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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 with searching and signing for a house so that you know what to expect when you start house-hunting!

 
Lobbying for Free Period Products

The cost of living crisis is hitting students hard and we want to do everything within our power to support you. Over the last few months, your sabbatical officer team has been working with the College to bring free period products to campus.

 
Know Your Responsibilities

From late-night outings to early morning lectures, it’s safe to say that being a student is exciting and challenging all at once. Nonetheless, it is important to take some basic measures in order to keep safe. The University’s regulations have been developed over a long period of time with the aim to help all students enjoy this community.

 
During Your Tenancy: Dealing with Common Issues

At the Advice Centre, we support students facing housing issues every day. Some are easier to solve than others, but knowing when to seek help is important to make sure your time in a tenancy is as stress-free as possible. We’ve put together a guide to common issues that can come up and our advice for dealing with these.

 
Shining a Light on SAD
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We all know that shorter, winter days can have an impact on our mood and mental health. With the seasons changing, it's important to look out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We've put together some tips to help manage SAD and where to get help if you need it.

 
Starting Your House Search
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If you're starting the hunt for private rented accommodation - we've got your back. We're on a mission to make sure you have all the information you need so you can search for housing with confidence.

 
Rep of the Month: Jayden Bookout

To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Law and Social Sciences School Rep Jayden Bookout for receiving Rep of the Month!

 
10 Places to Study on Campus

Now that you’ve been a Royal Holloway student for a while, you might think you know all the best study spots on campus. But we’re here to tell you that studying on campus is so much more than the library. Read over our favourite spots to study on campus to try out this week!

 
Get Involved in Disability History Month

From 16 November - 16 December, we're celebrating the national campaign which is all about recognising the achievements of disabled people, challenging disablism, and fighting for equality. This year, the theme is Wellbeing, so we've put together a programme of events that will get you moving, mingling, and motivated!

 
UCU Announce Strike Action

Following the balloting of UCU members in September and October, the University and College Union (UCU) has announced three days of strike action: Thursday 24 November, Friday 25 November, and Wednesday 30 November.

 
Your Employment Rights

With the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, we know that more students are working now than ever before. Getting a job is a great way to earn a bit of extra money to support yourself during your studies, but it’s crucial that you know your employment rights. We've highlighted some of your key rights to keep in mind when starting work.

 
Policy Inquiry: PGT Student Experience

If you could change one thing about your experience as a postgraduate taught (PGT) student, what would it be? Let us know by taking part in our survey as part of our new policy inquiry into the PGT student experience.

 
NUS Delegate Results Live

Check out who has been elected to join the sabbatical officer team at the NUS National Conference in March 2023!

 
UCU Preferendum Result

Over the last three days, you've been voting for what stance the Students' Union should adopt towards the current UCU industrial action. The votes have been counted, and the results are in.

 
Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential

The fact that your classmate can complete their university essays with closed eyes, doesn't mean you have to be able to do that too. Every student comes from different educational systems, teaching methods and schools. Our Advice Centre have put together useful information to help you improve your writing and reach your potential.

 
Join us at NUS National Conference
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We're looking for a current student to join the Officer team, representing students' views and feeding into the topics raised at NUS National Conference (15-16 March 2023).

 
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.

 
Avoiding Plagiarism: FAQs

We’re fast approaching deadline season, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and knowledge to ace your assignments and avoid common mistakes.

 
UCU Preferendum Called
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Following the results of the UCU Rising ballot, and in accordance with Byelaw B of the Union’s constitution, the elected sabbatical officer team are calling a preferendum on what stance the Students' Union should take regarding the ongoing University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.

 
Big Bears Wednesday: The Round-Up

VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, reports the scores from last week's Big Bears Wednesday fixtures. Go Bears!

 
Healthcare Away from Home

It's important to look after your health when moving away from home. This includes registering with a new GP and finding your local sexual health service.

 
Statement: Zee Iqbal Resignation
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The Students’ Union can today announce that Zee Iqbal has resigned from his elected position as Vice President Wellbeing and Diversity with immediate effect.

 
University Challenge: Take Part!

It's time to take your pub quiz skills to the next level! Whether you're an expert in literature, maths, music, science (or all of the above), we're searching for the next passionate team to represent us on the iconic BBC quiz show, University Challenge.

 
What's It Got to Do With USS?

Following our article about pay and conditions, we're moving our attention to the second UCU ballot topic - the Universities Superannuation Scheme - to give you some information on the pension scheme and the proposed changes.

 
October Elections Results

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

 
Energy Bills Support Scheme

Winter is coming, and in the midst of a cost of living crisis, you might feel concerned about being able to afford heating during this time. Read about how the Government's Energy Bills Support Scheme can help support you with energy bills this winter.

 
UCU Pay & Conditions Ballot

Find out more about UCU's pay and working conditions ballot, which may impact your lecturers and in turn your education.

 
Student Group Sustainability Guide

Aimed at societies and sports clubs, President Maia Jarvis introduces her guide packed full of super helpful tips on ‘green’ event planning.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Jack Masters

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, Jack Masters.

 
Who are the UCU?

