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Royal Holloway secures funding to support the creative industries

Royal Holloway has secured funding for two exciting initiatives which will help boost the UK's creative industries. 

A consortium, led by Royal Holloway, was named by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as one of nine successful bids to host an ambitious Research and Development partnership, StoryFutures. 

Alongside this bid, Royal Holloway and the National Film and Television School (NFTS), have been appointed to run a National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by UK Research and Innovation. The centre, to be known as StoryFutures Academy, will support and co-fund dozens of real immersive productions with a focus on storytelling. 

Both StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy will be led by Professor James Bennett. 

Find out more about StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy.

Royal Holloway hosts first Festival of Volunteering

Royal Holloway hosted its first Festival of Volunteering on 26 September, during the university's Welcome Week. 

The Festival, which took place in Founder's Square, was launched by the High Sheriff of Surrey, Jim Glover, and Royal Holloway's Vice-Principal, Bob O'Keefe, and was attended by more than 1,000 students. 

The all-day event sought to encourage students to get involved with the volunteering opportunities available at Royal Holloway. 

To find out more about the Festival of Volunteering, please visit
Sport and physical activity can help rehabilitate offenders 

A report by Professor Rosie Meek of the School of Law at Royal Holloway, has promoted the value of sport in prison. 
The review was commisssioned by the Ministry of Justice to identify the best practice across the prison estate and explores the vital role that sport can play in rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. 

Click here for the full story.

What's on: College 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.

A new breakthrough proposes a link between epilepsy and bipolar 

Research from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, has suggested a link between epilepsy and bipolar disorder, through investigating a medicine used to treat both disorders. 

Valproic acid has been used successfully for many years to treat people with a diagnosis of either epilepsy or bipolar disorder, but there has never been a clear understanding of how it works for these two different conditions. 

The research was led by Professor Robin Williams, Head of the Centre for Biomedical Sciences in Royal Holloway's School of Biological Sciences. 

Find out more about Professor Robin Williams's research.

New MindAid app created to support pupils 

A new web-based app has been developed by an academic at Royal Holloway to help teachers identify and support students with mental health difficulties. 

MindAid was created by Dr Helen Pote from the Department of Psychology, and acts as a mental health first aid training tool. It is currently being trialled by more than 250 teachers. 

Read more about the MindAid app here

Royal Holloway begins world's first UK and
Pan-European bee research 

Mark Brown, Professor in Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation at Royal Holloway, has begun leading a world-first study into the effects of agrochemicals on bees across the UK and Europe. 

With a grant of €9 million, the research consortium, POSHBEE, is studying honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees, who face many threats in Europe and around the globe and are in decline. 

Find out more about more about POSHBEE.

Professor named Honourable Puppeteer of the World

Matthew Isaac Cohen, Professor of International Theatre in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, has been granted the royal name, Ki Dalang Bawana (Honourable Puppeteer of the World), by Sultan Sepuh XIV of Keraton Kasepuhan. 

The Award was bestowed upon Matthew at the beginning of his wayang kuilt tour in Java, Indonesia, for his dedication in advancing and preserving Cirebon-style shadow puppet theatre. 

More details on Professor Cohen's tour can be found here

Royal Holloway historian shines new light on modern German cold case

Historian, Dr Barbara Zipser from Royal Holloway, has used the linguistic profiling skills she normally employs on ancient Greek documents to highlight a potential miscarriage of justice in a grisly child abduction, murder and blackmail case from the 1980s.

Linguistic profiling is a method of practice Barbara has used throughout her academic work. Her main area of research is Greek medicine, with an emphasis on textual criticsm, manuscript transmission and the formation of Greek vernacular terminology. 

Find out how Dr Zipser used these skills to unearth unknown evidence from the chilling case. 

Vacancies at Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway has a number of vacancies available throughout the year. Some roles are part time of fixed term contracts and often don't require specialist skills as training is provided.

All vacancies are advertised online, and you can find out more here

Community Research Hub

Are you a charity or non-profit in need of research to support your work?

Royal Holloway's students provide pro-bono research services to a wide variety of external, charity and non-profit organisations. 

The Community Research Hub is a Royal Holloway volunteering initiative that matches students, wanting experience applying research skills, with charities/ non-profits needing support with surveys, analysis, reports, literature reviews, desk-based research, ethnographic research and more. 

Please get in touch to discuss your needs:, 01784 276633

Community meetings

In order to provide more opportunities to meet with members of the local community, representatives from Royal Holloway attend a councillor surgery in Englefield Green in the Summer term and host two meetings on a weekday evening in Egham during the Autumn and Spring terms. Local residents are invited to come along to discuss topics relevant to the university.

Royal Holloway will host an evening residents' meeting on:
Wednesday 14 November 2018, 6pm-7.30pm and Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6pm-7.30pm
The United Church of Egham, Egham High Street, Surrey TW20 9EX.

Royal Holloway will attend the councillor surgery on:
Saturday 11 May 2019, 11am-11.30am, Social Hall, Victoria Street, Englefield Green, TW20 0QT.
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