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Another Bright Idea

Do you like Chai Tea? Take a look at this Bright Idea from Jharna Adwani.

 
Win VIP Summer Ball Tickets

To celebrate the news that we're bringing back the HouseSearch platform we've launched our latest Summer Ball VIP competition and it couldn't be easier to get involved.

 
New Union Shop On Campus

The Students’ Union will be operating the new shop on campus within the Emily Wilding Davison Building.

 
Council Committee Elections Coming Soon

Over Term 3 we will be electing representatives who sit on our student councils for Education, Equalities and Student Opportunities, find out here.

 
Blog: #HealthyU Self-Care

Your Co-President, Welfare and Diversity, Laura Lewis discusses self-care and taking care of yourself during exam season.

 
Blog: #HealthyU Wellness Week

#HealthyU is back and ready to help you relax and de-stress from the daunting prospect of exams and essay deadlines of the dreaded third term.

 
Back Gate to Open 24 Hours

After years of negotiations we're delighted to announce the back gate will open for 24 hours.

 
Blog: Varsity Round-Up

Last Wednesday saw over 300 Royal Holloway Bears head over to Surrey Sports Park for the first ever Varsity! Steff Milne rounds up the action.

 
Blog: HE Bill Update - What Can You Do To Help?

With the Higher Education Bill set to return to the House of Commons, Tasha explains how to protect the amendments made in the House of Lords.

 
HouseSearch to Relaunch

We're very proud to announce that in August 2017 the Students' Union will be launching a new way for you to find private housing in the local area.

 
Reasons why you should not miss out on this year’s Summer Ball

Known as the biggest and most exclusive event of the year, Summer Ball is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

 
Summer Ball Early Bird Tickets

On Friday 24 March we’ll be launching our early bird discount offer, with 400 tickets available at a discount price.

 
SU Group Election 2017 Results

This year’s student group, media and RAG elections saw a record turnout of 16,845 votes cast, an increase of 24% compared to the elections last year.

 
SU Election 2017 Results

A third record turnout in a row saw 2556 students vote in this year’s SU Elections. Find out who was elected now.

 
Cast Your Vote Now!

Voting is now open in the 2017 SU Elections. You can vote online or at one of the ballot stations around campus

 
Blog: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Co-President, Welfare & Diversity, Laura Lewis discusses the recent changes to sex education announced by the government this week.

 
Blog: Introducing The Orbital

The Orbital Magazine is the only official publication of the Students’ Union run by students. We work alongside Rhubarb TV and Insanity Radio in the Media Suite, situated upstairs in the SU building.

 
Reasons To Vote In The SU Elections

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

 
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!

 
SU Elections 2017 Candidates

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

 
Celebrate Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with a whole range of events, run by the Women’s Network society

 
#1DayWithoutUs Campaign

International Students' Rep, Willow Wong, speaks about NUS's #1DayWithoutUs campaign that launches today.

 
Are you struggling to meet a deadline?

During your time at university you may find it difficult to study or perform in assessments due to unexpected circumstances.

 
Statement by RHSU & RHUL-UCU

Following recent discussions, RHSU and RHUL-UCU want to state their united opposition to the Higher Education Bill.

 
Blog: Creative Arts Rep Update

Welcome to my (first!) blog! I feel like I’m definitely not cool or edgy enough to have a blog, as much as I dream about have

 
Top Tips To Protect Your Deposit

BBCs’ Inside Out South West broadcast an investigation that has been carried out into the theft of tenants’ security deposits.

 
Varsity: A Rivalry Is Born

2017 is the year that marks a new sporting rivalry between the Royal Holloway Bears and Surrey Stags

 
Blog: Putting Our Values Front and Centre

During LGBTQ+ History Month here in the UK, Black History Month in the US and the upcoming International Women's Day, the sabbatical officers discuss the Union's key values.

 
Beef Up Your Academic Writing - Part Two

Part two of our two part guide to academic writing covers the all essential essay plan along with other top tips from our Writing Mentors.

 
Blog: Are You Ready for Varsity?

Varsity 2017 is nearly here! We'll soon be loading up the buses and travelling to our rival’s home ground to draw battle with the Stags.

 
Elections Nominations: Why You Should Run

Thinking about whether you should nominate yourself to run this election season? Well we’ve got a few reasons on why you should!

 
Blog: LGBTQ+ History Month

Throughout February, we’re celebrating LGBT+ History month at RHSU with the theme #BearandProud.

