Royal Holloway Students' Union news

Looking After Yourself and Others

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.

 
Can I Appeal My Results?

Received a grade or an outcome that you're not happy with? Our Advice Centre tells you all about what decisions of your academic outcomes are open to appeal.

 
Empty Student Homes

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

 
Council Tax: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

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

 
Goodbye from Kate, Alissa and Lucy

After a challenging, exciting and very unusual year, your President, Vice President Education, and Vice President Societies and Sport reflect on the year they have had as they prepare to say goodbye to the Students’ Union.

 
Student Group Training Round-Up
VP Societies and Sport Lucy Brown smiling at the camera in front of a neon lighting bolt.

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.

 
Student Voice Report: Student Housing

Following a year of extensive research and engagement with students, we’re delighted to bring you our report on housing at Royal Holloway, featuring a list of recommendations to be implemented.

 
Joint Honours Student Experience: Student Insight Report

VP Education Alissa Chohan introduces the findings and recommendations from our research into the experience of Joint Honours students, as we seek to improve their academic experience at Royal Holloway.

 
End of Year Wrapped

We made it! To celebrate the last day of Summer Term, we're celebrating everyone who has been doing amazing work in educating, campaigning, or volunteering throughout a monumentally challenging year.

 
Freedom of Speech: Unpicking the Proposed Policy

President Kate Roberts discusses the government's proposal for freedom of speech in relation to universities and students' unions, and how it will affect things here at Royal Holloway.

 
End of Year Recognition: You're Valued

This year, staff from across the College have worked tirelessly to make sure that you have been able to access your education and as many student services as possible. It’s been a huge task and we’d like to say thank you to absolutely everyone who has made this academic year possible!

 
Executives Update: May 2021

Find out what went down at the fourth and final 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.

 
End of Year Recognition: Academic Reps

Throughout 2020/21, academic reps from across the University have been working their socks off ensuring that your educational experience is the very best it could be in the most challenging of years. We take a look back at the year and the incredible things achieved by our reps.

 
Student Group By-Election 2021 Results

Following on from Student Group Elections a month ago, we are excited to announce the successful candidates from the recent by-election of unfilled core positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary) within our societies, sports clubs, and media outlets.

 
End of Year Recognition: Executives

Any year is an important year to be a member of one of our three Executives, but 2020/21 has been an even bigger challenge with student voices being more vital to your officers than ever before. Inspired by student representatives, find out what they've achieved alongside your Vice Presidents.

 
End of Year Recognition: Collectives

Every day throughout the last week of term, we'll be taking the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of incredible students and staff from across the College. First up, are our wonderful Collectives!

 
Is Uni Racist?

VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick delves into white privilege, the provisions in place at university to ensure students are educated on such matters, systemic racism within universities, and what steps need to be taken to establish and maintain an anti-racist culture.

 
Student Group Training 2021

Calling all student group committee members! It's time to sign up for Student Group Training (7-18 June) and make sure you are fully equipped to run your group effectively and hit the ground running in September.

 
Executives: Round Four

This week, your Executives met for the final time this year - find out what was on the agenda as they discussed a number of key and impactful topics.

 
Save Your Student Group!

Nominations are now open for the Student Group By-Election as we look to fill all unfilled core positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary) within our societies, sports clubs, and media outlets. These roles must be filled for a group to remain active, so this is a crucial opportunity to ensure the future of your group.

 
Black-Owned Businesses You Need To Buy From Today
Illustrated figures from different races and backgrounds.

"To invest in black businesses is to invest in the black community as a whole." 2nd Year Law student, Rachael Harvey, rounds up some of the best black-owned businesses that you should consider swapping to.

 
Don't tell me White Supremacy isn't real
Illustrated figures from different races and backgrounds.

3rd Year English Literature student, Natalia Jan, speaks up and calls for action in this special guest blog as part of the RHSU Stands Together campaign.

 
Natural Haircare at Home ft. Butterfly Hairstyles
Illustrated figures from different races and backgrounds.

Women of Colour Collective caught up with natural haircare specialist and owner of Butterfly Hairstyles, Ashanti, to find out some top tips on how to maintain and nurture your hair at home.

 
Statement Regarding Middle East Tensions
A blue overlay has the RHSU logo in the centre.

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

 
Unpacking Privilege
Illustrated figures from different races and backgrounds.

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

 
It's time to Rate Your Union

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

 
What can I do from 17 May?

As England prepares to move into Step 3 of the government's Roadmap out of Lockdown, we update you on all the changes and what they mean for you and our venues/services.

 
Looking Out For Your Friends

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Advice Centre has put together some top tips to help you look out for your friends whilst still keeping yourself safe and healthy.

 
Board of Trustees Update - April 2021

President Kate Roberts updates you on the key topics of discussion from the latest Board of Trustees meeting, held on 22 April 2021.

