Over 11,000 volunteering hours supporting local projects
Royal Holloway is proud to be part of the local community. Our students bring many positives to the local area, from award-winning volunteering initiatives and creative community events. We also support local businesses and organisation and key local activities.
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Volunteers make a difference
One of the ways we encourage students to get involved in the wider community is through volunteering, for which we won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award recognised Royal Holloway Volunteering’s work in helping build strong communities by inspiring students to volunteer and lead projects to support local organisations. The award was presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor, University of London.
Royal Holloway volunteers provide around 11,000 volunteering hours a year, many in support of local projects and activities ranging from monthly tea parties and weekly sing-alongs for older people, a choir for local people with learning difficulties, technology based school workshops and working with local care homes to support older people interact with the digital age. Initiatives include clearing woodland, tidying the riverbank and other conservation work, collections for Runnymede foodbank and general tasks such as painting, cleaning and litter picking to help keep the local area clean.
Find out more about our Community Action Partners' Network.
Contributing to the local economy and supporting employment
As one of the UK’s top 20 universities Royal Holloway makes a significant contribution to the local economy. A 2014 independent review of the economic contribution of the university showed that from the £480m a year that Royal Holloway contributes to the UK economy, £220m a year of that goes to Surrey and an estimated £167m to Runnymede, of which £65m came from students. Visitors attending graduations, conferences and other events add a further £3m to the local economy and the estimated amount of employee spend within Runnymede is £7.1 million.
Building on Royal Holloway’s position as a leader in the field of cyber security, once complete, the new, state-of-the-art cyber security and big data centre will provide an opportunity to create a regional centre of excellence to support businesses in the fields of cyber security and data analytics. The digital economy and its importance as a catalyst for growth has been highlighted in reports including the Runnymede Borough Council Economic Development Strategy 2016-2019 and Enterprise M3 Strategic Economic Plan. The new centre will deliver incubation for a minimum of 25 businesses and 500 new jobs over five years, as well as an increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) of £300m to £500m over a ten-year period.
Supporting local events and activities
Royal Holloway supports a local events throughout the year including the Egham Royal Show and the Englefield Green Village Fete.
Working with local schools
Our academic departments get involved with local schools in a number of ways. Examples include the Department of Biological Sciences has helped local schools to learn about, and make homes for, wildlife from beetles to birds and fauna to fungi in their school grounds.
The Department of Psychology hosted a creative competition for Year 12’s across the country including local Windsor Girls School, to share their passion for psychology and show what we can learn about our everyday lives through its study.
Many of our students choose to continue to live within the wider Egham and Runnymede area after they have graduated. If you are a graduate of Royal Holloway, find out more about the ongoing support available to you.