Students' Union of Royal Holloway news

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.

 
Statement: Xmas on Toast

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

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
UCU Strike FAQs

Ahead of the planned strikes next week, we've compiled a handy guide on everything you need to know.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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).

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
'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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
Drug Use On Campus
RHSU branded security jackets on a rail.

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.

 
Blog: Lecture Capture
A photograph of Kate Roberts the Vice President Education.

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.

 
Collectives 101
A welcome to your Union sign.

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!

 
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.

 
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
A selection of academic reps stood in Founder's quad.

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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.

 
Wristbands Now On Sale

Returners rejoice! Our Freshers' Festival wristbands are now on sale to all students - the only way to guarantee your entry to all of our headline events.

 
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!

 
Union Statement: 'Low Risk' Events

Read the facts around our lighting provision and the work we're doing to make our event nights more accessible.

 
Taster Sessions For Sports, Societies & Media Outlets

We've got over 110 different societies, sports clubs and media outlets for you to try out during Freshers' Festival! Make sure you check them all out.

 
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!

 
Download Your Union App

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

 
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!

 
Unfair Landlords And Estate Agents: What To Do?

If you think you're being unfairly charged by your landlord and estate agent, speak to our advisors, they can help you get your money back!

 
NUS Lead & Change Round-Up

Your Sabbatical Officers are back from the Lead & Change conference in Bath, and they're ready to put everything they've learnt into practice.

 
Freshers' Festival: Volunteers Required

We’re in need of some confident, friendly, and fun volunteers to assist throughout Arrivals Weekend and impart wisdom on the incoming freshers.

 
Samurai Retain Sports Kit Contract

After a very long process of selection, VP Sport Dom Brown can now confirm Samurai Sportswear will be supplying your Bears kit for the next three years!

 
GP Surgery Joins NHS App

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you how you can now access medical support on the go after the GP Surgery joined the NHS App.

 
Changing Room Upgrade

VP Sport Dom Brown tells you more about the changes you can look forward to down at the Sports Centre when you return for the new academic year.

 
Having Your Back On The Back Gate

President Jack O'Neill has some more information regarding the issue with the back gate, and how the Students' Union will support you.

 
Changes To The Back Gate Opening Hours

Following a decision made by the College Executive, the back gate will no longer be operating on a 24 hour access basis from the 2019/20 academic year.

 
Bringing Back Our Sexual Health Clinic

The sexual health clinic on campus will be reinstated in time for the start of the 2019/20 academic year!

 
A Year As President

As he gets ready to leave office, President Clem Jones tells us all about his year as president, his achievements for a more sustainable campus, and where he's off to next!

 
A Year As Vice President Sport

VP Sport Dom Brown has seen a year full of development and achievements from sports clubs, and he now tells us what it's all been like!

 
Eastfield and Founder's Field Upgrade

We have some great news regarding upgrades to the Eastfield pitch and Founder's Field, that will help improve training for Sports Clubs!

 
Climate Emergency: A Letter To Paul Layzell

Students' Union President Clem Jones has written to College Principal Paul Layzell following the Union’s declaration of a climate emergency.

 
Union Statement: NSS 2019 Results

RHSU's official statement on the 2019 NSS results.

 
Law Society Shine At National Mooting Finals

From boot camp to Moot champ - find out how Law Society fared when they competed in the National Mooting Finals.

 
Blog: Board of Trustees June Update

President Clem Jones updates you on what was discussed at the fourth and final Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.

 
A Year As Vice President Societies & Media

After an incredibly busy, but wonderful year, VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes tells us about her journey as a Sabbatical Officer.

 
A Year As Vice President Welfare & Diversity

After her final year in office, VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong tells us about her experience, as she prepares to return to her studies.

 
Student Group Training Lowdown

VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown give us the lowdown on the first round of Student Group Training!

 
Advice Centre Supporting Students In Crisis

Find out how the Students' Union Advice Centre is providing foodbank vouchers to support individuals and families in crisis.

 
A Year As Vice President Education

Outgoing VP Education, Jack O'Neill, tells us how the year has been for him before he moves on to his role of President in July.

 
The Big Wins Of Term Three

As we get ready to break for the summer, we want to remind you of all the fantastic things that happened over the last few months.

 
RHSU Declares Climate Emergency

Students have voted to adopt a motion to declare a state of climate emergency.

 
Summer Opening Hours

With the summer break upon us, find out which venues are open and at what times over the next couple of months. See you soon!

 
Admin Support Update

VP Education Jack O'Neill updates you on some location changes that are taking place over the summer, while work is completed on the new School Administration Offices.

 
Blog: LGBT Soc's Albert Kennedy Trust Gala

Secretary and President elect of LGBT Society, tells us all about where the money raised at Albert Kennedy Trust Gala will go to!

 
Drink Spiking and What We Do

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

 
Blog: NMUN Experience

Head Delegate of National Model United Nations Josh Trood tells us all about the experience as an NMUN delegate.

 
Big Changes Coming To The Students' Union

After receiving your feedback in the Rate Your Union survey, we have big changes coming up that you should check out!

 
Improvements For Student Groups

VP Societies and Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown have very exciting news about changes to Student Groups!

 
Laurels Awards 2019 Winners

We round up all the winners from our Laurels Awards, as we celebrated the great work of students who go the extra mile to embody the values and spirit of the SU.

 
Last Chance To Win £150 Cash!

