Last week we celebrated the graduation of nearly 3,500 students at 14 ceremonies. The ceremonies take months of planning and involve almost every colleague in both visible and behind-the-scenes roles.
This year we welcomed five new Honorary Graduates
, and we are delighted to have them as part of the Royal Holloway community.
With our graduates moving on and our undergraduates taking a well-earned break, the campus is a little different in summer, but no less busy. In our different ways, we are already preparing for the start of the next academic year; creating teaching materials, planning Welcome Week activities, working on our buildings and progressing important IT projects.
Across the summer over 300 pre-sessional English Language students join us, making friends and developing their language and academic skills ahead of the start of session. In mid-August, we will run Confirmation and Clearing, an important and very busy time for many of us.
The summer is also the busiest time of year for our Conference and Catering team who host over 80 events. Many of these are for our own departments, but we also welcome external national organisations, such as Gartner Group, Centrica, Fujitsu and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. We accommodate nearly 2,000 language school and sports camp students in our halls of residence and nine wedding receptions will be held, and across the summer our kitchens will serve approximately 190,000 meals to our guests! Commercial activity makes up about 20% of our overall income so, during academic recesses, it’s important that we maximise the potential of the campus as a venue for others to use.
From Graduation to summer schools, Confirmation and Clearing to academic conferences, thank you to everyone who has been, is and will be involved in supporting the College this summer. I hope, also, that everyone will manage to find some time to take a break, and return feeling refreshed for the new academic year.
Professor Paul Layzell