St George’s Hospital has welcomed the announcement that St George’s, University of London (SGUL) and Royal Holloway, University of London are set to merge to become a major player in higher education and health research and education in South West London.

The merger will combine the excellence of the two universities across biomedicine, science, social sciences and humanities offering a wealth of research and teaching opportunities for students and staff.

Welcoming the announcement David Astley, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital said: “The close relationship between St George’s Hospital and SGUL brings together excellence in academia, research and clinical care. The merger with the Royal Holloway will strengthen this position for the benefit of patients and the public.”

Naaz Coker, Chair of St George’s Hospital, viewed the move as vital for continued academic development in South West London, she said: “The existing relationship between the St George’s Hospital, SGUL, Kingston University and Royal Holloway (known as the South West Academic Network or SWaN) remains key to the teaching of healthcare professionals. This merger offers an ideal opportunity to develop the SWaN still further.”

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