Digital Education 2.0 Student Insight Report

Following feedback from over 1000 students, VP Education Alissa Chohan introduces the findings of our Digital Education Experience 2.0 Survey, outlining key recommendations and what steps the University are taking as a result of what you told us.

Committee Cafés: Supporting Societies & Sports Clubs

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown is excited to announce the start of Committee Cafés, a space for committee members to support each other, peer to peer!

Exam Access Arrangements: Apply Now

Exam access arrangements (EAAs) are available if you are unable to sit exams under standard examination conditions, due to a disability or another condition, and allow you to perform to your best ability in an exam without compromising academic standards. We tell you all you need to know ahead of the application deadline (Friday 29 January).

Accommodation and Emergency Regulations / Assessment Policy Update

Following the government announcement on Monday and the mass disruption to your education, the Sabbatical Officer team share an update regarding key issues affecting students.

Postgraduate Funding: All You Need To Know

If you're loving academia and don't want your student life to end just yet, you've probably started considering applying for a postgraduate course. While we want to empower you to embrace your love of studying, we also want to help you make informed decisions.

Rep Of The Month: Joe Russell-Davis

Every year we celebrate the incredible achievements of our wonderful academic reps. Last month, our Sabbatical Officer team found that one rep really stood out – your Year Three Physics course rep and December's Rep of the Month, Joe Russell-Davis!

Statement Regarding Online Racist Abuse

President Kate Roberts has published a statement in response to the abhorrent racist abuse sent yesterday from an account purportedly belonging to a Royal Holloway student.

End of Term Update

As we reach the end of one of the strangest terms ever in student history, President Kate Roberts rounds up what the Officer team have been tirelessly working on to support students this term.

Christmas Opening Hours 2020/21

After a challenging Term One, it's finally time to have a well-deserved break and look forward to the Christmas festivities. For those staying on and around campus, here you'll find our opening hours for the Christmas period.

Looking After Yourself This Christmas

Whether you’re travelling back to your family home or spending the break somewhere else, it’s important to think about how you’re going to look after yourself and those around you. Our Advice Centre have put some great tips together to help you have a restful break, and find help should you need it.

Rep Impact Update: December 2020

It’s nearly the end of Term One, and what a term it’s been! Tons of things have been happening here at the Students' Union, and all the while, your academic reps have been working hard to represent your academic interests and improve your education!

Staying Productive While Enjoying The Holidays

You’ve all worked so hard and started the year really well despite the challenges that have been thrown at you, so a huge well done to you! Our advisors have put together a list of useful tips on how to use your holidays to help you get ready for Term Two, and start the new year as smoothly as possible.

New Student Groups Incoming!

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown is incredibly excited to announce the ratification of eight new societies and sports clubs, including Baking Society, Cycling Club and TEDxRoyalHolloway! Tons of new options to get involved with!

Brexit: The Implications for EU Students

Having formally left the European Union on 31 January 2020, the UK has been in a transition period ever since. This transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and if you are an EU/EEA student, there are some things you need to do to show that you remain eligible to study in the UK.

How To Be A Good Neighbour

The Advice Centre, unfortunately, often sees instances of students getting into avoidable disputes with their neighbours. It’s now more important than ever to be mindful of those living around us, so they’ve put together some key information and tips which will help you build and maintain good relationships with the local community.

Introducing Your University Challenge Team

It's time to meet the Royal Holloway students who are going to be battling it out with universities from across the UK in a bid to face Jeremy Paxman! Can they go one better than previous teams and make it to the live shows?!

SU Elections Nominations Now Open

Are you up for working with the College to secure the future, post-pandemic? Maybe you’ve got plans for the GP Surgery, or want to lead the Bears to victory? Nominations for our paid full-time 2021/22 Sabbatical Officer positions are now open, along with part-time Student Trustee and School Rep roles.

An Open Letter to Staff at Royal Holloway

As we come towards the end of an extremely demanding first term, our Sabbatical Officers would like to say a massive thank you on behalf of all Royal Holloway students, to the entire staff team at the College for their sheer dedication and commitment in supporting students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board of Trustees Update - November 2020

President Kate Roberts updates you on the key topics of discussion from the latest Board of Trustees meeting.

Have Your Say On Your Academic Experience

Here at the Students' Union, our mission is to make student life better. One of the ways we do this is by representing your academic interests. This means that we drive educational change at a university level, based on what you tell us about what’s happening and what you want.

Rep of the Month: Sophia Constantopoulos

Every year we celebrate the incredible achievements of our wonderful academic reps. This month, our Sabbatical Officer team found that one rep really stood out – your Biological Sciences department rep and November's Rep of the Month, Sophia Constantopoulos!

Study Support Grant: Financial Help During Your Studies

Previously known as the Hardship Fund, the Study Support Grant is a pot of money available for students who are facing financial difficulties. VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick tells you all you need to know about how to apply for this fund.

Day In The Life Of A Student: Chanpreet Mangat

Next up in this new series of blogs from Royal Holloway students, is Politics and International Relations Student Chanpreet, who shares her experience with online studying, new hobbies she's taken on (delicious paella pic spoiler), and her brand new writing blog on Instagram!

Halls For Continuing Students

If you're currently living in halls and considering your housing options for next year, our Advice Centre give you some things to think about as they compare the advantages of halls versus private housing.

Executives Update - November 2020

Over the past few weeks, school reps, Collective convenors and student group members met with your VPs to discuss the projects that have been happening in the last few months and feed into the direction of new streams of work.

Get Your Housing Contract Checked For Free

Renting in the private sector is full of potential pitfalls from the moment you become a prospective tenant. Our Advice Centre's contract checking service not only helps to make sure there’s nothing dodgy in your tenancy agreement but will also provide you with information about your rights, how to set up your utilities and what to do when things go wrong.

An Update On Extensions

As a result of the Christmas travel window and the implications that the Covid-19 climate has had on students this academic year, the College has revised its extensions policy to help support those students who are unable to meet deadlines due to their circumstances.

House Viewings: Know What To Do

Next up, for our mini-series of blogs in celebration of Housing Week, we'll be giving you all the tips and tools to help you work your way around house viewings, ensuring you're treated fairly and know what questions to ask, whether you're the one viewing the house, or the one expecting viewers in your current home.

Housing Costs: What To Expect When House-hunting

In celebration of Housing Week here at the Students’ Union, today we’ll be going through some of the costs that come when searching and signing for a house so that you know what to expect when you start house-hunting!

Policy Inquiry: Student Housing

"If you could change one thing about your housing experience, what would it be?" As we kick off Housing Week, President Kate Roberts is launching a policy inquiry into student housing to better understand the issues students are facing in University halls, private halls, and rented accommodation in the local area.

Test and Travel: Your Choices

The University has today announced their plans for mass COVID-19 testing on campus, in order to ensure that those who wish to travel home for Christmas can do so. It’s important that you understand the choices open to you and the impact that this testing regime will have on your academic experience as we head towards the end of term.

Trans Awareness Week

As we mark Trans Awareness Week, LGBT+ Society Transgender and Nonbinary Representative, Amber Onver, and President, Adrian Byrne, have their say on a challenging but hopeful year for trans people. They also let you know about the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Vigil taking place online, as we honour the victims of anti-transgender violence.

This Girl Can: Student Profiles

Six of our amazing students share their inspiring stories as women in sport, breaking down barriers and leading the way to show that THIS GIRL CAN.

Day In The Life Of A Student: Ellie Matthews

Next up in this new series of blogs from Royal Holloway students, is Third Year Physics student Ellie Matthews, who shares what her online uni days look like, and what she gets up to in her 'free time' as a School Rep, writer for The Founder, editor of Orbital Magazine and member of four sports clubs!

This Girl Can

This week marks the start of the annual This Girl Can campaign, a week usually filled with a wide range of fantastic events run by both Royal Holloway Sport and our student groups. VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown lets you know what she and the rest of the Sabbatical Officer team are up to this week to celebrate women getting active.