As the trade union that represents the majority of the academic staff here at Royal Holloway, UCU campaigns and activities can have an impact on your lecturers and in turn your education. We've put together this helpful article to give you an idea of what a trade union does and information about the current ballot which could lead to strike action being taken.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Gauresh Kuradia

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, Gauresh Kuradia.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Martin Kapusta

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 and Management, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Martin Kapusta.

 
Time for Change: Action not Words

With Black History Month just a day away, SU President Maia Jarvis tells you what we have planned for our celebration on campus and beyond! We've teamed up with African-Caribbean Society to bring you a ton of events and ways to get involved.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Jayden Bookout

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 and Social Sciences, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Jayden Bookout.

 
Freshers’ Festival 2022 Wrap-Up

We hope you all had a fantastic welcome to campus and that our newest members are settling in well to life at Royal Holloway. With Term One in full swing, we’ve wrapped up Freshers’ Festival but let’s take a look back at what was an absolutely awesome week!

 
Meet Your School Reps: Carmen Anderson

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 Performing and Digital Arts, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Carmen Anderson.

 
Tackling Homesickness at Uni

Moving to university is a big deal! We know that for a lot of you, it's the first time you’ve been away from home and the comforts there, so we’ve put together some advice to help you with this big transition.

 
Royal Holloway Quartet Set for University Challenge Showdown
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For the first time since 2006, Royal Holloway will be making an appearance on TV's toughest quiz team tournament, University Challenge!

 
Staying Safe Over Freshers

Every year, we try to make sure that you have a welcoming and memorable Freshers Festival. To make the most of it whilst staying safe, we’ve prepared some tips for you on how to have safe and successful Freshers' Festival!

 
The Ultimate Freshers' Festival Survival Guide

Feeling a little intimidated by starting university? Don’t worry, it’s okay to feel that way. From packing and saying your goodbyes, to going through all the intro emails about enrolment, modules, accommodation, and more - you are about to begin a brand-new chapter in your life. While it is a bit daunting, there is so much to be excited about!

 
Introducing Your President

Your President Maia Jarvis fills you in on what she's been up to since starting the role, her goals and priorities for 2022/23, and what's she excited for!

 
Pair Up with the Buddy Scheme

VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, introduces the Buddy Scheme - an initiative that helps students try out taster sessions, Give It A Go and/or Active lifestyle and Sport activities during the first two weeks of term by matching you up with other students! Find out how you can take part.

 
Introducing Your VP Education

Your VP Education, Shrijeet Shrey, fills you in on what he's been up to since starting the role, his goals for 2022/23 and how you can get in touch with him!

 
Preparing For My Postgraduate Degree

Kat, a recent History graduate, SU student staff member, and prospective Royal Holloway master's student shares some of her planning, financial, and studying advice as she gets ready for the beginning of her postgraduate degree.

 
Top Tips for Moving In To Your Uni House

As the new term approaches, we know many of you will be moving into your new rented homes. Whilst this is an exciting time, it is also important that you know what to expect and your responsibilities. We’ve put together some guidance to help you settle in without any drama.

 
Introducing Your VP Societies and Sport

Your VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin fills you in on what she's been up to since starting the role, her priorities for 2022/23 and what's she excited for!

 
Statement of Condolence
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A message from the Students' Union following the announcement of Her Majesty The Queen’s death today.

 
Apps To Get You Organised

Whether you’re a new student or entering your final year, doing some prep before term starts could go a long way! Over the summer, we researched some of the best apps available to students that could help you organise your time at university.

 
Board of Trustees Update: June 2022

Back in June, our Board of Trustees met to discuss a number of key topics including changes to our complaints process, senior leadership team, and updates from the sabbatical officers to name a few.

 
Freshers' Festival 2022 Line-Up Live

Freshers' Festival has landed! After a long, hot summer, we're ready to announce your headliners. Get ready, it's spicy!

 
Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

We know that this academic year has been a rollercoaster ride so if you do experience Extenuating Circumstances, find out how you can get some support!

 
Getting Ready for Summer Resits

As the Summer Vacation Assessment Period approaches, we’ve put together our top tips and information you need to know to make sure you’re all ready to take on your resits.

 
Moving On: A Guide for Graduates

We hope that you’ve had a fantastic time at university - you should be so proud of your achievements! But we know it can be a bit daunting working out what’s next. We’ve put together some useful information to set you up for wherever you decide to go.

 
A Year As VP Education

What a year! Maia takes us through everything she achieved as VP Education as she takes on her new role as SU President. Highlights include the Queer Creativity Showcase, lobbying to keep the library open 24/7, and improving the personal tutoring system.

 
A Year As VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Alice has had an absolute blast as your VP Wellbeing & Diversity this year! From celebrating the disabled community during Disability Week to working with the Collectives to lobbying the University on important student issues - it's been a busy one!

 
A Year As VP Societies & Sport

After an incredibly busy, but wonderful year, VP Societies & Sport Alex gives us the run down on his experience as a Sabbatical Officer.

 
Keep On Top of Your Finances

You're probably well aware by now that energy bills have increased and you're spending more on your weekly food shop. Despite the cost of living crisis, students don't benefit from the government’s latest offers of help and we know that many of you are worrying about money. We've pulled together some resources so you can keep on top of your finances.