 
Student Group Elections 2021 Results

Find out who you've elected to lead your sports clubs, societies, and media outlets in the 2021/22 academic year.

 
Improving the Joint Honours Experience

Addressing one of her key manifesto points, VP Education Alissa Chohan is conducting a Student Insight Report to better support, improve and understand the experience of Joint Honours students. Ensure your voice is heard by completing the survey!

 
Academic Misconduct campaign wrap-up

Throughout this week, VP Education Alissa Chohan has been running a campaign on academic misconduct and how you can avoid it. In case you missed any of the content, she has collated the information and signposted support services available to you.

 
Society and Colours Awards 2021 Round-Up
Image of VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown holding a glass of prosecco in front of the Society Awa

In case you missed us handing out the awards on Instagram, VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown brings you up-to-date with all the winners and celebrates the successes of our student groups who achieved outstanding things despite the most challenging of years.

 
Meet our Student Trustees

With recruitment underway for a new Student Trustee, President Kate Roberts caught up with our current incumbents to hear a bit more about what the role means to them and why you should consider applying.

 
Top Tips for Tackling Alternative Assessments

VP Education Alissa Chohan shares some great advice to help you make this assessment period as pain-free as possible. Make sure you take a read to ease your stress levels!

 
Become a Student Trustee

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

 
Academic Rights / Avoiding Academic Misconduct

Whether it’s your first university assessment or your last, make sure you’re clued up on your academic rights and the exam regulations in place so that you avoid academic misconduct.

 
Term Three Events Programme Launched

After a few torrid months of our venues being closed, we’re thrilled to be launching our Term Three events programme with a whole host of in-person activities for you to enjoy including the return of Give It A Go, MedBevs and all your weekly favourites at The Packhorse!

 
Academic Misconduct - don’t get caught out!

Following a surge in academic misconduct cases this academic year and with exam season approaching, VP Education is launching a campaign to ensure you know how to avoid falling foul of the rules.

 
Five Outdoor Spaces Around Campus You Might Have Missed!

As the warmer weather arrives, we know that many of you will be making the most of the outdoor spaces available on campus. We’ve put together a quick guide to the best outdoor spaces on campus with some that you might not have considered.

 
Forgotten and Left Behind
The Houses of Parliament in central London. Photo by Eva Dang on Unsplash

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

 
What can I do from 12 April?

As England prepares to move into Step 2 of the government's Roadmap out of Lockdown, we update you on all the changes and what they mean for you and our venues/services.

 
NUS Conference Round-Up

This week, President Kate Roberts and your elected NUS Delegates - Vice President Wellbeing and Diversity Henn Warwick, Milo Dack, and Maciej Pawlik - attended the virtual NUS Conference to discuss policy motions and upcoming work for the national student movement.

 
Celebrate in style!

With our virtual Society and Colours Awards quickly approaching, VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown shares some creative ideas to help you celebrate as a group.

 
Local Elections: Register to Vote

Make sure you're registered to vote ahead of the local elections taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

 
Rep of the Month: Ginny Spicer

After impressing your sabbatical officers with her drive to create change and working effectively with the department to get outside lecturers coming in to demonstrate interesting skills, the March Rep of the Month has been awarded to MSc Information Security Course Rep, Ginny Spicer.

 
Executives Update: March 2021

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

 
To the men we represent...

Following an exhausting few weeks for women, both in the Royal Holloway community and the wider world, your Sabbatical Officers call on you to step up and start taking action to change the narrative around discrimination, misogyny, and culture which leads to violence against women and minority genders.

 
Student Group Elections: Nominations Open

If you're part of a society, sports club, or media outlet and want to positively impact the future of your group, it's time to nominate yourself for a committee position in the 2021 Student Group Elections!

 
Dr Ben Spencer MP Answers Your Questions
Image of Dr Ben Spencer MP on a Zoom call with your Sabbatical Officers

On Friday 19 March, your Sabbatical Officer team met with local MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, Dr Ben Spencer, to ask your questions on key issues affecting students.

 
Reopening Our Venues: Services Update

As we head into the Easter break, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel as we can begin to plan the reopening of our venues and services, in line with the government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown.

 
Celebrating Amazing Staff Members

VP Education Alissa Chohan celebrates the lastest winners of our You're Valued awards, members of staff who have been nominated by students for their hard work, time and dedication in far from ideal circumstances this year.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term Two

From getting assessment methods changed to clearing up confusion around the percentage contribution in a final module grade, we take a look back and celebrate the incredible wins your academic reps have secured for students.

 
Ensuring a Restful Easter Break

Wherever you're spending the Easter break, our Advice Centre have put some tips together to help you have a restful break, with signposting to support should you need it.

 
Statement: Summer Ball 2021

Today we are in the unfortunate position where we have to announce that this year’s Summer Ball will not take place.

