The start of the new academic year is approaching fast and we’ll soon be welcoming both new and returning students. It’s been a busy summer, culminating a few weeks ago in Confirmation and Clearing. This is always an important stage in our College-wide programme of activity to encourage talented young people to choose to study at Royal Holloway, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported our recruitment work throughout the year. As a result of our combined efforts, we are making good progress towards achieving our goal of 10,500 students by 2020.
Saturday 22 September is the first day of Arrivals Weekend, marking the start of Welcome Week. There’s lots of information for our new students on our Welcome Week website
including our welcome film
. It’s an exciting time for our new students and they rely on us to help them achieve a successful start to their studies, including helping them to find their way around campus!
In July the National Student Satisfaction (NSS) results were published and I’m pleased to see that our commitment to our students means that, once again, we have exceeded the sector average score for overall satisfaction. The NSS is an independent survey of students run by the Office for Students and we scored 87 per cent for overall satisfaction, four per cent above the sector average. We also scored higher than 19 of the 22 Russell Group universities which appear in the survey and higher than nine of our ten UCAS competitor set. We place a high value in the quality of the teaching we provide and our scores for teaching excellence demonstrate that the investment we make in research-led teaching is equally valued by our students.
Professor Paul Layzell