A Call For Positive Communication

We are now just over halfway through the term and we have faced more than a year’s worth of trials, challenges, and changes. Unfortunately, this has seen some students and groups display a counter-productive attitude when communicating with us. VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown has put this blog together in the hope of creating a better working relationship between our student groups and the Student Opportunities team moving forward.

Looking After Yourself And Your Mental Health

Whether you’re a new or returning student, this academic year is going to present a lot of changes and challenges which might put a strain on your mental health. That’s why we’ve put together some useful resources and tips for maintaining your mental wellbeing, as well as what to do if you’re finding it difficult to cope.

Day In The Life Of A Student: Venus Ashu

First up in this new series, Second Year English with Creative Writing student Venus Ashu tells us all about what her days look like in this new 'normal', from online and in-person seminars, to her favourite stand at Market Day and her busy, creative and sporty evenings!

University Challenge: Apply Now!

It is that time of the year again, Paxman is returning and we need you to put him back in his place! The application process for University Challenge has now begun and we are searching for the next passionate team to represent us.

Digital Education Experience 2.0 Survey

Following the blended approach to learning this term, we’re interested to hear what your experiences have been like so far this term so we can collate a series of recommendations to take to the University. Give us your feedback and you could win £100!

Combating Housing Contract Renewal Pressure

As we launch our Don't Sign in Term One campaign, we give you advice on what you can do if you're feeling pressured into renewing your housing contract for next year.

Reflecting on Black History Month and Looking Forward

After an incredible Black History Month, President Kate Roberts and VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick reflect on the different events put together throughout October, and the work that we as a Students' Union will continue to do beyond this month in order to create an anti-racist culture.

50+ Lockdown Activity Ideas

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown has put together a list of over 50 ideas for different activities that you can do during lockdown to ensure you stay entertained and make the best out of this month! She has some amazing and creative suggestions, so make sure you check them out!

Great Deals To Help You Save Money During Lockdown

We're extremely excited to let you know about some new deals exclusive to deliveries that we're introducing to help you save some money and get you going during the lockdown!

Coronavirus Update - 4 November

We want to share our plans with students regarding changes to Students’ Union services in light of the upcoming national lockdown which begins on Thursday 5 November.

Executives Ready to Lift Off!

Following the close of the most recent elections, we are here to tell you that our Executives are ready to kick-start into action! Throughout this week, your Vice Presidents are chairing meetings made up of your elected representatives.

Coronavirus Update - 2 November

Find out the latest news about our venues and services ahead of the national lockdown coming into force in England on Thursday 5 November. Includes some cracking drinks deals across our venues with draught beer from just £1!

RH BeHeard: Report An Incident At University

After a number of years of campaigning by previous Sabbatical Officers, the University has launched an online incident reporting platform called RH BeHeard. VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick tells you all about this platform, and about the work that we will continue to do to ensure even more steps are taken.

Housing Disrepair: Not Always Your Responsibility

As students started to move to their private rented homes, the Advice Centre became flooded with complaints about what students found when they checked into their homes. Unfortunately, we see this every year and the main reason why it continues is that not enough students take action.

Having A Say Has Never Been Easier!

Representing your academic interests is one of the key things we do as a Students’ Union, and this year it is more important than ever to ensure that we get your voices and feedback heard! So we've put together a new system to allow you to feedback on your educational experience.

Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential

The fact that your classmate can complete their first university essay with closed eyes and achieve a first, doesn't mean you have to be able to do that too. Every student comes from different educational systems, teaching methods and schools. So if you need help with your academic writing skills, here is who you can reach out to for help.

10K up for grabs through Santander Development Programme

Fancy winning a grant of £10,000 to support your professional and/or personal development? Find out how you can be in with a chance through the Santander Development Programme. VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown tells you more.

Make Sure Your Deposit Is Protected

Although it's still very early to sign a contract for next year and we encourage you to wait until next term, it's crucial that you're aware of how to protect your deposit so that you don't get any unfair charges at the end of your tenancy.

Life as an Online Student: How to Study Effectively

VP Education Alissa Chohan brings you a guide on how to effectively study online and tells you all about the support that is available to you!

October Elections Results

The results are in, and we're excited to reveal who has been elected as your academic reps, Collective convenors and Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive members.

Self-isolating at Royal Holloway

The University provided an update on Tuesday on the number of coronavirus cases amongst the student and staff population at Royal Holloway. President Kate Roberts provides you with a quick and clear update on the process around self-isolation if you test positive or develop symptoms while on campus or in the local area.

One Week Into Black History Month

For Black History Month this year, we have come together with nine other students’ unions across the UK to bring you a fantastic series of webinar panels with a huge number of brilliant guest speakers. President Kate Roberts tells you how the first week has gone, and how you can get involved!

Student Rights: Get the Library Lowdown

The Library is a fantastic resource for all students here on campus and online. VP Education Alissa Chohan talks you through your access to books, study space, and other resources to help you make the most of the wide range of services offered.

Royal Holloway Moves: Rewarding You for Being Active

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown tells you all about the new app launched by Royal Holloway Sport and how you can earn points and rewards for anything from walking onto campus to cycling to your favourite coffee shop.

Life as a Commuting Student

Life as a commuting student can often be challenging; from the early mornings and long days, to travel delays, making friends and finding time to socialise. Here is a quick guide on how you can immerse yourself into university life as a commuter, as well as the support and facilities that are available for you!

Support Services Available To You

Everyone’s experience coming to university this year is likely to have been very different than what you expected, and while it may be confusing to navigate at times, we would like to make it as easy as possible for you to reach support services and to know where to go for help and advice.

Statement Regarding Debating Society

Over the weekend the Students’ Union was made aware of an event Debating Society had planned, involving the former Labour MP Chris Williamson, that contravened our Guest Speaker Policy – a policy introduced following the October 2019 referendum on No Platform for Hate Speech.

Improving Website Accessibility

If you’ve been having a look around our website, you may have noticed a new addition at the top of the page. We have installed Recite Me, an accessibility and language toolbar that will help make our website accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

Caring For Your Rented Home

By now, you'll most likely be settled into your new room and getting it nicely decorated with some pretty instagrammable plants, or a cool Pulp Fiction or Pink Floyd poster. While we know this part of uni is incredibly fun, it's important that you're aware of your responsibilities when it comes to looking after your home.

Fire Safety: Your Rights and Responsibilities

With many of you having recently moved into new accommodation, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant regarding fire safety in your rented home.

Coronavirus Update - 22 September

Following the announcement that all pubs, bars and other hospitality venues in England must close by 22:00 from Thursday 24 September, we have today made a number of changes to our events programme and the opening hours of our venues.

Nominations Open For Academic Rep, Collective & Executive Positions

What time is it? It’s representation time! Over the next three weeks, the student body will be filling over 400 representative positions from across the University as academic reps, Collective convenors and Student Executive members.

Looking After Yourself and Those Around You

"Collectively, as a campus community, we need to uphold our own personal responsibility when it comes to keeping everyone safe." President Kate Roberts shares some advice to help you have a safe and fun first few weeks at university.

The Rule of Six: What's The Deal?

We want to try and clear things up around the new 'rule of six' and what it means for you and interacting with our services.

Becoming a Rep: Conversations With Alissa

As we prepare to open academic rep elections on Monday 21 September, VP Education Alissa Chohan talks through the academic rep system, and why becoming a rep will give you so many transferable skills to benefit your future career goals!

Groups Gear Up for Challenging Year

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown takes a look back at Student Group Training and what's next for our societies, sports clubs and media outlets as they prepare for the new academic year.

Welcoming You Back To Royal Holloway!

VP Education Alissa Chohan is excited to welcome you (or welcome you back) to Royal Holloway. Ahead of the new academic year, she has put together lots of important information to give you an idea of what you can expect in terms of your educational experience.