We've had a blast giving away so many prizes for Rate Your Union and we're sad that it's almost the end, but you still have a chance to win!

 
Turn Your Unwanted Books Into Cash

We'll be returning with another second hand academic book sale in October, and we're offering graduating students the chance to drop their books off before the summer.

 
Tenant Fees Bill Guidelines

Make sure you check out the guidelines for how the Tenant Fees Bill should be applied before requesting deposit refunds from your landlord!

 
Student Group Elections Results

The wait is over and the Student Group Elections results are in. We can now reveal who the next leaders of your sports clubs and societies are - all 494 of you!

 
Seeing Out The Year Sensibly

VP Welfare and Diversity Willow Wong has a few helpful tips for getting through the rest of the year in the best possible way!

 
Constitution Referendum Results

Over the past three days, 1004 students voted on the proposal for the Students' Union to adopt a new constitution. Here are the results.

 
Blog: Ballroom And Latin Dancesport - Blackpool 2019

Acting Team Captain Becca Mowbray tells us how Ballroom and Latin Dancesport got on at the Inter Varsity Dance Competition in Blackpool.

 
Win £150 Cash!

Vote now in the constitution referendum and you could get your hands on one of three great prizes!

 
Landlords Are Overcharging Students!

It recently came to our attention that some letting agencies and landlords are overcharging students for their security deposits!

 
Rate Your Union 2019 - Win Some Awesome Prizes!

The Rate Your Union survey is now live! You can have your say on the way things are done at the SU and get win some awesome prizes!

 
Life In Plastic, Not So Fantastic

In his bid to clean up our campus and venues, President Clem Jones has been looking into the use of single use plastic on club nights.

 
Insanity Granted Lottery Windfall

Insanity Radio have received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, to help towards the redevelopment of Studio 1C.

 
STI Self-Test Kits At The Advice Centre

We are offering free STI self-test kits at the Advice Centre again! So feel free to come get yours if you need one.

 
Assessment Submission Success

Academic Board recently approved a new Assessment and Feedback Strategy. VP Education Jack O'Neill explains why that's good news for you.

 
PhotoSoc Receive National Recognition

Find out how Photography Society capped off a fantastic year with recognition at the National Societies Awards 2019, held at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 
Service Development Groups: Apply Now

Find out how you can shape the way we do things at the Students' Union by joining one of our brand new Service Development Groups.

 
There Ain’t No Party Like An S Club Party

We've just announced our Big Top and Deck87 acts for this year's Summer Ball, featuring a serious pop throwback.

 
Shrinking Your Circuit Frustrations

VP Welfare and Diversity Willow Wong tells us what she's been up to after the passing of a Bright Idea on Circuit Laundry frustrations.

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

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

 
Mental Health Training

VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes and VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong spent their Easter providing mental health training to permanent staff!

 
Packhorse Price Increases Explained

It's news we never like to bring you, but we want to be upfront about some price increases that have come into effect this week at The Packhorse.

 
Knock Knock, Who's There?

A word of warning from our Advice Centre about people purporting to be pest control knocking on doors in the local area.

 
Exam Stress: Looking After Your Wellbeing

VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong gives you a few important tips to get rid of some stress during exam season.

 
Take The Stress Out Of Summer Term

Exams, deadlines or something else swamping your mind? Find out what we've got planned in this year's Stressbusters campaign to keep your mind refreshed during exam season.

 
Alleviating Library Space Concerns

VP Education Jack O'Neill updates you on various aspects of the library, following concerns raised by students in recent weeks.

 
Check-Out Fees To Be Refunded: Advice Centre Success Stories

Find out how we're putting money back into students' pockets, after challenging Your Move on check-out fees.

 
Tommy's Strikes Gold Again

For the second year in a row, Tommy's Bar has achieved gold accreditation in the Best Bar None Awards, with an unprecedented score of 100%.

 
Laurels Awards 2019: Nominate Now!

Nominations are now open for our annual Laurels Awards, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our fantastic students across campus.

 
Give It A Go: Term Three Events Launch

Need some fun activities to get you through Summer Term? We've got you covered with everything from free ice cream to a relaxing pamper session!

 
Admin Offices On The Move

Some departments are moving over the Easter break, due to the academic restructure. Find out who is on the move and whether it impacts on you.

 
Student Group Elections: Why Should I Run?

Here are some important reasons why you should run to become part of the next generation of committee members!

 
Broadband Nightmares

If you're getting nightmares from the amount of issues caused by your broadband provider, check out what to do to get a fair compensation!

 
The Big Wins Of Term Two

It's been a big 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!

 
Lecture Capture Gathering Momentum

"One small step for lecture capture, one giant leap for Royal Holloway." VP Education Jack O'Neill reports on the progress being made in our fight for lecture capture.

 
Academic Restructure Consultation

The College’s academic restructure consultation closed last week and VP Education Jack O'Neill is here to update you on the outcomes.

 
Kit Tender Update

VP Sport Dom Brown gives you an update, as we get ready to select a kit supplier and kit out the Bears ahead of the new season.

 
Local Elections: Register To Vote

Local elections are taking place on Thursday 2 May with 41 seats up for grabs in Runnymede borough. Make sure you're registered to vote by Friday 12 April.

 
Summer Ball 2019 Main Stage Line-Up

We’re delighted to announce Mabel as your headline act for this year's Summer Ball. Find out who else is on the bill as we prepare to end 2018/19 in style!