 
Blog: Street Lighting in Egham and Englefield Green

Following proposals put forward by Surrey County Council to turn off street lighting in Egham, President, Education & Campaigns, Tasha Barrett has begun lobbying the Council to reconsider.

 
Blog: It's A Sabb Life

Laura Lewis (Co-President, Welfare & Diversity), discusses what being a Sabbatical Officer is all about in her latest blog.

 
A Student’s Guide To Healthy Living

There are many ways to stay healthy. Here are a few tips on how to have a healthier lifestyle as a student.

 
Online Recruitment Technical Issues

We have had some technical issues with our online recruitment application process, apologies for this.

 
#HealthyU - Post Training Meals

Steff has been asking some Royal Holloway Bears what their favorite post training meals are as part of #HealthyU Week!

 
#HealthyU - Celery and Cupcake Cooking Demo

Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development interviews Jemma Andrew Adaimah ahead of her cooking demo as part of #HealthyU Week!

 
Blog: New Student Space @ The Packhorse

This week the College agreed to fund the refurbishment of rooms above The Packhorse. Co-President, Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry reveals all.

 
Blog: Socs & Colours Balls

Pippa and Steff take a look at the Socs and Colours Balls and give information on the changes to both events this year!

 
Beef Up Your Academic Writing - Part One

Part one of our two part guide to academic writing covers the all essential essay plan along with other top tips from our Writing Mentors.

 
Blog: #HealthyU Food & Nutrition Week

Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development looks forward to #HealthyU food and nutrition week!

 
Potential Housing Issues Students Face

We’ve looked into the biggest housing problems that students face and what you can do to prevent these issues from happening to you!

 
Changes to Sabb Roles for the Upcoming Election

Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, discusses a new fifth Sabb role for the upcoming election.

 
How To Find Accommodation FAQ

As the search begins to find your accommodation, we have put together an FAQ to point you in the right direction!

 
Questions To Ask Your Landlord or Estate Agent

Here are some important questions to consider asking landlords and estate agents, before you sign on the dotted line

 
Important Things To Know Before Renting

Here are a few important things you should know before privately renting.

 
Nine Types Of House Mates You Could Encounter

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

 
Blog: New Library, New Name

Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, gives us her reaction to the announcement of the name for the Library and Student Services Centre

 
Fekky Live At The SU

Due to recording label commitments, Nadia Rose will unfortunately not be performing at Flawless. Fekky will now be performing live!

 
Refreshers Wristband Collection

When and where to collect your Refreshers Wristband.

 
A Look Back On Term One: Part Four

Laura Lewis, Co-President, Welfare & Diversity, gives us her highlights of term one.

 
A Look Back On Term One: Part Three

Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development, gives us her highlights of term one.

 
A Look Back On Term One: Part Two

Pippa Gentry, Co-President, Societies & Media, gives us her highlights of term one.

 
A Look Back On Term One: Part One

Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, gives us her highlights of term one.

 
Holiday Opening Times

Here's a comprehensive list of the opening times of all our venues over the holiday period and when they will re-open.

 
Refreshers Wristband Early Bird Special!

The Refreshers Week line-up is now live and for this weekend only we're offering you the chance to snap up a wristband for just £20!

 
Plagiarism FAQs

In order to help you understand more about plagiarism, here is a list of the most frequently asked questions.

 
To Job Or Not To Job?

Looking for part-time work? Here's our top picks for the kind of part-time jobs to keep an eye out for.

 
RAG Week Is Here

RAG week is finally upon us! Clubs and societies will be holding a whole range of events throughout the week.

 
Get That Dream Graduate Role

With the launch of Employability Week here are some useful tips to acquiring that desired graduate scheme/job.

 
New Seasonal Menu At Tommy’s Kitchen

With the festive season approaching rapidly, Tommy’s Kitchen is delighted to announce the launch of a new seasonal menu,

 
Blog: The National Demo

The hard work of Sorana Vieru and other NUS and Students' Union members across the UK has begun to pay off

 
Big Bears Wednesday

15 different sports clubs will be playing their matches on home soil. Support your fellow students this Big Bears Wednesday!

 
Trial it in Ultraviolet

It’s time to #GiveItAGlow as RHUL Sport brings an exciting opportunity for all students to try various types of sports for free

 
Blog: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

This Wednesday (9 November) over 550 people around campus will be wearing pink headbands to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer!

