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.
The six newly established schools are outlined below:
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
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
School of Humanities
Department of Classics
Department of English
Department of History
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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
School of Life Sciences and the Environment
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Geography
Department of Psychology
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.
National Rankings (2024):
Times / Sunday Times: 29=
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