 
Easter Opening Hours

With the Easter break upon us, find out which venues are open and at what times over the next month. See you soon!

 
Varsity Round-Up

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, looks back on Wednesday's action as our Bears took on the Stags at Surrey Sports Park.

 
Get Your Finances In Order

If you feel like you're struggling with your finances and you need some helpful tips, don't worry, our advisors are here to help you out!

 
Varsity 2019 - #ComingBackStronger

VP Sport Dom Brown and VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes preview Varsity 2019 as our Bears head to Surrey to take on the Stags.

 
Announcing January's Rep Of The Month

Find out what Master of Business Administration course rep Ali Tariq has been doing to affect positive change and earn himself the Rep of the Month accolade.

 
Democracy Review: Next Steps

After speaking to loads of you last week about our five ideas to change our democratic structure, it's time for the next steps!

 
Gamesoc Live: A 24 Hour Charity Event

Find out how Games Soc are raising money for Special Effect, a charity that helps people with disabilities enjoy video games.

 
Colours Ball Round-Up

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know who came home victorious as our sports clubs took over De Vere Beaumont Hotel on Saturday night.

 
Extenuating Circumstances: The Basics

We know life can sometimes affect your studies, so make sure you know about extenuating circumstances.

 
Summer Ball 2019 Early Bird Tickets

Find out how you can get your hands on half price tickets for this year's Summer Ball. Line-up announced and tickets go on sale Friday 29 March.

 
Introducing The 'You're Valued' Awards

Your chance to recognise College staff members who consistently go above and beyond to make your life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Announcing Your December Rep Of The Month

After a lot of positive change, we're very excited to announce December's Rep of the Month!

 
Helping You Find A Guarantor

Finding a guarantor can be one of the hardest processes of renting a home, so the Advice Centre is here to help!

 
Ultimate Frisbee Keeping Cameron's Memory Alive

President Veronika Turek tell us how Ultimate Frisbee raised £240 for the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust through their annual tournament.

 
Statement Regarding Rowing Club

The Students’ Union has launched a member's disciplinary investigation into an offensive social media post by a club member.

 
President's Update: Democracy Review

President Clem Jones tells you more about the Democracy Review and how you can have your say on the proposed changes.

 
Blog: Supporting Democracy Review Proposals

VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown on why they're supporting the proposal to merge the two roles into one.

 
Rep Impact Update

Find out what great things your Academic Reps have accomplished, six months on from the launch of our new Academic Representation system.

 
Bap & A Brew Reminder

We'd thought we'd take the opportunity to remind you about the amazing coffee and breakfast deals we have on offer in Tommy's Kitchen.

 
Colours Ball Awards: Vote Now!

It's time to have your say on who should win Colossus' Sports Personality of the Year and the inaugural Spotlight Award at this year's Colours Ball.

 
Tips To Avoid Plagiarism

Our advisors have compiled a list of useful tips to help you avoid plagiarism in your upcoming exams and assignments.

 
Socs Ball Round-Up

VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes summarises an incredible night as we celebrated our societies and media outlets at De Vere Beaumont Hotel on Saturday night.

 
Celebrating Women's History Month

President of Feminism Society Sophie Bury tells us all about why it's important to celebrate Women's History Month.

 
SU Elections 2019 Results

After three incredible days of campaigning and a record breaking turnout, it's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2019/20.

 
Colours Ball Nominations Announced

Find out which individuals and groups have been nominated for awards at this year's Colours Ball, which takes place on Saturday 23 March.

 
SU Elections: Voting Open!

Who will be the next leaders of the Students' Union? It's time for YOU to decide by voting for our Sabbatical Officer and part-time roles!

 
Lecture Capture Survey Closing Soon

You only have until next Friday if you want to have your say on lecture capture! The survey has had an overwhelming response so far, but we want more!

 
BAME Research Team: Introducing Rebecca Goh

Find out more about Rebecca and how to get involved with the project being led by The Student Engagement Project.

 
Big Bears Wednesday Round-Up

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

 
Blog: Advice Centre Success Stories

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

 
Socs Ball Spotlight Award: Vote Now!

The nominations are in and and now it's time to have your say on who should win the inaugural Spotlight Award at this year's Socs Ball.

 
Blog: Remembering Callum

This Thursday a memorial ceremony will be held in the Meadow for Royal Holloway student, Callum Griffiths, who sadly passed away last summer.

 
Big Bears Wednesday: The Sequel

With Varsity on the horizon, it's time to get behind your Bears as they host their largest number of home fixtures during the Spring Term.

 
PhotoSoc Receive Double Award Nomination

PhotoSocs are up for 'Best Arts Society' and 'Most Improved Society' categories at the National Societies Awards.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 20/02/19

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

 
Blog: Orbital Flying The Flag For LGBT+ History Month

Editor Michele Theil explains why you should get your hands on the February edition of Orbital Magazine.

 
Socs Ball Nominations Announced

Find out which individuals and groups have been nominated for awards at this year's Socs Ball, which takes place on Saturday 9 March.

 
Introducing Your SU Elections Candidates

It's time to meet your candidates for this year’s SU Elections! Voting opens at 9am on Monday 4 March.

 
Blog: Tackling University Mental Health

VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong brings us another important update following the review of the NHS GP Surgery.

 
Blog: The University Challenge Experience

Royal Holloway University Challenge team captain Marcel Armour on the battle to secure a date with Jeremy Paxman.