 
Blog: Putting The Elephant In The Room

This week we're putting the elephant back in the room to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health through open conversations.

 
Blog: This BUCS Girl Can!

It's This BUCS Girl Can week on campus and this year we're putting a slight twist on the campaign.

 
Save When You Chill With NOW TV

NUS are offering an exclusive discount of £3 for 3 months of NOW TV for all NUS Extra holders.

 
Doing it Right on Bonfire Night

Remember remember the fifth of November – a night where the skies light up in tribute to the infamous Guy Fawkes.

 
University Challenge Royal Holloway

A few of you have already contacted us asking about University Challenge and you’ll be pleased to hear that Royal Holloway will be entering this year!

 
Blog: Why RHSU Support the National Demo

A lot of students won’t be aware that the government is proposing a new bill for higher education or the consequences of this bill

 
Blog: Cultures are not Costumes

When deciding your Instagram-worthy Halloween ensemble remember: wear costumes, not cultures. Laura explains all in her blog.

 
Blog: Becoming A Course Rep

The Course Rep System is run by the Students’ Union. We aim to have reps for every year in every department.

 
Bright Ideas Launches With A Bang

Last Friday (14 October) we officially launched the Bright Ideas platform, marking the next stage in a project that has been over a year in development.

 
Getting Involved – How Clubs and Societies can change your life

University is as much about what you do outside of your degree as it is what you do for it. Getting involved in your students’ union can be life-changing.

 
#HealthyU – It’s Over To You!

#HealthyU is taking campus by storm. I thought it was time to get a student perspective on getting active and how a healthy lifestyle can improve your wellbeing and study.

 
Five Reasons To Get Involved in #HealthyU Exercise Week!

Here are five reasons to get involved in #HealthyU and how exercise can help you!

 
Blog: In Response to the HMC

Co-President, Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry, responds to comments from the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference.

 
Blog: #HealthyU - What Do We Really Mean By Exercise?

This week we are encouraging you to get active and take advantage of all the great opportunities we have on campus to get you exercising. But what does this really mean?

 
Blog: Join the #HealthyU Campaign

Steff speaks about the launch of her new healthy lifestyle campaign, #HealthyU, including how you can get involved.

 
Boiler House Café Now Open

The new Boilerhouse Café was opened on Wednesday afternoon by the Principal Paul Layzell, Stephen Cox, Chairman of Council and the Sabbs.

 
Blog: Calling All Bears

This is a quick message to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Bears Night last night and made the event such a huge success.

 
New Site. New Brand. New Union.

Over the summer we've rebuilt our website, reconfigured our building and rebranded the Union.

 
Blog: Making Freshers’ Fair Accessible

Looking after students’ wellbeing is one of the things that the Students’ Union aims to deliver, so we are starting how we mean to go on by making your Freshers’ Fair the most accessible yet! Read more in Laura's blog.

 
A New Year, A New Tommy's

As the new term dawns it’s time for us to reveal some big changes to Tommy’s Kitchen. Way back in May we conducted our annual Rate Your Union survey where you told us that you wanted better quality food and more options on the Tommy’s menu.

 
Part-Time Roles at the SU

So you’re excited about the year ahead, what it will bring, all the things you’ll learn on your course and all the awesome nights out. Maybe you’re thinking you could do with some extra cash in your pocket during the year - well you’ve come to the right place because we’re recruiting.

 
Rapid Reconfiguation

After several months of hard work we’re delighted to announce that the reconfigured Students’ Union is now open for business. Central to the new layout is our one-stop shop Union Helpdesk, while we’ve increased seating throughout the building with a new lounge area with plenty of power for charging all your devices.

 
Higher Education At Dire Risk With New Bill

Today the Government’s Higher Education Bill, the biggest shake up to higher education since 1994, goes to its second reading in the House of Commons. As a Students’ Union we believe it’s important that we are fully engaged in this process to make sure that students are truly at the heart of the system, not just political rhetoric.

 
Vote in the Referendum

It's EU Referendum day and if you only do one thing today make sure it's casting your vote. President, Education and Campaigns, Nayab Cheema explains why in her final blog.

 
Meet The Sabbs

As we say goodbye to last year's Officers it's time to welcome the next set of Sabbatical Officers to take on the mantle of leading the Students' Union.

 
Building Work Underway

Monday saw building work begin in the Students' Union as we embark on a summer of change and refurbishment.

