Molly Taylor, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advocate at the Students' Union, has worked hard throughout March to ensure we celebrate the incredible achievements of the women in our community.
Well that was an amazing Colours Ball, right? And I bet your Instagram feeds were spammed with pics from Colours Ball or group pics outside Founder's. As Term Two has come to an end, we thought we'd give you a little recap of all the award winners!
We might be coming to the end of this year’s Women’s History Month but we're still celebrating the women who tell our stories. We've compiled a reading list of some of the great works of fiction and nonfiction by women authors so that you can keep exploring women's history.
Academic 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 studying Modern Languages, make sure you get to know your Senior Course Rep, Lucy Yarrow.
If you’ve listened to the news or scrolled through social media recently, you’ve probably heard loads about the ongoing cost of living crisis. That's why, we thought we’d shed some light on what the cost of living crisis really means, how is it affecting students, and most importantly, what can you do to mitigate the impact of rising prices.
From horror to romance, coming-of-age stories to biopics, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best films (and a few great TV shows) released in recent years centering around the lives of women and the broad experiences of womanhood.
As we come to the end of the Spring Term, your sabbatical officer team take a moment to reflect back on their achievements, including the work they're putting into their manifesto goals.
From digital detoxes to establishing a routine, our Advice Centre have put some tips together to help you have a restful Easter break with signposting to support should you need it.
After another whirlwind term, it's time to have a well-deserved break and look forward to the Easter break. Check out the opening hours for all of our venues and key services.
Last week, alongside Muscab Salad (your elected NUS delegate), your sabbatical officers attended the NUS National Conference. Take a read to find out what went down!
To get you excited for next week's Varsity competition (Wednesday 22 March), we're sharing some team photos. Whether you're a player or a spectator, we can't wait to see you on the court or on the sidelines cheering on our Bears!
For Women's History Month the SU's resident Representation and Democracy Coordinator, Aran Pascual Quiros, has written about her experience growing up as a woman with hyperactive ADHD.
It's time to find out who you've elected as your new Sabbatical Officers and School Reps to lead the Students' Union in 2023/24.
After three days of voting in the Community Officers Referendum, you said 'yes' to replacing our 'Student Collectives' and 'Collective Convenors' with 'Student Communities' and 'Community Officers'.
We have regrettably had to disqualify four candidates from this year’s election due to breaches of terms within the Rules & Regulations.
Keeping up your mental wellbeing whilst at university is difficult; feelings of stress and anxiety can become overwhelming. If you’re feeling a little more down than usual, the NHS's Talking Therapies service could be a great way to help you.
For Women's History Month and in anticipation of Mother's Day, the SU's very own Simona Palcau has written about the experience of motherhood from the perspective of a daughter and an aunt to celebrate her mother and the women relatives in her family.
Who will be the next leaders of the Students' Union? It's time for YOU to decide by voting for your next Sabbatical Officers, NUS Delegates, and School Reps!
Throughout March, we'll be celebrating women on campus and beyond to raise awareness of women's rights and equality. This year's Women's History Month campaign focuses on "Celebrating women who tell our stories".
Last week, we held our second annual Student Voice Conference. Bringing together students from different communities at Royal Holloway to discuss important topics, decided by you during Speak Week. For those who missed out, here’s a quick recap of what went down.
Cyber-attacks targeting students are nothing new, with many scams typically dangling tempting financial opportunities. We've put together this helpful article so that you know how to avoid being scammed.
Renting privately this year? Our advisors have put together a list with everything you need to know to protect your deposit, and what to do if you think there’s a problem.
Find out who is running to become your new Sabbatical Officers and School Reps for the 2023/2024 academic year.
Looking for a place to live in Egham? 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? Our Advice Centre has put together some guidance to help you out.
The time has come. In just under four weeks, our sports clubs will be taking to the University of Surrey for the biggest sporting clash of the year. Find out how you can get a slice of the action.
To be able to fully engage with your studies at Royal Holloway, it’s really important to attend as many of your classes as possible. Missing a couple of lectures because of unavoidable circumstances is understandable, but low attendance can become detrimental to your education.
To celebrate this year’s LGBT+ History Month, we asked RHSU staff members to recommend some of their favourite pieces of LGBT+ media. From film and television to novels and poetry, we’ve put together a handy list of some of the best pieces of LGBT+ work and creators in recent history.
To give underrepresented groups the best platform possible to have their voices heard on campus and beyond, we’re holding a referendum on the Union's constitution to bring in some proposed changes to Byelaws E and I.
We’re preparing to welcome you back from Study Week with a double dose of great news; we’re launching a brand-new app and Loyalty Rewards scheme for our venues!
If you think you might be pregnant, you can request a free pregnancy test from our Advice Centre. Find out more about the tests and local sexual health services.
Back in November, we ran a survey for postgraduate taught (PGT) students which asked about their experience so far in Term One. Check out a snapshot of the results!
You never know what life may throw at you while fulfilling your degree, so our Advice Centre has put everything you need to know about extenuating circumstances into a short and sweet blog!
