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SU Membership

Wondering what we’re all about? Well to keep things short and sweet, we are a registered charity that actively represents over 9,000 students of Royal Holloway. We’re independent of the University and led by a team of four sabbatical officers, a permanent staff team and volunteers. Our mission is to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

All students studying at Royal Holloway are members of Royal Holloway Students' Union. This means that you are automatically becoming a member when you join the university. However, you can opt out of the Union by ticking a box during the enrolment process.

The Students’ Union is led by a team of annually elected sabbatical officers. You guys, the students, feed into the Union your ideas, opinions and views ensuring the Union is truly student-led. Behind the officer team is a permanent staff team who work to deliver the Union’s strategic plan.

We are funded in many different ways. Alongside receiving a grant from the University, we also generate income through trading services, memberships, and media sales. As a not-for-profit organisation, this is all reinvested in services for students. Although we are an independent organisation separate from the University, we do work very closely with them.

Membership

At Royal Holloway, you are automatically a member of the Students' Union unless you choose to opt out during registration (something we are legally obliged to offer under the terms of the Education Act 1994).

Being opted in to the Students’ Union allows you access to all of our key services, for example our student sports clubs and societies, purchase of our products and late-night event tickets and stand and vote in the student elections.

There are four types of membership within the Students’ Union, however most of you will fall under the category of ordinary members.

 

Ordinary Members

Who is this?
All the current registered students at Royal Holloway, University of London.

What can they do?
Access to all the Students’ Union services such as sports clubs, societies, volunteering and ability to stand and vote during student elections.

What can't they do?
N/A

Strategic Members

Who is this?
These are non-student, permanent members of staff at Royal Holloway who hold a long-term interest in making the Students’ Union successful as an organisation. For example, the external trustees of the Students’ Union or the Chief Executive (CEO).

What can they do?
Access to all the Students’ Union services.

What can't they do?
Stand and vote in any student election.

Associate Members

Who is this?
These are non-student members that pay a subscription which allows them to stay in the Students’ Union.

What can they do?
Access to all the Students’ Union services.

What can't they do?
Stand and vote in any student election.

Honorary Members

Who is this?
A person or group who are given an honorary membership due to their service towards the Students’ Union. A majority vote of thanks in the All Student meeting is needed before the membership is granted.

What can they do?
Access to all the Students’ Union services.

What can't they do?
Stand and vote in any student election.