Collectives: Drive Change at Royal Holloway

VP Education Alissa Chohan and VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick are excited to tell you all about Collectives, groups of students that provide opportunities to support various communities on campus.

Transcripts: All You Need To Know

President Kate Roberts catches you up on the changes to transcripts, including a much more detailed breakdown to reflect the changes that the 2019/20 academic year brought.

Meet Your School Reps

In March 2020 you elected five brand-new school reps to represent your interests at the highest level of the academic representation structure and we are delighted to introduce you to them!

Tackling the Royal Holloway Sports Pass

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown discusses her frustrations around the new termly fee introduced by Active Lifestyle & Sport, explaining what she has done to reduce the impact on student groups and anyone using Royal Holloway-owned sports facilities.

The Packhorse Returns

After a six-month hiatus, The Packhorse makes its long awaited return! We’re thrilled to be reopening our doors on Monday 7 September, welcoming you back in time for the new academic year.

Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

As Summer Assessments from home start to get closer, we wanted to let you know that if you experience Extenuating Circumstances during this period, you will still be able to apply for them!

Top Tips For Your Summer Assessments

We know all too well just how testing these past six months have been, especially for those of you going through exams and assessments. If you're preparing for the Summer Vacation Assessment Period, we've put together some useful tips to help you through.

Meet Your School Reps: Grace Waterman

School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Life Sciences and the Environment, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Grace Waterman.

Meet Your School Reps: Ellie Matthews

School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Ellie Matthews.

Meet Your School Reps: Tanya Solomon

School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Law & Social Sciences, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Tanya Solomon.

Meet Your School Reps: Toby Bates

School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Business & Management, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Toby Bates.

Meet Your School Reps: Vaanee Sarihyan

School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Humanities, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Vaanee Sarihyan.

Student Wellbeing Strategy
Student Wellbeing Strategy graphic.

For the past year, we have worked very closely with the University to develop a Student Wellbeing Strategy – ensuring that there is an institutional direction and culture to support students. This week, it is officially live!

Leave A Review Of Your Landlord

Whether your landlords were kind and respectful and you want them to do well, or whether you want to make sure a dodgy landlord doesn’t go unnoticed, make sure you leave a review and help future tenants out!

Freshers' Festival 2020 Programme

It's been a crazy summer of planning and we can't believe we're saying this but, your Freshers' Festival programme is finally here!

NUS Lead & Change Conference 2020

Last week, the Sabbs spent time connecting with other Officers from across the country at Lead & Change - a virtual training conference run by the National Union of Students (NUS).

Looking After Your Sexual Health

As lockdown eases and you start to reunite with friends and partners, our Advisors remind you of the importance of looking after your sexual health, and how to order free STI screening and contraception.

Digital Education Survey: Student Insight Report

You may remember that back in May we reached out to you to complete our Digital Education Experience survey. We are now pleased to share with you the results of this survey.

Resolving Rent Troubles

We know that some students are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this can impact your ability to pay rent. If this is the case for you and you're struggling to afford your rent, please make sure you read this advice from our Housing Advisor which includes all you need to know regarding evictions.

Universal Credit: All You Need to Know

Universal Credit is a payment available to most Home/EU residents who are unemployed or working part-time, aiming to help with living costs. Find out if you're eligible and how you can apply.

Can I Appeal My Results?

We know that you might sometimes have a grade or an outcome that you aren't happy with. So the Advice Centre tells you all about what decisions of your academic outcomes are open to appeal.

Empty Student Homes

Left your student home empty? Find out your legal obligations and where you can go for support if you're struggling to pay your bills, can't collect your belongings, or need to find someone to take over your tenancy.

A Year As President

"As much as my receding hairline illustrates the stresses of the past two years, they have been absolutely wonderful and lobbying hard to help improve your university experience has been the perfect way to end my Royal Holloway journey." Over and out from SU President Jack O'Neill.

A Year As VP Education

"Overall, it’s been exciting, dramatic, unexpected and absolutely bloody fantastic!" Kate Roberts sums up her turbulent year as VP Education, before she steps up into the President role for the 2020/21 academic year.

A Year As VP Societies and Media

It's been a rollercoaster year for VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton. She reflects on her time as a sabbatical officer working with so many amazing student groups.

A Year As VP Welfare & Diversity

"Standing up for students, and pushing for real tangible change has been a unique gift that I could not have found elsewhere." Lucy Simpson reflects on her year in office and all of the successes, from Collectives running campaigns on sustainability and mental health, to running workshops on women in academia, disability and so much more!

A (Second) Year As VP Sport

After two years in the role of VP Sport, we're getting ready to say goodbye to the biggest Bear in town, Dom Brown. Before he departs, we caught up with Dom to find out about his experience as a Sabbatical Officer, his sporting highlights, and what he'll miss most. #COYBears

Housemates/Rooms Wanted

Are you considering moving back to Egham now? Have you still not found a group you’re happy to live with? Do you want to see where everyone is advertising their spare rooms? Or maybe you need someone to take over your contract? Whatever your housing headache, our Housing Advisor has put together some guidance to help you out.

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Ruben

Renée Landell, founder of Beyond Margins and former BAME Rep for the Students' Union, introduces Ruben Elendo's story - the latest in her series showcasing amazing and talented Black Royal Holloway students and alumni in the hope of inspiring the next generation of Black students.

Ensuring Safe House Viewings

As your tenancies are coming to a close, estate agents and landlords have started booking viewings again. We want to make sure you know how to keep safe while a viewing is taking place in your home, or while you’re attending one.

Can I Move Into My New House Share?

With government guidance regularly changing, and some of it far from crystal clear, you may be confused as to whether you should be moving into your new house share right now. Our Housing Advisor has put together some information to let you know where you currently stand.

Black Lives Matter: Our Commitment to You

Your Sabbatical Officers set out our action plan for the next 12 months as we aim to improve the experience for black students at Royal Holloway.

Student Voice Report: Careers Support

Following a year of extensive research and engagement with students, we've published our recommendations on how the University can build careers support that is cutting edge and accessible for all.

Looking After Your Wellbeing Post-University

While at university, you’re surrounded by free support services, but once you stop being a student you will have to actively look for support when you need it. If you're graduating this summer, here's a little reminder to prioritise your health and take those necessary steps to look after yourself.

Educate Yourself: BLM Reading List

Thanks to VP Education Kate Roberts and the Library, you now have access to an extensive list of online resources, including e-books, films, articles and podcasts, which focus on race equality and intersectionality.

Cutting Through the Current Context of the Higher Education Sector

President Jack O'Neill and VP Education Kate Roberts take a look at the current challenges facing the Higher Education sector.

The Advice Centre Still Has Your Back

The academic year may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean our support for students stops. Our Advice Centre is still on hand to give you help with anything you may need over the next few months.

We've Got Your Back on Security Deposit Returns

Housing contract coming to an end? Worried about getting your security deposit back? Our Advice Centre is on hand to guide you through the process and make sure you’re not stung by unfair charges.

Expecting the Unexpected: What do students need from a flexible education?

On Tuesday 2 June, VP Education Kate Roberts presented to over 250 academic staff on the subject of flexible education and what it may mean for students. In this blog, Kate gives you an overview of the challenges and opportunities we need to consider before the University gets stuck into planning for next year.

Your Quick Guide to Flexible Education

As you will have seen in the information released to students at the end of last week, the University is planning for a return to campus at the start of term in September. VP Education Kate Roberts sets out what this means for you and what we're doing to ensure your education and overall university experience can still thrive next year.

Student Group Training 2020

Committee members, it's time to get ready for Student Group Training! Instead of packing everything into one overwhelming day, we'll be delivering the sessions virtually over a three-week period between 22 June and 8 July.

