a friendly place, with a strong sense of community as new students soon become familiar faces.
Founder’s Building is one of the world’s most spectacular university buildings, and home to our famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway’s fine collection of Victorian paintings, and our beautiful chapel. It also houses a dining hall and library and provides a home for 500 students.
Situated just 40 minutes by train from London and seven miles from Heathrow, with a number of attractions, sporting and entertainment venues within easy reach, you’ll love our brilliant location.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Biological Sciences
- Comparative Literature & Culture
- Computer Science
- Drama & Theatre
- Earth Sciences
- Electronic Engineering
- European Studies
- Information Security
- Liberal Arts
- Media Arts
- Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
- Politics & International Relations
- Professional Studies
- Social Work
Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway in 1886. The self-made multi-millionaire made his fortune in patent medicines and, after initiating a public debate inviting suggestions as to ‘how best to spend a quarter of a million pounds or more’, he took his wife’s advice that a college for women would prove ‘the greatest public good’.
Royal Holloway College, largely inspired by the Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. The Founder’s Building, which is built around two quadrangles and includes a beautiful gilded chapel and picture gallery, is one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world.
Thomas Holloway was not the first Victorian visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women. Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the first college in Great Britain for the higher education of women. In 1900, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College became part of the University of London, the first institution in the UK to award degrees to women.
Both Bedford and Royal Holloway admitted male undergraduates for the first time in 1965, but their commitment to women’s education remained. The 1982 partnership agreement between the two colleges paved the way for the merger in 1985 to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.
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