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Fencers Receive National Recognition

Capping off a fantastic sporting year, Royal Holloway Fencing have been shortlisted for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Club of the Year. This is a tremendous achievement for the group, who we named our Club of the Year at Colours Ball back in March.

 
Media Charter Referendum Statement

Following the receipt of a petition of over 200 students, a referendum has been called by the President.

 
Summer Opening Hours

It's the end of the academic year which means campus is about to get a whole lot quieter. With this in mind, a number of our services will be running reduced hours over the summer.

 
News Dump: SU Toilets Refurb Confirmed

We've already brought you news about exciting works for Medicine and Tommy’s Kitchen, but now it's time for the big one: Our toilets are getting a refurb this summer!

 
Freshers' Week: Volunteers Required

As you can imagine, coordinating Freshers’ Festival takes a village, and you could be a part of it. We’re in need of some confident, friendly, and fun volunteers to assist throughout the week and impart wisdom on the incoming freshers.
We’re also on the lookout for Volunteer Team Leaders, who’ll be key to coordinating volunteers across Move in Weekend.

 
Blog: Course Rep Elections Moving Online

There will be a major change to the course rep elections system from the start of the 2018/19 academic year - elections across all departments will be held online.

 
Blog: Freeing Up 33% Of Health Centre Appointments

Did you know that almost one-third of doctors' appointments at the Health Centre on campus are taken up by requests for letters? Well, we're going to fix that, by introducing a self-certification extension policy which will streamline the process for students to extend their assignment deadlines.

 
Student Opportunities Committee Elections: The Results

Your new Student Opportunities Committee was elected today at Student Opportunities Training Conference. Read on to find out who'll be representing you!

 
Rate Your Union: Headline Results

Over 1300 of you completed our annual Rate Your Union membership survey, taking the opportunity to tell us what you love, and what you want us to change. We’ll be using the full results to inform our plans for next year and beyond, but here are some of the headline results.

 
Advice: Moving Out Before Your Tenancy Ends

We know that many of you will be leaving as early as possible to maximise the time you have with your friends and family back home. Here are some tips to make sure that everything runs smoothly when you check out of your private accommodation.

 
Council Tax: The Long And Short Of It

You might have had a council tax letter through lately. Read on to find out what to do, and what we're doing about it.

 
Advice: Finding Housemates

Whether you are looking for a group to join, a housemate to complete your group, or a replacement housemate, we've put some top tips together for you.

 
Student Group By-Elections: The Results

We can now reveal the results of our Student Group By-Elections, with 81 more students elected to committee positions within our sports clubs, societies and media outlets!

 
Blog: Academic Book Sale Success

A whopping £1,757 will be going back into students’ pockets this week following a resounding success at our first ever second-hand academic book sale.

 
Rate Your Union: Win £250 Cash

We're one week into our Rate Your Union competition and we've got a big announcement to make - we're adding in a £250 cash prize!

 
Laurels Awards 2018 - The Winners

It's time to round up all the winners from our Laurels Awards 2018, as we celebrated the great work of students who go the extra mile to embody the values and spirit of Royal Holloway Students' Union.

 
Blog: Representing All Of You

There’s a lot of you studying here, and we try our hardest to make sure all students’ voices are heard at Royal Holloway. However, we’re well aware that this doesn’t always happen effectively, and we’re going to do something about that.

 
Extenuating Circumstances: When Things Don't Go Your Way

Read on for the down low on all things extenuating circumstances.

 
Tommy’s Kitchen Set For Transformation

As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing student life at Royal Holloway, Tommy’s Kitchen is set to undergo a makeover this summer.

 
The Packhorse Turns One

The Packhorse is celebrating its first birthday, so we’ve compiled some fun facts to showcase the eventful year that it's had.

 
Competition: Win A Summer Ball Pre-Party Package

Summer Ball is just two weeks away and it’s time for another competition as we’re giving away a pre-party package for you and up to 20 friends, courtesy of La Fee NV.

 
Medicine Refurb Gets Green Light

We are delighted to announce that the planned refurbishment of Medicine is set to commence next month following confirmation that the College will be providing circa £600,000 of funding to complete the project.

 
Competition: Your Chance To Open Summer Ball

It's competition time - you and a group of your friends could be up on the Festival Stage to open this year's Summer Ball in front of over 3000 people!

