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Information on our governance and decision-making processes

Here you can find out about our decision-making processes and the individuals responsible for leading and managing Royal Holloway on a day-to-day basis.

Our governing body

The College Council is the governing body of Royal Holloway; responsible for overall strategy and policy-making. The chairman is Stephen Cox, Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, (CVO). The Academic Board reports to the Council.

Our day-to-day leadership and management

An executive team of Vice-Principals, Deans and Directors manages Royal Holloway on a day-to-day basis. This team is led by our Principal, Professor Paul Layzell.

Academic departments and schools are each led by a Head and grouped into three faculties, each led by a Dean. Deans are supported by Associate Deans.

Our Students’ Union is led by an elected President and three Co-Presidents who serve for one year at a time. They are supported by part-time Executive Officers who form a committee of student representatives.

Our relationship with University of London

Royal Holloway is one of the larger colleges of the University of London: a federal organisation of 18 self-governing colleges and ten other smaller specialist research institutes. Each college is an individual entity in its own right, with its own distinctive community and character.

The current Chancellor of the University of London (a largely ceremonial role) is Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal. The Vice Chancellor is Sir Adrian Smith, previously Director General of Knowledge and Innovation in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Technician Commitment Action Plan

Read our Technician Commitment Action Plan here.

Further information

Royal Holloway codes and policies are published here.

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