Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 21 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.
We combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, our campus has a community feel that helps inspire individuals to succeed. Our 9,000 students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves.
A pioneering spirit Built on the foundation of philanthropy, we take our name from one of our founders, the Victorian entrepreneur Thomas Holloway, who established Royal Holloway as a college for women in 1886. Holloway was not the first visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women; Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the UK’s first ever women’s college.
The two institutions merged in 1985 and their combined strength and history has made Royal Holloway the world-leading university it is today. These farsighted Victorians not only left us our extraordinary Founder’s Building (modelled on a French Château) and a history of academic ‘firsts’; their spirit also lives on in our values and culture – to inspire individuals to succeed while maintaining our community spirit.
Paul was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex (2006-2010), Vice-President for University Development at the University of Manchester (2004-2006) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at UMIST (1999-2004). He was Programme Manager for the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester between 2001 and 2004.
In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Software Management at UMIST and has been an active researcher in the field of software engineering and how software systems are adapted to meet the changing needs of organisations, staff and users. His most recent work considered the technical and ethical issues associated with sharing of client data across complex informations in the NHS, Social Services and Education system.
Paul has had a strong interest in the cultural contribution that can be made by higher education. At Manchester University he had policy responsibility for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Visitor Centre. At Sussex University he oversaw the regeneration of the campus arts centre and represented the University as a partner in the development of a regional archive for Brighton and East Sussex.
Paul is Chair of AQA Education, one of the UK’s largest examination bodies for A-level and GCSE qualifications. He is also Chair of Eduserv, a charitable organisation that provides IT infrastructure and licensing services for higher and further education and several government departments and is a member of the Board of Trustees that oversees JISC.