 
Rental Scam Alert

Within the last month the Students' Union Advice Centre have stopped a student from handing over £2500 to a scam landlord who has previously stolen money from Royal Holloway students.

 
Students spar at passionate EU campus debate

A heated debate swept across campus last night, as Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote Leave pitched their viewpoints to students.

 
NUS Referendum Statement

Last week we became aware of a group of students at Royal Holloway who are keen for a similar referendum on our campus. We understand this is an issue many students care passionately about, and indeed it would be disingenuous to suggest we ourselves do not hold strong opinions on the subject – on both sides of the debate. Read our position on this now.

 
Hot Air Balloon Ballot

Things are hotting up in the run up to the Summer Ball and we’re delighted to announce the latest addition to the line-up – a hot air balloon!

 
Announcing #PlayForUsPaul

Join our campaign to ask the College Principal to DJ at this year's Summer Ball!

 
Summer Ball Ticket Sale

The countdown is on to the end of term and the release of 300 Summer Ball early bird tickets at £35 each – less than half the price of a regular ticket – at 9am on Thursday morning.

 
Student Media Up For National Awards

Royal Holloway’s student media teams have picked up seven nominations in national student journalism awards, recognising the brilliant work of student journalists and volunteers.

 
SU Elections Results – Women Sweep the Board

An all women sabbatical team has been elected to lead the Students’ Union in the next academic term with female candidates also triumphing in the four available part-time positions. Read the full story now.

 
Students' Union Rebrand Consultation

The Students’ Union is looking for student opinions on the look and feel of the Union as we begin a process of rebranding. Read more now.

 
Statement Regarding #VictoriaMustFall

Over the weekend a number of media outlets began reporting that a #Victoriamustfall campaign had been started by Royal Holloway students, and more specifically, the BME campaign within the Students’ Union. This is completely untrue.

 
Blog - University Mental Health Day

Thursday 3 March is University Mental Health Day, just one of the times throughout the year where we are reminded to put mental health at the top of the agenda. Read Co-President, Welfare and Diversity, Jack Kilker's blog now.

 
Socs Ball 2016 Winners

History Society picked up the coveted Society of the Year award at this year's Socs Ball to cap a night focused on celebrating the success of the Students' Union's societies, media outlets and fundraising activities through Raise and Give.

 
Blog: Socs Ball 2016 – Sold Out!

The event of the year for societies, media outlets and RAG is almost upon us! Tickets have SOLD OUT and we’ll be joined by over 550 students across 90 societies and three media outlets to celebrate an amazing year for Student Activities.

 
Blog: From One Sabb to Another

If you’re thinking about running in the SU Elections then take Jack's simple advice and go for it. Read how being a Sabbatical Officer has been a life changing experience for him and how it can be for you as well in his latest blog.

 
Blog: One World Week

As One World Week comes to a close, Co-President, Brianna Middleton Macpherson writes about the massive success that was the Festival of Faith and Culture.

 
Blog: Compensating Penrose Students

Following a number of issues affecting students staying in Penrose the College have announced they will be compensating students. Read Jack's blog on how the Students' Union helped lobby for a fair compensation package.

 
Blog: My Journey To Sabbatical Officer

Current President, Education and Campaigns, Nayab Cheema discusses her first encounter with the Students' Union and her journey from Wednesday nights in the SU to full-time sabbatical officer.

 
Unbeatable Bears!

After an incredibly strong start to the season that sees Royal Holloway sat 50th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table, eight of our teams remain unbeaten with five of those sitting at the top of their respective leagues.

 
Refreshers Fair Success

Over 800 students visited Refreshers and Housing Fair on Thursday, continuing a strong year for Student Activities within the Students’ Union.

 
More Rooms For Student Groups

Space has always been a major issue on campus. There's now have over 130 student groups wanting to book spaces for practice and meetings and finally, after two years of hard work, we have managed to expand our room booking offering.

 
College Card Payments in the SU

We've listened to you and invested over £10,000 on the facilities in Tommy's Kitchen over Christmas. This includes a new kitchen, more tables and seating and the ability to use your college card in the SU!

 
Blue Cross Sale Savings

The January sales come to Royal Holloway with the Students' Union's Blue Cross Sale. Massive discounts are available across the Union including cut-price NUS Extra cards, half price student activities membership and more.

 
Give It A Go This Month

January is a great time to give something new a go. With over 80 sports clubs and societies to try why not get involved now.