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Royal Holloway - University of London, ISG-Smart Card Centre

Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur Thomas Holloway. Ranked in the top research-led universities in the UK, Royal Holloway has earned a world-class reputation for developing original research. Research is enhanced by successful relationships and collaborations with industry and commerce. 7,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students,  18 academic departments.

ISG - Information Security Group
The Smart Card Centre was founded in October 2002 by Royal Holloway University of London, Vodafone and Giesecke & Devrient. The primary objective was to create a World-Wide centre of Excellence for training and research in the field of Smart Cards, applications and related technologies.

The Smart Card Centre
aims to be open and involving so please contact us if you are interested in participating in the seminar programme or becoming an industry Partner.

Transport & Hotel

 By road
The College is on the A30, 19 miles from central London and about a mile south-west of the town of Egham. It is two miles from junction 13 of the M25 (London Orbital). After leaving the motorway take the A30 west, signposted to Bagshot and Camberley (this is the Egham by-pass). At the end of the Egham by-pass, continue on the A30 up Egham Hill (a petrol station is on your left); the College is on the left at the top of the hill. The main College entrance is immediately on the left after the second footbridge.

 By train
There are frequent services from London Waterloo to Egham (40 minutes); Woking to Egham (35 minutes, change at Weybridge) and Reading to Egham (40 minutes). Services at weekends, especially those on Sunday, are less frequent than on weekdays. Train links to the rest of the country are available via the London stations or Reading. Eurostar services to mainland Europe also operate in and out of London. For local train timetables, visit

 On foot from Egham
The College is about a mile from Egham Station, approximately 20 minutes walk. Turn right out of the station along Station Road and walk about 100 yards to the T-Junction and the traffic lights. Turn left at the junction and follow the road up to the large roundabout; go left up Egham Hill. The main College entrance is on the left immediately after the second footbridge.

 By bus
The following buses stop outside the College: Travel Surrey 441 (Heathrow to Englefield Green) and First 71 (Heathrow to Slough). There is also a College bus service, which runs between Egham railway station and the campus. The College bus, like the taxis, leaves from the main car park adjacent to the station. For more details visit

 By taxi
There is a taxi rank at Egham station in the main car park. Otherwise, turn right out of the station onto Station Road and there is a taxi office on the left, next to the Build Center. The fare is about £5. Some local taxi firms include Area Cars (01784 471001), Egham Cars (01784 434646), and Gemini Cars (01784 471111).

 By air
Heathrow airport is about seven miles from the College and the journey is quickest by taxi. Taxis are available at the airport, but you should check the fare in advance; it is cheaper to telephone one of the local taxi services. Alternatively, take bus number 441 from Heathrow Central Bus Station to the College or bus number 71 from Terminal 5. From Gatwick airport, take the bus to Heathrow and follow the procedure above, or telephone for a taxi. For information on flights and airport information visit

 Guesthouse Accommodation

The Hub has 24 guest bedrooms which are available year-round. It offers you the choice of 11 singles, 8 doubles, 4 executive doubles and 1 adapted room. All rooms have en-suite facilities and are equipped with televisions and tea & coffee making facilities.

The 2010 online B&B rates are (breakfast included):
Double for single occupancy
Executive Double
Executive Family (3 Adults or 2 Adults + 2 Children under 12)

Address: Main Campus, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
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If you wish to book a room, please register directly at the following address:

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