 
Student Life Pulse Survey: Open Now!

We want to know the answer to one important question: what's it really like to be a student at Royal Holloway? We've teamed up with Alterline to find out what you think about different areas of university life, from teaching to socialising to employability - spill the beans, and you could win £500 or one of 5x £50 cash prizes!

 
End of Year Recognition: You're Valued

This year, staff from across the College have worked tirelessly to help you navigate a safe return to in-person teaching. It’s been a huge task and we’d like to say thank you to absolutely everyone who has made this academic year possible.

 
Rep of the Month: Tana Randle

To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Course Rep Tana Randle for receiving Rep of the Month!

 
Everything You Need to Know about Results, Resits and Appeals

Brace yourself! The wait for undergrads to receive your final results is nearly over. Ahead of their release, our Advice Centre has put together everything you need to know about receiving your results, understanding your progression decision, and what to do if something has gone wrong.

 
Support over the Summer Break

Wherever you’re spending your summer, our Advice Centre has put together some tips to help you look after yourself and make the most of the break.

 
End of Year Wrapped
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We made it! To celebrate the last day of Summer Term, we're celebrating some of the amazing things that have happened this year!

 
End of Year Recognition: Executives

It's time to put the spotlight on the Executives! Members of our three Executives have provided vital voices and support to the Vice Presidents this year.

 
Get to know our Good Night Out Crew

VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode caught up with Poppy and Jordan from our Good Night Out Crew to find out how they support students on a night out in our venues.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term Three

Your academic reps have been working hard all year to improve your experience at Royal Holloway, and it's time to shout about it! From starting Instagram accounts to staging creative takeovers, find out about all the amazing things your reps have been up to.

 
End of Year Recognition: Collectives

Our wonderful Collectives have worked hard this year to ensure underrepresented groups on campus are having fun and being listened to! Check out all the great things they've achieved.

 
Executives: Round Four Wrap-Up

Your Executives returned for their fourth round of meetings with your VPs from 19 May to 30 May. As their final meeting of this year, they reviewed the year and plans to be continued over the summer and into 2022-23. Here’s what they’ve been up to.

 
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.

 
Let's Talk about Periods

As a society, we don't talk enough about the financial and environmental cost of periods. People who menstruate spend an estimated £4800 in their lifetime on products that mostly end up in landfill. Not only is it expensive, it's also harmful to the environment! So, what can we do to change?

 
Rep of the Month: Toby Bates

Congrats to rep of the month, third-year student and Business and Management School Rep, Toby Bates! Check out all the great things Toby has been up to as a rep, including supporting students with CV and cover letter writing, lobbying for more in-person workshops, and ensuring all modules in the department were consistent on Moodle.

 
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.

 
Work With Maia This Summer

Your VP Education, Maia Jarvis, has pioneered a new, exciting paid student placement that gives you the opportunity to be a driving force in helping the Union be more sustainable. This is your opportunity to create long-lasting change so apply now!

 
Rate Your Union: Win £500!

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. Complete the Rate Your Union survey now for your chance to win £500 cash + claim a free hot drink from Tommy's Kitchen.

 
Senior Course Reps: Sign Up!

After working closely with students and a lot of research, the Students' Union is making some changes to improve the current academic representation structure. From next year, we're introducing the senior course rep role!

 
An Update on Anti-Spiking Measures

Behind the scenes, our sabbatical officers have been busy working with the different departments across the Students' Union to address and improve our current anti-spiking measures. Check out what they've been up to.

 
Suzy Stevenson Appointed CEO

Royal Holloway Students’ Union is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzy Stevenson as Chief Executive Officer following an extensive and diligent search.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week

With next week marking Mental Health Awareness Week, the Advice Centre have put together some information and resources about tackling loneliness at university, and where to get help if you are finding it difficult to cope.

 
Extenuating Circumstances FAQs

You never know what life may throw at you while fulfilling your degree, so our Advice Centre has put everything you need to know about extenuating circumstances into a short and sweet blog!

 
May Elections Results

Over the last three days, you've been voting to elect students in a number of important positions across the Students' Union. The waiting is over and it's time to find out who has been elected as your new student group committee members, SSO Executive Members, Collective Convenors, and Humanities School Rep.

 
Soundtracks For Your Study Session

Exam season can be super stressful so VP Education Maia Jarvis has shared some advice from her favourite StudyTubers (YouTubers who make content about student life) as well as music she listened to while studying.

 
Library Accessibility
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Ahead of peak revision season, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode caught up with the Library team to make sure that you know about all the accessibility features, the different study zones so you can work out where you'll study best, and who to contact if you need help.

 
Rep of the Month: Kayleigh Fryer

Postgraduate Taught History course rep, Kayleigh Fryer, is our April Rep of the Month! From collecting and sharing student feedback with department staff to setting up rep office hours and helping to close the feedback loop, Kayleigh has been working hard to improve student experience.

 
Summer Ball 2022 Line-Up Announcement

With just six weeks to go until Summer Ball, it's time to meet your headline acts for this year's event!