 
Introducing Our BAME Research Team

As part of our partnership with The Student Engagement Project we're pleased to introduce our two new student researchers.

 
Delivering More Study Space On Campus

Vice President Education Jack O'Neill has been in discussions with the College to provide over 150 more study spaces.

 
Blog: Making Your Voice Heard In PDRs

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

 
Blog: Welcoming Eight New Student Groups

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

 
BUCS Round-Up - 06/02/19

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

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

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

 
Pillars of the Community: LGBT Figures in History

As part of LGBT History Month, we take a look back to highlight four influential people from the LGBT community.

 
Blog: Why Lecture Capture Grinds My Gears

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

 
Media Elections: Nominations Now Open

Think you could be the next leader of one of our student media outlets? Nominations are now open for roles with Insanity Radio 103.2FM, rhubarbTV and Orbital magazine.

 
Noisy Neighbour Nightmares

Your President Clem Jones issues a call to action as it becomes clear the long term future of the back gate access is under threat. It's time to respect your neighbours!

 
Academic Rep Conference: Tackling Equality In Higher Education

VP Education Jack O'Neill talks you through a highly engaging and productive day.

 
Blog: Disability Awareness Week

Taking place from 4-10 February, find out more about our collaborative campaign led by the Disabled Students’ Network and the Disability & Dyslexia Services (DDS).

 
Blog: LGBT+ History Month

February marks LGBT+ History Month, a time of celebration and remembrance for the LGBT community. Find out more about its importance in this guest blog from LGBT+ Society.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 30/01/19

This week's round-up features a clean sweep for Men's Football, Super 8s qualification for Indoor Cricket, and a long-awaited promotion for Ladies Hockey 2nd XI.

 
Blog: Disability Sports Day

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, tells us all about how the Students' Union is fighting for inclusiveness in sport with Disability Awareness Week!

 
Blog: Checking In On The Health Centre

Your VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong, gives us a rundown of some awesome changes taking place at the on campus GP Surgery.

 
Blog: Logic Treated To Insanity Studio Experience

Insanity Radio continue to inspire the next generation of media creatives from Logic Studio School.

 
Blog: Cheerleading Group Development Fund Report

Becca Stewart, President of Cheerleading, explains how extra funding has majorly benefited their team.

 
Socs / Colours Ball Tickets Now On Sale

It’s that time of year again - we’re delighted to announce the launch of Socs Ball and Colours Ball for 2019! Find out event information, get nominating and buy your tickets now.

 
Blog: Getting The Balls Rolling

VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown talk you through the changes we've made for this year's Socs Ball and Colours Ball

 
Blog: An Opportunity for Change

With the Academic Restructure progressing at the College, Jack O'Neill looks at how this can have a positive impact on your academic experience

 
No More Fees, Please: Scrapping Tenant Fees

We're excited to say au revoir to tenant fees, meaning cheaper, easier housing for you as a renter

 
Academic Review: A Year On

A year on from our Academic Representation Review, Jack O'Neill your VP Education looks back on some of the key changes.

 
Blog: Equality in Higher Education

Your VP Education Jack O'Neill introduces the themes of this year's Academic Rep Conference and the key reasons why you should sign up now.

 
Blog: Don't Forget Your Feedback

Your President Clem Jones, discusses the importance of using your previous feedback in your upcoming course submissions.

 
Blog: Alumni Sports Day Round-Up

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

 
Blog: Survey Season Begins

With the NSS and Undergraduate Student Survey going live, your VP Education Jack O'Neill explains why it all matters so much.

 
Refreshers Round-Up

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

 
Feature: Student Trustee Interview With Rachelle Jiongco

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

 
Byelaw H Update Passed By Board Of Trustees

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

 
Strobe-Free SU Nights Confirmed

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

 
Bag A Discounted Student Opportunities Membership

Fancy joining a sports club, society or media outlet? We're offering you 33% off a Student Opportunities Membership.

 
Welcome Back From The Sabbs

Your sabbatical officers preview what they've got coming up this term to ensure that we make your student experience the best it possibly can be! They're off to a great start!

 
Blog: Academic Restructure Update

The academic restructure is the hot topic on everyone's lips this year and VP Education Jack O'Neill has some updates for you from the end of term one.

 
Blog: Ensuring A 'Good Night Out'

VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong goes behind the scenes at Winter Blowout to see how the Good Night Out team look out for you at our venues.

 
Blog: Welcoming Three New Societies

SOC has been busy ratifying three more brand new societies! VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes introduces them and let's you know how to get involved.

 
Housing Tips For Spring Term

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

 
Mental Health: Spring Term Preview

With Spring Term on the horizon, it’s time to talk about mental health, how to discuss issues stigma free and how to look out for your mates if they hit a rough patch.

 
Reasons To Buy A Wristband

Not only will you gain guaranteed fast track access to seven Refreshers events, saving up to £19 in the process, you'll also bag some tidy discounts to spend in our venues.

 
Refreshers 2019 Line-Up Announcement

We've spent a very busy term of of lectures and deadlines waiting for it, and now it's finally here. We are excited to present to you, the line-up for Refreshers 2019!

 
Blog: A Winter Message From Your President

Clem Jones, your Union President, gives you a wonderful Christmas message and some New Year's resolutions before you set out for your well-earned winter break.

 
SU Elections: Reasons to Run

You can run but you can't hide, elections are here! Seriously though, you should run for one of our Sabbatical Officer roles. And here are all of the reasons why.

