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Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 19 academic departments spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management and economics.

As the UK's most international university, we combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, our campus has an intimate human scale. This means our students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves.

A pioneering spirit

We take our name from our founder, 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 challenge convention, break new ground and make learning an adventure.

"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.


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Royal Holloway is a unique venue for conferences, weddings, and other occasions.


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