Royal Holloway University of London

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Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway University of London

About us

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world. Through world-class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, ours is a community that inspires individuals to succeed academically, socially and personally.

A pioneering spirit

The university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today.

As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities we are home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. We are strengthened by diversity, and welcome students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close knit and historic campus.


Royal Holloway College

Royal Holloway College, originally a women-only college, was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur Thomas Holloway in 1879 on the Mount Lee Estate in Egham. The founding of the college was brought about after Holloway, seeking to fulfil a philanthropic gesture, began a public debate through The Builder regarding ‘How best to spend a quarter of a million or more’, at which point his wife proposed to build a college especially for women. Holloway later increased his original sum of money to half a million, and today, the campus is still best known for its original 600-bed building, known as the Founder’s Building, designed by William Henry Crossland and inspired by the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner called the original college building “the most ebullient Victorian building in the Home Counties”, and noted that together with its sister building the Holloway Sanatorium, it represents “the summit of High Victorian design”. The Founder’s Building, which is now Grade I listed, was officially opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria, who allowed the use of “Royal” in the college’s name. Founder’s has been described by The Times as “one of Britain’s most remarkable university buildings”, largely for its elaborate architecture, and according to The Sunday Times it “makes the college instantly recognisable”. The college also has a Chapel, completed in 1886 as one of the last parts of the university to be finished. October 1887 saw the arrival of the first 28 students at Royal Holloway College. It later became a constituent of the University of London in 1900, as did Bedford College, which eventually merged with Royal Holloway College.

Merger of Royal Holloway College and Bedford College (1985)

Bedford College was founded by Elizabeth Jesser Reid in 1849 as a higher education college for the education of women. Reid leased a house at 47 Bedford Square in the Bloomsbury area of London, and opened the Ladies College in Bedford Square. The intention was to provide a liberal and non-sectarian education for women, something no other institution in the United Kingdom provided at the time. The college moved to 8 and 9 York Place (off Baker Street) in 1874, and then to Regent’s Park in 1908. In 1900, the college became a constituent school of the University of London. Like RHC, following its membership of the University of London, in 1965, it allowed male undergraduates to study on its premises for the first time.

RHC and Bedford merged in 1985. The pressure for the merger was due to a lack of government funding for higher education, and the college was named Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC), with an inauguration being held at the College Chapel in 1986 by Elizabeth II. The newest title remains the official registered name of the college, though this was changed for day-to-day use to “Royal Holloway, University of London” by the College Council in 1992.

Since the merger with Bedford College, Royal Holloway has entered into collaborative discussions with Brunel University and St George’s, University of London. The latter project was cancelled in September 2009. Royal Holloway, St George’s and Kingston University continue to work together in the field of health and social care teaching and research.

Our vision, mission and values

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To be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for inspiring and empowering our students and staff to realise their full potential for the benefit of society.


  • Provide an excellent management education that equips our international student body with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in a rapidly-changing world; an education that is interdisciplinary in nature and encourages critical thinking.
  • Support and deliver internationally excellent and world-leading research that also informs our teaching.
  • Make a positive difference to management policy and practice through our research and teaching.


Intellectual curiosity

We value the continual pursuit of new and innovative knowledge. We seek to inspire and enable our students and staff to enjoy an inquisitive and critical approach to scholarship. We are committed to building relationships which further inform and stimulate our intellectual curiosity and constructive criticality.  We also value and encourage intellectual curiosity and critical thinking in our students, and seek to design our curricula and teaching and learning activities to foster this intellectual curiosity and criticality.

We recognize that time and space are both required to identify and explore new fields of study, and that opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and engagement have a vital role to play in this process.

Collegiality and mutual respect

At the heart of our culture at the School of Management is our collective sense of responsibility and care for each other within the College and through our relationships with our stakeholders. Amongst members of academic faculty, teachers and professional support staff collegiality means a committed concern for each other and our collective endeavour.  We have the utmost appreciation of our past, present and future students and other stakeholders alike and seek to share our knowledge and goals with them in building mutual respect.


We understand integrity as consistency in character, operating in terms of our ethics and values. Integrity points to the moral character of the members of our School, which we seek to communicate through our actions, research and teaching.

Diversity and inclusivity

We celebrate our diversity, seeking to uphold the dignity of every member of our multicultural School, and to integrate and embrace our full range of capabilities.

The School is committed to providing a positive, inclusive environment in which individuals and diverse groups with multiple identities and individual differences are recognized and valued equally.   All who engage with the School, whether staff, students, applicants or visitors are treated fairly, with dignity and respect.


We strive to remove conditions that may hinder any staff or student member from
reaching their potential. We want to equip all members of the School with the
knowledge and opportunities to thrive.


The School of Management

Royal Holloway runs a variety of academic degree programmes, including Single Honours and Joint Honours, with fees of £9,000 for full-time undergraduate students (2015–2016 entry) and some financial help schemes The study of an undergraduate programme leads to one of five University of London degrees, which include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Economics), Bachelor of Music and Master in Science.Discounted fees are offered to students who stay on to complete a postgraduate degree.The university also runs e-degrees in history and business management.

On a competitive basis, Principal’s Excellence Scholarships worth £3,000 a year are given to students who achieve AAA+ and have applied to study Maths, Physics, Modern Languages or European Studies at Royal Holloway from September 2015. Other bursaries and scholarships are also offered to students, including bursaries of £1,750 per year for undergraduate students with a family income less than £25,000.

In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008, Royal Holloway’s School of Biological Sciences was ranked joint third achieving a proportion of 4* and 5* rankings.

The School of Management has all three of its MBA programmes accredited by AMBA, and obtained management school status in 1993.Royal Holloway also runs the University of London MBA distance-learning programme.

An Advanced Skills Programme is also run at the university, featuring information technology, communication skills and foreign languages.

Contact us


Royal Holloway, University of London
TW20 0EX


Our switchboard is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

UK:  01784 434455

International:  +44 (0) 1784 434455