 
Housing Advice For Christmas

Before you leave for the Christmas holidays, make sure you know what to do with your student house to keep it safe while you enjoy your pumpkin spiced lattes and minced pies!

 
Incident on Campus

We are aware that there was an incident on campus in the early hours of this morning (13 December) and the area between the Emily Wilding Davison Building and the Windsor Building is currently cordoned off.

 
The Big Wins Of Term One

It's been a big 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!

 
Announcing the November Rep of the Month!

After a lot of positive change, we're very excited to announce our very first Rep of the Month! Find out who they are and what they've done by reading on.

 
Blog: Board of Trustees Meeting

Your President, Clem Jones, gives us an update on what was discussed on the second Board of Trustees meeting of first term, which took place on 6 December.

 
Give It A Go: Term Two Events Launch

Get ready to get involved in a range of fun activities and events, meet a lot of new friends and distress from all of your work with our Give It A Go programme - your best bet for new experiences.

 
Blog: University Polo - Hockey On Horses?

Caitlyn Nicholls, President of the Royal Holloway Polo Club, tells us all about what the Polo club is all about, why you should get involved and how you can bag yourself tickets to their biggest party of the year, Rock The Polo!

 
Christmas Opening Hours

After a very busy term of lectures and deadlines, we are very excited to wish you an incredibly well-deserved break. But first, find out when our venues will be open during the Christmas holidays!

 
Find My Rep

After seeing some of the awesome stuff your academic reps have been up to this term, you might find yourself wondering how to let your rep know of some juicy changes needing to be made.

 
Introducing Your University Challenge Team

We've selected our team to face Jeremy Paxman as we go head to head against the cream of the crop in next year's University Challenge.

 
Blog: American Football Club Spotlight

Following a key fixture against KCL Regents last Sunday, your VP Sport Dom Brown gives us a report on American Football club's season so far.

 
Blog: Ultimate Frisbee

VP Sport, Dom Brown gives us an insight on what Ultimate Frisbee have been up to this term.

 
Elections Nominations Are Now Open!

Ever wanted a giant poster of your face in Tommy's Lounge? Well, this is your chance!

 
Blog: Women In Sport Panel Discussion

Kate Roberts, Charity Secretary of Women's Football, gives us the down-low on their ongoing #FEMALEISFIERCE campaign and their panel discussion on women in sport, featuring prominent female sporting leaders on campus.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 05/12/18

Find out how your Bears fared in the penultimate week of term one BUCS fixtures.

 
Blog: A Look Into Islamic Society

Secretary of Islamic Society Maryam Shahid, gives us an insight on what the society has been up to this term!

 
Commuting Students Research: The Next Steps

You might remember that this term we launched our research into commuting. Well we've wrapped up the first round, and we want to tell you all about it!

 
Money Matters For Housing

Having trouble working out how much money you need to sign a housing contract? Don't worry! Our Advice Centre is here to help.

 
Bright Ideas Round-Up - Term One

Bright Ideas has had a busy term, and we want to tell you about everything that's gone down!

 
Coming Soon: Academic Rep Conference

We take a look ahead to our Academic Rep Conference which will be taking place on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 28/11/18

It's your weekly BUCS round-up brought to you by Mr. Sport himself, VP Sport Dom Brown.

 
UKVI Action Fraud

It has sadly come to our attention that international students are being targeted by fraudsters once they reach UK soil. Here's some advice on how to avoid being caught out.

 
Blog: #LoveSUs

We quizzed your Sabbs on why they love SUs so much. Why? Because it's #LoveSUs Day of course!

 
An Introduction To South East Asian Society

Every wondered what the South East Asian society gets up to? Well now's your chance to find out!

 
Blog: Putting Money Back Into Students' Pockets

Find out how (Master of Business Administration) MBA course rep Ali Tariq has put almost £50,000 back into the pockets of students on the MBA programme.

 
The Subtle Art Of House-Hunting

We want to ensure that you are ready for the sometimes complex and risky business that is finding a place to rent for next year.

 
Blog: Insanity At Logic Studio School

Your Head of Community (Outreach) at Insanity Radio, Keren Tomasoa, discusses their workshop and Outside Broadcast at Logic Studio School.

 
Lording It Over: Is Your Landlord Up To Scratch?

Thinking of going with a landlord? Make sure you read over this article before signing on the dotted line.

 
Blog: College Answer Your Education Council Questions

VP Education Jack O'Neill has been hard at work getting answers from the College on the Academic Restructure.

 
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.

 
Rep Impact Update

Find out how your academic reps have already had a positive impact on the academic interests of over 3000 students!

 
BUCS Round-Up - 21/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
'Ask for Angela' Campaign

We’re proud to be supporting ‘Ask for Angela’, a campaign run to provide a vital lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation they can’t get out of.

 
Email Etiquette: Some Handy Tips

There's a time and a place for the use of slang and gifs - sending an email to your lecturer certainly isn't that place. Here's a handy guide to avoid being put in their bad books.

 
Christmas Comes To Tommy's Kitchen

With the festive season rapidly approaching, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new seasonal menu at Tommy's Kitchen, featuring gorgeous new burgers and pies with juicy flavours that will fire up the festive spirit inside you.

 
Blog: Trampolining Group Development Fund Report

Following a successful Group Development Fund application, Emma Broadley, President of Royal Holloway Trampolining Club, tells us how the extra funds have helped them move forward as a club.