Student Voice Report: PGR Student Experience

After a year in the making, we're delighted to bring you our first-ever piece of PGR-specific research and lobbying work – the PGR Student Voice Report! From your feedback, we've proposed recommendations for both the University and the Students’ Union that we hope will have significant and long-term positive impact on current and prospective postgraduate research students at Royal Holloway.

Council Tax: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

If you've just received a council tax bill from Runnymede Borough Council, make sure you read this article from our Advice Centre. They've also put together FAQs to guide you through everything you need to know.

Black Lives Matter

RHSU stands in solidarity with our black students, and protesters across the US and UK as we join the call to action of Black Lives Matter. Read our statement from the Sabbatical Officer team, African-Caribbean Society, and Women of Colour Collective

Rate Your Union: Have Your Say

As members and regular users of our services, you’re best placed to tell us what we’re getting right and more importantly, where we can improve. That's why each year we run our Rate Your Union survey so that we can make decisions directly based on student feedback. Complete the survey now for your chance to win £150 cash.

Your Financial Future

By now, most students’ funds are depleting, so it’s a good time to start budgeting and planning ahead. Our Advisors have gathered some useful information to get you on your way.

"What Next?" Our Graduate Guide

As the academic year is coming to an end, the question “what next?” sits a little more heavily on the shoulders of final year students. Our Advisors have put some ideas together to get you thinking about your next moves after graduating.

Safely Collecting Your Halls Belongings

Last week, the government announced that students can return to university to collect their belongings, and the University have now published clear guidance on how you can do this. Find out how to book your slot and what you need to do to ensure you do so safely and effectively.

Academic Rep Impacts 2019/20

VP Education Kate Roberts rounds up the achievements of the incredible students who volunteer as your academic reps, lobbying for change and working with departments to bring you a better educational experience through representing your academic interests at a department and school level.

End of Tenancy Cleaning Top Tips

If you're moving out of private accommodation, it’s that time of year when our Advice Centre is usually advising you to start booking in professional cleaners for your end of tenancy clean. This year, they are telling you to start organising your own cleaning instead. Read why and check out our top tips for if you do use a cleaning service.

Looking after your Mental Health

With alternative assessments in full swing, many of you may have plans for long hours of revisions or all-nighters to complete an important assignment, but please remember to look after your wellbeing too! To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we've put this article together to let you know that there is support out there for you during these difficult times.

College Committees: Representing You

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you an insight into College committees and how we, as the Students' Union, ensure students' interests are at the heart of the decisions made by the University.

Know Your Rights on Moves and Viewings

With the announcement that estate agents and landlords can resume house moves and viewings in England from today, our Advisors have put together some guidance to ensure you know where you stand.

Meet Your New Committee Members

The wait is over and the Student Group Elections results are in - we can now reveal the leaders of your sports clubs, societies, and media outlets for the 2020/21 academic year.

Statement Regarding The Chief Executive Role

Royal Holloway Students’ Union Chief Executive Dr. Tom Flynn will be leaving the organisation after five years in post to join Imperial College Union as their new Managing Director.

Digital Education Experience: Take the Survey!

With the recent changes to how education is delivered, we're lobbying to ensure the best digital experience possible for all students at Royal Holloway. We can't do it without your support though so we're asking you to fill out our survey and let us know what you want and need! You could even win £100 for doing so!

Smoke & Mirrors: The HE 'Support' Package

Earlier this week, the government responded to Universities UK’s proposal for investment into the sector. This proposal attempted to put forward the key challenges facing Higher Education institutions and recommended mitigating actions. So what is happening now, and what does this mean for you? SU President Jack O'Neill tells you more.

Steer Clear of Academic Misconduct

Our Advisors have put together some guidance on how to ensure you don't fall foul of any academic misconduct offences when completing your alternative assessments.

Working Well Remotely

With alternative assessments now underway, VP Education Kate Roberts has put together a list of top tips for creating a good home working environment. There is also signposting to the support and services available to ensure that all students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Avoiding Unfair Deposit Deductions

Moving out of private accommodation soon? Our Advisors are on hand to give you all the guidance you need to ensure you're not unfairly charged when it comes to getting your deposit back.

Furlough: Being Sensible Now To Help In The Future

SU President Jack O'Neill has today announced that a number of the Officer team are to be placed on furlough. Read his blog to find out more about why the team have made this decision.

Become a Student Trustee

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at the Students’ Union is getting you involved in as many experiences as possible – and this includes all levels of the organisation. One of the ways you can get involved is by becoming a Student Trustee and applications are now open!

Staying Productive During Lockdown

Lately, it's hard to go online without being invaded by tons of articles or vlogs telling us how to stay really productive during the pandemic and use this time wisely. But just remember, one person’s ‘productive’ is another person’s 'impossible'.

RHSU Ranked 7th in Best Charities To Work For 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have placed 7th in the inaugural Best Charities To Work For rankings, which identifies and recognises employers in the sector that have created outstanding workplaces.

Student Group Elections: Running an Online Hustings

With Student Group Elections voting on the horizon, you might be thinking of hosting a hustings so that candidates can address potential voters. VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown tell you how to go about hosting your hustings online.

Staying Entertained During Lockdown

Following the latest recommendations from the government to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to give you a list of some great ideas to keep you entertained (and sane!) during this stressful time.

Doing Democracy Differently

One of our core functions in supporting you and making student life better at Royal Holloway is based around democracy, but due to these unprecedented times, the SU is working slightly different.

Easter Opening Hours Update

With the Easter weekend coming up, we'll be taking some time off to recharge our batteries. Make sure you read our update on our services and when you can expect us to be back online.

Union Shop Takeaway Launched

We're living in unprecedented times and understand the stress and worry lots of you are facing when it comes to shopping. That’s why we’re delighted to be launching Union Shop Takeaway - helping you get your hands on the essentials, from fruit and veg through to loo roll and soap.

Don't Panic: Housing Advice Update

In these uncertain times, we know that many students are concerned about housing, in particular, confirming somewhere to live for the next academic year. Whether you’ve already paid/signed a contract or you’re worried about needing to get accommodation sorted, make sure you read this guidance from our Housing Advisor.

Going Digital: Library Online

The Library may be physically shut but that doesn't mean you can't access books and online resources to help you study over the next few weeks. VP Education Kate Roberts gives you a rundown of the services available to you to ensure you feel supported and confident ahead of your upcoming assessments.

Managing an Eating Disorder During Quarantine

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson shares her advice to help those of you finding it difficult to manage an eating disorder during the new challenges caused by life under lockdown.

Exams and Assessments: An Update on How We’re Representing You

Following today's announcement on your upcoming alternative assessments that will replace the standard term three face-to-face exams, VP Education Kate Roberts updates you on all the hard work that has been carried out to represent your interests and ensure you can fulfil your academic potential.

Overdraft Fees Changing

Changes to the charges that banks are allowed to apply to overdrafts come into play from Monday 6 April 2020. Make sure you're aware of the changes and how you may be affected by them.

Student Group Elections: Nominations Open

Nominations are officially open for 2020/21 committee positions - it's time to step forward and take your society, sports club or media outlet to the next level

Statement: Summer Ball 2020

It is with real sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Summer Ball 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Student Opportunities: Working From Home

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown update you on how they and the Student Opps team are going about their work remotely to ensure that student groups are supported during these uncertain times.

The Pad & Podium Accommodation: Urgent Message

Following last week's letter from President Jack O'Neill and University Principal Professor Paul Layzell, we are pleased to announce that private accommodation provider Scape (The Pad and Podium) will be allowing early termination of contracts to avoid paying the final instalment.

Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Update on ‘Furlough’

In response to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we are furloughing 30 members of our permanent team, and most of our casual student staff team, as of 1 April 2020. Find out what this means and how we are still continuing to deliver our key services.

Extending Extensions

After securing a blanket extension for all undergraduate assignments due up to and including Friday 27 March, your Officers have achieved further success with extensions for PGT students and those with deadlines during the Easter break.

