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The first years of the 21st century

The Celebration Year 2000

The Celebration Year 2000 – marking the Bicentenary of Thomas Holloway’s birth – provided an opportunity to both look back at Royal Holloway’s beginnings and to make future plans.

The Windsor Building and new halls of residence

A major programme of new building and renovation - an investment of £100 million between 2003 and 2008 - has delivered state-of-the-art facilities both for teaching and improving the campus as a living environment. New buildings included the Windsor building, modern halls of residence and places to eat such as Imagine and The Hub. 

In 2003, Community Action Volunteering was founded to allow students to help out in their local area and on campus, while gaining transferable skills. 13 years on, this scheme is still going strong and continues to attract large numbers of students. In the same year, Sir Andrew Motion, the poet laureate at the time, was appointed Professor of Creative Writing, while rapper and singer Example was one of our notable graduates.

Comedian Lenny Henry CBE gained an MA in Screenwriting in 2010. In the same year, renowned alumnae sopranos Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Bullock and Sarah Fox performed at the College to mark the Silver Jubilee of our merger.

Olympic success

Sophie Christiansen, the winner of five Paralympic Gold medals, graduated in Mathematics in 2011. As a mark of her achievements, the College now has a golden post box on campus.

Continuing with the Olympics theme, Royal Holloway was proud to host the Olympic Village for Rowing in 2012. Meanwhile our particle physicists contributed towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.

A new estate plan

In 2013, we launched our estate plan, which details our plans for improving our campus, including the building of a magnificent new Library and Student Services Centre.

The Diamond Jubilee

Our Music Department was awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2014. Only two of these Professorships have previously been created in the last century. On 14 March 2014, we welcomed Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to campus to celebrate this Regius Professorship.


Estate plan



We are developing our historic estate to provide a 21st century campus that meets the needs of people studying and working in our university today.

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