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Royal Holloway celebrates top 20 UK university ranking

Royal Holloway has risen five places to become a top 20 UK university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. At position 19 in the national rankings, Royal Holloway was also shortlisted for University of the Year 2020.

Through a series of investments to improve the student experience, including a £57m library and student services centre, Royal Holloway’s position has risen in a number of league tables over the last few years, including in the Complete University Guide 2020 where the university sits at 23rd in the UK.

Click here for the full story.

BAFTA win for Media Arts academic

Victoria Mapplebeck, an academic from Royal Holloway’s Department of Media Arts has won a BAFTA for her short film Missed Call, 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. Victoria and her production team received their award at the BAFTA Television Awards in May, at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Read more about the short film here.
Royal Holloway joins international cybersecurity consortium

Royal Holloway has joined five universities from the UK, the United States and Japan to establish a new consortium to tackle the growing international challenges facing cybersecurity experts in our increasingly connected world.

The International Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (INCS-CoE) will serve as a hub for international cybersecurity research, advocacy, and education. Its members will help governments develop global cybersecurity standards, conduct research to stay ahead of evolving threats and help train students to handle the cybersecurity challenges of the future.

Click here to find out more.

Opportunities to better understand the university's future development plans

Royal Holloway is continuing to develop its historic estate to provide a 21st century campus that meets the needs of everyone studying and working at the university today and in the future. 
In July 2019, Runnymede Borough Council granted planning permission, subject to conditions, for a new Enterprise Centre. This will provide the university with the opportunity to create a regional centre of excellence to support businesses in the fields of cyber security and data analytics. The plan is to start work on the development in early 2020.

This summer, Royal Holloway launched a series of public consultation events so that the local community can find out about the estate plans and meet representatives from the university and its consultant teams. There will be further opportunities to attend consultation events over the coming months.

To find out more about the development projects across the university’s estate and for information on the dates of the public consultation events, click here.

There is also opportunity to complete an online questionnaire which will help to shape these proposals in advance of formal submissions to Runnymede Borough Council.

Community Research Hub

Royal Holloway’s Community Research Hub is a Royal Holloway Volunteering initiative set up in 2016 that matches students who want experience applying research skills with charities and non-profits needing support with surveys, analysis, reports, literature reviews, desk-based research, ethnographic research and more.

In June, Royal Holloway published a report on the progress of the Community Research Hub to understand how it has benefited students and the local community since its founding. The report concluded that the collaborative nature of the Community Research Hub demonstrates a distinct double-edged benefit. The community partners benefit from having the support of students; but the students also develop their skills and abilities.

The report also found that the Hub helps the university to develop its relationship with the local community and thereby contributes to local 'town and gown' harmony, in an impactful and positive way.
For more information on the Community Research Hub and the report please click here.

Festival of Volunteering

Following on from the success of last year, Royal Holloway hosted its second Festival of Volunteering on Wednesday 25 September, during the university’s Welcome Week.

The festival, which took place within Founder's Square at the university’s Egham campus, aims to promote local charities and organisations that make a genuine difference in Egham and Englefield Green, and encourage students to get involved with available volunteering opportunities.

This year’s all-day event saw more than 2,000 students attend and express an interest in being a part of the university’s ever growing voluntary presence in the local community, for which it has won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

To find out more about the work of volunteering at Royal Holloway, click here.

Honorary Doctorates and Honorary Fellows 

At the end of the last academic year, Royal Holloway awarded four new Honorary Fellowships and two new Honorary Doctorates.

Honorary Fellowships recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals to the life and work of the university or to education generally.

Read the full list of awardees here.

FSA's Scientific Advisory Committee appointment for Professor Paul Fraser

Professor Paul Fraser from the Department of Biological Science has been appointed onto the government’s Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

The three-year advisory appointment recognises the research impact and professional respect that Professor Fraser has built up over the years and will help to ensure that the FSA’s policy development and consumer advice is based on sound science and independent expert advice.

Click here to find out more.

Revised opening hours for Spring Rise Gate 

Following the opening of the Emily Wilding Davison Building in 2017, the opening times of Spring Rise Gate (the university’s back gate) were revised to enable students and staff to access and exit from the campus via that gate 24 hours per day.

Reflecting the concerns of people living around the back gate and having monitored the situation, the university has re-established closed hours for the back gate. The gate will be locked at 12.30am each night and will re-open at 5am.

Swipe card access will not be possible during these times. These changes have been communicated to new and returning students. 

The university operates a 24/7 campus and these times ensure that students and staff who work in university outlets that close at midnight, or who leave the library late at night, or who wish to study there through the night, can use the gate. It will also enable people to catch the first train from Egham station and access the gym in the morning.

Royal Holloway will continue to remind students of their responsibility to act respectfully when moving in and around the local community.

Community drop-in session on 25 February

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

Please join us for the next community drop in session on Tuesday, 25 February from 5pm to 6pm in the Event Space, on the ground floor of the Emily Wilding Davison Building.

Community Matters is going digital!

As of September 2020 Community Matters will only be available to read digitally and will no longer be delivered to your door. If you would like to receive a digital copy of Community Matters, please email us at

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.
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