With Society Awards fast approaching, here is your sneak preview of what to expect from the event, the awards that are up for grabs, and, most importantly, how you can submit your nominations and buy tickets.
After last year’s success, we are super excited to be bringing you Student Voice Conference for 2023! We’ve sat down and read every idea and with the Conference just around the corner, we're pleased to share the topics that will be covered!
It can be difficult to define what a healthy relationship looks like, as what is “normal” will be slightly different for everyone. The Advice Centre has put together some information and resources about spotting abusive relationships and where to get help and support. CW: This article contains discussion of emotional abuse and domestic violence.
Last week, we kicked, lifted, sprinted, and jiggled for This Girl Can! VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin takes you through the campaign at Royal Holloway.
Our Advisors have put together some guidance on how to ensure you don't fall foul of any academic misconduct offenses when completing your assessments.
This January, we hosted Student Group Sustainability Month to empower students to become more sustainable and have a more positive impact on the environment. It's been a busy one!
Guided by feedback from current and former Royal Holloway students, find out more about how we ensured student voices were heard as we wrote this year's Student Submission for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
University life can be a lot to handle at the best of times, let alone in January when days are so dark and cold, and summer seems like ages away. So, we have highlighted some steps you can take to make the second term that little bit easier.
Sports clubs, it's the time you've been waiting for! Tickets are now on sale for Colours Ball 2023 - make sure to grab yours before they sell out!
SU President, Maia Jarvis is lobbying the University to divest from fossil fuels and needs YOUR help.
This week is your last chance to nominate yourself to run in the SU Elections 2023! If you’re thinking about nominating yourself but want to know more about what being a sabbatical officer really involves, we sat down with current VP Education Shrijeet Shrey, to give you an insight into a typical day.
With the deadline for nominations fast approaching (Sunday 5 February @ 23:59), this week is your last chance to nominate yourself to run in the SU Elections 2023. If you’re thinking about nominating yourself but would like to know more about what the role really involves, we sat down with current VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin, to discuss a typical day in her life as a sabbatical officer.
Dealing with money issues can be daunting but we want to reassure you that there is help and advice available. Falling into debt is a very common experience among students but you should not feel ashamed. Whether you speak to one of our student advisors, the University, or seek help from external sources, it's important to know you aren't alone.
LGBT+ History Month has arrived on campus! Throughout February, we'll be celebrating the queer community at Royal Holloway and beyond with loads of events and activities. Get ready to decorate an LGBT+ banner, catch a movie and support other students at the Queer Creativity Showcase.
The Students’ Union continues to work together with students and lobby the College to make our campus a safer and more welcoming environment for everyone. As a result of SU President Maia's lobbying, gender-neutral and disabled toilets are now on the campus map!
On the fence about whether to nominate yourself for a sabbatical officer position? Current SU President Maia Jarvis gives you the lowdown on why you should stand in the election.
The University and College Union (UCU) has another announced 18 days of strike action in February and March. Find out more about the upcoming action, what we're doing, and how you can get your voice heard.
Our awards nights to celebrate our societies and sports clubs are just around the corner, so it's almost time to pop on your best outfit and join us for a night of glitz and glamour! VP Societies & Sport Hannah Hockin is here to give you the lowdown on what to expect.
To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to first-year Politics and International Relations student, Andrei Mitroi for receiving Rep of the Month!
At the Advice Centre, one of our main purposes is to ensure that you understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Following the recent media buzz around equality, diversity and inclusion, we want to make sure you’re aware of how you are protected by the Equality Act.
In our next blog for Student Group Sustainability Month, we're sharing a handy list of products that will help you make your life a little bit more eco-friendly.
Our Advice Centre has put together some top tips to help you maintain good relationships with the local community and avoid disputes with your neighbours.
Help us celebrate the amazing talent of the queer community at Royal Holloway! As part of our LGBTQ+ History Month campaign, your President Maia Jarvis is organising another Queer Creativity Showcase. Find out how you can get involved!
It's time to have your say on SU security. SU President Maia Jarvis has launched a survey to gather your feedback on the security in our venues. Whether you join us for a night out at Medicine, The Packhorse, or the Union Venue, let us know about your experience.
For Student Group Sustainability Month, we're sharing some life hacks to help you take the step towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Save money with our quick and easy swaps!
It’s a new year, a new term, and for many of you joining us in January, a new start! For international students, settling into, or back into the UK can be difficult, which is why we’ve highlighted some key areas international students may want to keep in mind for settling in.
Think you've found your next student home? We want to ensure it doesn’t cost you any more than it has to. We know that looking for a student home is exciting, however, it's easy to overlook some of the essential bits. That's why the Advice Centre offers a free contract checking service.
Following the success of last year's event, Student Voice Conference is back for 2023! Across term two, we’re running a number of activities to hear about the things that are most important to you, and most importantly, identify solutions.
Are you up for working with the College to shape the future for Royal Holloway students? Maybe you’ve got plans for the GP Surgery, or want to lead the Bears to victory? Nominations for our paid full-time 2023/24 Sabbatical Officer positions are now open, along with part-time School Rep roles.
