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School of Law and Social Sciences

School of Law and Social Sciences

A welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the School of Law and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.

The School is strongly interdisciplinary and brings together criminology, economics, forensic psychology, international relations, law, philosophy, politics, sociology and social work subjects and expertise.

We are home to the following Departments:

This site provides a gateway to the exciting teaching and research carried out in and across our departments. We will continue to build the site to demonstrate how these activities are brought together in the School of Law and Social Sciences.

I hope some of you looking at this website will join us in that journey - as students, as research collaborators, or in other ways. You can find details below of how to contact us with general enquiries and details of the leadership of the School.  

I would encourage you too to follow the links to our Departmental sites.  Each Departmental site describes a wide range of academic endeavour and expertise. Working together in and between the Departments, crossing academic boundaries and responding to the needs of the communities in which we are based, we can create new opportunities that transcend the limits of specific academic disciplines. What can criminologists learn from economists for instance? The law and politics may often clash - so can bringing together the study of these two disciplines help understand decision making, debate and conflict?  How are the needs of the different communities in which we are based reflected in the social, economic and political systems we study? There is much more of course and I hope this website will enable you to share some of the excitement we feel that the School creates to learn and teach about these issues more.

Thank you for your interest.

Professor Matthew Humphreys - Head of School


The School of Law and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is establishing an Advisory Board to supports its teaching, research and student employability. The remit of the Board will be to support the work of the School as a whole and its individual departments.

Please click here for a full list of Advisory Board members and their Biographies.  

Advisory Board Terms of Reference

  1. To provide strategic advice on the development and implementation of the work of the School of Law and Social Sciences and on external perceptions of its education and research in an international context.
  2. To assist with securing and maintaining links with relevant sectors, professions and civil society organisations for the benefit of the school.
  3. To assist the school in understanding the challenges and long-term developments in board members’ sectors where the school’s research expertise would have value and to support the school in maximising the impact of its research activities.
  4. To provide advice on the taught programmes offered by the school in particular their relevance to career prospects for students and societal impact.
  5. To advise on and support the establishment of new teaching programmes.
  6. To inform and support measures to improve the employability of students.
  7. To promote the reputation of the school and its activities through members’ networks.
  8. To contribute to the life of the School of Law.

The advisory board will not have executive powers or responsibilities.

At the request of the head of School, individual members may also:

  • Give guest lectures
  • Mentor students and provide student enrichment activities such as visits
  • Mentor staff
  • Raise funds
  • Provide individual advice on specific issues at the request of the Head of School
  • And undertake other relevant activities


Members will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable once by mutual agreement.  Appointments will be phased so that only a minority terminate each year. A chairperson will be appointed by the Head of School. There will be a maximum of twelve members and a minimum of eight members.


Meetings to be held four times a year, two in Bedford Square and two in Egham.


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For enquires regarding partnerships and collaborations please contact Liz Hudson - School Profile and Development Manager at

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