Lobbying for a No Detriment Policy

It's been a hot topic over the last few days and your Sabbatical Officers have an update regarding our lobbying efforts for the implementation of a 'no detriment' policy.

Housing: Representing You

President Jack O'Neill has been working with the University to support you as much as we can when it comes to your accommodation.

Insanity Continuing to Serve the Community

Their studio may have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Insanity Radio 103.2FM has still found a way to broadcast remotely. Find out what they're up to and how they're helping the fight against coronavirus.

Coronavirus Update - 16 March

Following the update from the Government on Monday 16 March that additional social distancing measures are to be introduced to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Students’ Union is cancelling our remaining events programme.

Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy During Lockdown

Although the world is going through a stressful time right now, there are things that we can do to stay physically and mentally healthy. VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson has compiled some top tips for you.

Student Rights: PGR Annual Reviews and Upgrades

VP Education discusses what the PGR annual reviews and upgrade processes are, what to do if you have any queries around this process, and where to access support if needed.

Union Shop Update

With the announcement on Monday 23 March of tighter restrictions around social distancing due to the spread of Covid-19, we wanted to reassure those students still living on campus that the Union Shop will remain open.

Going Digital: Advice Centre Update

Face-to-face appointments may have stopped but we're still offering digital access to all of our services. Find out what we can help you with and how you can get in touch with us.

UCU Strike FAQs

Ahead of the upcoming UCU strikes, we've compiled a handy guide on everything you need to know.

Representing You, Wherever We Go

President Jack O'Neill brings you an update on what was discussed at Joint Exec, as our Sabbatical Officers discussed various items and received updates from the College Executive team.

Supporting Your Education

We have been working hard over the last few days to ensure your education is supported during this unprecedented time of numerous changes. VP Education Kate Roberts brings you an update on your education for the remainder of this academic year and some advice on where to go for support if you need further guidance.

Coronavirus Update - 17 March

We want to share our plans with students regarding changes to Students’ Union services in light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus Update – 13 March

With the announcement on Thursday 12 March that the Government have moved into the ‘delay’ phase of their coronavirus (Covid-19) plan, and after consultation with the University, we have made a number of changes to our programme of events.

SU Elections 2020 Results

After three incredible days of campaigning and a record-breaking 30.6% turnout, it's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2020/21.

STI Test Drive: Update

The Advice Centre has been working with NHS Surrey over the recent months to encourage more students to talk more openly about their sexual health. Find out how their work has led to RHUL students having safer sex!

Colours Ball 2020 Round-Up

VP Sport Dom Brown summarises an incredible night as we celebrated the achievements of our sports clubs at Colours Ball 2020!

February’s Rep of the Month: Toby

After another busy month for our reps, we're delighted to announce Year 1 Accounting & Finance Course Rep, Toby Bates, as our Rep of the Month for February.

SU Elections: It's Time to Vote!

Who will be the next leaders of the Students' Union? It's time for YOU to decide by voting for our next Sabbatical Officers, NUS Delegates, and School Reps!

Coronavirus Update - 6 March

Read our full statement on how we're working with the University regarding the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak to understand any risks associated with our activities and events.

University Mental Health Day 2020

Thursday 5 March was University Mental Health Day, and to celebrate, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson has shared some important information about what mental health is, and how to look after yourself and your loved ones.

Student Group Recognition: Christian Union!

After winning this month's Student Group Recognition, Christian Union President Lila Jones tells us all about their awesome events, their weekly meetings and how you can get involved with this great society.

Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder

To continue Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to dedicate this blog to all those people supporting someone struggling with an eating disorder, to give you a helping hand and guide you through what you can do for them and for yourself.

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Hanan

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell is back to share stories of influential and talented Black RHUL students, as we look to celebrate them and inspire you!

Society Awards 2020 Round-Up

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton summarises an incredible night as we celebrated our societies and media outlets with the first-ever Society Awards on Saturday night.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts today, and VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson wanted to take the time to share some tips if you feel you may be struggling with your relationship with food at university.

UCU Strike Update: Supporting Your Education

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with more important updates about the upcoming strike action being taken by The University and College Union (UCU), and what is being done to support your education.

Have A Positive Impact On The History Of Women, Today!

Women's History Month starts this Sunday, so to celebrate, Chair of the Women's Collective Emily Howling is here to tell you more about what you can do to help make a positive impact!

Help Improve the GP Surgery

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you all about the Patient Participation Group, and how you can get involved to try to improve the services provided by the GP Surgery on campus.

Rep Impact Update: Term Two

We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shoutout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve! Find out what they've been up to so far in Term two!

SU Elections 2020: Meet The Candidates

Manifestos submitted and headshots snapped, it’s finally time to announce the official candidate shortlist for this year’s SU Elections.

RH100: College Strategy

Last week hosted the final RH100 panel of the year, focused on the College Strategy – so no small exercise! President Jack O'Neill tells you all about what was discussed, including student needs, environmental sustainability, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Ain't Nobody Got Time for Tax: The Conclusion

Over the last couple of years, we have been researching and campaigning to help final-year students residing in Runnymede, who are hit with a council tax bill as the last day of term arrives in June.

Unfair Deposit Charges: Don't Overpay!

Make sure you haven't been overcharged for your deposit fee! Our advisors have received a lot of different cases of students paying more than they should, and they are looking forward to telling you all about what we can do to make sure you're treated fairly.

UCU Strike Update

VP Education Kate Roberts tells you everything you need to know about the upcoming strike action being taken by The University and College Union (UCU).

You're Valued Awards: Valentine's Day Round-up

After a lovely romantic weekend celebrating Valentine's Day, we wanted to continue spreading love by telling you all about the staff at Royal Holloway that have received a You're Valued award after being nominated by students!

Introducing the Union Workshop: Have Your Say!

If you feel that your input can help make significant improvements to the SU, then attending the Union Workshop could be your chance to get your message across!

Student Rights: Appeals

Next up in her mini blog series focusing on your academic rights as a student, VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to tell you all you need to know about appeals and how you can submit them.

Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Part Two

After a very busy term, the Sabbatical Officers are excited to give you the lowdown on everything that has happened at this term's Executives!

Calling All Entrepreneurs: It's Time to Sell Your Business

Are you a student entrepreneur who has recently started a business? Are you selling any cool products? Then we've got the perfect opportunity for you to get involved with and start building your amazing career!

Blog: Looking After Our Bears

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know how the introduction of welfare-orientated committee roles has positively impacted a number of our sports clubs this year.

Join Climate Action In Their Fight For Sustainability

Tackling climate change is more important than ever, and Climate Action Secretary Cosmo Cattell tells you how you can get involved to ensure that Royal Holloway does everything possible to assist in the global transition towards a sustainable world.

Get Your Voice Heard: Advisory and Wellbeing Teams

After a lot of hard work, VP Welfare and Diversity Lucy Simpson is excited to let you know how you can have a say in the work carried out by the Student Advisory & Wellbeing teams at Royal Holloway to help improve your experience!

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Emmanuel

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell is back to share stories of influential and talented Black RHUL students, as we look to celebrate them and inspire you!

Six New Societies Incoming!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton is incredibly excited to welcome six brand new societies: Accounting, Finance and Management Society, Mentality Society, Make a Kid Smile, Neurodivergent Support Society, Qazaq Society, and Skating Society!

BUCS Round-Up 12/02/2020

VP Sport Dom Brown is back with your weekly dose of BUCS fixtures! This week, he is celebrating the achievements of all our fantastic women in sport, so get ready for a full round-up on their great successes.

January's Rep Of The Month: Sara

The first month of the year was a very busy one for our academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate January's Rep of the Month, Sara Haase.

Careers and Active Campus the Hot Topics at RH100

President Jack O'Neill and VP Sport Dom Brown led sessions at the recent RH100 panel, as students discussed how the services should look in the future.