 
SU Elections 2021 Results

It's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2021/22 as your new Sabbatical Officers, NUS Delegates and School Reps.

 
SU Elections 2021 - Voting Open!

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

 
Get Ready for Society and Colours Awards 2021
A composite image of the Colours Awards and Society Awards logos split in half diagonally.

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.

 
The Pandemic: One Year On

12 months on from face-to-face teaching halting at Royal Holloway, SU President Kate Roberts reflects on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resilience of the student community, and the sheer dedication displayed by students and staff to combat the effects of an incredibly challenging year.

 
AbHarm & Friends Virtual Concert

Absolute Harmony, RHUL’s very own A Capella choir, tell you all about their upcoming collaborative charity concert which is raising money for The Survivors Trust.

 
Student Groups Building Virtual Communities

Check out what our societies and sports clubs have been doing to help keep their members connected and provide support for each other through these difficult times.

 
Get involved with the SU Elections

From joining a campaign team to submitting a question for Candidate Question Time, we take you through all the ways you can get involved in the SU Elections, including casting those all-important votes when the polls open on Monday 22 March.

 
Find Yourself a Pen Pal

Brought to you by Royal Holloway Volunteering, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick tells you all about the new Pen Pal Scheme and how you can meet and engage with like-minded students.

 
Officer impacts from elections past

As we move ever-closer to the SU Elections voting period, we take a look back at some of the key decisions and impacts made by previous sabbatical officers, and why it’s so important that you have your say when voting opens on 22 March.

 
Student Intranet Beta Test

We're delighted to roll out the first stage of the staff intranet to permanent members of staff for testing ahead of a full launch.

 
Inspirational Women and the Fight for Gender Equality

In this guest blog for Women's History Month, the Women's Collective highlight the women who inspire them and discuss what is required to reach gender equality.

 
Our Graduation Sympathy

Your sabbatical officers give their reaction after the University announced its decision to postpone summer 2021 graduations (and all outstanding ceremonies for 2020 graduates) until 2022.

 
Executives: Round Three

Your Executives are back for their third round, taking place between 9 and 11 March. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work, so make sure you check out what's on the agenda.

 
How we do democracy at RHSU

From elections and Bright Ideas, to referenda and consultations, find out how our democratic structures enable student voices to be heard en masse across all aspects of the Students' Union.

 
What is democracy and why is it important?

As we prepare for the SU Elections voting period (22-24 March), SU President Kate Roberts gives you the democracy lowdown and emphasises why it's so important to have your say on who leads your Students' Union in 2021/22.

 
SU Elections: Meet the Candidates

Find out who is running to become your new Sabbatical Officers, School Reps and NUS Delegates for the 2021/2022 academic year.

 
Steer Clear of Academic Misconduct

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

 
Rep of the Month: Maia Jarvis

After impressing your sabbatical officers with her collaborative and community approach to her role, the February Rep of the Month has been awarded to Performing & Digital Arts School Rep, Maia Jarvis.

 
Join the Fight to Make Mental Health a Priority!

As we celebrate University Mental Health Day, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick and Mentality President Milo Dack discuss the importance of talking about our mental health.

 
Raising Awareness and Vital Funds for Young Adult Mental Health

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown is here to tell you all about the BRIT 2021 Challenge and how you can improve your mental health and fitness, all whilst raising vital funds to support young adult mental health.

 
Let's Talk About Healthy Relationships

It can be difficult to define what a healthy relationship looks like, as what is “normal” will be slightly different for everyone. With that in mind, our Advice Centre have pulled together some useful information and resources to help you spot the signs of an abusive relationship.

 
Grade Inflation: The Higher Education Context

President Kate Roberts and VP Education Alissa Chohan unpick the complicated topic of grade inflation, discussing what it is, what is being done to tackle the concerns around it, and what it means for you in the context of this academic year.

 
Bright Ideas Returns

Did someone turn a light on? Bright Ideas is back! From small quality of life improvements through to bigger wins for everyone, this is your opportunity to tell us what you'd like to see changed to improve your university experience!

 
The SU and the Environment

In the latest blog for her Seeking Sustainability campaign, President Kate Roberts considers what role the SU has to play in sustainability, discussing what steps have been taken so far and how you can get involved to enact change.

 
Seeking Sustainability: Climate Action Society

In this guest blog for the Seeking Sustainability campaign, Climate Action President Cosmo Cattell calls for more students to join the fight for a sustainable world.

 
Universities and the Environment

As she launches into her Seeking Sustainability campaign week, President Kate Roberts discusses universities and the environment, considering what role they have to play, and in what areas they should be enacting change.

 
Academic Rep Conference Is Back!

