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Royal Holloway University of London

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Who are Royal Holloway University of London?

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world. Through world-class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, ours is a community that inspires individuals to succeed academically, socially and personally.

Royal Holloway is a teaching and research-intensive institution comprising three faculties in Science; Arts and Social Science; and Management, Economics and Law. The College is located in Egham, Surrey, on a leafy campus some 40 minutes from Waterloo and prides itself on its collegiate outlook and friendly feel. The campus hosts just under 9000 undergraduate, post graduate (taught and research) students with a further 200 in Singapore and distance-learning students supported through the London University International Programmes. Some 20% of students are from overseas. There are just over 1,500 staff working across the institution.

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College was formed in 1985 through a merger of two institutions that were founded in the nineteenth century to support women’s education. The principle of support for equality and diversity continues to underpin the College today. This is shown through our wide-ranging support schemes and achievements which have been recognised through national awards, such as the 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development Award’, and through our listing in the 2016 ‘Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers’.

We have a dedicated Vice Principal role for Equality and Diversity, Professor Rosemary Deem, and are one of the few institutions to have a Council committee solely dedicated to E&D.

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Royal Holloway University of London involved in?

Royal Holloway is committed to supporting women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM as evidenced in the range of projects and initiatives we are involved in. We currently hold an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award which recognises advancement of gender equality.

A selection of existing and planned activity included in our gender equality action plan includes:

  • The implementation of a new annual appraisal process with greater focus on career development;
  • Our Enabling Women through the Promotions Process scheme which was awarded the Times Higher Education award for leadership and development;
  • Development of coaching and mentoring schemes to encourage women to apply for leadership positions;
  • A sabbatical scheme for returners in lab-based research areas;
  • Mandatory Unconscious Bias training for members of recruitment panels;
  • Continuous engagement with AURORA, the women-only leadership development programme.
  • In 2017 we established a new Electronic Engineering department. 66% of the founding staff are women and the building, syllabus and outreach activities have been designed to be encouraging to women.

    Alongside our Royal Holloway Women’s Network (RoWaN) which organises events to showcase achievements and facilitate networking, the College hosts a WISDOM (Women In the Security Domain [and] Or Mathematics) group which achieved the Equality and Fairness prize at the College Recognition Awards.

    Why did Royal Holloway University of London join WISE?

    Royal Holloway wants to be part of the growing campaign to increase female representation in STEM, including at higher research and management positions. We are pleased to be able to offer our individual staff access to a dynamic network and expertise in promoting gender equality.” Professor Paul Hogg, Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) and Dean of the Science Faculty.


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