BUCS Round-Up 05/02/20

VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up of this week's sporting successes, both home and away! #COYBears

Kelly's Royal Holloway Run: Raising Money for Charity!

Are you an outgoing, adventurous and engaged student who likes to raise money for charity? Royal Holloway and Kelly’s Storage Charity Events are hosting a 5K & 10K run to raise money for The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust and Runnymede Foodbank!

Get Involved: Careers Online Consultation

After a lot of in-depth research on the careers support offered at Royal Holloway, President Jack O'Neill is very excited to put forward the proposed recommendations for change, and asks that you get involved and provide some feedback!

Further UCU Strike Action Announced

University and College Union (UCU) has announced that they will be going on strike for a further 14 days. Your Sabbatical Officers give you important information about the strike, and what stance we'll be taking as a Students' Union.

Looking Back at Great Campaign Videos

Current President Jack O'Neill and VP Sport Dom Brown have come a long way since their first elections. And in celebration of nominations closing this Friday 7 February, we take a look back at their hilarious campaign videos!

What Has Riding Been Up To?

Find out what Riding club has been up to since the start of Term One, they'll be giving you the low down on what they've achieved so far as well as telling us what they'll be doing for the rest of the term!

Student Rights: Extenuating Circumstances

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you the lowdown on what extenuating circumstances are, when you should apply for them and how you can get help with them.

Term Two Society Events

Get your diaries at the ready as VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton gives you the lowdown on all the amazing events coming up in Term Two!

Plagiarism: All You Need To Know

With exams slowly on the way, our advisors have compiled some useful information to help you understand what plagiarism is, how you can avoid it, and what you should do if you've been invited to a Misconduct Panel.

Inclusive Education Round-up

VP Education Kate Roberts recaps her campaign week as she looks to ensure that the academic interests of all students from all backgrounds are represented at Royal Holloway.

You're Valued Awards: David Yuratich

At the SU we’re all about recognising those people that contribute to making student life better. The You’re Valued awards are your way of thanking them! Last month, a group of law students presented the first award of the year to David Yuratich!

Academic Rep Conference Round-up

On Wednesday 29 January we held our annual Academic Rep Conference with the theme of Inclusive Education. The debates, interactions and insights that occurred throughout the day were brilliant, so if you missed it, VP Education Kate Roberts has a full round-up for you.

BUCS Round-Up 29/01/20

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know how our Bears fared home and away in this week's round of BUCS fixtures.

Running for President

If you’re thinking of running for President at SU Elections, this blog from current President Jack O'Neill will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

Get Ready For Colours Ball

It’s that time of year again - we’re delighted to announce the launch of Colours Ball as we celebrate our sports clubs and the individuals who contribute to their success! Find out event info, get nominating and buy your tickets now.

Running for VP Education

If you’re thinking of running for Vice President Education, this blog from current VP Education Kate Roberts will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

Student Voice Report: BAME Inclusive Student Experience

It’s here! Our highly anticipated Student Voice Report focusing on the issues faced by BAME students at Royal Holloway. We've set out a series of recommendations in the hope that we can better support all students from all backgrounds.

Has Your Landlord Protected Your Deposit?

In 2018, research from NUS found that 90% of students were being charged unfair deposit deductions! Our advisors tell you how to see if your deposit is protected through a scheme, and what to do if it isn't.

Running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity

If you’re thinking of running for Vice President Wellbeing & Diversity, this blog from current VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

Big Society News from Term One!

With Society Awards on its way and a lot of achievements to celebrate, VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton wants to look back at some of the best moments that societies and media outlets gave us in Term One!

Running for VP Societies & Sport

If you’re thinking of running for VP Societies & Sport, this blog from current VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

Careers Support Policy Inquiry: The Final Steps

Join President Jack O'Neill at a consultation drop-in to discuss the recommendations for our Student Voice Report, as we seek to improve the careers support available at Royal Holloway.

Summer Ball 2020 Ticket News

Early bird tickets go on sale Friday 31 January - this year we're moving everything online and making more discounted tickets available than ever before.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is next Monday, so VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson and Jewish Society President Petra Varhegyi take a moment to look back and reflect on the events that occurred.

Lecture Capture Success

Find out how our drive for lecture capture saw a whopping 46 percentage point increase in the number of lectures recorded in term one, and what's next as we continue to lobby for a coherent and extensive policy to encourage wider adoption.

Introducing Society Awards

We're delighted to announce that nominations for your new look Society Awards are open, celebrating the achievements of societies and media outlets at Royal Holloway.

Executives Kick Starting Term Two

After a very busy Term One, the Executives are back! They'll be meeting next week to discuss the progress of current projects as well as planning for new upcoming developments.

School Rep Nominations are Now Open!

Nominations to become one of the six school reps are now open, so here is some important information on what the role is all about, and how you can stand for elections!

The Impact of Alcohol in Your Nutrition

To continue the series of blogs celebrating the Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign this week, we're bringing you the next one, focused on the consumption of alcohol and its effects on your nutrition and health.

Housing Disrepair: What to Do

If you're experiencing housing disrepair in your property, it's important that you're aware that most of these issues tend to be the landlord's responsibility. Our advisors have compiled a list of tips to help you know what steps to take.

Refreshers Round-Up 2020

It’s safe to say that we started Spring Term and 2020 in style during Refreshers! A week full of great events, music and some very dodgy dance moves, so let's have a look back at the highlights from last week.

Student Voice Report Incoming

Last term we informed you of some updates relating to the BAME Inclusive Student Experience policy inquiry. Now VP Education Kate Roberts is back to tell you about the launch of the final Student Voice Report and what happens next.

Academic Rep Conference: Register Now

On Wednesday 29 January we’re shining the spotlight on Inclusive Education, by giving you the opportunity to share your experiences and generate ideas on how we can make education equal for all.

Student Rights: Exam Access Arrangements

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with another student rights blog - this time making sure you know all the important information about exam access arrangements well ahead of exam season.

Eating Healthy and Cheaply!

Next up in the series of blogs to celebrate her Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson gives you some tips on how to keep a balanced diet without having to spend too much money.

Survey Season Begins!

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you important information on how you can feed back to the University to let them know of any aspects in your educational experience that you think work well, or need to be improved.

Healthy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

In celebration of the Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign this week, VP Sport Dom Brown has a list of useful tips for sport and nutrition to help you stay healthy!

Tackling Homesickness at University

Coming back to university after the winter break can feel a bit daunting, and it's completely normal to feel a little bit homesick at times. Our advisors have compiled a useful list of tips to help you tackle homesickness.

Refreshers 2020 Line-Up Announcement

As a hectic Autumn Term draws to a close, we bring you the hotly anticipated line-up for Refreshers 2020!

Statement: Recent Discriminatory Language On Campus

Following a number of recent incidents on campus and in the local area, the Students’ Union would like to reaffirm our commitment to zero tolerance towards such language and behaviour within the Royal Holloway community.

Student Group Recognition Scheme

Student Groups do amazing things each year, so as part of one of her manifesto points, VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton is introducing the Student Group Recognition scheme!

Great Wins Of Term One

It's been a great and very important term here at the Students' Union, and we want to tell you all about the amazing things that we've been doing alongside you!

PGR Student Experience: Next Steps

The PGR Student Experience survey is now closed, and after collecting all of your feedback, President Jack O'Neill has some exciting news about the next steps.

Christmas Opening Hours

After an incredibly busy first term, it's time to have a well-deserved break and look forward to the Christmas festivities. Here are our opening hours for the Christmas period.

British Active Students Survey

VP Sport Dom Brown tells you all about what you can do to join an incredible chance of winning some amazing prizes by filling out the British Active Students Survey!

Statement: Xmas on Toast

Read our statement regarding the events at Xmas on Toast on Monday 9 December.

Executives: Getting Ready To Start!

After months of talking about them and casting your votes, our Executives are officially ready for lift off. Starting on Tuesday 5 November, your VPs will be chairing meetings made up of your elected representatives.

