Maddie Timmins - Geography
Degree programme: BSc Geography
Year of study: First
Why did you choose to study at Royal Holloway?
The geography department at Royal Holloway is among the best in the country, both in terms of research quality (REF 2014) and student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015). Additionally, the campus style of the university appealed to me more than city-based unis, but with London only half an hour away I felt I’d get the best of both worlds.
What do you enjoy most about Geography?
My department is extremely friendly and approachable. Lecturers have office hours every week, meaning there’s always opportunities to drop by with any questions or concerns I might have. It’s really a privilege to be taught by staff with such expertise and experience. Fieldwork is also a great aspect of Geography – including not only local trips but a week in Southern Spain at no extra cost in first year!
What is your favourite thing about being a student at Royal Holloway?
Egham is a safe area for students to live and you can essentially walk to everything you need, meaning it was really easy to settle in. As I’m in first year I’m currently living in Wedderburn Halls, so my room is very comfortable and has an ensuite! I also love the libraries to study in: Founder's Library as traditional and picturesque, and Bedford Library having coffee and being open 24/7. The new library that’s being built will also provide extra spaces.
What is the student life like?
I find the student life here to be chilled out and supportive. There’s always something to do with events and bars on campus, Windsor Great Park down the road, and London not far away.