 
Secrets to Exam Success Podcast

With exam season upon us, your VP Education Maia Jarvis has put together a special edition podcast in partnership with CeDAS. Discover top tips for revising effectively, techniques for dealing with pre-exam nerves and expert advice on what to do as soon as you’ve opened that first exam paper

 
Get Excited for Society Awards 2022
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With Society Awards fast approaching, here is your sneak preview of what to expect from the event, the awards that are up for grabs and, most importantly, how you can submit your nominations and buy tickets.

 
Give It A Go: Term Three Events Launch

Need some fun activities to get you through Summer Term? We've got you covered with everything from mini massages to the much-anticipated return of Pets as Therapy.

 
Women's History Month: The Round-Up

Gorgeous gorgeous girls support other women! VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode looks back at everything we got up to over the course of Women's History Month.

 
Orbital’s Triumph at the SPA Awards

We're over the moon to share with you that Orbital Magazine has been recognised by the Student Publications Association Awards! Orbital Culture and Literature Editor, Eva, gives us a rundown of why Orbital has received one of the most prestigious awards in student journalism. Congratulations!

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2021
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We're pleased to announce that our median pay gap has remained at 0% and our mean gender pay gap has reduced vs last year's report, remaining significantly below the national average.

 
Rep of the Month: Elizabeth Beacon

Read more about how Psychology Department Rep (UG), Elizabeth, worked to ensure students are getting the support that they need with exam prep!

 
Shells' Blog

Education, education, education! Our Advice Centre Manager, Shells, has always been obsessed with teaching, learning, and working with students. For Women's History Month, Shells gives us an insight into her professional development and the career she loves.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term Two

We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve! Find out how your reps have already had a positive impact on your academic interests!

 
Easter Opening Hours

After another whirlwind term, it's time to have a well-deserved break and look forward to the Easter break. Check out the opening hours for all of our venues and key services.

 
Taking a Break This Easter

From digital detoxes to establishing a routine, our Advice Centre have put some tips together to help you have a restful Easter break with signposting to support should you need it.

 
Executives Round Three Round Up

Your Executives came back for their third round, taking place between 28 February and 3 March. They discussed and fed into some big pieces of work, including Student Group Training, the Personal Tutoring project, and the Professional Skills and Insights Programme. Read more to get the low-down!

 
Sojourner Truth - “Ain’t I A Woman”

You might know the name, Sojourner Truth. She was a truly inspiring American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Discover more about Soujourner's life and contribution to the abolition of the slave trade in a blog by VP Wellbeing and Diversity Alice Goode.

 
Constance Markievicz's Political Activism

For Women's History Month, we're turning our attention to a passionate nationalist and suffragette, Constance Markievicz. Undoubtedly a groundbreaking figure, Constance paved the way for women in politics for years to come. Read more as we remember Constance's contribution to women's history.

 
SU Elections 2022 Results

It's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2022/23 as your new Sabbatical Officers, NUS Delegates and School Reps.

 
SU Elections 2022 - Voting Open!

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

 
Lobbying to Make Your Education Accessible

Would you benefit from online lectures? Earlier this term, students gave feedback that they were disappointed with the College’s temporary online attendance policy which states that you are only allowed to attend lectures online if you are self-isolating. This led to some students being denied access even when they have compelling reasons to access live content remotely. VP Education Maia Jarvis explains how she has pushed back against these policies.

 
Free Coffee for Your Thoughts?

We’ve been cooking up banging burgers in Tommy's Kitchen for the past five years, but times change and so do tastes. That’s why we need you to fill out our survey and let us know what you want to see being served up in our kitchen in the future. We'll throw in a free hot drink for your troubles!

 
Statement: John Bercow at Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway Students’ Union is today seeking assurances from the University that they are committed to providing a safe campus, free of bullying and harassment.

 
Lessons in Leadership from a Woman CEO

From being brave to really listening, Joint CEO of the Students' Union, Abi Jesson, shares some invaluable lessons she's picked up along the road to the top of the SU.

 
UCU Announce Further Strikes

On 4 March, the University and College Union announced another five days of strike action from Monday 21 March to Friday 25 March. VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the situation.

 
Alice Walker and the Fight for Equality

Next up in our blog series of fascinating female figures, we're putting the spotlight on American novelist, Alice Walker. An activist, writer, and poet, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace, Alice Walker is, by all accounts, a remarkable woman.

 
Life Is like a Cup of Tea

Over the course of Women's History Month, female members of the Students' Union team will be motivating you by sharing their experiences of the workplace, career, and life in general. First up, we have a blog from our lovely Senior Finance Coordinator, Simona!

 
Board of Trustees Update: December 2021

President Henn Warwick updates you on the key topics of discussion from the last Board of Trustees meeting, held in December.

 
Flossie Wong-Staal: An Unsung Hero

In the first of our blogs highlighting brilliant women through history, today we will be celebrating the work of Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, the most cited female scientist of the 1980s. A virologist and molecular biologist, Wong-Staal was the first person to clone the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), leading to the development of blood tests to identify HIV.