 
Councils Round-Up

With our three most recent councils done and dusted, it's time to have a look back over what went down last week.

 
Blog: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault

Your Women's Rep, Sophie Bury, details the reporting and support mechanisms in place for survivors of sexual assault.

 
Trans Day of Remembrance

Today we remember our siblings, lost to transphobia and violence.

 
Blog: Celebrating International Week

This week we're kicking off International Week, where we celebrate cultures from around the world. VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, tells us more.

 
Blog: 'This Girl Can'

VP Sport Dom Brown highlights the significance of 'This Girl Can' week and the importance of celebrating our amazingly talented female sports clubs and competitors.

 
Blog: Education Council Update

The first Education Council of the year took place on Wednesday, and there was a hot topic up for discussion in the shape of the proposed academic restructure.

 
International Week Specials At Tommy's Kitchen

To celebrate International Week coming up next week, we're serving up three sizzling specials inspired by great flavours from around the world!

 
Academic Rep Of The Month Launch

As part of our revamped academic rep structure, we're delighted to launch our Rep of the Month award!

 
Blog: Celebrating UKCISA's 50th Anniversary

On 14 November 2018, VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, attended a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

 
BUCS Round Up - 14/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
Blog: Introducing Our New Societies

Holly Hughes, VP Societies & Media, officially introduces the four new societies that were ratified last month by Student Opportunities Committee.

 
Founder's Reading Room: A Remarkable Transformation

Founder's Reading Room has officially re-opened and VP Education Jack O'Neill was there to cut the ribbon.

 
Transgender Awareness Week

Monday 12 November marks the beginning of Trans Awareness Week. Find out why it's so important, and why we still need to fight for trans rights.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 07/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
The Ins and Outs of Extensions

Want to know more about extensions, what you need, and how to get them? Read on to find out more.

 
Cleaning Up Campus: The College's Ethical Investment Policy

Your President, Clem Jones, gives updates on the College's new Ethical Investment Policy.

 
Not Just Bureacracy: What Are SU Councils?

Interested in democracy and representation, and want to make your voice heard? You might be interested in our councils.

 
Black History Month Round-Up

Renée Landell, your BME Rep, takes us through the last month, explaining the importance of black history.

 
Happily Ever After: Advice Centre Success Stories

Want to know what the Advice Centre has been up to? Read on to find out more about our wins!

 
Blog: Big Bears Wednesday Round Up

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, takes us through one of the most important fixture dates of the year, Big Bears Wednesday, detailing the great atmosphere as well as successful games of our sports clubs.

 
Blog: Backing The Proposed Academic Restructure

VP Education, Jack O'Neill, explains why the Sabbatical Officers are supporting the proposed changes to the College's academic structure.

 
Buy, Sell & Swap On Our Online Marketplace

Working with Paperclip, we’ve developed a brand new online marketplace that functions exclusively for all Royal Holloway students. This means you can stay local and trekking too far to buy, sell or swap items are a thing of the past.

 
Stay Smart For Halloween

When deciding your Instagram-worthy Halloween ensemble remember: wear costumes, not cultures.

 
Driven Round the Bend: A Call to Commuting Students

Want to be a part of solving issues for commuting students? Then look no further!

 
Kitting Out The Bears

With our current kit tender due to expire at the end of the academic year, we are calling for your help as we look to get the best deals for our sports teams.

 
Blog: Big Bears Wednesday

On 31 October, we have a plethora of standout fixtures which we will be spotlighting for close attention, with some additional focus on some of our star players. Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, tells us why it's one of our most important fixtures dates and calls for you come down and support all our sports clubs.

 
Blog: American Football At Royal Holloway

Jack Wallis, the Media Officer for Royal Holloway American Football Club, tells us of his personal experiences as part of the American Football team, and reasons why joining the club was one of his highlights while at university.

 
Blog: Essay Mills Don't Pay the Bills

Cheaters never prosper, so here's why you should avoid online essay writing services.

 
Statement Regarding Alpha Residential Email

It has recently been brought to our attention that the estate agent Alpha Residential has sent an email to a number of their student tenants in regards to making arrangements for contract renewals.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 17/10/18

It's time for your weekly BUCS round-up where VP Sport, Dom Brown, gives you the low down on how our Bears got on in their clashes with other universities up and down the country.

 
Join Our Student Advisory Group

Ever wanted to know more about our major events and activities? Ever had an idea for a club night you think students would love? We are looking for students to get involved in a new initiative that will put student voice at the heart of some of our biggest events.

 
Academic Rep Election Results

It's finally time to announce the successful candidates of the academic rep elections!

 
Blog: Lobbying College To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Your Union President, Clem Jones, gives us all the details as to why his pledge to 'Clean Up Your Campus' is important, and what actions have taken place to ensure this happens.

 
Be A Good Neighbour

We understand that you get a little excitable after a few drinks and a wild night of partying, but this is just a gentle reminder to ask you to consider the community and keep the noise down when you are leaving our venues.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week Round-Up

Want to know what went on during Mental Health Awareness Week? Read on to find out!

 
The ABCs of Assignment Writing

Your first assignments might be on the horizon, so you might want to have a quick read of our how to guide on assignment writing.

 
Statement Regarding Anti GRA Literature

Following the dissemination of anti GRA literature on campus. We would like to issue the following statement outlining our position.

 
Self-Certification Policy: The Essential Guide

The new self-certification extensions policy has just been confirmed by the College - we take you through everything you need to know.