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 27 January).
You’ve probably noticed that your energy bills, clothing, and even the Tesco meal deal price are hiking up, so it's important to be money smart. Hannah Hockin, your VP Sport and Societies has put together her top tips to help student groups get through the cost of living crisis.
Assessments and exams before university may have looked different from what is now expected of you. If you find academic writing tricky or would like to improve your academic skills in general, here's a guide to the services across the University that can help.
To ensure you kick off Term Two the right way, we're welcoming you back to campus with a huge week of events. Grab your early bird wristband now for just £22.50 to guarantee your entry to all of our headline events! Slay Refreshers 2023.
It’s been an extraordinarily busy term, with everyone back on campus and countless events so we thought we'd take a look back at some of the best bits!
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.
As we come to the end of Term One, the sabbatical officer team share their highlights from the academic year so far. From lobbying the University for free period products across campus to collaborating with CeDAS, Volunteering, and Careers to heading up liberation campaign months – it’s been a busy one!
At the Students’ Union, we’re all too aware of the financial and mental health struggles you may be facing due to the cost of living crisis. As officer lead on the SU’s campaigning in this area, your VP Education Shrey has been working with the University and local council on providing more support to students in financial hardship.
After a busy Term One, it's finally time to have a well-deserved break and look forward to the Christmas festivities. For those staying on and around campus, we've provided an update on the opening hours of our venues over the Christmas break.
We're here to give you some tips on how to use your holidays to prepare yourselves for a smooth start to next term. Don’t worry, that’s not to say we’ll be taking away from your time watching Christmas movies and eating mince pies!
Your academic reps have been working hard this term to improve your experience at Royal Holloway, and it's time to shout about it!
This year, your President, Maia Jarvis, has been working with the College on a complete review of their Extenuating Circumstances policy (ECs). In a effort to tackle the affects of the cost of living crisis on students, Maia has successfully lobbied the College to include 'financial hardship' as a reason to grant extenuating circumstances.
In celebration of Housing Week here at the Students’ Union, today we’ll be going through some of the costs that come with searching and signing for a house so that you know what to expect when you start house-hunting!
The cost of living crisis is hitting students hard and we want to do everything within our power to support you. Over the last few months, your sabbatical officer team has been working with the College to bring free period products to campus.
From late-night outings to early morning lectures, it’s safe to say that being a student is exciting and challenging all at once. Nonetheless, it is important to take some basic measures in order to keep safe. The University’s regulations have been developed over a long period of time with the aim to help all students enjoy this community.
At the Advice Centre, we support students facing housing issues every day. Some are easier to solve than others, but knowing when to seek help is important to make sure your time in a tenancy is as stress-free as possible. We’ve put together a guide to common issues that can come up and our advice for dealing with these.
We all know that shorter, winter days can have an impact on our mood and mental health. With the seasons changing, it's important to look out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We've put together some tips to help manage SAD and where to get help if you need it.
If you're starting the hunt for private rented accommodation - we've got your back. We're on a mission to make sure you have all the information you need so you can search for housing with confidence.
To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Law and Social Sciences School Rep Jayden Bookout for receiving Rep of the Month!
Now that you’ve been a Royal Holloway student for a while, you might think you know all the best study spots on campus. But we’re here to tell you that studying on campus is so much more than the library. Read over our favourite spots to study on campus to try out this week!
From 16 November - 16 December, we're celebrating the national campaign which is all about recognising the achievements of disabled people, challenging disablism, and fighting for equality. This year, the theme is Wellbeing, so we've put together a programme of events that will get you moving, mingling, and motivated!
Following the balloting of UCU members in September and October, the University and College Union (UCU) has announced three days of strike action: Thursday 24 November, Friday 25 November, and Wednesday 30 November.
With the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, we know that more students are working now than ever before. Getting a job is a great way to earn a bit of extra money to support yourself during your studies, but it’s crucial that you know your employment rights. We've highlighted some of your key rights to keep in mind when starting work.
If you could change one thing about your experience as a postgraduate taught (PGT) student, what would it be? Let us know by taking part in our survey as part of our new policy inquiry into the PGT student experience.
Check out who has been elected to join the sabbatical officer team at the NUS National Conference in March 2023!
Over the last three days, you've been voting for what stance the Students' Union should adopt towards the current UCU industrial action. The votes have been counted, and the results are in.
The fact that your classmate can complete their university essays with closed eyes, doesn't mean you have to be able to do that too. Every student comes from different educational systems, teaching methods and schools. Our Advice Centre have put together useful information to help you improve your writing and reach your potential.
We're looking for a current student to join the Officer team, representing students' views and feeding into the topics raised at NUS National Conference (15-16 March 2023).
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.
We’re fast approaching deadline season, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and knowledge to ace your assignments and avoid common mistakes.
Following the results of the UCU Rising ballot, and in accordance with Byelaw B of the Union’s constitution, the elected sabbatical officer team are calling a preferendum on what stance the Students' Union should take regarding the ongoing University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.
VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, reports the scores from last week's Big Bears Wednesday fixtures. Go Bears!
It's important to look after your health when moving away from home. This includes registering with a new GP and finding your local sexual health service.
The Students’ Union can today announce that Zee Iqbal has resigned from his elected position as Vice President Wellbeing and Diversity with immediate effect.
It's time to take your pub quiz skills to the next level! Whether you're an expert in literature, maths, music, science (or all of the above), we're searching for the next passionate team to represent us on the iconic BBC quiz show, University Challenge.
Following our article about pay and conditions, we're moving our attention to the second UCU ballot topic - the Universities Superannuation Scheme - to give you some information on the pension scheme and the proposed changes.
The results are in, and we're excited to reveal who has been elected as your Collective convenors, student group committee members and Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive members.
Winter is coming, and in the midst of a cost of living crisis, you might feel concerned about being able to afford heating during this time. Read about how the Government's Energy Bills Support Scheme can help support you with energy bills this winter.
Find out more about UCU's pay and working conditions ballot, which may impact your lecturers and in turn your education.
Aimed at societies and sports clubs, President Maia Jarvis introduces her guide packed full of super helpful tips on ‘green’ event planning.
School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Humanities, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Jack Masters.
As the trade union that represents the majority of the academic staff here at Royal Holloway, UCU campaigns and activities can have an impact on your lecturers and in turn your education. We've put together this helpful article to give you an idea of what a trade union does and information about the current ballot which could lead to strike action being taken.
School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Life Sciences and the Environment, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Gauresh Kuradia.
School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Business and Management, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Martin Kapusta.
With Black History Month just a day away, SU President Maia Jarvis tells you what we have planned for our celebration on campus and beyond! We've teamed up with African-Caribbean Society to bring you a ton of events and ways to get involved.
School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Law and Social Sciences, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Jayden Bookout.
We hope you all had a fantastic welcome to campus and that our newest members are settling in well to life at Royal Holloway. With Term One in full swing, we’ve wrapped up Freshers’ Festival but let’s take a look back at what was an absolutely awesome week!
School Reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience, working hard to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level. If you're from the School of Performing and Digital Arts, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Carmen Anderson.
Moving to university is a big deal! We know that for a lot of you, it's the first time you’ve been away from home and the comforts there, so we’ve put together some advice to help you with this big transition.
For the first time since 2006, Royal Holloway will be making an appearance on TV's toughest quiz team tournament, University Challenge!
Every year, we try to make sure that you have a welcoming and memorable Freshers Festival. To make the most of it whilst staying safe, we’ve prepared some tips for you on how to have safe and successful Freshers' Festival!
Feeling a little intimidated by starting university? Don’t worry, it’s okay to feel that way. From packing and saying your goodbyes, to going through all the intro emails about enrolment, modules, accommodation, and more - you are about to begin a brand-new chapter in your life. While it is a bit daunting, there is so much to be excited about!
Your President Maia Jarvis fills you in on what she's been up to since starting the role, her goals and priorities for 2022/23, and what's she excited for!
VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, introduces the Buddy Scheme - an initiative that helps students try out taster sessions, Give It A Go and/or Active lifestyle and Sport activities during the first two weeks of term by matching you up with other students! Find out how you can take part.
Your VP Education, Shrijeet Shrey, fills you in on what he's been up to since starting the role, his goals for 2022/23 and how you can get in touch with him!
Kat, a recent History graduate, SU student staff member, and prospective Royal Holloway master's student shares some of her planning, financial, and studying advice as she gets ready for the beginning of her postgraduate degree.
As the new term approaches, we know many of you will be moving into your new rented homes. Whilst this is an exciting time, it is also important that you know what to expect and your responsibilities. We’ve put together some guidance to help you settle in without any drama.
Your VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin fills you in on what she's been up to since starting the role, her priorities for 2022/23 and what's she excited for!
A message from the Students' Union following the announcement of Her Majesty The Queen’s death today.
Whether you’re a new student or entering your final year, doing some prep before term starts could go a long way! Over the summer, we researched some of the best apps available to students that could help you organise your time at university.
Back in June, our Board of Trustees met to discuss a number of key topics including changes to our complaints process, senior leadership team, and updates from the sabbatical officers to name a few.
Freshers' Festival has landed! After a long, hot summer, we're ready to announce your headliners. Get ready, it's spicy!
We know that this academic year has been a rollercoaster ride so if you do experience Extenuating Circumstances, find out how you can get some support!
As the Summer Vacation Assessment Period approaches, we’ve put together our top tips and information you need to know to make sure you’re all ready to take on your resits.
We hope that you’ve had a fantastic time at university - you should be so proud of your achievements! But we know it can be a bit daunting working out what’s next. We’ve put together some useful information to set you up for wherever you decide to go.
What a year! Maia takes us through everything she achieved as VP Education as she takes on her new role as SU President. Highlights include the Queer Creativity Showcase, lobbying to keep the library open 24/7, and improving the personal tutoring system.