 
Extenuating Circumstances: The Basics

If something has affected your exams, read this article to find out all about extenuating circumstances and what you can do about it.

 
Blog: The Final All Student Meeting (of the year)

Your SU President, Natasha Barrett takes you through the importance of All Student Meetings

 
Student Group Elections: The Results

The wait is over and the Student Group Elections results are in. We can now reveal who the next leaders of your sports clubs, societies and media outlets are - all 522 of you!

 
Car Wars: Albert Road Update

Had an unofficial notice plastered on your car? We're on the case.

 
Update: Council Tax, Your Letters, And A Response

After you sent your 157 letters to Runnymede Borough Council, they sent a response. Here's our take on it.

 
Knock, Knock; It's Democracy!

It's local elections voting day, so make sure you head down to your local polling station to cast your vote.

 
Blog: Exam Confusion Update

Were you caught up in the Managerial Accounting Management exam confusion? Clem Jones, your VP Education, lets you know where you stand and what he's done to support you.

 
Police Operation At The Students’ Union

At our request, the Police have tonight carried out an operation at our event, Escape: Exams, with the aim of stopping banned and restricted substances from being brought into the Students’ Union Venue.

 
Announcing Carnival Stage Headliner: The Pigeon Detectives

You said you wanted more live music at Summer Ball, so we delivered. We're delighted to announce that platinum-selling UK indie band, The Pigeon Detectives, will be our headline act for the Carnival Stage at Summer Ball.

 
Irish Referendum on the 8th Amendment

If you are an Irish student, you will have the opportunity to vote on the repealing of the 8th Amendment on Friday 25 May. Read more to find out how.

 
500 Extra Tickets For Summer Ball

Student loans are in so we've now released the 500 extra tickets that we held back for you. Make sure you get yours before they all sell out.

 
Blog: Christian Union Annual Events Week Review

Naomi Sherwood, the Christian Union Events Coordinator, shares with us the success of their annual events week, detailing the large variety of activities they have organised, from Q&A sessions, to fundraising, all the way to drama performances.

 
Blog: Help, Something's Affecting my Exams!

Clem Jones, your VP Education talks you through the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.

 
Toast On The Move To The SU

The Easter break is over and we know you’re looking to get your Toast fix. Well, big news - Toast will be taking place in the Students’ Union for the rest of term three. Don't worry, nothing else changes; £1.50 drinks and food are here to stay.

 
Blog: Welcome To Stressbusters

Your VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, gives us an update on the second part of our Stressbusters campaign, from all the events running to tips to making sure you look after your well-being, as you gear up for exam season.

 
Alcohol Impact Auditor Volunteers Needed

Royal Holloway Students’ Union and the College are offering an opportunity for students to gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by volunteering as an Alcohol Impact auditor.

 
Blog: Socs, Colours and Laurels Awards

Your VP Societies & Media, Pippa Gentry, and VP Sport, Steff Milne, give us a throwback to this year's successful Socs and Colours Ball while previewing the upcoming Laurels Awards.

 
Yet Another Deadline: Registering To Vote

The deadline to vote is Tuesday 17 April, make sure you register!

 
Reasons Why You Should Run In The Student Group Elections

Here we go! The student group elections for the next generation of committee members has commenced, with nominations closing on 27 April. Being part of a committee is a fulfilling experience, and whilst it may look like a lot of work, we promise you, it’s definitely worth getting involved.

 
Blog: Enactus Take Home Multiple Awards At The National Expo

Alice Scott, Events Director for Enactus Royal Holloway, gives us an insight to their successful evening at the 2018 Enactus UK National Expo, where they took home multiple awards including winning the Development League.

 
Second Hand Academic Book Sale

We are delighted to confirm that the Students’ Union will be running the first ever department-wide second hand academic book sale at the end of term. Read more to see how you can sell your books and get involved.

 
We Won't Sugarcoat It: UK Sugar Tax And The Effect On Our Venues

Due to the UK Government's Sugar Tax coming into effect on 6 April, soft drinks with the highest sugar content will increase in price. The introduction of the Sugar Tax will affect all sugary soft drink prices, in all shops, bars and restaurants across the nation. Read more to find out how this will affect our venues.

