Royal Holloway, University of London was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, it is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. As teachers and researchers they change lives, expand minds and help current and future leaders understand power and responsibility. The university is strengthened by diversity, and welcome students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close-knit and historic campus.
Thomas Holloway, the Victorian entrepreneur, established Royal Holloway as a college for women at a time when the education of women was a controversial topic. Queen Victoria opened Royal Holloway in 1886, and allowed the use of Royal in the College’s name. The university has a long history of working with communities and schools in Surrey and beyond, notably through hosting an annual family Science Open Day since 1986.