Open to all students, throughout the first week of March we’re shining the spotlight on big topics that are being discussed in the Higher Education sector including Tuition Fees, Race and Diversity at universities, and more.

 
Officer Accountability

To ensure you have ample opportunity to hold your sabbatical officers to account, we have introduced ‘Ask the Officers’ where you can ask any question and gain a response from the relevant officer. President Kate Roberts tell you more about how the Q&A sessions will work, in tandem with the launch of our new Officer Accountability webpage.

 
Statement: Let's Talk About Sex

A story post on a recent Instagram takeover fell below the expectations of the Students’ Union and the student body. VP Wellbeing and Diversity Henn Warwick has today issued an apology.

 
Sustainability Campaign Launch

President Kate Roberts tells you all about the launch of her new campaign, Seeking Sustainability. Find out how you can get involved to help us better understand what students want when it comes to improving sustainability at Royal Holloway and help inform the development of a new sustainability strategy.

 
Let's Talk About Female Masturbation

2nd Year Law student Rachel Harvey opens the door for open and honest discussion, exploring why women masturbate, types of orgasm, how to masturbate, and some great advice on getting started.

 
Staying Connected

VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown delivers her top tips for staying connected during lockdown, including joining one of our student groups who are still delivering some great virtual content!

 
Being Transgender in Sex

In a special guest blog for Let's Talk About Sex, Disabled Collective Chair, Nathaniel McShane, discusses his experiences of sex as a transgender person.

 
Sex and Disability: Why the Taboo?

Disabled Collective member, Alice, talks about her sexual experiences since being diagnosed with a chronic illness and entering into the world of disability.

 
Let's Talk About Emergency Contraception

Using emergency contraception is nothing to be ashamed of, so why is it so stigmatised? VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick goes through the different types of emergency contraception, and how to use them.

 
Let's Talk About Abortion

As part of her Let's Talk About Sex campaign, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick looks to open up dialogue on abortion, including information on accessing an abortion, methods of abortion, aftercare, and important changes as a result of Covid-19. The article also highlights the danger and illegality of self-induced abortion - reader discretion is advised.

 
Academic Societies Review

Are you a member of an academic society? Or are you often sat wondering why your department doesn’t have an academic society? Whatever your experience, President Kate Roberts wants to hear from you!

 
Let's Talk About STI Clinics

Going to a sexual health clinic can sometimes be daunting and you may feel embarrassed, but there is no need. Sexual health services are confidential and non-judgemental, all staff will do their best to make you feel comfortable. Find out all you need to know about STI clinics.

 
Let's Talk About STIs

With any type of sexual activity, unless flying solo, it's important to know the risks to your sexual health. As part of her Let's Talk About Sex campaign, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Henn Warwick takes it back to basics with STIs, going through the different symptoms, and how they're spread and treated.

 
Tuition Fees: The Higher Education Context

There has been significant discussion in the media about the particular issues students have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted greater interest in tuition fee compensation or refunds. President Kate Roberts discusses Government failings and the reality of providing refunds without financial support from the Government in her latest blog post.

 
Academic Quality: The Higher Education Context

Who is responsible for maintaining quality and standards and what happens when they are not upheld? Should a lower quality education mean lower tuition fees? And what part does the government play in the quality of the Higher Education sector? VP Education Alissa Chohan discusses this and more in her latest blog post.

 
Student Group Awards

In a normal year around mid-February, excitement starts to build as we celebrate the fantastic achievements of our wonderful student groups at Society Awards and Colours Ball. While we can't deliver these awards in the normal fashion this year, VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown has a plan to deliver a virtual celebration!

 
Executives Update: January 2021

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

 
Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is here, and we at LGBT+ Society are well into celebrating! As members of this community, it is very important to us to provide a safe space for queer people to engage with their history, as well as to learn and understand their place within it. We have a lot of events coming up, so make sure you join us!

 
Financial Troubles Over Christmas

If you’re dreading Christmas, not because of tier restrictions, but because you're slightly concerned about your finances, then we understand how complicated this can be, but we're here to help you.

 
TEDxRoyalHolloway: Get Your Tickets Now!

TEDxRoyalHolloway’s annual conference is taking place this Saturday 13 February! The event will be held online and you can expect a selection of empowering talks from inspiring individuals around this year’s theme of Transformations. Get your tickets now!

 
Board of Trustees Update - February 2021

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

 
Gender Neutral Toilets: Fighting For Trans And GNC Rights

Almost half of Trans people (48%) do not feel comfortable using public toilets, as a result of verbal abuse, intimidation, and physical assault. After the Government's opening of consultation for toilet provision for men and women, we need to speak up in support of gender-neutral toilets.

 
SU Elections: President

Thinking of running for RHSU President? Current Officer Kate Roberts 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!

