Back in September, we started to welcome new students to Royal Holloway and, at the time, we were cautiously optimistic that we would achieve our intake target and so secure the income our budgets for 2018/19 are based on.
Our cautious optimism was based on the fact that, at the end of the recruitment cycle, our data showed that Royal Holloway had bucked the sector trend in relation to undergraduate (UG) applications; whilst our applications were up, the sector was down 3.4%. At postgraduate (PG) level, applications were also up, albeit with applications from the UK and EU down on last year, but applications from international markets were up on last year.
However, like all other universities, between October and the end of November the number of registered students can vary. Some students decide they have made the wrong choice and leave and others we had expected to enrol simply don’t turn up.
To allow numbers to settle down, the official census date for student numbers is 1 December and I am pleased to say that this year, we have had an intake of 4,476 students, making the total number registered across all years of study, a record 10,139 students.
Delivering these increases in student numbers is a significant achievement and the result of hard work and a team effort across the College. Everyone has played a part in supporting our new students to choose to study at Royal Holloway and I would like to thank you all for your contribution. It is important, also, that we continue to support all our students as they progress through their studies, inspiring them to their own success.
The new recruitment cycle is already in full swing. A Postgraduate Open Evening was held a few weeks ago, with another being held at Bedford Square in London tomorrow, Wednesday 5 December. On Saturday 8 December we will hold our first event for applicants for entry 2019, the Applicant Preview Day (APD). Delivering these events involves a considerable commitment from colleagues across the College, so I’m grateful to everyone involved.
Professor Paul Layzell