Royal Holloway was founded in 1886 to promote the education of women.
It received its charter from the University of London in 1900 and became co-educational in 1965.
The university today has around 9,800 students, who benefit from studying at a spacious, largely residential campus, with the attractions of London only a 35-minute train journey away. In September 2017, the university’s flagship library and student services centre opened; the most ambitious building project since the original Founder’s Building, it places students at the heart of campus in an inspiring, 21st century setting. Students, staff and alumni chose to name the new building after the suffragette and Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison.
Royal Holloway’s world-leading researchers have committed to addressing global challenges, including the development of treatments and therapies for rare diseases, the dramatic decline of bees and protecting the UK from cyber-attacks. Many Royal Holloway academics are also advisors to policy makers and the Government on a range of issues, for example combating radicalisation and terrorism.