St George's, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London have announced plans to merge. The two institutions said the decision would combine the competitive excellence of the two universities across biomedicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities, offering new research and teaching opportunities for students and staff. Peter Kopelman, principal of St George's, said: "This is a historic day for St George's - one which will result in countless opportunities and benefits for students and staff. The combination of two institutions with international reputations for teaching and research in science, healthcare, social sciences, arts and humanities creates a university that will become the place to work and study in London." Stephen Hill, principal of Royal Holloway, said: "I am delighted that the Council of St George's wants to discuss a merger with Royal Holloway. Our own Council will consider the recommendation on 17 October ... I am sure that this will benefit the NHS in southwest London as well as medical education."