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A significant milestone has been reached in the £13 million building work for a new student hall of residence at the University of Roehampton, where a topping out event has been held with construction firm Morgan Sindall.

The quality of Roehampton’s research into gambling has been recognised by the leading professional organisation for the casino industry, which has appointed one of the University’s academics to a key panel intended to police the sector.

The University of Roehampton will offer students the chance to study law for the first time next year, with the opening of its new Law School, and sixth formers considering higher education options now are being encouraged to discover the innovative way courses will be taught.

The rapid expansion of academy schools has seen increased demand for high-calibre governors with management and professional skills. Amateur lay governors must be found a new role if schools are to remain accountable to their communities, according to researchers at London’s University of Roehampton.

Whatever subject you want to study at uni, admissions officers will tell you one thing: You have to nail that personal statement. It’s the main way universities choose who’s offered a place, so put the time in until you’re completely happy, so the statement tells your story.

Three significant new staff appointments at the University of Roehampton are expected to greatly enhance the University’s expertise with black majority churches, providing a richer education for students.

A line up of expert authors including Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be leading public masterclasses in creative writing at the University of Roehampton during November, as part of a series of events aimed at bringing Wandsworth people into closer contact with the University.

Leading children’s author Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been confirmed as the new Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, a ceremonial role she said she was ‘honoured’ to accept.

A free festival showcasing the memories, joys, tastes and academic study of food is to be held at the University of Roehampton in mid-November, and Wandsworth residents are being invited to sign up and join in.

A career-long commitment to educating children in the Froebelian tradition has resulted in Professor Tina Bruce being presented with a lifetime achievement award by the highly respected Nursery World publication.

The Hive Café at the University of Roehampton has been announced as a winner of a national 2014 Soil Association Organic Award. The Café has been selected as the winner of the eating out category after a high profile month-long public vote.

A long-standing commitment to helping dancers across the UK develop as professionals, and for promoting community-led dance, has seen University of Roehampton lecturer Sara Houston receive a National Teaching Fellowship award.

Roehampton PhD student Sarah Weldon, who is preparing to become the first person ever to row around Great Britain solo, has officially launched her boat at the huge Technopop show in Stratford, East London, with help from Olympic rower Debbie Flood.

With just over a month until Remembrance Sunday, the families of people who died in World War One are being sought to attend the two minutes’ silence at the Society of the Sacred Heart’s war memorial at the University of Roehampton.

More than 130 trainee teachers were in Wandsworth’s primary and secondary schools during the past year, helping local children learn the essential skills that will prepare them for adult life.

The University of Roehampton is the top new university in London according to the Sunday Times, which published its Good University Guide at the weekend.

The Bishop of Kingston is to become the latest fellow of the University of Roehampton’s Whitelands College, bringing a wealth of educational and theological experience to students.

Wimbledon’s annual BookFest starts on Friday 3 October, with a host of talented authors, poets and speakers set to illuminate the town for the next 10 days. They include Alexander McCall Smith, Shami Chakrabarti, Faisal Islam and James Naughtie.

Students at Roehampton will have more chances to play sport after staff at the University were successful in winning £152,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund.

Roehampton PhD student Sarah Weldon is preparing to become the first person ever to row around Great Britain solo, and she will use her own body as a research tool during her arduous 14 week challenge.