University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton, formerly Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, is a public university in the United Kingdom, situated on three major sites in Roehampton, in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Roehampton was formerly an equal partner, along with the University of Surrey, in the now-dissolved Federal University of Surrey. In 2004, Roehampton became a university. In 2011, it was renamed the University of Roehampton. The university is one of the post-1992 universities.

University of Roehampton
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Established2004 – Roehampton University
1975 – Roehampton Institute of Higher Education
1841 – establishment of Whitelands College
Budget£134.6 million (2017/2018)[1]
ChancellorDame Jacqueline Wilson
Vice-ChancellorJean-Noël Ezingeard
Students12,495 (2019/20)[2]
Undergraduates10,365 (2019/20)[2]
Postgraduates2,130 (2019/20)[2]
England, UK
AffiliationsThe Cathedrals Group; Compostela Group of Universities; European University Association; School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE, Greece); Universities UK

Roehampton consists of four colleges, around which accommodation is centred: Digby Stuart College, Froebel College, Southlands College and Whitelands College. Roehampton's departments include the Department of Dance, Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Department of English and Creative Writing, Department of Humanities, Department of Life Sciences, Department of Media, Culture and Language, Department of Psychology, Department of Social Sciences and Adult Nursing. It has its Business School, Law School and School of Education. Roehampton is a member of the European University Association and Universities UK.


The university has its roots in the traditions of its four constituent colleges, all of which were founded in the 19th century as women's teacher training colleges:

  • Whitelands College – Founded in 1841, the college is one of the five oldest institutions for training educators in England. A flagship women's college of the Church of England, it was the first college of higher education in the UK to admit women. It occupies a 14-acre site overlooking Richmond Park.
  • Southlands College – Founded in 1872, the college derives its ethos from its Methodist foundation. It offers an open and valuable community for all of its members, and regularly organises a range of events and activities to help build and support the community.
  • Digby Stuart College – Established in 1874 as a teacher training college for Roman Catholic women. The college owes its existence to the Society of the Sacred Heart, whose members continue to support the college and the university.
  • Froebel College – Founded in 1892, the college was established to further the values of Friedrich Fröbel, the German educationalist who pioneered a holistic view of child development. It is one of the UK's major centres for initial teacher training.

All four colleges were founded to address the need to educate poor and disadvantaged children. In 1976, the four colleges joined to form the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education. Its first Rector was Kevin Keohane, the former Professor of Science Education at Chelsea College of Science and Technology.[3][4]

Since 2011, the university has been branded University of Roehampton. However, its legal name remains Roehampton University.[5] In 2012 the last college, Whitelands, was legally merged with the university, bringing all the colleges into a common management structure.[6]


Specialist facilitiesEdit

The University has a biomechanics laboratory.[7]


The university opened a new library in 2017, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.[8] The library houses the Jewish Resource Centre Collection,[9] the Centre for Marian Studies,[10] a collection of resources covering all matters regarding the Virgin Mary, the Queen's Archive, featuring material on authority and governance within the Roman Catholic Church in the UK and the Richmal Crompton Collection of books and archive material accumulated during the lifetime of the author Richmal Crompton (1890–1969).[11]


The university has an e-sports arena, with 20 PCs as well as facilities for live streaming and video editing. The University of Roehampton was the first university in the UK to offer e-sports scholarships.[12]


Digby Stuart College

  • Bede House
  • Elm Grove Hall
  • Lee House
  • Newman House
  • Shaw House
    Parkstead House was built in the 1760s. Now Whitelands College, it is the oldest of the four constituent colleges of Roehamtpon.

Froebel College

  • Aspen House
  • Chadwick Hall
  • Garden Court
  • Lawrence
  • Linden House
  • Mount Clare
  • New Court
  • Old Court
  • Willow House
    The Southlands Lake around the area of Southlands College.

