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Events and reunions


Alumni events

For further information on any of the events listed, please email rsvp@royalholloway.ac.uk

Study UK Alumni Network New York reception - Thursday 15 March 

You are invited to join the British Council for the Study UK Alumni Network reception taking place on March 15, 6.30pm-8.30pm at the British Consulate General New York.

This event will provide a private, in-depth conversation with a representative from the Foreign Office on how the UK approaches countering violent extremism and the current policy priorities of Her Majesty's government. The event will also provide a chance to think critically about such a popular, important and pressing challenge for the United States, the UK and the rest of the world.

Canapés and drinks will be available throughout the evening.

Please register for your free place >

There are several benefits for you, as UK aumni, attending Study UK events, including reconnecting with your alma mater by meeting other alumni from Royal Holloway, building your professional network and learning about other activities taking place to engage with UK alumni. There are several social opportunities that take place throughout the city that will be shared with attendees.

We do hope you can join for an evening of excellent conversation and networking!

San Diego alumni gathering - Thursday 5 April

We are delighted to invite alumni to a Royal Holloway gathering in central San Diego on Thursday 5 April at 6pm (venue to be confirmed).

Dr David Ashton, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council will be hosting the gathering and he is looking forward to meeting alumni based in the area. The evening will offer a great opportunity for you to hear about news and developments at the College and to meet and network with fellow alumni. We also hope that prospective students who are considering studying at Royal Holloway will also attend and we would be grateful for any insight alumni are willing to share with them.

Please register for your free place >


Organising your own reunion

Reunions are a wonderful way to reconnect with former classmates, whilst also providing valuable professional networking opportunities. If you are interested in organising a reunion for fellow alumni, we can support you through the process.

Key steps:

  • Contact the Alumni Relations team and let us know what you are planning.
  • Decide on the type of event - reunions can be anything from a casual gathering to a whole weekend of activity either in a central location or at the College, depending on what would interest your group.
  • Confirm a date - if you are planning on coming back to campus, contact us in advance and we can confirm if areas you may wish to visit are available.
  • Promote the event - let us know the details of the reunion and who you want to invite. We can send an invitation to relevant alumni we have contact details for as well as highlighting it on our website and social media channels.
  • Enjoy your reunion and tell us how it went! We love to hear about reunions that have taken place. Send us a write-up and photos after the event for us to showcase on Higher Online.

For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations team on alumni@rhbnc.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1784 414478.


Selected College events

For a list of all College events please see www.royalholloway.ac.uk/events

Vote 100 at Royal Holloway - February 2018

February 2018 marks 100 years since the enactment of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which, for the first time, gave some women and all men the vote. Royal Holloway is playing a significant national role in celebrating women's suffrage and our calendar of events in 2018 will bring to life the legacy of suffrage and the development of democracy.

Highlights include a women's suffrage exhibition in the university's Emily Wilding Davison Building, a free online course in partnership with UK Parliament called Beyond the Ballot and much more.

More information is available on the College's webpages >

Fawcett Lecture - 20 March 2018

Venue: Beveridge Hall, University of London, Senate House
Date and Time:
Wednesday 20 March, 6.30pm

Alumna Jayne-Anne Gadhia - the CEO of Virgin Money and the government's Women in Finance Champion - will give the Fawcett Lecture on the theme of the College's motto Esse quam videri 'to be, rather than to seem'.

CRIS annual sustainability lecture - 7 June 2018

Venue: Windsor Building Auditorium
Date and Time: Thursday 7 June, 6.15pm

Please join Royal Holloway alumnus Jason Lewis, high profile explorer, award winning author, Honorary Fellow of the RSGS, and voice for global sustainability, in conversation with CRIS director Giana Eckhardt.

Jason is the first person on earth to circumnavigate the earth by human power, among many other records he holds, and will regale us with tales and photos of his adventures. Jason is passionate about environmental stewardship, and he will discuss the sustainability initiatives he is involved with, such as his advocacy to reduce plastic waste, and his upcoming series of expeditions to indigenous sustainable communities beginning in December 2018.

Find out more and register your place >

Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary closing concert Odyssey - 27 October 2018

The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary closing Concert Odyssey by Lydia Kakabadse, performed by the RHUL Choir

Venue: Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Date: 27 October 2018 at 7pm

The Hellenic Institute will be closing its 25th Anniversary celebrations with the premiere of Odyssey, a specially commissioned choral work, representative of an epic journey through centuries of Greek history and culture.  Accompanied by the harp, Odyssey will be performed by the RHUL Choir under the directorship of Rupert Gough. The lyrics are a synthesis of selected Greek poetry from Homer and the Classical period, through Hellenistic and Roman times to Byzantium, post-Byzantium and Modern Hellenism. All welcome. For reservations please contact: royalholloway.ac.uk/events

Lydia Kakabadse is a leading composer of mainly chamber and choral music. Her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, cantata, a concert Requiem Mass and choral works for mixed/male/children’s choirs. “A very gifted and accessible composer” with “a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas” (Music Web International), Lydia started piano lessons at the age of five and composing at thirteen.  She studied the double bass under the late Ida Carroll OBE and read Music at RHUL (1977). Lydia has been included as a Greek heritage classical composer in the “Archive of Classical Greek Composers”.  Her works, which have been released under the Naxos and Divine Art labels, are played on BBC Radio 3 and have been included on International Women’s Day.  


Music events


Midweek Music - various dates

Weekly free concerts in the College Chapel by the Choir of Royal Holloway, every Wednesday during term-time 1.15pm-1.45pm

Please visit their website for more information.

Concert Series  - various dates

Please visit the Music event page for details of all upcoming orchestral performances, including the weekly Friday Pocket Concert showcasing the very best of our music students.

International concerts - various dates

The Royal Holloway choirs have the following engagements:

8-17 April 2018 - USA and Canada

The Chapel Choir will be performing in Edmonton (Canada), Dallas, San Antonio and Houston TX and (t.b.c.) west coast USA


Please visit their website for more information.


Department / School events


Biological Sciences School Seminar Series - various dates

We host a number of guest seminars throughout the academic year to which all students and staff are invited. This is a great way to learn about current research going on at other universities and research institutions, and to meet and network with other scientists.

Attendance is free and all are welcome!

View the full School Seminar Series list online.







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