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Professor Paul Layzell

Paul Layzell


Professor Paul Layzell (BA (Econ), MSc, PhD, FBCS, CEng, FHEA) became Principal of Royal Holloway in August 2010.

"As Principal of one of the UK’s leading universities I would like to welcome you to Royal Holloway, University of London.
Here, through the teaching skills of our academics, the strength of their research and the unique feel and culture of our campus community, our students can achieve amazing things and reach their highest potential.
Royal Holloway is privileged to be home to some of the world’s leading authorities in science, the arts, management, economics and law, and the egalitarian spirit of our two founders lives on; at Royal Holloway you’re as likely to bump into an internationally recognised researcher in one of our coffee shops as you are to meet them in the classroom.

We are proud of the economic, social and cultural contribution we make locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We collaborate with institutions,companies, NGOs and governments around the world to advance knowledge and help change our world for the better by tackling some of the biggest challenges we face today. Throughout our website you can see the achievements of academics and get a sense of some of the work they’re undertaking.

The College has a rich and diverse history and we are committed to building on that heritage to provide a 21st century campus that meets the modern needs of people studying, working and living here.

Everyone who comes onto campus talks about the unique feel of Royal Holloway. Our iconic, Grade 1 listed building, leafy spaces and contained 135 acre campus set the scene for a College that is a genuine community. I hope to welcome you here soon."
Paul Layzell autograph 


Professor Paul Layzell
Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London


About Paul

Paul was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex (2006-2010), Vice-President for University Development at the University of Manchester (2004-2006) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at UMIST (1999-2004). He was Programme Manager for the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester between 2001 and 2004.

In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Software Management at UMIST and has been an active researcher in the field of software engineering and how software systems are adapted to meet the changing needs of organisations, staff and users.  His most recent work considered the technical and ethical issues associated with sharing of client data across complex informations in the NHS, Social Services and Education system.

Paul has had a strong interest in the cultural contribution that can be made by higher education. At Manchester University he had policy responsibility for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Visitor Centre. At Sussex University he oversaw the regeneration of the campus arts centre and represented the University as a partner in the development of a regional archive for Brighton and East Sussex.


Paul is Chair of AQA Education, one of the UK’s largest examination bodies for A-level and GCSE qualifications. He is also Chair of Eduserv, a charitable organisation that provides IT infrastructure and licensing services for higher and further education and several government departments and is a member of the Board of Trustees that oversees JISC.


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