On Sunday, 23 September, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, placed us at 24 in the national rankings, four places higher than last year. This means that for 2019 Royal Holloway has improved our position in the key league tables of The Guardian University Guide
, The Complete University Guide
and now The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
. We also exceeded the sector average score for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS)
Strong league table positions in national media that is read by potential students, their parents and supporters can make all the difference when it comes to student recruitment.
This year, undergraduate (UG) student recruitment has been a challenge across the sector with applications falling by 3.4%. At Royal Holloway, we have bucked that trend and outperformed the sector with a 2% increase in UG applications. Our postgraduate applications (PGT) are up more than 5%, albeit with applications from the UK and EU down on last year but applications from international markets up on last year.
Delivering these increases is a significant achievement and the result of hard work and a team effort all across the College. However, when we report our official student intake to the Office for Students on 1 December, it is likely that we will fall below the target that we set for ourselves, and on which our financial plans are based. Student fees account for 60% of our income and while the financial impact of the shortfall may be modest in the context of College finances as a whole, during the year I will be looking to teams to consider ways they can reduce expenditure in line with our income.
On Saturday 29 September we will hold our first Open Day of the new academic year. Thank you to everyone who will be on campus helping those we hope will be our new students in September 2019.
Dr David Ashton,
Chief Operating Officer