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Our strategy for the future

A bold vision for the future

We have a clear strategy for how to make our vision happen.

Our new three-year strategic plan, 2021 to 2024, has been inspired by the Deed of Foundation which established Royal Holloway College, opened in 1896. Royal Holloway College merged with Bedford College in 1985, providing the foundations of the university we are today. 

“The Founder believes that the education of women should not be exclusively regulated by the tradition and method of former ages; but that it should be founded on those studies and sciences which the experience of modern times has shown to be the most valuable, and the best adapted to meet the intellectual and social requirements of the students.” Deed of Foundation, 1883.

The strategic plan considers how we can meet the needs of our modern times in terms of the provision of higher education and research-based innovation. By building on our well-regarded academic strengths, and by aligning to the needs of our modern society, for example in expectations around graduate employability, course portfolio, access to higher education, civic influence, partnership and knowledge exchange, we can deliver on our purpose as a university.

Our strategic plan has three strategic priority pillars, and a fourth ‘enabling’ pillar: 

  • Serving the higher education needs of an expanding London population
  • Expanding the horizons of all our students by building strong and sustainable international partnerships
  • Addressing key issues of our modern time by developing our strengths in challenge-led research
  • Enabling the success of our strategy through simplification and digitisation

Throughout the plan is a strong focus on managing our resources effectively and efficiently. In doing so we protect the legacy of our founders and enable Royal Holloway to meet the modern needs of future generations.

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