 
Why Missing Out On Summer Ball Is A Mistake

Known as the biggest and most exclusive event of the year, Summer Ball is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Here are reasons why missing out on Summer Ball is a mistake for any Royal Holloway student.

 
Alpha Residential Agree To Reforms

Following pressure from the Students’ Union over excessive check out costs, Alpha Residential has agreed to a number of reforms to their core business practices in a great win for students at Royal Holloway.

 
Easter Holiday Opening Hours

Find out about our revised opening hours over the Easter break.

 
End Of Term Two Review

With second term of this academic year coming to a finish, we’ve seen some big wins for student democracy at Royal Holloway. Here’s a review of all the things we've done to help improve student life at Royal Holloway.

 
Blog: Study Space for PGTs

Thanks to successful lobbying from your VP Education, Clem Jones, and PGT rep, Daniella Cavela, from the 9 April to the 8 June, Postgraduate Taught students will be able to access the Postgraduate Research Room on the second floor of the Davison Building.

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

As an organisation that employs over 250 members of staff (both casual and permanent), we’ve undertaken Gender Pay Gap Reporting as required by the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations 2017).

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time For Tax: Delivering Your Letters

We took a trip to Runnymede Borough Council to deliver the 157 letters signed be you.

 
Varsity 2018 Results

On 21 March, we invited over 1000 Surrey Stags athletes and spectators onto our turf for our first ever home Varsity! Our players and spectators were ready for a great day of sport and they weren’t disappointed.

 
Summer Ball 2018 Main Stage Line Up Announcement

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

 
Summer Ball 2018 Early Bird Competition

We're giving away seven chances for you to win a full refund on your Summer Ball ticket and VIP upgrades for you and a mate!

 
Summer Ball 2018 Early Bird Tickets

On Friday 23 March, we’ll be launching our early bird discount offer, with 400 tickets available at a discount price.

 
Women's History Month: Marsha P. Johnson

Women’s History Month celebrates all women, not just cisgender women. Marsha P. Johnson is regarded as one of the most significant trans-activists in history, which is why we have chosen her for our spotlight this week.

 
Blog: Women's Football Group Development Fund

Following Women's Football successful application for extra funding towards developing their activities, Laura Vinton, President of Women's Football, gives us a report of how they utilised the fund to improve their student activities.

 
Positive Changes To The College’s Feedback Policy

We're delighted to announce that a new policy that will improve the process of receiving academic work feedback has passed through the Academic Board, the highest academic committee at Royal Holloway.

 
Blog: Ballroom and Latin Society Head To Nationals

Holly Hughes, President of Ballroom and Latin Dancesport Society, gives us a run down of their trip to the national ballroom competition in Blackpool and highlights their next big competitions for this year.

 
Blog: A Poem On Hockey's Successful Year

Lizzy Blackett, President of Royal Holloway Hockey Club, showcases her club's successful year so far, in a form of a creative poem.

 
Women's History Month: Wu Zetian

Bloodthirsty tyrant, or a misrepresented heroine? We discuss the life of Wu Zetian in this week's Women's History Month spotlight.

 
Blog: MTS presents - Bare

Anthony Underwood from MTS gives us a run down of their highly-praised performances for the production Bare, even attracting the writer of the show to watch their performance.

 
Clean Up Your Act Alpha: End of Tenancy Charge Advice

Advice for students who currently maintain a contract with Alpha Estate Agents.

 
Women's History Month: George Eliot

Join us for our first spotlight of the month on our very own George Eliot, born Mary Anne Evans, as we discuss her work, and the history behind female authors using pen names.

 
Statement on Flawless, Holi Fest and ACS Collaboration

This week it has become apparent that a serious breakdown in communication around an event has taken place between ACS, Holi Fest organisers, and the Students' Union.

 
UCU Industrial Action Update - FAQs

Following a meeting with the college executive, the Union has asked for answers to your most asked questions.

 
Women's History Month: Nevertheless She Persisted

March is Women's History Month, where we celebrate the achievements and triumphs of women throughout history.

 
Help Us End Drink Spiking

Following an incident of drink spiking that has occurred this week within one of the Students’ Union’s venues the Union wants to reiterate our zero tolerance policy on the possession of any categorised, banned or restricted substance within our events and commercial premises.

 
Elections: What Comes Next?

