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Royal Holloway started as a philanthropic mission to support education for all – help us continue it

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Philanthropy is deeply rooted in the history of the College.

Royal Holloway was founded by two Victorian social pioneers who were committed to providing education and knowledge to everyone – especially women, as Royal Holloway and Bedford New College were among the very first colleges in the UK to give women access to higher education.

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.

Thomas Holloway, a self-made multi-millionaire who made his fortune in patent medicines, founded Royal Holloway in 1886 after he took his wife’s advice that a college for women would prove ‘the greatest public good’.

Today, the generosity of our donors continues to ensure that our students can access a rounded university education, achieve their goals and go on to pursue successful careers.

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