 
LGBT+ History Month Round-Up

VP Education Maia Jarvis takes a look back over all the wonderful events and activities that took place during LGBT+ History Month. From book clubs to showcases, so many of you were able to get involved in the celebration of Royal Holloway's queer community.

 
Celebrate Women's History Month

Happy Women’s History Month!! Throughout March, we have a bunch of different events and blogs organised to celebrate, empower, and uphold women throughout history and women today. Find out more about the origin of the month!

 
SU Elections: Meet the Candidates

Find out who is running to become your new Sabbatical Officers, School Reps and NUS Delegates for the 2022/2023 academic year.

 
Feedback on Academic Work

After you've done the hard work to complete an assignment, it's important to take note of the feedback. You have a right for this feedback to be clear, constructive, and timely. Read more to find out what you should expect.

 
Policy Inquiry: PGT Student Experience

Have your say in our survey as we launch a brand new Policy Inquiry into the postgraduate taught (PGT) student experience at Royal Holloway.

 
Students’ Union Executives Round Three

Your Executives are back for their third round, taking place between 28 February and 3 March. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work. Take a look at what's coming up!

 
Student Voice Conference Round Up

Last week, we held our first-ever Student Voice Conference. Bringing together students from different communities of Royal Holloway to discuss important topics, decided by you. The debates, interactions, and insights that occurred throughout the day were brilliant, we hope everyone who came along found it a useful space to share their thoughts and ideas. For those who were unable to attend, here is a quick summary of what went down.

 
Staff Struggles are Student Struggles

Royal Holloway students in support of the ongoing UCU strike action voice their concerns in this blog.

 
Statement: Student Group Suspension

Following an allegation of racist, homophobic, ableist and aggressive behaviour by a number of spectators at a sports club match at Royal Holloway on Wednesday 9 February, the Students’ Union President, Henn Warwick, has suspended a sports club pending a formal investigation under Byelaw L (Members’ Disciplinary Procedure) of the Students’ Union’s constitution.

 
Student Voice Conference Is Here!

After months of planning, we are super excited to be introducing Student Voice Conference to you for the first time! Find out all about the events and how you can get involved from 14-18 February.

 
Upcoming UCU Strike Action

The University and College Union (UCU) has announced ten days of strike action on 14-22 February and 28 February – 2 March (inclusive). VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the situation and how you may be affected.

 
Student Voice Conference: Speak Week Round-Up

We recently announced the introduction of Student Voice Conference and our first-ever Speak Week. Since then, you've submitted an amazing 106 ideas for things you would like to see change at Royal Holloway! We’ve sat down and read every idea and with the Conference just around the corner, we're pleased to share the topics that will be covered.

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Round Two!

Executives came back from 26-28 January for the second round of meetings with your VPs. They’ve been discussing the past few months and feeding into exciting plans for the future. Find out what they've been up to.

 
Get Ready for Society Awards and Colours Ball 2022

Every year, the amount of hard work and dedication put in by our student groups is truly inspiring and we want to recognise that through our annual awards ceremonies. Whilst we launched Colours Ball last week, the Society Awards will now take place in term three. VP Societies & Sports, Alex Parry, explains why we've changed the date.

 
Let's Celebrate LGBT+ History Month

1 February marks the start of LGBT+ History Month in the UK, which aims to increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, our history and the issues we face. VP Education, Maia Jarvis, has put together an overview of everything you can get involved in this LGBT+ History Month.

 
Summer Ball Tickets Now on Sale!

The biggest night in the Royal Holloway calendar is back! Join us on Thursday 2 June for live performances from some of the UK’s biggest artists in the historic surroundings of Founder’s Building. With fairground rides, street food and banging tunes through to 6am, this is the premier way to sign off your Royal Holloway year.

 
SU Elections: President

Thinking of running for SU President? Current President, Henn Warwick, shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!

 
Rep of the Month: Felix Poree

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 - Philosophy department rep, Felix Poree. Read about Felix's efforts to ensure students' needs were met by holding his department to account.

 
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.

 
SU Elections: VP Education

Thinking of running for VP Education? Current Officer Maia Jarvis shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!

 
Colours Ball Tickets Now On Sale

Sports club members! It's time to dress in your fanciest clothes and get ready to celebrate the achievements of your sports clubs as we officially launch Colours Ball for 2022! Find out event information, get nominating and buy your tickets now.

 
SU Elections: VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Thinking of running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity? Present incumbent, Alice Goode, shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!

 
COVID-19 Test and Trace Notification
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The Students’ Union has been informed by NHS Test & Trace that a series of positive COVID-19 test results have been linked to an event held in one of our venues on Wednesday 19 January.

 
SU Elections: VP Societies & Sport

Thinking of running for VP Societies & Sport? Current Officer Alex Parry shares his experience in the role as he looks back to some of the most important moments, his biggest challenges, what he has gained, and his election experience!

 
UCU Referendum Result

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

 
Get Involved in Our Queer Creativity Showcase!

Calling all queer creatives! VP Education is organising a Queer Creativity Showcase to celebrate LGBT+ History Month and wants to feature you! All kinds of art/performance are welcome so sign up to get involved.

