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  • Royal Holloway was ranked 173rd in the world and 27th overall in the UK in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016/17.

  • The 25th edition of The World List of Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education lists over 12,000 higher education institutions globally. This places Royal Holloway within the top two per cent of all higher education institutions in the world.

  • Royal Holloway sits within the top 25 per cent of universities in the UK for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent' by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

  • The National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 revealed that Royal Holloway, with a rating of 89 per cent, is once again top among the University of London institutions and the larger London based universities for overall student satisfaction. 

  • Our world-leading researchers continue to address global challenges, including the development of treatments and therapies for rare diseases and life-limiting conditions, the rapid decline of bees and protecting the UK's national infrastructure from cyber-attack.  

  • Recognised as world-class experts in the arts, humanities and sciences many Royal Holloway academics act as advisors to policy-makers and the Government on a wide range of issues, such as combating radicalisation and terrorism.

  • Royal Holloway has a total of 9,844 students. Of these 7,184 are from the UK or European Union and 2,030 are international (outside the EU) students. We have 7,489 undergraduates, 1,639 postgraduate taught and 716 postgraduate research students.

  • We have 1,575 established members of staff working at Royal Holloway across academic, administrative and support areas. In addition, we have visiting teachers, student interns and student staff who work across campus.
  • The College benefits the UK economy by £480m a year, with around £230m benefiting the county of Surrey.

  • There are over 74,000 alumni of Bedford College, Royal Holloway College and Royal Holloway and Bedford New College worldwide. Our notable alumni include novelist George Eliot, suffragette Emily Davison, the first woman doctor in the west Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, EU Foreign Minister Baroness Cathy Ashton and Paralympic triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen.



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