 
Coping With Virtual Fatigue

As we continue to live with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, VP Societies & Sport Lucy Brown goes through the meaning of virtual fatigue, and offers some amazing and useful tips that she uses as coping mechanisms to look after her mental health and wellbeing.

 
SU Elections: VP Education

Thinking of running for VP Education? Current Officer Alissa Chohan 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!

 
Exams and Assessment Policies 2020/21

VP Education Alissa Chohan breaks down the key areas of the Fairness and Assurance Policy and outlines the series of safeguarding measures put in place by the University to ensure you are not academically disadvantaged this year.

 
SU Elections: VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Thinking of running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity? Current Officer 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!

 
SU Elections: VP Societies & Sport

Thinking of running for VP Societies & Sport? Current Officer Lucy Brown 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!

 
Student Housing Survey: Have Your Say!

In the next stage of her Policy Inquiry into student housing, President Kate Roberts invites you to complete a short survey to tell us about your experiences.

 
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 make sure you check out what's on the agenda.

 
VP Education Q&A Round-Up

After hosting an ‘ask me anything' session on Instagram last week, VP Education Alissa Chohan has collated the most-asked questions and provided some updates on discussions with the University she's been involved in this week.

 
Why You Should Run in the SU Elections

We’re here to tell you all about the benefits of running for one of our four paid, full-time sabbatical officer roles, or our part-time school rep and NUS Delegate positions.

 
#ShoutAboutIt: Recognising Student Groups

One of Lucy's key manifesto aims when running to be your VP Societies & Sport was to ensure student groups received more frequent and informal recognition of their achievements. She is now excited to announce that as of next week, #ShoutAboutIt will be up and running!

 
Digital Education 2.0 Student Insight Report

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

 
Committee Cafés: Supporting Societies & Sports Clubs

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

 
Exam Access Arrangements: Apply Now

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

 
Accommodation and Emergency Regulations / Assessment Policy Update

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

 
Postgraduate Funding: All You Need To Know

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

 
Rep Of The Month: Joe Russell-Davis

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

 
Statement Regarding Online Racist Abuse

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

 
End of Term Update

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

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2020/21

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

 
Looking After Yourself This Christmas

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

 
Rep Impact Update: December 2020

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

 
Staying Productive While Enjoying The Holidays

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

 
New Student Groups Incoming!

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

 
Brexit: The Implications for EU Students

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

 
How To Be A Good Neighbour

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

 
Introducing Your University Challenge Team

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

 
SU Elections Nominations Now Open

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

 
An Open Letter to Staff at Royal Holloway

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

 
Board of Trustees Update - November 2020

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

 
Have Your Say On Your Academic Experience

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

 
Rep of the Month: Sophia Constantopoulos

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

 
Study Support Grant: Financial Help During Your Studies

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Chanpreet Mangat

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

 
Halls For Continuing Students

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

 
Executives Update - November 2020

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

 
Get Your Housing Contract Checked For Free

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

 
An Update On Extensions

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

 
House Viewings: Know What To Do

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

 
Housing Costs: What To Expect When House-hunting

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

 
Policy Inquiry: Student Housing

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

 
Test and Travel: Your Choices

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

 
Trans Awareness Week

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

 
This Girl Can: Student Profiles

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Ellie Matthews

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

 
This Girl Can

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

 
A Call For Positive Communication

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

 
Looking After Yourself And Your Mental Health

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Venus Ashu

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

 
University Challenge: Apply Now!

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

 
Digital Education Experience 2.0 Survey

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

 
Combating Housing Contract Renewal Pressure

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

 
Reflecting on Black History Month and Looking Forward

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

 
50+ Lockdown Activity Ideas

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

 
Great Deals To Help You Save Money During Lockdown

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 4 November

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

 
Executives Ready to Lift Off!

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 2 November

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

 
RH BeHeard: Report An Incident At University

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

 
Housing Disrepair: Not Always Your Responsibility

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

 
Having A Say Has Never Been Easier!

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

 
Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential

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

 
10K up for grabs through Santander Development Programme

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

 
Make Sure Your Deposit Is Protected

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

 
Life as an Online Student: How to Study Effectively

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

 
October Elections Results

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

 
Self-isolating at Royal Holloway

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

 
One Week Into Black History Month

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

 
Student Rights: Get the Library Lowdown

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

 
Royal Holloway Moves: Rewarding You for Being Active

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

 
Life as a Commuting Student

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

 
Support Services Available To You

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

 
Statement Regarding Debating Society

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

 
Improving Website Accessibility

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

 
Caring For Your Rented Home

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

 
Fire Safety: Your Rights and Responsibilities

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 22 September

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

 
Nominations Open For Academic Rep, Collective & Executive Positions

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

 
Looking After Yourself and Those Around You

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

 
The Rule of Six: What's The Deal?

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

 
Becoming a Rep: Conversations With Alissa

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

 
Groups Gear Up for Challenging Year

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

 
Welcoming You Back To Royal Holloway!

