May 01 2018
A couple of weeks ago, 12 of our students became the first group from a single university to complete the training to become Special Constables with Surrey Police.

The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police and they play a crucial role in our communities. While individual students may choose to become Special Constables, no other university has actively recruited a cohort and worked alongside a police force to enable its students to join the Special Constabulary.

The students all learnt first aid and combat training and passed theory tests. All training was funded by Surrey Police. The students have worked incredibly hard to become officers, and I have congratulated them on their efforts and their commitment to the local community.

Volunteering as a Special Constable is just one of the extensive range of volunteering opportunities available to our students. Many young people choose to volunteer to help their community and we have found that students at Royal Holloway are particularly community spirited. Last year our Volunteering team supported students to log more than 10,000 hours of activity and we worked alongside a network of over 250 community partners. Volunteering activities ranged from the Great British Spring Clean, an annual event cleaning up our campus and community, to ongoing student-led projects like Sing-Along Surrey, which encourages our students to interact with older people in the local community.

In recognition of the strength of the volunteering programme, in 2017 Royal Holloway was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. 

Professor Paul Layzell