 
Blog: Mental Health Training

Your VP Societies and Media, Holly Hughes, talks about the recent mental health training she delivered, and the future of the programme.

 
BUCS Round-Up 10/10/18

VP Sport, Dom Brown, talks you through the first week of BUCS fixtures for our mighty Bears.

 
Insanity Nominated For Best Student Radio Station

The Student Radio Awards shortlist is out, and there is plenty of good news for our community radio station!

 
World Mental Health Day: Why Is It Still So Important?

As we mark World Mental Health Day, we stop to consider why it is still so important for us to speak up around the topic of mental health.

 
Fight for Trans Rights: The Gender Recognition Act

The Gender Recognition Act is out for consultation, and we need you to help in the fight for trans equality by filling it out.

 
Academic Rep Elections: Stand Up And Make A Real Change To Your Education

VP Education, Jack O'Neill, gives you one last push as to why you should nominate yourself a friend to become a course or department rep.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

On 8 October, we'll be launching this year's Mental Health Awareness Week in collaboration with the Mental Health Network.

 
Police Operation at Soap: The Zoo

At tonight's event, Soap: The Zoo, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches. We just wanted to reassure everyone that this is part of our ongoing partnership with Surrey Police aimed at stopping banned and restricted substances from being brought into the Students’ Union Venue.

 
Academic Book Sale Puts £5488 Back Into Students' Pockets

A staggering £5488 will be going straight back into students’ pockets next week, after our second hand academic book sale proved a roaring success!

 
Blog: Gym Now In Shape After Summer Upgrade

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, takes you through a summer of changes in the Sports Centre.

 
Food & Drink On A Budget: The Essential Guide

Being a student can sometimes be difficult when it comes to money. That's why we have loads of food and drink deals in our venues for you to enjoy.

 
Insanity Radio: Don Broco Takeover

Jamie Woods from Insanity Radio 103.2FM gives us the lowdown as DON BROCO invaded their studios to spin tracks for an hour, following their Freshers' Festival DJ set!

 
Academic Rep Elections Launch

Nominations for academic representation positions are now open - nominate yourself or a friend before 17:00 on Wednesday 10 October.

 
Freshers' Festival Round-Up

As Freshers' Festival nears its conclusion, we’ve compiled a few fun facts to show you just how much has happened this week!

 
Blog: Sexual Health Matters!

Your VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, has secured free STI testing as she looks to improve the support for sexual health on campus.

 
Debated And Disparaged: Why We Need Black History Month

You BME Rep, Renée Landell, talks us through why Black History Month remains pertinent and necessary to this day.

 
Night in Shining Armour: What is Nightline?

We talk you through what Nightline is, how you can use it, and all the detail about how it works.

 
Statement Regarding Flawless ft. EO

We have issued a statement following the Flawless ft. EO event held at the SU on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

 
Societies, Media & Sports Clubs Taster Sessions

We've just released the full list of societies and media taster sessions taking place during Freshers' Festival, as well as the timetable for our sports clubs' training sessions.

 
Limited Event Tickets Available

Freshers' Festival wristbands have sold out but there's still time to get your hands on individual event tickets.

 
How To Do Freshers’ Festival On A Budget

Aside our main line-up of events, featuring the likes of Andy C, Philip George and more, you can check out our calendar of free Freshers’ Festival late-night events, allowing you to save more of your sweet student loan.

 
Leaving The Nest: A Guide To Moving Away

Moving to Royal Holloway may be the first time that you’ve ever had to fend for yourself as an independent person.

 
Blog: No More Blurred Lines

‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke has been banned from being played at any of our events and venues, following a proposal put forward through our Bright Ideas platform last month.

 
Freshers' Ball Secret Acts Revealed

Yes, the rumours are true, we've been planning two secret acts to perform at this year's Freshers' Ball.

 
Blog: College Consultation on Academic Structures

The College has launched a consultation for its academic staff on proposed changes to its academic structures.

 
Blog: Board Of Trustees Update

SU President, Clem Jones, talks you through the first Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.

 
Second Hand Academic Book Sale

Following the huge success of our first ever department-wide academic second hand book sale back in May, we are delighted to announce we are running another one on Friday 5 October.

 
New Menu In Tommy’s Kitchen

The best burger bar on campus has a new menu, with a number of vegetarian and vegan additions.

 
SU Venue Security Review: The Outcome

Following consultation with students and a full review of our security operations, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new security provider and in-house Head Door Supervisor ahead of the new academic year.

 
Growing The Rep-ertoire: Looking After Your Academic Reps

We're making sure your course reps have the skills needed to represent your academic interests. Keep reading to find out more.

 
Blog: A Dramatic Turn Of Events

Holly Hughes, your VP Societies and Media, details the steps she's taken to lobby for the specialised drama and theatre spaces to become available to performance-based student groups.

 
Blog: Insanity Radio Go Behind The Scenes At Reading Festival

Jamie Woods, Head of Tech at Insanity Radio, gives us the details on how they managed to score interviews with huge bands, discovered some fantastic new music to be included in their playlists and brought us live visual content and interviews straight from Reading Festival.

 
Mental Health First Aid Training

We've recently send eight of our staff team on a mental health first aid training course. Read on to find out why we've done this, and what our next steps are.

 
Blog: Higher Education On The Brink?

Your VP Education, Jack O'Neill, gives us the low-down surrounding the increasing marketisation of universities around the UK and the threat it brings to the integrity of higher education.