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

 
Collectives: Drive Change at Royal Holloway

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

 
Transcripts: All You Need To Know

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

 
Meet Your School Reps

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

 
Tackling the Royal Holloway Sports Pass

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

 
The Packhorse Returns

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

 
Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

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

 
Top Tips For Your Summer Assessments

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Grace Waterman

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Ellie Matthews

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Tanya Solomon

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Toby Bates

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Vaanee Sarihyan

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

 
Student Wellbeing Strategy
Student Wellbeing Strategy graphic.

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

 
Leave A Review Of Your Landlord

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

 
Freshers' Festival 2020 Programme

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

 
NUS Lead & Change Conference 2020

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

 
Looking After Your Sexual Health

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

 
Digital Education Survey: Student Insight Report

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

 
Resolving Rent Troubles

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

 
Universal Credit: All You Need to Know

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

 
A Year As President

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

 
A Year As VP Education

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

 
A Year As VP Societies and Media

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

 
A Year As VP Welfare & Diversity

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

 
A (Second) Year As VP Sport

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

 
Housemates/Rooms Wanted

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Ruben

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

 
Ensuring Safe House Viewings

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

 
Can I Move Into My New House Share?

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

 
Black Lives Matter: Our Commitment to You

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

 
Student Voice Report: Careers Support

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

 
Looking After Your Wellbeing Post-University

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

 
Educate Yourself: BLM Reading List

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

 
Cutting Through the Current Context of the Higher Education Sector

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

 
The Advice Centre Still Has Your Back

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

 
We've Got Your Back on Security Deposit Returns

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

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

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

 
Your Quick Guide to Flexible Education

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

 
Student Group Training 2020

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

 
Student Voice Report: PGR Student Experience

After a year in the making, we're delighted to bring you our first-ever piece of PGR-specific research and lobbying work. From your feedback, we've proposed recommendations that we hope will have significant and long-term positive impact on current and prospective PGR students.

 
Black Lives Matter

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

 
Rate Your Union: Have Your Say

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

 
Your Financial Future

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

 
"What Next?" Our Graduate Guide

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

 
Safely Collecting Your Halls Belongings

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

 
Academic Rep Impacts 2019/20

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

 
End of Tenancy Cleaning Top Tips

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

 
Looking after your Mental Health

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

 
College Committees: Representing You

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

 
Staying Entertained During Lockdown

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

 
Know Your Rights on Moves and Viewings

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

 
Meet Your New Committee Members

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

 
Statement Regarding The Chief Executive Role

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

 
Digital Education Experience: Take the Survey!

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

 
Smoke & Mirrors: The HE 'Support' Package

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

 
Working Well Remotely

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

 
Avoiding Unfair Deposit Deductions

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

 
Furlough: Being Sensible Now To Help In The Future

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

 
Student Group Elections: Running an Online Hustings

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

 
Become a Student Trustee

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

 
Staying Productive During Lockdown

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

 
Doing Democracy Differently

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

 
Introducing the Union Workshop: Have Your Say!

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

 
RHSU Ranked 7th in Best Charities To Work For 2020

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

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Part Two

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

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

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

 
Six New Societies Incoming!

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

 
Easter Opening Hours Update

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

 
Union Shop Takeaway Launched

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

 
Join Climate Action In Their Fight For Sustainability

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

 
Don't Panic: Housing Advice Update

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

 
Unfair Deposit Charges: Don't Overpay!

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

 
Get Your Voice Heard: Advisory and Wellbeing Teams

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

 
Going Digital: Library Online

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

 
The Pad & Podium Accommodation: Urgent Message

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

 
Managing an Eating Disorder During Quarantine

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

 
STI Test Drive: Update

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

 
Inclusive Education Round-up

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

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

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

 
Overdraft Fees Changing

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 05/02/20

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

 
Further UCU Strike Action Announced

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

 
What Has Riding Been Up To?

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

 
Plagiarism: All You Need To Know

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

 
Student Group Elections: Nominations Open

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

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time for Tax: The Conclusion

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

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

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 29/01/20

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

 
Statement: Summer Ball 2020

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

 
Get Involved: Careers Online Consultation

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

 
Student Opportunities: Working From Home

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

 
Term Two Society Events

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

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

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

 
Extending Extensions

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

 
Academic Rep Conference Round-up

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

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time for Tax: The Sequel

We're continuing the fight to get you out of paying an unfair charge. Read on to find out more.

 
Lobbying for a No Detriment Policy

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

 
Housing: Representing You

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

 
Insanity Continuing to Serve the Community

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 16 March

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

 
Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy During Lockdown

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

 
Student Rights: PGR Annual Reviews and Upgrades

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

 
Holocaust Memorial Day

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

 
Colours Ball 2020 Round-Up

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

 
Going Digital: Advice Centre Update

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

 
School Rep Nominations are Now Open!