 
Students’ Union Executives Round Two!

Your Executives are back for their second round, taking place between 26 and 28 January. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work. So what are they up to?

 
Wellness Wednesdays Launched

VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode shares an exciting manifesto update on Wellness Wednesdays! Alice's aim is to make sure you no longer find yourself at a loose end on those off-timetable afternoons. Find out what Alice has in store for you.

 
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.

 
SU Elections Nominations Now Open

Are you up for working with the College to shape the future for Royal Holloway students? Maybe you’ve got plans for the GP Surgery, or want to lead the Bears to victory? Nominations for our paid full-time 2022/23 Sabbatical Officer positions are now open, along with part-time Student Trustee and School Rep roles.

 
Introducing Student Voice Conference

We are super excited to be introducing the Student Voice Conference to you for the first time! Across term two, we’re running a number of activities to hear about the things that are most important to you, and most importantly, identify solutions. Find out how you can get involved.

 
Anti-Spiking Products Arrive at the SU
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As we continue with our Spiked? campaign to help protect you from drink spiking within our venues, we're delighted to announce that a range of anti-spiking products, including Spikeys, StopTopps and NightCap scrunchies have landed at the SU this week.

 
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 28 January).

 
Library 24/7 Access is Back!

VP Education Maia Jarvis is delighted to announce that the Library will now be open 24/7 thanks to one of your Bright Ideas! Whether you're ready to hit the textbooks at the crack of dawn or more of a night owl - the Library will be open!

 
Grab Your Refreshers 2022 Wristband

To ensure you kick off Term Two the right way, we're welcoming you back to campus with a huge week of events. Grab your early bird wristband now for just £20 to guarantee your entry to all of our headline events!

 
New Ticket Terms and Conditions
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From 17 December, we’re updating our event terms and conditions to remove the ability for customers to transfer event tickets and receive refunds.

 
Give It A Go in Term Two!

Need some fun activities to get you through Term Two? We've got you covered with everything from free Crafternoons to tons of day trips around the UK!

 
Spiking Next Steps

In October we announced a range of measures to help protect you from drink spiking within our venues. Since then, we’ve been working with our partners to develop a plan of action to tackle this pernicious crime and now want you to come on board and help shape our anti-spiking strategy.

 
UCU Referendum Called

Following receipt of a petition from over 500 student members, and in accordance with Byelaw B of the Union’s constitution, the elected sabbatical officer team are calling a referendum on what stance RHSU should take regarding the ongoing University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2021/22

After a busy 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, we've provided an update on the opening hours of our venues over the Christmas break.

 
Looking After Yourself During the Holidays

Christmas is just around the corner - where has the term gone! We know that the holidays can be a challenging time for many reasons, so whether you’re traveling 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. We’ve put some tips together to help you have a restful break, and where to get help if you need it.

 
Ensuring You’re Supported During Summer Exams

During Maia's election campaign for VP Education, she pledged she would ensure you’re supported in the run-up to exams. Since then, alongside our school reps, Maia has worked with the College to make sure that you are provided with comprehensive support, especially those with in-person assessments.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term One

We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve! Find out how your reps have already had a positive impact on your academic interests!

 
Cyber-attacks and Essay Mills: Are You at Risk?

Cyber-attacks targeting students are nothing new, with many scams typically dangling tempting financial opportunities. We've put together this helpful article so that you know how to avoid being scammed.

 
Six Top Tips for a Safe Night Out

Whether you’re planning a big night out for New Year’s, or just a festive pub trip with your housemates, staying safe while you’re out and about is more important than ever. We’ve got some top tips from Thames Valley Police to make sure you’re protecting yourself and those around you this holiday season.

 
During Your Tenancy: Dealing With Issues

Our Advice Centre supports students facing housing issues every day. There are a lot of common issues that many students will face during their tenancy that we can help you with. Some are easier to solve than others, but knowing when to seek help is important to make sure your time in a tenancy is as stress-free as possible. We’ve put together a guide to common issues that can come up and our advice for dealing with these.

 
Private Housing Rights For International Students

We know that being an international student comes with extra challenges, so at the SU we do our best to help you where we can. We have prepared this article full of key information to help you understand the complex process of private renting and to make sure you know your rights and keep safe.

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Round One

Find out what went down at the first round of Executives this academic year as school reps, Collective convenors and student group members met with your VPs to discuss key projects and issues.

 
What Next? A Guide For Students Graduating In December

As your degree is coming to an end, the question “what next?” can be daunting.  While you’re only a member of the SU until you graduate, you can be assured that we are thinking of how to make your life better until your last day. This article will give you some ideas to get you started on planning your next moves.

 
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!

 
Give Feedback as a Student Group

VP Societies & Sport, Alex, has been working hard on his manifesto aim to make sure our student groups feel listened to and supported. Read this blog on a new way committee members can give feedback to our Student Opportunities team.

 
Housing and Disability: Your Rights

It can be hard finding accessible housing and even harder securing it. To celebrate Housing Week, your VP Wellbeing & Diversity has put together this blog to try and help you understand your rights and how to access support if you need it.

