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Our strategy for the future

We have a bold vision for Royal Holloway’s future

We have a bold vision for Royal Holloway’s future and a clear strategy for how to make this happen.

Our new three year strategic plan, 2021 to 2024, has been inspired by the Deed of Foundation which established Royal Holloway College which opened in 1896. Royal Holloway College merged with Bedford College in 1985, providing the foundations of the university we are today. 

The Deed states:

“The Founder believes that the education of women should not be exclusively regulated by the tradition and method of former ages; but that it should be founded on those studies and sciences which the experience of modern times has shown to be the most valuable, and the best adapted to meet the intellectual and social requirements of the students.” Deed of Foundation, 1883.

The strategic plan considers how we can meet the needs of our modern times in terms of the provision of higher education and research based innovation. By building on our well regarded academic strengths, and by aligning to needs, for example in graduate employability, programme portfolio, access, civic influence, partnership and knowledge exchange, we can deliver on our purpose as a university.

Our strategic plan has three strategic priority pillars:

  • Respond to the higher education needs and ambitions of an expanding London population.
  • Build strong and sustainable  international  partnerships that expand the horizons of all our students
  • Develop strengths in challenge-led research and contribute to addressing key issues of our modern time

Throughout the plan is a strong focus on managing our resources effectively and efficiently. In doing so we protect the legacy of our founders and enable Royal Holloway to meet the modern needs of future generations.


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