Overview

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), officially known as Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, stands as a public research university and a constituent member of the federal University of London. Hosting six schools, 21 academic departments, and catering to approximately 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 100 countries, RHUL is recognized by The Sutton Trust among the "30 most highly selective" British universities.

Founded in 1879 by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway, the Egham campus is situated west of Egham, Surrey, 19 miles (31 km) from central London. Queen Victoria inaugurated Royal Holloway College in 1886 as an all-women's college, later joining the University of London in 1900. The college's evolution included the admission of male postgraduate students in 1945 and, in 1965, the introduction of approximately 100 male undergraduates. A pivotal development occurred in 1985 when Royal Holloway merged with Bedford College, another historic all-women's college in London. Formally named Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC) by an Act of Parliament, it retained this designation until 2022 when it attained university status within the University of London.

The campus boasts the iconic Founder's Building, a Grade I listed red-brick structure inspired by the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France. For the fiscal year 2022–23, the institution reported an annual income of £216.1 million, with £15.8 million derived from research grants and contracts, and an expenditure of £211.8 million.

Schools and Departments Restructuring

Effective from August 1, 2019, the university has adopted a School-based organizational structure, marking a departure from the previous three-faculty system. Under this framework, each school is overseen by a Head of School, who, in turn, reports to the university's executive team.

Organisational Structure

The six newly established schools are outlined below:

  1. School of Business and Management
    • Department of Accounting and Financial Management
    • Department of Digital Innovation Management
    • Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies
    • Department of Marketing
    • Department of Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship
  2. School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (EPMS)
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Electronic Engineering
    • Department of Information Security
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  3. School of Humanities
    • Department of Classics
    • Department of English
    • Department of History
    • Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  4. School of Law and Social Sciences
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Law and Criminology
    • Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy
    • Department of Social Work
  5. School of Life Sciences and the Environment
    • Department of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of Psychology
  6. School of Performing and Digital Arts
    • Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance
    • Department of Media Arts
    • Department of Music

In addition, there exists a dedicated Doctoral School designed to cater to the university's PhD students.

Rankings

National Rankings (2024):

  • Complete: 37
  • Guardian: 47
  • Times / Sunday Times: 29=

Global Rankings:

  • ARWU (2023): 801–900
  • QS (2024): 413=
  • THE (2024): 301–350

Royal Holloway, University of London's National League Table Performance Over the Past Decade

At a certain juncture, Royal Holloway held the remarkable position of second among 90 universities in England and Wales for the number of students entering graduate employment. Nevertheless, according to the Complete University Guide 2016, the university witnessed a decline in graduate employability since 2007/8, with a graduate prospect of only 62.2%, ranking it 77th out of 126 UK universities. Subsequent data from the Complete University Guide 2020 indicates an upward trend, with a graduate prospect of 73.5%.

According to the National Student Survey 2014, Royal Holloway ranks in the top 25% of UK universities for overall satisfaction, boasting an impressive 89%.

In the 2014–15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the college secured the 47th position in Europe and the 118th spot globally.

Royal Holloway maintained a consistent league table performance between 1998 and 2007, earning the 29th overall position in The Times Good University Guide ranking of British universities

 


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