Let us take you on an exciting journey, showing you what your newly elected Sabbs will be up to over summer...

 
Tommy's Bar Achieves A Gold Best Bar None Accreditation

Great news! Tommy's Bar has received a gold award in the Best Bar None NUS Scheme.

 
University World Mental Health Day 2018

The 1 March marks an important day for Higher Education: University World Mental Health Day. And this year, the theme is community. It’s an interesting choice on the charity’s part – with so many pressing issues closing in on students, is community necessarily the best focus for such an important date?

 
SU Elections 2018 Results

Full results for the 2018 SU Elections.

 
Blog: Women's Rugby - Dominate And Destroy

Amy Taylor, Captain of Women's Rugby, gives us an insight to their successful year, from an undefeated season, all the way to a record intake of members.

 
Reasons To Vote In The SU Elections

Here are a few reasons why voting in the upcoming student elections is worth your time.

 
Voting In The Elections - An Explanation

It’s that all important time of year again, where campus is plastered in cardboard, candidates are on the prowl for potential voters, and social media is packed with pleas for votes. But how does the voting process actually work?

 
Results Of Online Vote For Motion To Support UCU Strike

Following an all student vote on the ‘Motion to Back UCU Industrial Action in Pensions Dispute’ the student body has voted overwhelmingly in favour and the motion has now passed into Union policy.

 
All Student Vote – UCU Striking Position

Following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21 February, Royal Holloway Students’ Union has called for an all student vote on the motion to back UCU Industrial Action in Pensions Dispute.

 
Blog: Colossus' Sports Personality Of The Year

Your VP Sport, Steff Milne, announces the shortlist of outstanding individuals who will be competing for the prestigious title.

 
Five Great Promotional Videos From SU Elections

With the elections around the corner, here is a list of the best promotional videos from previous SU Elections to get you in the mood!

 
Blog: Women's Cricket Debut Indoor Cricket Match

Josh Stainer, Social Secretary of Royal Holloway Cricket Club, gives us a run down on the Women's Cricket team's winning debut match against our rivals at Surrey.

 
Joint Message from RHSU & UCU

The RHUL - UCU and RHSU have issued a joint statement pledging solidarity and continuing the commitment to push for meaningful negotiations to resolve the pension dispute.

 
Oh My Gosh, It's The AGM!

The biggest democracy event this side of the elections, explained in full.

 
Blog: An Update On Your Academic Year…

Your VP Education, Clem Jones, gives us a run down on changes that are going to be implemented based on the feedback you've given.

 
#HealthyU: The Back of the Pack

Your VP Sport takes you through the ins and outs of the labels on packaged foods.

 
Blog: Throwing Shade-ism

Your BME Rep, Renée Landell, gives us an insight into what shade-ism is, and a rundown of the BME Network's event with guest speaker, Adreyn Cash.

 
Blog: Trampolining Club's Competition In Cambridge

Royal Holloway Trampolining Club committee gives us an update on their successful performance during their competition in Cambridge.

 
#HealthyU: Eating Healthy On Campus

Ever wondered if it was possible to eat healthy on campus? No? Well have a read of this article anyway, it's a good one!

 
Update: Bright Ideas 13/02

Want to check out how Bright Ideas is getting along? Then look no further.

 
#HealthyU: Getting Your Five A Day

Make sure you're packing in your five a day!

 
#HealthyU: Meal Planning 101

Steff Milne takes us back to basics with meal planning!

 
Blog: Celebrating the 100 Anniversary Of The Suffrage Movement

Your VP Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry, discusses the impact of the suffrage movement on today's society and how it mirrors modern day movements such as Black Lives Matter.

 
SU Elections Candidates 2018

We're very happy to announce the candidates running in this year's SU Elections!

 
Blog: #HealthyU - What’s Coming Up?

Your VP Sport, Steff Milne, gives us a little introduction to her HealthyU campaign kicking off next week, showcasing her plans to promote healthy eating!

 
Skills Success: How Our Societies Have Upskilled This Year!

Alicia Marriott, the Passport and Employability Coordinator, highlights a few societies that have helped to boost their member's professional value through their activities.

 
Setting Our Prices

How we set our prices, and what the impact might be if they changed.

 
Blog: Cheerleading Success At The ICC Regionals

The Royal Holloway Cheerleading Committee tells us about their most successful ICC Southern Regional Championships in Bears history, taking home four division wins and two grand champion placings!

