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  • Royal Holloway was ranked 197th in the world and 31st overall in the UK in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2017/18.

  • Royal Holloway sits within the top 25% 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) 2017 revealed that Royal Holloway, with a rating of 88%, is once again top among the University of London institutions and the larger London based universities for overall student satisfaction, and has a higher score than most Russell Group institutions. 

  • 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 9,966 students. Of these 7,992 are from the UK or European Union and 1,974 are international (outside the EU) students. We have 7,648 undergraduates, 1,599 postgraduate taught and 719 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 university 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, actor Mark Strong, EU Foreign Minister Baroness Cathy Ashton, broadcaster and scientist David Bellamy and Paralympic triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen.



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