Alice has had an absolute blast as your VP Wellbeing & Diversity this year! From celebrating the disabled community during Disability Week to working with the Collectives to lobbying the University on important student issues - it's been a busy one!
After an incredibly busy, but wonderful year, VP Societies & Sport Alex gives us the run down on his experience as a Sabbatical Officer.
You're probably well aware by now that energy bills have increased and you're spending more on your weekly food shop. Despite the cost of living crisis, students don't benefit from the government’s latest offers of help and we know that many of you are worrying about money. We've pulled together some resources so you can keep on top of your finances.
We want to know the answer to one important question: what's it really like to be a student at Royal Holloway? We've teamed up with Alterline to find out what you think about different areas of university life, from teaching to socialising to employability - spill the beans, and you could win £500 or one of 5x £50 cash prizes!
This year, staff from across the College have worked tirelessly to help you navigate a safe return to in-person teaching. It’s been a huge task and we’d like to say thank you to absolutely everyone who has made this academic year possible.
To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Course Rep Tana Randle for receiving Rep of the Month!
Brace yourself! The wait for undergrads to receive your final results is nearly over. Ahead of their release, our Advice Centre has put together everything you need to know about receiving your results, understanding your progression decision, and what to do if something has gone wrong.
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.
We made it! To celebrate the last day of Summer Term, we're celebrating some of the amazing things that have happened this year!
It's time to put the spotlight on the Executives! Members of our three Executives have provided vital voices and support to the Vice Presidents this year.
VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode caught up with Poppy and Jordan from our Good Night Out Crew to find out how they support students on a night out in our venues.
Your academic reps have been working hard all year to improve your experience at Royal Holloway, and it's time to shout about it! From starting Instagram accounts to staging creative takeovers, find out about all the amazing things your reps have been up to.
Our wonderful Collectives have worked hard this year to ensure underrepresented groups on campus are having fun and being listened to! Check out all the great things they've achieved.
Your Executives returned for their fourth round of meetings with your VPs from 19 May to 30 May. As their final meeting of this year, they reviewed the year and plans to be continued over the summer and into 2022-23. Here’s what they’ve been up to.
Universal Credit 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.
As a society, we don't talk enough about the financial and environmental cost of periods. People who menstruate spend an estimated £4800 in their lifetime on products that mostly end up in landfill. Not only is it expensive, it's also harmful to the environment! So, what can we do to change?
Congrats to rep of the month, third-year student and Business and Management School Rep, Toby Bates! Check out all the great things Toby has been up to as a rep, including supporting students with CV and cover letter writing, lobbying for more in-person workshops, and ensuring all modules in the department were consistent on Moodle.
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.
Your VP Education, Maia Jarvis, has pioneered a new, exciting paid student placement that gives you the opportunity to be a driving force in helping the Union be more sustainable. This is your opportunity to create long-lasting change so apply now!
As members and regular users of our services, you’re best placed to tell us what we’re getting right and more importantly, where we can improve. Complete the Rate Your Union survey now for your chance to win £500 cash + claim a free hot drink from Tommy's Kitchen.
After working closely with students and a lot of research, the Students' Union is making some changes to improve the current academic representation structure. From next year, we're introducing the senior course rep role!
Behind the scenes, our sabbatical officers have been busy working with the different departments across the Students' Union to address and improve our current anti-spiking measures. Check out what they've been up to.
Royal Holloway Students’ Union is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzy Stevenson as Chief Executive Officer following an extensive and diligent search.
With next week marking Mental Health Awareness Week, the Advice Centre have put together some information and resources about tackling loneliness at university, and where to get help if you are finding it difficult to cope.
Over the last three days, you've been voting to elect students in a number of important positions across the Students' Union. The waiting is over and it's time to find out who has been elected as your new student group committee members, SSO Executive Members, Collective Convenors, and Humanities School Rep.
Exam season can be super stressful so VP Education Maia Jarvis has shared some advice from her favourite StudyTubers (YouTubers who make content about student life) as well as music she listened to while studying.
Ahead of peak revision season, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode caught up with the Library team to make sure that you know about all the accessibility features, the different study zones so you can work out where you'll study best, and who to contact if you need help.
Postgraduate Taught History course rep, Kayleigh Fryer, is our April Rep of the Month! From collecting and sharing student feedback with department staff to setting up rep office hours and helping to close the feedback loop, Kayleigh has been working hard to improve student experience.
With just six weeks to go until Summer Ball, it's time to meet your headline acts for this year's event!
With exam season upon us, your VP Education Maia Jarvis has put together a special edition podcast in partnership with CeDAS. Discover top tips for revising effectively, techniques for dealing with pre-exam nerves and expert advice on what to do as soon as you’ve opened that first exam paper
With Society Awards fast approaching, here is your sneak preview of what to expect from the event, the awards that are up for grabs and, most importantly, how you can submit your nominations and buy tickets.
Need some fun activities to get you through Summer Term? We've got you covered with everything from mini massages to the much-anticipated return of Pets as Therapy.
