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My why

Click on each image to discover why our world-leading experts love what they do, and how you can be inspired by working directly with them. Also, find out how Royal Holloway played an important role in helping some of our successful graduates find their why, and continues to help our students explore theirs.

Dr Sara Bernardini, Department of Computer Science


"... is artificial intelligence, a uniquely powerful and transformative technology that can change lives."

Alex Boothman, BA History, 2008


“… is to democratise the law and ensure that justice is available to everyone.”

Mike den Hartog, BSc Management with International Business, 2015


“… is to do everything in my ability to alleviate poverty and contribute towards the economic progress of less economically-developed countries.”

Rhys Davies, Department of Media Arts


"... is teaching. To pass on the skills I've learned to a new generation."

Dr Szonya Durrant, Department of Psychology


"... is looking at how the brain pieces together information that comes from the eyes."

Chris Hanretty, Department of Politics and International Relations


 "...is giving people the tools that they need to check some of the claims that people make about our society."

Professor David Howard, Department of Electronic Engineering


"... is human voice production, we all have a voice but few know much about how it works."

Jessica Jonzen, English, 2004


"....is to bring people's stories and experiences out into the world so that others might take something from them"

Dr Elli Leadbeater, School of Biological Sciences


"....is understanding how a globally threatened pollinator behaves and how human-induced change might affect that behaviour."

Katie McGettigan,Department of English


"... is to encourage people to look again at the idea of national culture."

Professor Jocelyn Monroe, Department of Physics


"... is solving mysteries, searching for Dark Matter particles and translating experiments into life-changing applications."

Amy Tooth Murphy,  Department of History


"...is to make sure queer voices are never silenced."

Ryan Seller, current undergraduate, BA English


"... is being motivated and applying my skills to the things I am good at".

Professor Ruediger Shack, Department of Mathematics


"... is beauty - both in pure mathematics and in its application to the world."

Dr Hannah Thompson, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


"... is to radically change the lives of disabled people."

Lauren Willis, current undergraduate, BA English


"... is to use the skills I have to help and advise people."








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