Over 11,000 volunteering hours supporting local projects
Royal Holloway is proud to be part of the local community. Our students bring many positives to the local area, from award-winning volunteering initiatives and creative community events. We also support local businesses and organisation and key local activities.
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Volunteers make a difference
One of the ways we encourage students to get involved in the wider community is through volunteering, for which we won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award recognised Royal Holloway Volunteering’s work in helping build strong communities by inspiring students to volunteer and lead projects to support local organisations. The award was presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor, University of London.
Royal Holloway volunteers provide around 11,000 volunteering hours a year, many in support of local projects and activities ranging from monthly tea parties and weekly sing-alongs for older people, a choir for local people with learning difficulties, technology based school workshops and working with local care homes to support older people interact with the digital age. Initiatives include clearing woodland, tidying the riverbank and other conservation work, collections for Runnymede foodbank and general tasks such as painting, cleaning and litter picking to help keep the local area clean.
Find out more about our Community Action Partners' Network.
Contributing to the local economy and supporting employment
As one of the UK’s top 25 universities Royal Holloway makes a significant contribution to the local economy. A 2014 independent review of the economic contribution of the university showed that from the £480m a year that Royal Holloway contributes to the UK economy, £220m a year of that goes to Surrey and an estimated £167m to Runnymede, of which £65m came from students. Visitors attending graduations, conferences and other events add a further £3m to the local economy and the estimated amount of employee spend within Runnymede is £7.1 million.
Supporting local events and activities
Royal Holloway supports a local events throughout the year including the Egham Royal Show and the Englefield Green Village Fete.
Working with local schools
Our academic departments get involved with local schools in a number of ways. Examples include the Department of Biological Sciences has helped local schools to learn about, and make homes for, wildlife from beetles to birds and fauna to fungi in their school grounds.
Our current law students have been delivering a number of legal workshops within the community.
The student volunteering outreach scheme enables student volunteers within the Department of Law and Criminology to support the community by providing legal workshops which are delivered under the supervision of qualified legal professionals or academic members of staff. You can find out more here.
Many of our students choose to continue to live within the wider Egham and Runnymede area after they have graduated. If you are a graduate of Royal Holloway, find out more about the ongoing support available to you.