Gorgeous gorgeous girls support other women! VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode looks back at everything we got up to over the course of Women's History Month.
We're over the moon to share with you that Orbital Magazine has been recognised by the Student Publications Association Awards! Orbital Culture and Literature Editor, Eva, gives us a rundown of why Orbital has received one of the most prestigious awards in student journalism. Congratulations!
We're pleased to announce that our median pay gap has remained at 0% and our mean gender pay gap has reduced vs last year's report, remaining significantly below the national average.
Read more about how Psychology Department Rep (UG), Elizabeth, worked to ensure students are getting the support that they need with exam prep!
Education, education, education! Our Advice Centre Manager, Shells, has always been obsessed with teaching, learning, and working with students. For Women's History Month, Shells gives us an insight into her professional development and the career she loves.
We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve! Find out how your reps have already had a positive impact on your academic interests!
Your Executives came back for their third round, taking place between 28 February and 3 March. They discussed and fed into some big pieces of work, including Student Group Training, the Personal Tutoring project, and the Professional Skills and Insights Programme. Read more to get the low-down!
You might know the name, Sojourner Truth. She was a truly inspiring American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Discover more about Soujourner's life and contribution to the abolition of the slave trade in a blog by VP Wellbeing and Diversity Alice Goode.
For Women's History Month, we're turning our attention to a passionate nationalist and suffragette, Constance Markievicz. Undoubtedly a groundbreaking figure, Constance paved the way for women in politics for years to come. Read more as we remember Constance's contribution to women's history.
It's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2022/23 as your new Sabbatical Officers, NUS Delegates and School Reps.
Would you benefit from online lectures? Earlier this term, students gave feedback that they were disappointed with the College’s temporary online attendance policy which states that you are only allowed to attend lectures online if you are self-isolating. This led to some students being denied access even when they have compelling reasons to access live content remotely. VP Education Maia Jarvis explains how she has pushed back against these policies.
We’ve been cooking up banging burgers in Tommy's Kitchen for the past five years, but times change and so do tastes. That’s why we need you to fill out our survey and let us know what you want to see being served up in our kitchen in the future. We'll throw in a free hot drink for your troubles!
Royal Holloway Students’ Union is today seeking assurances from the University that they are committed to providing a safe campus, free of bullying and harassment.
From being brave to really listening, Joint CEO of the Students' Union, Abi Jesson, shares some invaluable lessons she's picked up along the road to the top of the SU.
On 4 March, the University and College Union announced another five days of strike action from Monday 21 March to Friday 25 March. VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the situation.
Next up in our blog series of fascinating female figures, we're putting the spotlight on American novelist, Alice Walker. An activist, writer, and poet, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace, Alice Walker is, by all accounts, a remarkable woman.
Over the course of Women's History Month, female members of the Students' Union team will be motivating you by sharing their experiences of the workplace, career, and life in general. First up, we have a blog from our lovely Senior Finance Coordinator, Simona!
President Henn Warwick updates you on the key topics of discussion from the last Board of Trustees meeting, held in December.
In the first of our blogs highlighting brilliant women through history, today we will be celebrating the work of Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, the most cited female scientist of the 1980s. A virologist and molecular biologist, Wong-Staal was the first person to clone the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), leading to the development of blood tests to identify HIV.
VP Education Maia Jarvis takes a look back over all the wonderful events and activities that took place during LGBT+ History Month. From book clubs to showcases, so many of you were able to get involved in the celebration of Royal Holloway's queer community.
Happy Women’s History Month!! Throughout March, we have a bunch of different events and blogs organised to celebrate, empower, and uphold women throughout history and women today. Find out more about the origin of the month!
Find out who is running to become your new Sabbatical Officers, School Reps and NUS Delegates for the 2022/2023 academic year.
After you've done the hard work to complete an assignment, it's important to take note of the feedback. You have a right for this feedback to be clear, constructive, and timely. Read more to find out what you should expect.
Have your say in our survey as we launch a brand new Policy Inquiry into the postgraduate taught (PGT) student experience at Royal Holloway.
Your Executives are back for their third round, taking place between 28 February and 3 March. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work. Take a look at what's coming up!
Last week, we held our first-ever Student Voice Conference. Bringing together students from different communities of Royal Holloway to discuss important topics, decided by you. The debates, interactions, and insights that occurred throughout the day were brilliant, we hope everyone who came along found it a useful space to share their thoughts and ideas. For those who were unable to attend, here is a quick summary of what went down.
Royal Holloway students in support of the ongoing UCU strike action voice their concerns in this blog.
Following an allegation of racist, homophobic, ableist and aggressive behaviour by a number of spectators at a sports club match at Royal Holloway on Wednesday 9 February, the Students’ Union President, Henn Warwick, has suspended a sports club pending a formal investigation under Byelaw L (Members’ Disciplinary Procedure) of the Students’ Union’s constitution.
After months of planning, we are super excited to be introducing Student Voice Conference to you for the first time! Find out all about the events and how you can get involved from 14-18 February.
