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Ground-breaking research that changes lives

Our research helps tackle real-world problems, seeking creative solutions to complex challenges and throwing new light on the world we live in.

As a research-intensive university, operating across science, the arts, management, economics and law, we’re home to some of the brightest minds across the globe - academics who are collaborating with businesses, government bodies and charities to understand environmental changes, find treatments for diseases and alleviate poverty.

How our research is ranked

We’re ranked as one of the UK’s top 25 universities for research quality by the TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk and were in the top 25 percent of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Helping improve lives

Our work has real impact, generating new understanding and insights. Recent research at Royal Holloway has led to:

  • Addressing social inequalities caused by exclusion from the elite professions
  • Developing new apps to aid reading in people with Macular Degeneration
  • Advancing understanding and improving policy in The Polar Regions

A collaborative approach

Innovative partnerships drive much of our research. There are many ways to benefit from our research expertise, from commissioning bespoke research to using us on a consultancy basis. Find out more about working with us.

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