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New cyber security and big data centre to be built at Royal Holloway 

Funding of £5 million has been granted by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise, Partnership (EM3) to Royal Holloway, to help build a brand new, state-of-the-art cyber security and big data centre on its campus. 

The new centre at the university, which will cost in the region of £12.9 million in total, will house a 'war room', along with a large cyber-physical engineering collaboration space (CPECS) to directly engage and support industrial innovation along with meeting rooms, training areas and incubation space for start-up companies.

There will also be space to house technical staff from collaborating companies who wish to be embedded within the university's cyber security activities. 

Find out more here

Royal Holloway Science Festival returns 

Royal Holloway's Science Festival will be returning to campus on Saturday 9 March to celebrate British Science Week with a day of science exploration and discovery. 

An exciting program of talks, displays and hands-on activities will take place across the Egham campus, from 10am-4pm. Admission is free, and no booking is required. 

To find out more about the Science Festival please click here
Survey reveals violence targeted at Anglican clergy

A survey for the National Churchwatch, undertaken by academics at Royal Holloway, discovered that 10% of Anglican clergy have been a victim of violence. 

Professor Jonathan Gabe and Professor David Denney, both from the School of Law at Royal Holloway, conducted the survey with more than 540 participants across the UK. 

Click here for the full story.

What's on: University events

We hold a number of events in the College each year which are open to the public. Details of our events, many which are free, and how to book can be found here.

New research is helping to advance the biological control of invasive plant species 

Academics from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, in collaboration with the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience (CABI) and the University of Reading, are the first in Europe to study the ecological effects of a rust fungus on the invasive plant species, Himalayan Balsam, in the field. 

Thorough testing has established that Himalayan Balsam rust 'Puccinia komarovii var glandulifera' is a natural way to manage the invasive plant species. The rust was released in the UK following ministerial approval in 2014, to be used as a safe way to control this invasive plant, without any non-target effects. Professor Alan Gange's research examines the ecology of this rust fungus and what happens to community components following its release into the natural environment. 

Read more about this research here

Parent drop-in sessions 

If you're the parent or supporter of a prospective university student, you may be feeling that university websites are only geared to answering questions posed by students. Royal Holloway want to redress the balance and be available to answer your important questions, so drop by for a coffee. 

Find out more about the sessions here

Staff survey helps support local charities 

During a recent staff survey carried out at Royal Holloway, all those who took part were asked to choose one of three charities for the university to donate £1 to in recognition of their participation.

The chosen charities were Runnymede Foodbank, the North West Surrey Samaritans and Age UK Surrey, and all three were gifted their cheques during a presentation at Royal Holloway in January. 

Royal Holloway academic wins prestigious national film award 

Victoria Mapplebeck, from the Department of Media Arts, has won a prestigious national film award for her short film 'Missed Call'. The film is about her young son's journey to reconnect with his absent father. It is one of the first professional documentaries in the world to be filmed on an iPhone X. 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Award (RIFA) are the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film.

Read the full story here

Research on road accidents recognised in the UK's Best Breakthroughs List

An initiative from Royal Holloway has been named as one of the UK's 100 best breakthroughs for its significant impact on people's everyday lives. 

Professor John Wann, from the university's Department of Psychology, is honoured in the Made at Uni UK's Best Breakthroughs List for his pioneering work on understanding why road accidents happen and how we can help improve safety. 

The research looked at why adults and children sometimes make critical errors in their everyday road judgement, despite advances in vehicle technology and road infrastructure. 

Click here to read more about this research. 

Spring Rise Gate 

The university has introduced community patrols to cover the area heading down towards the university's back gate and into the surrounding streets, between 10pm and 4.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the duration of the spring term. 

Through these patrols and other information campaigns on campus, the university will continue to encourage its students to act respectfully and sensibly when returning home from a night out or late night study session. 

Community meetings

Royal Holloway supports opportunities throughout the year to meet with local residents to discuss topics relevant to the university. 

This term representatives from the university will attend the Councillor Surgery on: Saturday 9 March 2019, 11-11.30am, Social Hall, Victoria Street, Englefield Green, TW20 0QT.

Correction: Apologies, we made a mistake in the last edition! There will not be an evening residents meeting at the United Chruch of Egham on Wednesday 7 March 2019.

The next meeting where residents can discuss topics relevant to the university will be on Saturday 9 March, see above for details. 
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