The University and College Union (UCU) has announced ten days of strike action on 14-22 February and 28 February – 2 March (inclusive). VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the situation and how you may be affected.
We recently announced the introduction of Student Voice Conference and our first-ever Speak Week. Since then, you've submitted an amazing 106 ideas for things you would like to see change at Royal Holloway! We’ve sat down and read every idea and with the Conference just around the corner, we're pleased to share the topics that will be covered.
Executives came back from 26-28 January for the second round of meetings with your VPs. They’ve been discussing the past few months and feeding into exciting plans for the future. Find out what they've been up to.
Every year, the amount of hard work and dedication put in by our student groups is truly inspiring and we want to recognise that through our annual awards ceremonies. Whilst we launched Colours Ball last week, the Society Awards will now take place in term three. VP Societies & Sports, Alex Parry, explains why we've changed the date.
1 February marks the start of LGBT+ History Month in the UK, which aims to increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, our history and the issues we face. VP Education, Maia Jarvis, has put together an overview of everything you can get involved in this LGBT+ History Month.
The biggest night in the Royal Holloway calendar is back! Join us on Thursday 2 June for live performances from some of the UK’s biggest artists in the historic surroundings of Founder’s Building. With fairground rides, street food and banging tunes through to 6am, this is the premier way to sign off your Royal Holloway year.
Thinking of running for SU President? Current President, Henn Warwick, shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!
Every year we celebrate the incredible achievements of our wonderful academic reps. This month, our Sabbatical Officer team found that one rep really stood out - Philosophy department rep, Felix Poree. Read about Felix's efforts to ensure students' needs were met by holding his department to account.
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.
Thinking of running for VP Education? Current Officer Maia Jarvis shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!
Sports club members! It's time to dress in your fanciest clothes and get ready to celebrate the achievements of your sports clubs as we officially launch Colours Ball for 2022! Find out event information, get nominating and buy your tickets now.
Thinking of running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity? Present incumbent, Alice Goode, shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!
The Students’ Union has been informed by NHS Test & Trace that a series of positive COVID-19 test results have been linked to an event held in one of our venues on Wednesday 19 January.
Thinking of running for VP Societies & Sport? Current Officer Alex Parry shares his experience in the role as he looks back to some of the most important moments, his biggest challenges, what he has gained, and his election experience!
You've voted for the Students' Union to support the UCU’s current industrial action and its stance in its entirety, up to and including any further strike action. Find out what that means and what actions we'll be taking as a result.
Calling all queer creatives! VP Education is organising a Queer Creativity Showcase to celebrate LGBT+ History Month and wants to feature you! All kinds of art/performance are welcome so sign up to get involved.
Your Executives are back for their second round, taking place between 26 and 28 January. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work. So what are they up to?
VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode shares an exciting manifesto update on Wellness Wednesdays! Alice's aim is to make sure you no longer find yourself at a loose end on those off-timetable afternoons. Find out what Alice has in store for you.
Are you up for working with the College to shape the future for Royal Holloway students? Maybe you’ve got plans for the GP Surgery, or want to lead the Bears to victory? Nominations for our paid full-time 2022/23 Sabbatical Officer positions are now open, along with part-time Student Trustee and School Rep roles.
We are super excited to be introducing the Student Voice Conference to you for the first time! Across term two, we’re running a number of activities to hear about the things that are most important to you, and most importantly, identify solutions. Find out how you can get involved.
As we continue with our Spiked? campaign to help protect you from drink spiking within our venues, we're delighted to announce that a range of anti-spiking products, including Spikeys, StopTopps and NightCap scrunchies have landed at the SU this week.
VP Education Maia Jarvis is delighted to announce that the Library will now be open 24/7 thanks to one of your Bright Ideas! Whether you're ready to hit the textbooks at the crack of dawn or more of a night owl - the Library will be open!
To ensure you kick off Term Two the right way, we're welcoming you back to campus with a huge week of events. Grab your early bird wristband now for just £20 to guarantee your entry to all of our headline events!
Need some fun activities to get you through Term Two? We've got you covered with everything from free Crafternoons to tons of day trips around the UK!
In October we announced a range of measures to help protect you from drink spiking within our venues. Since then, we’ve been working with our partners to develop a plan of action to tackle this pernicious crime and now want you to come on board and help shape our anti-spiking strategy.
Following receipt of a petition from over 500 student members, and in accordance with Byelaw B of the Union’s constitution, the elected sabbatical officer team are calling a referendum on what stance RHSU should take regarding the ongoing University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.
Christmas is just around the corner - where has the term gone! We know that the holidays can be a challenging time for many reasons, so whether you’re traveling back to your family home, or spending the break somewhere else, it’s important to think about how you’re going to look after yourself and those around you. We’ve put some tips together to help you have a restful break, and where to get help if you need it.
During Maia's election campaign for VP Education, she pledged she would ensure you’re supported in the run-up to exams. Since then, alongside our school reps, Maia has worked with the College to make sure that you are provided with comprehensive support, especially those with in-person assessments.
