Our Women Inspire campaign celebrates inspirational women and their achievements
We're developing our historic estate to provide a 21st century campus that meets the needs of people studying and working in our university today
Creating the environment where a close-knit community that inspires individuals to succeed thrives
From lectures to concerts, outreach activities and open days, find out more about upcoming events
Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 20 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.
We combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, our campus has a community feel that helps inspire individuals to succeed. Our 9,000 students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves.
A pioneering spirit
Built on the foundation of philanthropy, we take our name from one of our founders, the Victorian entrepreneur Thomas Holloway, who established Royal Holloway as a college for women in 1886. Holloway was not the first visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women; Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the UK’s first ever women’s college.
The two institutions merged in 1985 and their combined strength and history has made Royal Holloway the world-leading university it is today. These farsighted Victorians not only left us our extraordinary Founder’s Building (modelled on a French Château) and a history of academic ‘firsts’; their spirit also lives on in our values and culture – to inspire individuals to succeed while maintaining our community spirit.
"As Principal of one of the UK’s leading universities I would like to welcome you to Royal Holloway, University of London." Find out more about Professor Paul Layzell.
We have a unique best-of-both-worlds location; a safe, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey - less than 40 minutes by train from central London and just seven miles from Heathrow airport.
Over 150 years of historic discoveries, notable alumni, and academic innovation.
Find out more about what the future holds for the College, and our strategic plan.
Royal Holloway's student and staff numbers, financial information, and more at a glance.
The College’s Art Collections contain world-class paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and watercolours.