 
Sandra's Story

To celebrate Disability History Month (18 Nov - 18 Dec), we're putting the spotlight on Sandra, a Royal Holloway Masters student. Sandra tells us about her autism diagnosis and how she has found her experience at university.

 
Where to Start: House Searching and Viewings

Our Advice Centre gives you all the information you need so you can start your search for accommodation with confidence. Get an idea of what to expect when you're looking for housing and attending viewings.

 
Meet Your Student Advisors

Our Advice Centre is here to support you with a whole range of issues and can offer guidance on just about everything that may affect you during your university journey. We're introducing you to Shells and Sophie, our dedicated Student Advisors, who can help you with just about any issue, big or small.

 
Disability Week 2021 Round-Up

VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode takes a look back on all the ways you celebrated her Disability Week campaign - which was all about demonstrating that disabled people live full, happy lives just like everyone else.

 
Union Shop Black Friday Clothing Sale

Next week, the Union Shop will be bringing you some cracking discounts on clothing in their Black Friday sale. Bag yourself a discount of up to 60% off between 22 to 28 November. Find out more about all the items included in the sale!

 
UCU Announce Strike Action
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VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the recent announcement from the UCU that there will be three days of strike action from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 3 December.

 
Everything You Need to Know about Extensions

With assessment deadlines on the horizon, it’s important to make sure you know what tools are available to help you succeed in your studies. Our Advice Centre has put together some information about extensions for this academic year.

 
Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we take a moment to think about why the day's importance only grows. Amber Onver, Trans Rep for LGBT+ Society, has shared a tribute for the vigil taking place today.

 
Union Shop Receives Lord-Lieutenant Award

We’re delighted to announce that the Union Shop has been recognised by the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey for its extraordinary work to support students throughout the pandemic. Find out more about the award.

 
Your Bright Ideas So Far

Come check out the latest from the Bright Ideas platform! We've received lots of suggestions from you about how we could help to improve your university experience.

 
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 offenses when completing your assessments.

 
Combating Housing Contract Renewal Pressure

As we kick off 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.

 
Tackling Racism in Higher Education

Our officers are bringing an exciting opportunity to your attention! Santander has launched a new course to educate everyone in higher education, Union Black: Britain's Black cultures and steps to anti-racism. Pssst... there are scholarships up for grabs for those who take part!

 
A Night at the Theatre

A Night at the Theatre recently made its spectacular return across two days in October. Our creative arts societies organised, hosted and performed right here at the Union Venue for a live audience. Find out from Absolute Harmony and Desi society about the experience.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 05/11/21

VP Societies & Sport Alex Parry gives you an update on how our Bears have been faring across the various BUCS competitions in a busy term of sporting action!

 
What shall we do about UCU?
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VP Education Maia Jarvis calls for your feedback on what the Students' Union's stance should be after members of the UCU's Royal Holloway branch recently voted in favour of strike action.

 
Get Ready for Disability Week!

Join VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode as she celebrates disabled joy and success, as well as raising awareness on disability issues and the lived experiences of disabled people.

 
We Are Proud to Be

This year, Black History Month focused on the national campaign of Proud To Be. We used this opportunity to give the spotlight to our Black community and asked students to share what they are #ProudToBe. Check out Shaniya, Shanice and Jade’s Proud To Be stories.

 
UCU 'Four Fights' Ballot

The University and College Union's ‘Four Fights’ refers to four areas of concern put forward by the trade union for employers to consider in protection of working conditions and fair pay. We're continuing to keep you informed and up-to-date on the potential strike action.

 
Bright Ideas is back!

Bright Ideas is back and it’s brighter than ever! Bright Ideas is an opportunity for students to submit an idea about something they’d like to change to improve their university experience, which then gets voted on by other students. Find out how it works!

 
Protecting You From Being Spiked

Following an increase in the reports of drink spiking incidents across the UK, find out what we're doing to help keep you safe in our venues. We've also put together some top tips to make you aware of some preventative steps you can take to reduce the risk of spiking happening to you or your friends.

 
What’s It Got to Do with USS?

In this article, we will focus on the first ballot topic of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. We'll give you some information on the proposed changes to the pension scheme that may lead to strike action.

 
Year 13 Students Visit Royal Holloway

Last week, the Year 13 class from Piggott School came to Royal Holloway and were hosted by the Widening Access and Participation team and Alice Goode, VP Wellbeing & Diversity. They spent a day on campus discovering what uni is actually like and finding out about all the services and activities that we offer as a Students' Union.

 
University Challenge: Take Part!

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.

 
Alex Parry Elected BUCS Regional Chair

We're absolutely delighted to share that our VP Socieites & Sport, Alex Parry, has recently been elected as the new student regional chair for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). Read Alex's blog to find out what the role involves.

 
Mental Health Student Focus Group

Back in the summer, a group of students, the sabbatical officers and Helen Groenendaal (Head of Student Advisory & Wellbeing) met to discuss mental health at Royal Holloway and the quality of support provided by the University. Find out what was discussed and what action is being taken off the back of it.

 
October Elections Results

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

 
Action on the Horizon

VP Education Maia Jarvis blogs about the recent announcement from the University and College Union (UCU) that they will open two ballots to ask members to vote with regards to strike action.

