Cultural and Social Facilities (2014)

The university offers a comprehensive programme of activities and initiatives aimed at opening up links with local communities and making the campus accessible to a wider audience.

Some of the ways in which the university currently provide a local community resource and engage with local people to promote and enable access to a higher education are summarised below.

Sports

The sports facilities at Royal Holloway are accessed by a range of local sports clubs including:

  • Egham Town Football Club
  • Swinley Forest Football Club
  • Royal Holloway Old Boys Football Club
  • Egham Cricket Club
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Active Surrey
  • Heather Mount School
  • American Community School – Egham
  • Virginia Water Football Club.

Many groups use the facilities on a weekly basis during the sports seasons. The proposed improvements to the sports facilities on Nobles and East Fields will enhance the student experience as well as the range, quality and availability of sports provision for local community based clubs and schools.

Widening Participation

Royal Holloway has developed a comprehensive outreach and widening participation programme aimed at both attracting new students and supporting those already attending the university aimed at providing an equal playing field for student success.

One objective for the programme is the provision of a range of non-licensed venues for social activity, which are currently very limited but an essential feature of ensuring provision for a wide range of groups attending and visiting the university.

A range of activities throughout the year aim to encourage individuals to consider attending university and to break down some of the myths and barriers which discourage some people from making that choice.

Library

The reference section of the library, in theEmily Wilding Davison Building, is free to members of the general public, visitors from other educational institutions and staff and students from other institutions of the University of London. Any member of the public can apply to become an external member of the library, allowing loan of up to ten books.

The library also has a number of reciprocal agreements and access schemes which enable non-students to gain free access to the library system.

The library accommodates school visits during several months of the year and provides guidance and training in the use of the library and its resources and workshops on the development of research based learning skills. Sixth form students can access the library following their school visits, with full access to reference materials.

The Picture Gallery

The gallery houses an important collection of Victorian art and is open to the public viewing on a number of days throughout the year. The gallery also hosts a series of talks and open days from October to March for the public, students and staff.

Continuing Professional Development

During term holidays, the university hosts a number of conferences, seminars and symposia, attracting both national and international speakers across a range of topics. These events also generate a notable income to the university (c£3.5m 2012/13), but also attracts visitor expenditure in the locality.

Multi-faith Facilities

Royal Holloway and the Islamic Welfare Association of West Surrey have worked together over a number of years to help provide facilities for Muslim students and to the local Muslim community. For example, Royal Holloway has made land available for the construction of a new Islamic Cultural Centre at the main campus. The university acknowledges that certain facilities and spaces available to faith groups are at, or approaching capacity, and as such, the Estate Plan is designed to offer new spaces to serve such needs.

Volunteering

The volunteering team at Royal Holloway facilitates community volunteering for students with a wide range of local organisations, community groups and charities. The developments proposed through the Estate Plan will play an important role in enabling the university to build on their existing work in this area and provide appropriate opportunities to existing and future students as well as the local community over the next 20 years.

In the academic year [2012-13], the university listed [1,976] registered volunteers, assisting [180] registered community partners, contributing [6,963] recorded volunteering hours of activities. Over the past [10] years, Royal Holloway’s student volunteers have competed [50,000] volunteering hours in the community.

In the last [two] academic years [2011/12] and [2012/13] the Students’ Union (SU) has generated [£55,200] in charitable donations as a result of fundraising initiatives.

Royal Holloway students contribute over 11,000 hours of volunteering per annum, in support of a network of 250 community partner organisations within Surrey. Partners include schools, day centres, and branches of charities such as Age UK and The National Trust. Royal Holloway’s volunteering programme was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award recognised the scheme’s contribution to the Surrey community and the also the leadership skills is develops among it volunteers.

Drama and Performance

As part of, and in addition to, drama and music courses run by the university, a number of free and paid concerts are held during the year, in locations across the campus.

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