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New world-class electronic nanofabrication facility opens at Royal Holloway 

A new world-class electronic nanofabrication facility has officially opened at Royal Holloway. 

The facility, called SuperFab, comprises an advanced cleanroom, housing world-class nanofabrication equipment for the research and development of superconducting electronics and quantum circuits. These advanced types of electronics are used to produce extremely sensitive detectors, such as those needed for future medical imaging. 

Scientists using this type of equipment are also working to develop quantum computers. These computers will be able to outperform the fastest present day computers for certain tasks. 

To find out more about the SuperFab facility at Royal Holloway, click here

This is Cuba: Documentary Photography after Fidel 

Royal Holloway is currently hosting an exhibition to bring together the work of world-renowned photographers such as Raúl Cañibano and Michael Christopher Brown, including previouslt unseen photographs that offer the snapshot of the changing face of Cuba. 

Running until 23 June and hosted in the university's Emily Wilding Davison Building, This is Cuba: Documentary Photography after Fidel, is the culmination of more than a decade of research by Dr James Clifford Kent, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway. 

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New species of spider discovered with unusual social skills

Dr Lena Grinsted, an early career research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, has discovered a new species of spider in Indonesia named Chikunia bilde

The species is closely related to another spider called Chikunia nigra, and unlike most spiders that are typically aggressive and cannibalistic, the two Chikunia species like to live in harmony together in large colonies. 

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What's on: University events

Royal Holloway holds a number of events each year which are open to the public. Details of these events, many which are free, and how to book can be found here.

Beatrice Shilling Building: official opening

The new science building, the Beatrice Shilling Building at Royal Holloway, was officially opened on 27 March by Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  

The state-of-the-art building is now home to the university's Department of Electronic Engineering, which welcomed students for the first time in 2017.

Read more about the Beatrice Shilling Building here

Noise nuisance 

Runnymede Borough Council Environmental Health, Surrey Police, and Royal Holloway work in partnership to tackle issues of noise nuisance in the local community.

For information on what each organisation is responsible for tackling, and the best way to report incidents of noise nuisance, please click here

Pioneering study of female prisoners finds more than 64% with a history of brain injury

The Disabilities Trust, in collaboration with Royal Holloway, announced the results of the first study of its kind into brain injury in female offenders. The results suggest that a support pathway should be put into place to manage health, cognitive and behavioural issues which may impact on the likelihood of re-offending. 

To find out more about this research, click here

Decision-making in space 

Dr Elisa Ferre, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Maria Gallagher, lead author and PhD student, both from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, conducted research to see how people make decisions in space with zero gravity. 

The research explored how astronauts are primarily trained in physical fitness, but rarely know how their brain functions will work when making decisions millions of miles away from earth, and out of the comfort of terrestrial gravity.

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Community gym membership 

Royal Holloway is offering the local community an opportunity to use its high quality facilities for sport and physical activity this summer with a special three month community membership for £90. 

Members will get unlimited access to the recently upgraded fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment as well as exercise classes. For more information please visit the website

StoryFutures Academy production's showcase at Tribeca Festival 

StoryFutures Academy, the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by Royal Holloway and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has had its first co-funded immersive production showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

Common Ground, directed, produced and written by Darren Emerson, was selected for the festival which took place between 24 April and 5 May, 2019 in New York. 

Common Ground explores the notorious UK Aylesbury Estate, home to thousands of South Londoners, and a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the country. 

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Two footballers from Royal Holloway score a trip to Barcelona 

Two players from Royal Holloway Women's Football Club (RHWFC), embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Barcelona's legendary Camp Nou stadium in March, as part of Santander UK's initiative to support female talent in both their sporting and professional lives. 

Students Alissa Chohan, third team captain, and Niamh Emma Mullan, the first team captain from RHWFC were selected to go to Barcelona and join a programme of events, tours and training with other female footballers from other UK universities. 

Read the full story here

Community drop-in sessions 

Royal Holloway will be holding new termly drop-in sessions for local residents on its campus. The sessions will provide an opportunity for individual members of the local community to discuss topics of concern to them with a representative from the university. 

The drop-in sessions replace the university's attendance at councillor surgeries in Englefield Green and the meetings held in Egham town centre. 

The first community drop-in session will be held on Tuesday, 4 June, 5-6pm in the Emily Wilding Davison Building Event Space on the ground floor. 
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