 
Who are the UCU?

Not sure who the University and College Union are? We've put together this helpful article to give you an idea of what a trade union does and information about the upcoming vote on strike action.

 
Why Should You Become a Course Rep?

You've probably heard all about our academic representation system by now but VP Education, Maia Jarvis, is here to tell you about why you should become a course rep.

 
The Importance of Black History Month

Your President, Henn Warwick takes a deep dive into the origins of Black History Month and lets you know how you can celebrate with us at the Students' Union.

 
Free Sexual Health Testing

A few weeks ago the Students' Union and the University's Student Wellbeing service teamed up to bring an STI testing drive to campus!

 
Academic Book Sale Puts £2814 Back Into Students' Pockets

Read all about the roaring success of our second-hand academic book sale and how we're putting money straight back into students’ pockets.

 
Advice Centre Checklist

Our Advice Centre has put together a handy checklist for you to make sure you’re all ready for the year ahead, and to refer back to should any issues arise throughout your studies.

 
Make Sure Your Deposit Is Protected

Renting privately this year? Our advisors have put together a list with everything you need to know to protect your deposit, and what to do if you think there’s a problem.

 
Let's 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.

 
Police Operation at Fetish Friday

At tonight's event, Fetish Friday, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches.

 
Maia's Manifesto

Your VP Education, Maia Jarvis, gives us the run-down on her manifesto aims and what she's hoping to achieve for students this year, including improving your academic experience and making sure your thoughts are heard.

 
Board of Trustees Update - September 2021

President Henn Warwick updates you on the key topics of discussion from the latest Board of Trustees meeting, held on 23 September 2021.

 
Statement: Alleged Incident at the Union Venue

The Students’ Union is aware of an alleged incident that occurred within the Union Venue on Wednesday 29 September 2021 between a student and our security team.

 
Navigate Campus with Our Walking Tours

Your Sabbatical Officers, Henn, Maia, Alice and Alex have been busy filming some walking tours to help you get to loads of places around campus.

 
Freshers’ Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

We hope you all had a fantastic welcome to campus and that our newest members are settling in well to life at Royal Holloway. With Term One in full swing, we’ve wrapped up Freshers’ Festival but let’s take a look back at what was an absolutely awesome week!

 
Turn Your Unwanted Books Into Cash

Do you have old, unwanted textbooks lying around? Struggling to find the space for them all? On Thursday 7 October, we're holding a second-hand academic book sale where you can earn money from your unwanted books.

 
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.

 
Henn's Presidential Goals

Your President, Henn Warwick, gives us the run-down on her manifesto aims and what she's hoping to achieve for students this year, including improving student safety and working towards decolonising not only the curriculum across all schools but also the services within the College and RHSU.

 
Union Shop Cuts Plastic Waste

The Union Shop is committed to continually finding new ways to be more sustainable and make as little impact on the planet as possible. We’ve introduced some new initiatives so you can help play your part!

 
Get Involved in Your SU

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, as well as committee positions in our lovely student sports clubs and societies.

 
Freshers’ Festival Dos and Don’ts

After a turbulent year and a half, we know you must be super excited to join us here for a massive welcome to Royal Holloway. But before the chaos begins, it’s important that you’re aware of some Freshers’ Festival dos and don’ts for your first few weeks here.

 
Your VP Societies & Sport Summer Update
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We caught up with VP Societies & Sport Alex Parry to find out what he's been up to over the summer months, what he's looking forward to this academic year, and how you can get involved with our amazing student groups!

 
An Update from Your VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Your VP Wellbeing & Diversity, Alice Goode, shares a blog about what she's been working on over the summer months to ensure the student experience at Royal Holloway is as accessible as possible.

 
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.

 
Freshers’ Festival 2021 Programme

It's been a crazy summer of planning and we can't believe we're saying this but, your Freshers' Festival 2021 programme is finally here!

 
NUS Lead and Change

Last week, your new Officer team attended the National Union of Students (NUS) Lead and Change Conference. Hear all about their experiences and how they're looking to put what they've learned into action to make positive changes for students this year!

 
Our Venues and Coronavirus

Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions in July, the Students’ Union has been monitoring the guidance and industry best practice around managing the risk of COVID-19 within venues and can today announce our current plans for re-opening in September.

 
Student Group Training Round-Up
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Over the past couple of weeks, new student group committees have begun their journey of taking on the responsibility for running their individual societies and sports clubs so they're ready to hit the group running in September.

 
Statement Regarding Middle East Tensions
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A statement from the Students' Union addressing the conflict in the Middle East and recent acts of anti-Semitism on campus.

 
Unpacking Privilege
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2nd Year Politics and International Relations student, Chanpreet Mangat, kicks off RHSU Stands Together week by unpacking privilege.

 
Forgotten and Left Behind
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President Kate Roberts responds to the Government's latest update on the return to campus for university students.

 
Get Ready for Society and Colours Awards 2021
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Here is your sneak preview at what to expect from virtual awards, as well as information about what awards are up for grabs and, most importantly, how you submit your nominations.