A Night At The Theatre

The annual inter-society cabaret night A Night At The Theatre is this weekend, and your VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton tells you why you shouldn't miss it!

Student Rights: Feedback

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with another student rights blog - this time making sure you know the score when it comes to feedback.

Introducing The Union Workshop

At the Students’ Union, we thrive on getting you involved in everything that has an impact on you, so we're introducing the Union Workshop, your chance to have a say on the services we provide!

PGR Student Survey: Win £150 Cash!

The PGR Student Survey is now live, and you can have a say in what you want to see change. The best part? You'll enter a draw to bag some juicy prizes, including £150 cash!

BUCS Round-Up 09/10/19

After a very long summer break from BUCS, the league is back and running, so VP Sport Dom Brown has a brand new round-up on last Wednesday's fixtures!

BAME Student Experience and BAME Attainment Gap

VP Education Kate Roberts gives us a quick update on the next steps forward after our BAME student researchers revealed the experiences of BAME students across their time at Royal Holloway.

Capturing Your Lecture Capture Feedback

VP Education Kate Roberts has a progress update with regards to lecture capture, and she's also looking for your feedback with a very quick survey!

Executives: What Have They Been Up To?

It's been a very busy month for the members of our first Executives, and our Officers have compiled a list updates on the exciting things they've been up to!

BUCS Round-Up 20/11/19

Although it's been a quieter week for the Bears after the rush of Big Bears Wednesday, VP Sport Dom Brown tells us all about this Wednesday's fixtures.

Policy Inquiry: Careers Support

Careers support was at the front and centre of President Jack O'Neill's election campaign. Today, Jack has got very exciting news about what we can do as a Students' Union to support your career.

The Black-ademic Guide To Higher Education

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell celebrates the start of Black History Month with her guide to navigating university in a way that makes you feel comfortable to be your true authentic Black self.

Christmas Has Arrived At The Packhorse!

The Packhorse is getting into the festive spirit with their very own three course Christmas menu! Book now and make the best out of your Christmas party.

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and to celebrate, our advisors have compiled a list of useful tips to look after yourself and your mental health!

Women's Suffrage: The Fight For Your Right To Vote

Your three female Sabbatical Officers give you a history lesson on women's right to vote and why it's so important for you to have your say in the General Election on 12 December.

Big Bears Wednesday 13/11/19

VP Sport Dom Brown runs you through all the sporting twists and turns that took place on one of the biggest sporting fixtures of the term!

Come In Your Kit: Be Mindful Of Others

With one of the most popular nights of the term approaching (CIYK), VP Sport Dom Brown would like to remind you to be respectful of the community around you.

Supporting The UCU Strikes

VP Education Kate Roberts lets you know what we're doing as a Students' Union in support of UCU's strike action.

Why We Need Transgender Awareness Week

In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week (TAW), LGBT+ Collective Convenor Felix Jordan tells us why TAW is so important for transgender people and their allies.

University Challenge: Have You Got What It Takes?

It is that time of the year again, Paxman is returning and we need you to put him back in his place! The application process for University Challenge has now begun and we are searching for the next passionate team to represent us.

SU Nights ft. YOU!

We're giving student groups the opportunity to get featured in our venue nights and organise their own events, and VP Societies and Media Sophia Bolton tells you how to get involved!

UCU Preferendum Result

You've voted for the Students' Union to support the UCU's strike action and its stance in its entirety. Find out what that means and what actions we'll be taking as a result.

Christmas On A Budget

The chaos of Christmas is nearly upon us, and for many buying gifts for loved ones, partners and friends can be daunting. We've compiled a range of valuable tips and tricks to help ease your Christmas budgeting worries.

Students Pressured Into Renewing Housing Contract

Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of students have reported being pressured to renew their contract. Landlords and estate agents shouldn't do this, and we will help you challenge this!

BAME Inclusive Student Experience Survey

We want to hear from BAME students following the publication of our briefing document from The Student Engagement Project (TSEP) which looks at the experience of BAME students on campus.

Settling Into University Life

Freshers' Festival is over and lectures have started, so now what? VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson guides you through settling into university life.

Get Your Voice Heard: Everything You Need To Know

President Jack O'Neill tells you everything you need to know about Service Development Groups, and elections for Collectives, Executives and academic reps.

Give It A Go: Introducing The Buddy Scheme

Meeting new people is easier said than done, especially if you're travelling solo to an entirely new place. That's why we're introducing the Buddy Scheme!

A Recipe Book Starring YOU!

As part of her focus on nutrition, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson is creating a recipe book starring you, the students! It will get us thinking about what we put in our bodies, and how it impacts our mental and physical health.

Student Rights: Using The Library

To continue the series of blog posts focused on your student rights, VP Education Kate Roberts tells you all about how to use the library sources available to you.

'No Platform' Update

President Jack O'Neill tells you more about your opportunity to debate, discuss and decide as we prepare for the upcoming referendum on whether the Students' Union should implement a 'No Platform' policy.

UCU Industrial Action Explained

Ahead of our preferendum on the proposed UCU industrial action, we've compiled information to inform you of the context for the strike, and provided a glossary of terms to educate you as students on the situation.

Student Rights: Misconduct Panels

VP Education Kate Roberts clues you up on academic misconduct panels and what you can do to ensure you avoid facing them.

Freedom of Speech and ‘No Platform’

Find out why your Sabbatical Officers have decided to call a referendum on whether the Students’ Union should implement a ‘No Platform’ Policy.

Register To Vote

Find out if you're eligible to vote and make sure you're registered by 26 November ahead of the 12 December general election.

Remember To Be A Good Neighbour

With Freshers' Festival upon us, it's important that you read the guide to being a good neighbour, and remember to respect the local community living in your area.

No Platform for Hate Speech on Campus Policy Passed

Over the past three days, students have been voting on whether we should adopt the policy, ‘No Platform for Hate Speech on Campus’ and the results are now in.

World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day, and to celebrate, VP Welfare and Diversity Lucy Simpson gives some advice about looking after your sexual health.

Police Operation at Pop! Candyland

At tonight's event, Pop! Candyland, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches as part of our work to stop banned substances being brought into the venue.

SU Finances Explained

President Jack O'Neill gives us an insight into how finances the Students' Union's finances work, and how we reinvest the money that we make into improving the services we offer.

UCU Industrial Action Preferendum

Following the news announced last week regarding proposed industrial action from The University College Union (UCU), the Officer Group has called a preferendum. You'll get the chance to have your say on what stance the Students' Union should adopt towards the proposed industrial action.

Get Involved: Careers Support Consultation

President Jack O'Neill cordially invites you to discuss the current state of affairs, and how we can get to where we want to be in terms of careers support at Royal Holloway.

Student Rights: Personal Tutors

In the first of a series of new blog posts focused on your student rights, VP Education Kate Roberts tells you what you should expect from your personal tutor and vice versa.

Improving Your Bright Ideas Platform

During the summer, our Voice team have been reviewing the Bright Ideas platform to improve and ease your opportunities to voice your concerns at Royal Holloway and influence positive change.

Avoiding Common Mistakes At Freshers' Festival

Before the chaos of Freshers' Festival begins, it’s important that you’re aware of some common mistakes to avoid during your first few weeks here.

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Lia

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell introduces Lia Efosi's story, the next in her series of blogs aiming to showcase amazing and talented Black Royal Holloway students, as well as inspire the next generation.

Get Your Deposit Back

If your landlord or estate agent has given you trouble and you’re still owed your deposit or have been charged unfairly, you might still be able to do something about it!

NUS Alcohol Impact Survey: Win £100!

Complete the survey and help NUS and the Students' Union to better understand students' drinking habits and improve what services and safeguarding we provide you with. You could even win £100!

Student Rights: Extensions

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with the latest in her series of blogs designed to ensure you know your rights when it comes to your academic experience.

