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"Royal Holloway is genuinely a home away from home College."

The Celebration Year 2000, marking the bicentenary of Thomas Holloway’s birth, was an opportunity to both look back at Royal Holloway’s beginnings and to make future plans. 2012 saw Olympic success.

The Choir's latest CD recording of English Romantic Madrigals was released in May 2016.

During the Autumn term, you can hear the choir sing Eucharist at the church of St Bartholomew the Great, and also in a candlelit performance of Mozart's Requiem with the Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martin in the Fields. Please see the diary page for further details and to discover more upcoming performances near you.

Our Careers Service offers job-seeking workshops, careers talks, job fairs and help with finding internships and part-time employment to help accelerate your career.

At the 2001 census, the population of Holloway was 41,329, of those 48% male and 52% female. It is home to a very multicultural population and is one of the most densely populated areas of London.[4][5][6]

HM Prison Holloway is a closed category prison for adult women and young offenders in Holloway, London, England, operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. It is the largest women's prison in western Europe.[1] It was announced in 2015 that HMP Holloway will close due to its age and the fact it is unsuited to the needs of a modern prison.[2]

We're one of the UK's most international universities and continue to welcome applications from students across the UK, EU and further afield.

The College has a beautiful gilded chapel which remains a hub of College life today. The Chapel is non-denominational and hosts a variety of regular services and events, as well as graduation ceremonies and weddings.

In 1900, both Bedford College and Royal Holloway were admitted as Schools of the University of London. The 20th century saw great changes for both colleges, and the institutions merged in 1985.

There is a family-friendly visitors' centre, run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust (pact), an independent charity.

This means there’s an array of visitor attractions, international sporting and entertainment venues in easy reach. Discover the top 10 things to do off campus.

An inspection report from in June 2003, stated that conditions had improved at Holloway Prison. However the report criticised levels of hygiene at the jail, as well as the lack of trained staff, and poor safety for inmates.[14] A further inspection report in September 2008 again criticised safety levels for inmates of Holloway, claiming that bullying and theft were rife at the prison. The report also noted high levels of self-harm and poor mental health among the inmates.[15]

We are developing our historic estate to provide a 21st century campus that meets the needs of people studying and working in our university today.

Noteworthy inmates that were held at the original 1852-era prison include William Thomas Stead, Isabella Glyn, F. Digby Hardy, Christabel Pankhurst,[9] Kitty Byron and Lady Ida Sitwell, wife of Sir George Sitwell.

Drayton Park railway station is near the southern end of Holloway Road, and is on the Northern City Line. Highbury and Islington is the principal interchange between underground and overground service.

Near to Holloway Road tube station is the North Campus of London Metropolitan University. This includes the Tower building, Stapleton House and the Learning Centre. Another prominent feature in Holloway is the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal F.C.

In September 2001, an inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons claimed that Holloway Prison was failing many of its inmates, mainly due to financial pressures. However, the report stated that the prison had improved in a number of areas, and praised staff working at the jail.[12]

Holloway is an inner-city district of the London Borough of Islington, 3.3 miles (5.3 km) north of Charing Cross, which follows the line of the Holloway Road (A1). At the centre of Holloway is the Nag's Head area. Holloway is home to a very multicultural population and to Arsenal Football Club.

The Picture Gallery, which is home to most of these paintings, is still a key part of our campus today.

Royal Holloway College, largely inspired by the Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. The Founder’s Building, which is built around two quadrangles and includes a beautiful gilded chapel and picture gallery, is one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world.

Thomas Holloway was not the first Victorian visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women. Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the first college in Great Britain for the higher education of women. In 1900, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College became part of the University of London, the first institution in the UK to award degrees to women. 

Most teaching and social activity takes place on campus and, with the exception of Kingswood Hall (just a mile away), this is where most undergraduates live in their first year. It’s a friendly place, with a strong sense of community as new students soon become familiar faces. 

Both Bedford and Royal Holloway admitted male undergraduates for the first time in 1965, but their commitment to women’s education remained. The 1982 partnership agreement between the two colleges paved the way for the merger in 1985 to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.

Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland.

Holloway Prison holds female adults and young offenders remanded or sentenced by the local courts. Accommodation at the prison mostly comprises single cells, however, there is some dormitory accommodation.

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“I knew I wanted to go to a prestigious university that would help with my career.”

Ashburton Grove was the site of Islington's Waste Transfer station. This facility has been moved to nearby Hornsey Street. All of Islington's waste is shipped here for onward processing - together with a significant proportion of that generated by the neighbouring London Boroughs of Camden and Hackney. The waste is transported by road to the Edmonton Solid Waste Incineration Plant or to landfill sites in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.[9]

Holloway prison was opened in 1852 as a mixed-sex prison, but due to growing demand for space for female prisoners, particularly due to the closure of Newgate, it became female-only in 1903.

The nearest London Overground stations are Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Camden Road, Highbury & Islington and Upper Holloway

In the late 1930s, the Odeon cinema on the junction of Tufnell Park Road and Holloway Road was built as a Gaumont but was severely damaged by a doodlebug during the Second World War. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishment but retains its impressive foyer and staircase. It is Grade II listed.[3]


We’re number nine in the UK and number 19 in the world for international outlook, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015*. That’s testimony to the global impact of our research, as well as the diversity of our staff and students on campus.

We're developing our historic campus to meet the needs of people studying and working in our university today

The College’s Art Collections contain world-class paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and watercolours including works by William Powell Frith, John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones.

People from over 130 countries live and study here. There are more than 100 student societies, plus regular band and club nights. 

In 2016, after the suspicious death of inmate Sarah Reed, her family claimed that the prison has forbidden them to examine the body.[3]

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