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

 
UCU Strike FAQs

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

 
Representing You, Wherever We Go

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

 
The Impact of Alcohol in Your Nutrition

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

 
Supporting Your Education

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

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

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 17 March

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

 
Coronavirus Update – 13 March

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

 
Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder

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

 
Help Improve the GP Surgery

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

 
SU Elections 2020 Results

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

 
University Mental Health Day 2020

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

 
Student Group Recognition: Christian Union!

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

 
You're Valued Awards: David Yuratich

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

 
February’s Rep of the Month: Toby

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

 
Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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

 
SU Elections: It's Time to Vote!

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

 
UCU Strike Update: Supporting Your Education

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

 
Rep Impact Update: Term Two

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 6 March

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

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

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Hanan

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

 
SU Elections 2020: Meet The Candidates

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

 
January's Rep Of The Month: Sara

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

 
Has Your Landlord Protected Your Deposit?

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

 
Society Awards 2020 Round-Up

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

 
RH100: College Strategy

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

 
UCU Strike Update

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

 
Student Rights: Appeals

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

 
Blog: Looking After Our Bears

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Emmanuel

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 12/02/2020

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

 
Careers and Active Campus the Hot Topics at RH100

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

 
Housing Disrepair: What to Do

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

 
Looking Back at Great Campaign Videos

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

 
Student Rights: Extenuating Circumstances

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

 
Running for President

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

 
Refreshers Round-Up 2020

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

 
Get Ready For Colours Ball

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

 
Student Rights: Exam Access Arrangements

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

 
Running for VP Education

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

 
Eating Healthy and Cheaply!

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

 
Student Voice Report: BAME Inclusive Student Experience

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

 
Big Society News from Term One!

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

 
Survey Season Begins!

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

 
Running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity

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

 
Healthy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

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

 
Running for VP Societies & Sport

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

 
Tackling Homesickness at University

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

 
Careers Support Policy Inquiry: The Final Steps

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

 
University Environmental Sustainability Strategy

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton tells you how you can voice your sustainability concerns so that we, as a Students' Union, can lobby the University to make environmental sustainability a key priority in their strategic plan.

 
Summer Ball 2020 Ticket News

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

 
Lecture Capture Success

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

 
Law Soc's Incredible Achievements!

After becoming the winners of the new Student Group Recognition Award, Law Soc President Charlie Brook tells us more about some of their amazing achievements!

 
New Student Groups Incoming!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton brings amazing news, as eight brand new student groups have been ratified! Please join us in welcoming the new societies and sports clubs, and make sure you check them out.

 
Introducing Society Awards

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

 
Law Soc Win Student Group Recognition!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton is excited to congratulate the winners of the first Student Group Recognition award, Law Society! Amazing job, team!

 
Executives Kick Starting Term Two

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

 
What To Expect When You Start House-hunting

As Term Two starts to settle in, most of you will start looking for a house, or will have a lot of viewers coming to see your current home. Our advisors have compiled a list of useful tips about what you can expect and how you should react!

 
Student Voice Report Incoming

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

 
Academic Rep Conference: Register Now

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

 
Charity Triumphs: Cheerleading

Cheerleading Charity & Fundraising Secretary, Abby White, tells us all about the wonderful fundraising events they organised throughout Term One to help the charity Beauty Banks UK, and how you can get involved!

 
Refreshers 2020 Line-Up Announcement

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

 
December's Rep Of The Month: Grace!

Last term was very busy for your academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate December's Rep of the Month, Grace Waterman!

 
Statement: Recent Discriminatory Language On Campus

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

 
Student Group Recognition Scheme

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

 
Great Wins Of Term One

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

 
PGR Student Experience: Next Steps

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

 
Christmas Opening Hours

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

 
British Active Students Survey

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

 
Statement: Xmas on Toast

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

 
Executives: Getting Ready To Start!

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

 
A Night At The Theatre

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

 
Student Rights: Feedback

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

 
Introducing The Union Workshop

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

 
PGR Student Survey: Win £150 Cash!

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 09/10/19

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

 
BAME Student Experience and BAME Attainment Gap

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

 
Give It A Go: Term Two Events Launch!

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

 
SU Elections: Nominations Now Open!

SU Elections nominations are now open, and it's finally your chance to stand to shape the future of the Students' Union. So check out everything you need to know and see if you've got what it takes!

 
Capturing Your Lecture Capture Feedback

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

 
Patient Participation Group: Improving The GP Surgery

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

 
A Festive Message From Your President

As term draws to a close, your President Jack O'Neill would like to spread some Christmas cheer with a final end of term message!

 
Stepping Out Of Loneliness

Ahead of the festive times, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson reminds you of all the different fun activities and useful resources available to you if you or someone you know is feeling lonely.

