Our current statutes were written in the 1980s at the time of the merger of Royal Holloway and Bedford colleges. They reflect the university education ideas and ideals of the time, in the topics they cover and in the language used. Some changes have been made to particular statutes since the merger in 1985, such as those discussed and agreed in 2011 that removed the right of the local council to nominate a member of Council. However no review has looked at our statutes as a whole since the merger. As the College has changed considerably in size, success, and ambition since 1985, and as the government has encouraged universities to remove operational details from statutes, Council has agreed to look again at our Statutes to make sure they serve the needs of the College today.