Southlands College

  • Aldersgate and Epworth Court
  • Wesley Hall

Whitelands College

  • Beverley and Cheltenham
  • Durham and Gilesgate
  • Kings and Melrose
  • Sutherland and Walpole

Academic departmentsEdit

  • Department of Dance
  • Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • School of Education
  • Department of English and Creative Writing
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Life Sciences (including Nursing)
  • Department of Media, Culture and Language
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Roehampton University Business School
  • Roehampton University Law School (opened in 2015)

Reputation and standingEdit

National rankings
Complete (2022)[13]79
Guardian (2022)[14]116
Times / Sunday Times (2022)[15]70
Global rankings
THE (2022)[16]601–800
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[17]Silver

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Roehampton University was ranked first in the country for Dance and Biological Anthropology. Ten out of the fifteen subjects that submitted work included at least some proportion of research judged to be world-leading in terms of its originality and significance. 78% of all research undertaken at the university was of an international standard.[18]

According to Higher Education Funding Council for England's 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) , the university is the most research-intensive post-1992 university in the UK. Roehampton submitted work by more than two-thirds of its academic staff, in 13 subject areas. This is the highest proportion of any post-1992 university. Dance was the top performing subject, with 94% of research rated 4* and 3* – making it the highest rated department in its subject area in the UK. Roehampton was also ranked 3rd in London for research quality in Education, and the 4th for English. In both Roehampton was the strongest performing university in London in these subject areas. Overall, 66 per cent Roehampton's research was judged either world leading or internationally excellent.[19][20]

Roehampton Students' Union (RSU)Edit

The RSU is the main organisation of student representation at the University. It is led by student officers elected by the student body, and aims to promote the interests and welfare of all those studying at Roehampton. It is also a focal point for social activities, and is responsible for organising events like the Summer Ball, Summer Ball being the biggest event of the academic year. Attracting over 2000 students and held on campus, the event attracts a variety of musical and entertainment acts.[21] The RSU also organises nights out in London, some of these consist of the Clapham grand once a month, fez club Putney on Wednesday nights and the unions special event the Bop hosted at the union bar. The Union itself has 12 different bars, cafes and restaurants spread around the campus.[22]

In September 2013 Roehampton Students' Union was awarded £226,900 from NUS Students' Green Fund for a sustainability initiative with a focus on urban food growing. The project is called Growhampton.[23] Growhampton runs a cafe, the Hive, alongside a regular market day,[24] where food produced by students and small local organisations is sold. In June 2015, Wandsworth Council awarded Growhampton funds[25] to launch a food education outreach programme, which now operates in Wandsworth schools, youth groups and community groups, with a focus on food growing. Growhampton also works directly with a local charities, including Regenerate and Paradise Co-op.[26]

The Union runs Fresh Network for student media.[27]

People associated with Roehampton UniversityEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Amongst the alumni of the University of Roehampton, and other institutions that fall under that banner are:[citation needed]

Chancellors and vice-chancellorsEdit

Dame Jacqueline Wilson was appointed Chancellor of the university in August 2014, succeeding the first Chancellor John Simpson (2004–2014).[28] She is also a Teaching Fellow, who teaches modules.[29]

The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard, who succeeded Professor Paul O'Prey in May 2019. Former Vice-Chancellor O'Prey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list for his services to higher education and the literary history of the First World War.[30]


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  2. ^ a b c "Where do HE students study?". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Obituary:Kevin Keohane". The Independent. 28 April 1996. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Roehampton institute Rector". Catholic Herald (archive). Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Annual report and financial statements 2012–2013" (PDF). University of Roehampton. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre". University of Roehampton. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Roehampton University unveiled its new £35 million library today". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Jewish Resource Centre Collection". Library Services. University of Roehampton. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Student Support: Library". University of Roehampton. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. ^ "The Richmal Crompton Collection". Library Services. University of Roehampton. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
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  12. ^ "Complete University Guide 2022". The Complete University Guide. 8 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Guardian University Guide 2022". The Guardian. 11 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Good University Guide 2022". The Times. 17 September 2021.
  15. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education. 2 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes". Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  17. ^ "RAE 2008 : Quality profiles". Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Results & submissions : REF 2014 : View results and submissions by institution". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  20. ^ RSU. "RSU Summer Ball 2019". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  21. ^ Roehampton Students' Union
  22. ^ Growhampton
  23. ^ "Our Market". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  24. ^ Wandsworth Council. "Local projects awarded more than £179k of council funding | News | Wandsworth Council". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Community Partners". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Home". Fresh Network. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Dame Jacqueline Wilson confirmed as new Chancellor". News. University of Roehampton. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  28. ^ "Dame Jacqueline Wilson re-appointed Chancellor of the University". University of Roehampton. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Vice-Chancellor awarded CBE in Birthday Honours list". University of Roehampton. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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