Collectives: Drive Change Right Here, Right Now

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson is excited to tell us all about the Collectives, the new groups of students that will provide opportunities to support communities on campus.

Empowering You To Change The World Around You

On 12 December, the UK will head to the polls for the third time in as many years. Find out what we're doing to drive voter registration and engagement with the general election.

Statement on Debating Society

The Students’ Union can confirm that a proposed event hosted by the Debating Society and featuring Katie Hopkins will not be taking place next week.

Proposed UCU Strike Action

The University College Union (UCU) yesterday announced the outcome of their ballot on proposed industrial action regarding the USS Pension (Universities Superannuation Scheme).

Drug Use On Campus
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During this first week of the year, it’s important that we’re very clear about our stance on drugs and the misuse of them.

Consent: Essential Every Time

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson talks about the importance of consent and how you must ensure you seek it for every form of sexual interaction.

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Christabel

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell introduces Christabel Adansi's story, the second in a new series of blogs aiming to showcase amazing and talented Black Royal Holloway students, as well as inspire the next generation.

Blog: Lecture Capture
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Lecture Capture has been the hot topic in education at Royal Holloway for some time and your VP Education Kate Roberts has some exciting updates.

BUCS Round-Up - 30/10/19

Halloween provided the backdrop for this week's BUCS fixtures and VP Sport Dom Brown is here to give you the lowdown on the spooktacular performances of our Bears.

Collectives 101
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You've had the chance to meet our student groups but did you know we also have free groups known as Collectives that you can join!

Busting Some SU Myths

President Jack O'Neill has written a blog in a bid to help you understand what happens in the Union, and bust some myths about the way we operate.

Don't Miss The Festival Of Volunteering

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton talks about her experience of volunteering at Royal Holloway and why you should check out the event on Wednesday 25 September.

Nominations Open For Academic Rep, Collective & Executive Positions
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Over the next three weeks, the student body will be electing over 400 representatives from across the University as academic reps, Collective convenors and Student Executive members. Get your nominations in now!

B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Kessle

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell introduces Kessle Boldeau's story, the first in a new series of blogs aiming to showcase amazing and talented Black Royal Holloway students, as well as inspire the next generation.

Looking After Yourself During Freshers' Festival

With the help of some returning students, VP Welfare & Diversity is here to give some top tips on how to successfully navigate Freshers' Festival.

Report Into Racial Harassment At UK Universities

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson brings you up to date with the findings from the Equality and Human Rights Commission's inquiry into racial harassment at UK universities.

BUCS Round-Up 23/10/19

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know how our Bears fared home and away in this week's round of BUCS fixtures.

Changes To Venues Code of Conduct

President Jack O'Neill lets you know about a number of changes that have taken place over the summer with regards to the Venues Code of Conduct.

Find Your New Home

If you didn't get into your accommodation of choice and you don't know where to start looking for your perfect home, here are some great ideas to help you out!

Price Increases 2019/20
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As we move towards the new academic year, it’s important for us to be up front about some of the pricing changes that will be in place across our services when you return to campus in September.

Student Rights: Attendance

In her latest blog post to make you aware of your student rights, VP Education Kate Roberts tells you all there is to know around the subject of attendance.

Download Your Union App

Buy your tickets, see your memberships and get the latest news, all in one easy to use app.

GP Surgery Update

In the last few months there have been a number of changes to the GP Surgery. VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson has some exciting new updates that will help you all take care of your health.

Board of Trustees Update

President Jack O'Neill explains what the Board of Trustees is all about and gives an update on their first meeting of the year.

Drink Spiking and What We Do

Following a number of posts on social media referring to incidents of spiking at SU club nights, we want to reiterate our approach and what we're doing to tackle it.

Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

We're pleased to announce that our median and mean gender pay gap has reduced vs last year's report and is still well below the national average.

Policy Inquiry: PGR Student Experience

President Jack O'Neill tells you why he's launching a policy inquiry into the student experience of postgraduate students, and what that means for you.

Blog: Making Your Voice Heard In PDRs

Faculty Rep for Management, Economics and Law, Alexandra Upton, talks through the process of a Periodic Departmental Review.

October Elections Results

The results are in, and we're excited to reveal who have been elected as your academic reps, Collective convenors and Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive members.

Big Bears Wednesday Round-Up

The sun was shining to provide a glorious backdrop to Big Bears Wednesday, and VP Sport Dom Brown was there to soak up all the action.

Shaking Up Your Nightlife

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know about the big changes we've made to improve our late night venues offering ahead of the new academic year.

Blog: Advice Centre Success Stories

Current student Alexa Tecson shares the nightmare she endured with her landlord and how the Advice Centre helped her!

Elections Voting 101

Take a read of our handy guide to voting in this year's elections for academic reps, Collective convenors and Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive members.

Get Ready To Give It A Go

Give It A Go is back with a bang! Check out what we've got on offer in our term one events programme.

BUCS Round-Up - 20/02/19

VP Sport Dom Brown is back this week with the most recent BUCS Round-Up, bringing great wins and some impressive Rugby highlights.

Blog: Welcoming Eight New Student Groups

VP Societies and Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown are welcoming new societies and sports clubs!

Freshers' Festival On A Budget

Are you a little bit concerned that you'll spend too much money during Freshers' Festival? Don't worry, we've got three low budget itineraries to help you have an awesome time while looking after your finances.

BUCS Round-Up - 06/02/19

VP Sport Dom Brown gives us a round-up of this week's action, featuring a terrific performance from Men's Rugby in their BUCS Cup quarter final clash at Chichester.

Saying Hi to More STIs: The Danger of Cutting Sexual Health Funding

Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong talks us through recent cuts to sexual health services.

Blog: Quality And Student Engagement Conference

VP Education Kate Roberts went to Leeds Beckett University last week to attend the Quality and Student Engagement Conference, and she's back to tell you all about it!

Blog: Why Lecture Capture Grinds My Gears

With the 'lecture capture' project moving at a snail's pace, VP Education Jack O'Neill explains why it's all so frustrating.

Blog: Alumni Sports Day Round-Up

Your VP Sport Dom Brown, tells us all the details of what went down at the very popular yearly event, Alumni Sports Day!

Blog: How To Make Student Groups Environmentally Friendly

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown have some important tips to help you make your student groups more environmentally friendly!

Refreshers Round-Up

After an awesome week of Refreshers, it's time to look back at what went down and what exciting things we've got planned for Spring Term!

Humpit: A Hummus & Pita Bar At The SU!

Humpit is making its way to the SU from September to make all your hummus dreams come true! So get your tummies ready for this delicious new addition.

Packing For University: The Essential Guide

Getting ready to go to university can be quite stressful, especially when it comes to packing your stuff. So here's a helpful list of what to bring with you!

Feature: Student Trustee Interview With Rachelle Jiongco

Learn all about the Student Trustee position in an interview with former Trustee, Rachelle Jiongco.

Deposit Disputes: Advice Centre Success Stories

First year Royal Holloway student Narjes Dhaif saved £383 after getting in touch with the Advice Centre about an unfair deposit charge!

Byelaw H Update Passed By Board Of Trustees

The update to Byelaw H of our constitution has now been passed by a supermajority vote of the Board of Trustees.

Get Your Freshers' Festival Wristband!

Starting as a new student at Royal Holloway this September? You’ll be delighted to know that you get first dibs on a Freshers' Festival wristband until 2 September.

Strobe-Free SU Nights Confirmed

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now offering strobe-free nights at the SU, following the passing of a Bright Idea, submitted last term by student Ana Patterson.

Freshers' Festival 2019 Line-up Reveal

We've all been waiting for it, and now it's finally here. We present to you, the line-up for this year's Freshers' Festival.

Housing Tips For Spring Term

We know housing can be a bit of a stressful ordeal at times, which is why our advisers have compiled a couple of expert tips to guide you through the storm and help you answer all of your questions.