 
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!

 
BUCS Round-Up 04/12/19

After another successful week of BUCS action, VP Sport Dom Brown gives us all the details about Wednesday's fixtures.

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To?

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

 
Provide Feedback On Your Modules

If you haven't already, you will soon receive an email asking you to provide feedback on your modules, and VP Education Kate Roberts tells you why this is so important.

 
BUCS Round-Up 20/11/19

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 11/12/19

VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up of this weeks sporting highlights with a festive holiday twist!

 
November's Rep Of The Month: Sophia!

It's been a very busy month for your academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate November's Rep of the Month, Sophia Constantopoulos!

 
Policy Inquiry: Careers Support

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

 
RH100: Student Wellbeing Strategy

After leading a session at RH100 to steer on the Wellbeing Strategy, President Jack O'Neill and VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson have some important news to share with you about our next steps.

 
The Black-ademic Guide To Higher Education

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

 
Women's Suffrage: Royal Holloway History

Ahead of the upcoming General Election on 12 December, your three female Sabbatical Officers have compiled some important facts from Royal Holloway's history regarding the women's suffrage.

 
Christmas Has Arrived At The Packhorse!

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

 
World Mental Health Day

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

 
Fire Safety In Student Homes

Following the recent fires in student accommodation in Bolton, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you what we've been doing to ensure your safety, and what you can do at home.

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

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

 
Big Bears Wednesday 13/11/19

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

 
Come In Your Kit: Be Mindful Of Others

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

 
Supporting The UCU Strikes

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

 
Housing Fair Round-Up

Housing Week was kicked off in in style! It was great to see so many students getting involved, so we've got a round-up of all the important information that was discussed!

 
Why We Need Transgender Awareness Week

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

 
University Challenge: Have You Got What It Takes?

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

 
This Girl Can Round-Up

After an incredibly successful week celebrating and empowering women in sport with the campaign This Girl Can, VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up with some of the best moments from the week!

 
SU Nights ft. YOU!

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

 
UCU Preferendum Result

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

 
Christmas On A Budget

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

 
Students Pressured Into Renewing Housing Contract

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

 
BAME Inclusive Student Experience Survey

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

 
Settling Into University Life

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

 
Get Your Voice Heard: Everything You Need To Know

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

 
Give It A Go: Introducing The Buddy Scheme

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

 
A Recipe Book Starring YOU!

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

 
Student Rights: Using The Library

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

 
'No Platform' Update

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

 
UCU Industrial Action Explained

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

 
Student Rights: Misconduct Panels

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

 
Freedom of Speech and ‘No Platform’

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

 
Register To Vote

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

 
Remember To Be A Good Neighbour

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

 
No Platform for Hate Speech on Campus Policy Passed

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

 
World Contraception Day

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

 
Police Operation at Pop! Candyland

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

 
SU Finances Explained

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

 
UCU Industrial Action Preferendum

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

 
Get Involved: Careers Support Consultation

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

 
Student Rights: Personal Tutors

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

 
Improving Your Bright Ideas Platform

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

 
Avoiding Common Mistakes At Freshers' Festival

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Lia

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

 
Get Your Deposit Back

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

 
NUS Alcohol Impact Survey: Win £100!

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

 
Student Rights: Extensions

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

 
Collectives: Drive Change Right Here, Right Now

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

 
Empowering You To Change The World Around You

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

 
Statement on Debating Society

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

 
Proposed UCU Strike Action

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

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

 
Consent: Essential Every Time

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Christabel

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

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

 
BUCS Round-Up - 30/10/19

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

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

 
Busting Some SU Myths

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

 
Don't Miss The Festival Of Volunteering

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

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

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Kessle

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

 
Looking After Yourself During Freshers' Festival

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

 
Report Into Racial Harassment At UK Universities

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

 
BUCS Round-Up 23/10/19

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

 
Changes To Venues Code of Conduct

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

 
Find Your New Home

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

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

 
Student Rights: Attendance

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

 
Download Your Union App

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

 
GP Surgery Update

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

 
Board of Trustees Update

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

 
Policy Inquiry: PGR Student Experience

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

 
October Elections Results

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

 
Shaking Up Your Nightlife

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

 
Elections Voting 101

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

 
Get Ready To Give It A Go

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

 
Freshers' Festival On A Budget

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

 
Blog: Quality And Student Engagement Conference

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

 
Humpit: A Hummus & Pita Bar At The SU!

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

 
Blog: How To Make Student Groups Environmentally Friendly

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

 
Packing For University: The Essential Guide

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

 
Get Your Freshers' Festival Wristband!

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

 
Freshers' Festival 2019 Line-up Reveal

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

 
Deposit Disputes: Advice Centre Success Stories

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

 
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.