 
Air Con Installed In Packhorse Meeting Rooms

You won’t be melting in The Packhorse meeting rooms this year, as air conditioning is being installed in the meeting rooms.

 
Brand New RHSU App: Download Now

Our very own app has launched, giving quicker and easier access to a huge range of our services at your fingertips.

 
Get Your Hands On A Freshers' Festival Wristband

Freshers' Festival 2018 is nearly upon us, which means one thing: It's time to get your hands on a Freshers' Festival wristband!

 
Triple Success For Savoy At UNIFest

Savoy Opera Society have multiple reasons to celebrate after this year’s UNIFest competition, where they picked up a number of awards!

 
Give It A Go: Term One Events Launch

Get ready to get involved in a range of fun activities and events with our Give It A Go programme - your best bet for new experiences.

 
Looking After Your Mental Health At University

The transition to university is exciting but with it comes a number of potential challenges and we're here to support you every step of the way.

 
Common Mistakes To Avoid During Freshers’ Festival

With that confirmation from Royal Holloway in your grasp, the switch from the comforts of living at home to flying solo in halls is inevitable. This also means you are sure to make a fair few bloopers during Freshers’ Festival.

 
Your Say: Gender Recognition Act Consultation

The Gender Recognition Act is currently out for consultation - here's why you should take part.

 
Blog: Found(ers) Another Place for Study Space

Want to find out what's happening to Founder's West Reading Room? Then look no further as Jack O'Neill, VP Education takes you through it.

 
Blog: In a Good Mood(le)

Your VP Education, Jack O'Neill, takes you through the new updates to Moodle.

 
Blog: Unconditional Love

After recent reporting on the amount of unconditional offers given this year, VP Education, Jack O'Neill, discusses the underlying issues with the system.

 
Union Statement: NSS 2018 Results

RHSU's official statement on the 2018 NSS results.

 
New Menu At The Packhorse

The Packhorse's new menu is finally here! We've improved our offering to include a larger selection of vegan and vegetarian meals, new classics and deals to get your teeth stuck into.

 
SU Main Hall Upgrade

It’s a summer of investment here at the SU and we’ve got some more good news to share with you. We've installed a new stage and carried out a number of other upgrades to give you the facilities you deserve!

 
Blog: Committee Positions To Fill

Your VP Societies And Media, Holly Hughes, and VP Sport, Dom Brown, give us a rundown of all the committee positions still up for grabs, across a range of our sport clubs and societies.

 
Blog: Fixing Up Accessible Toilets On Campus

Your VP Welfare Willow Wong takes us through the improvements and fixes made to accessible toilets across campus.

 
NUS Awards 2018: The Results

It may not be coming home this year, but our senior management team and sabbs enjoyed themselves at the NUS Awards 2018 in Birmingham, where we were nominated for Students' Union of the Year.

 
Moving In: The Essential Guide

Moving into your new home is an exciting time, but things can quickly turn sour if you’ve not done your homework. We’ve prepared some advice to make sure that you’re clued up ahead of your big move.

 
RHSU Shortlisted For Students’ Union Of The Year

We have some exciting news to share with you – we’ve been shortlisted for NUS Students’ Union of the Year! The winner will be announced at the 2018 NUS Awards on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

 
Freshers' Week: Volunteers Required

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

 
Fencers Receive National Recognition

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

 
Media Charter Referendum Statement

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

 
News Dump: SU Toilets Refurb Confirmed

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

 
Blog: Course Rep Elections Moving Online

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

 
Blog: Freeing Up 33% Of Health Centre Appointments

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

 
Student Opportunities Committee Elections: The Results

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

 
Rate Your Union: Headline Results

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

 
Advice: Moving Out Before Your Tenancy Ends

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

 
Council Tax: The Long And Short Of It

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

 
Advice: Finding Housemates

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

 
Student Group By-Elections: The Results

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

 
Blog: Academic Book Sale Success

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

 
Rate Your Union: Win £250 Cash

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

 
Laurels Awards 2018 - The Winners

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

 
Blog: Representing All Of You

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

 
Extenuating Circumstances: When Things Don't Go Your Way

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

 
Tommy’s Kitchen Set For Transformation

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

 
The Packhorse Turns One

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

 
Competition: Win A Summer Ball Pre-Party Package

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

 
Medicine Refurb Gets Green Light

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

 
Competition: Your Chance To Open Summer Ball

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

 
Extenuating Circumstances: The Basics

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

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

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

 
Student Group Elections: The Results

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

 
Car Wars: Albert Road Update

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

 
Update: Council Tax, Your Letters, And A Response

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

 
Knock, Knock; It's Democracy!

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

 
Blog: Exam Confusion Update

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

 
Police Operation At The Students’ Union

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

 
Announcing Carnival Stage Headliner: The Pigeon Detectives

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

 
Irish Referendum on the 8th Amendment

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

 
500 Extra Tickets For Summer Ball

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

 
Blog: Christian Union Annual Events Week Review

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

 
Blog: Help, Something's Affecting my Exams!

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

 
Toast On The Move To The SU

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

 
Blog: Welcome To Stressbusters

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

 
Alcohol Impact Auditor Volunteers Needed

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

 
Blog: Socs, Colours and Laurels Awards

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

 
Yet Another Deadline: Registering To Vote

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

 
Blog: Enactus Take Home Multiple Awards At The National Expo

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

 
Second Hand Academic Book Sale

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

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

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