 
Sexual Health Facts That You May Not Have Known About

As part of the Let’s Talk About Sex campaign, we’ve set out to debunk a list of common sex-related misconceptions that have been around for so long.

 
Ways we've saved you money

Ways we've saved you money over the past two years

 
How Our Finances Work

Helping you understand how your Union generates and spends funds to make your life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Blog: Cross Country At The 2018 BUCS Championship

Charlotte Newell, Race Captain of the Athletics and Cross Country Club, provides us with details of their great performance at the 2018 BUCS Cross Country Championship.

 
Let's Talk About... Sex-scapades!

Last week, we asked you to send in your best, funniest, or most embarrassing sex stories for the Let's Talk About... campaign! Here are our favourite stories that you guys have sent over, detailing the more quirky sexy experiences in your lives.

 
You Said, We Did: No More Plastic Straws

Check out the latest part in our exSTRAWvaganza of environmental friendly policies!

 
Security Operation Review

We're conducting a review of our night time security operation and need your feedback.

 
Blog: LGBTQ+ History Month

Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, informs us of why LGBTQ+ History Month is so important, and the range of events that will be taking place throughout this month.

 
Blog: Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!

Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, gives us an introduction to her sexual health campaign, 'Let's Talk About'.

 
UCU Strike Action on Campus

Our response to strike action announced by UCU, the main staff trade union at Royal Holloway.

 
Blog: President's Update For Term Two

Your Union President, Tash Barrett, gives us an update on what she will be working on for term two.

 
Why You Should Be A Nominee For Student Trustee

During elections, it can be quite overwhelming with all the information that's out and about. People often talk about the Sabbatical Officer positions and there is a lot of buzz around who will win. The Student Trustee role can often be overlooked, however, this is one of the most important roles for the Students’ Union, and students on campus.

 
Blog: Holocaust Memorial Day

Petra Varhegyi, the Vice-President of Royal Holloway Jewish Society, discusses the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day that occurs annually on the 27 January, and the events happening on the weekend to commemorate all the lives lost.

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time For Tax

It's time to fight for your rights. As a student. As a resident.

 
Blog: Women's Football #FemaleIsFierce Charity Tournament

Laura Vinton, President of Royal Holloway Women's Football Club, gives us a rundown of the charity tournament they hosted for Girls United FA, and to raise awareness of their #FemaleIsFierce campaign.

 
Blog: We Are Women's Rugby

Tiffanie Davies, President of Royal Holloway Women's Rugby Club, give us a down low on their achievements during term one and term two.

 
Housing Week: Questions for your Landlord

Housing week may be over, but we're still here providing you with comprehensive advice!

 
Socs and Colours Ball Venue

An important announcement regarding the new venue for Socs and Colours Ball.

 
Blog: Worth the Wonga?

Check out our new Value for Money survey with your VP Education, Clem.

 
Housing Week: Potential Issues

Where we discuss the kinds of issues you might face living in a student house.

 
Housing Week: Nine Types of Housemates you Could Encounter

Nine potential types of house mates you might encounter when living in student accommodation.

 
Housing Week: Important Things to Know Before Signing

Worried about what you should be aware of before signing? Look no further!

 
NSS Referendum Result

With the 24 hours of voting over, the referendum on the Students’ Union’s relationship with the National Student Survey has come to a close. Find out the results now.

 
Blog: Your Academic Year

Tash, Union President, and Clem, VP Education, are working with College to find out whether the current shape of the academic year is effective for you studies.

 
You Said, We Did: Microwaves in Tommy's

We've just installed brand new microwaves for anyone to use in Tommy's Lounge!

 
Blog: Royal Holloway Athletics At The 2017 London Indoor Championships

Tom Sanders, President of Royal Holloway Athletics Club, gives us a rundown of their successful performance at the 2017 London Indoor Championships.

 
Blog: Royal Holloway Trampolining Take Home Seven Medals

The Royal Holloway Trampolining committee gives us details of their very successful competition in Bath, bringing back seven medals!

 
The Big Wins Of Term One

As the first term of this academic year draws to a close, we’ve seen some big wins for student democracy at Royal Holloway. With that said, here’s a recap of our successful first term for improving student life at Royal Holloway.