Whether you’re planning a big night out for New Year’s, or just a festive pub trip with your housemates, staying safe while you’re out and about is more important than ever. We’ve got some top tips from Thames Valley Police to make sure you’re protecting yourself and those around you this holiday season.
Our Advice Centre supports students facing housing issues every day. There are a lot of common issues that many students will face during their tenancy that we can help you with. Some are easier to solve than others, but knowing when to seek help is important to make sure your time in a tenancy is as stress-free as possible. We’ve put together a guide to common issues that can come up and our advice for dealing with these.
We know that being an international student comes with extra challenges, so at the SU we do our best to help you where we can. We have prepared this article full of key information to help you understand the complex process of private renting and to make sure you know your rights and keep safe.
Find out what went down at the first round of Executives this academic year as school reps, Collective convenors and student group members met with your VPs to discuss key projects and issues.
As your degree is coming to an end, the question “what next?” can be daunting. While you’re only a member of the SU until you graduate, you can be assured that we are thinking of how to make your life better until your last day. This article will give you some ideas to get you started on planning your next moves.
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!
VP Societies & Sport, Alex, has been working hard on his manifesto aim to make sure our student groups feel listened to and supported. Read this blog on a new way committee members can give feedback to our Student Opportunities team.
It can be hard finding accessible housing and even harder securing it. To celebrate Housing Week, your VP Wellbeing & Diversity has put together this blog to try and help you understand your rights and how to access support if you need it.
To celebrate Disability History Month (18 Nov - 18 Dec), we're putting the spotlight on Sandra, a Royal Holloway Masters student. Sandra tells us about her autism diagnosis and how she has found her experience at university.
Our Advice Centre gives you all the information you need so you can start your search for accommodation with confidence. Get an idea of what to expect when you're looking for housing and attending viewings.
VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode takes a look back on all the ways you celebrated her Disability Week campaign - which was all about demonstrating that disabled people live full, happy lives just like everyone else.
Next week, the Union Shop will be bringing you some cracking discounts on clothing in their Black Friday sale. Bag yourself a discount of up to 60% off between 22 to 28 November. Find out more about all the items included in the sale!
VP Education Maia Jarvis gives you an update on the recent announcement from the UCU that there will be three days of strike action from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 3 December.
With assessment deadlines on the horizon, it’s important to make sure you know what tools are available to help you succeed in your studies. Our Advice Centre has put together some information about extensions for this academic year.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we take a moment to think about why the day's importance only grows. Amber Onver, Trans Rep for LGBT+ Society, has shared a tribute for the vigil taking place today.
We’re delighted to announce that the Union Shop has been recognised by the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey for its extraordinary work to support students throughout the pandemic. Find out more about the award.
Come check out the latest from the Bright Ideas platform! We've received lots of suggestions from you about how we could help to improve your university experience.
As we kick off our Don't Sign in Term One campaign, we give you advice on what you can do if you're feeling pressured into renewing your housing contract for next year.
Our officers are bringing an exciting opportunity to your attention! Santander has launched a new course to educate everyone in higher education, Union Black: Britain's Black cultures and steps to anti-racism. Pssst... there are scholarships up for grabs for those who take part!
A Night at the Theatre recently made its spectacular return across two days in October. Our creative arts societies organised, hosted and performed right here at the Union Venue for a live audience. Find out from Absolute Harmony and Desi society about the experience.
VP Societies & Sport Alex Parry gives you an update on how our Bears have been faring across the various BUCS competitions in a busy term of sporting action!
VP Education Maia Jarvis calls for your feedback on what the Students' Union's stance should be after members of the UCU's Royal Holloway branch recently voted in favour of strike action.
Join VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode as she celebrates disabled joy and success, as well as raising awareness on disability issues and the lived experiences of disabled people.
This year, Black History Month focused on the national campaign of Proud To Be. We used this opportunity to give the spotlight to our Black community and asked students to share what they are #ProudToBe. Check out Shaniya, Shanice and Jade’s Proud To Be stories.
The University and College Union's ‘Four Fights’ refers to four areas of concern put forward by the trade union for employers to consider in protection of working conditions and fair pay. We're continuing to keep you informed and up-to-date on the potential strike action.
Bright Ideas is back and it’s brighter than ever! Bright Ideas is an opportunity for students to submit an idea about something they’d like to change to improve their university experience, which then gets voted on by other students. Find out how it works!
Following an increase in the reports of drink spiking incidents across the UK, find out what we're doing to help keep you safe in our venues. We've also put together some top tips to make you aware of some preventative steps you can take to reduce the risk of spiking happening to you or your friends.
In this article, we will focus on the first ballot topic of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. We'll give you some information on the proposed changes to the pension scheme that may lead to strike action.
Last week, the Year 13 class from Piggott School came to Royal Holloway and were hosted by the Widening Access and Participation team and Alice Goode, VP Wellbeing & Diversity. They spent a day on campus discovering what uni is actually like and finding out about all the services and activities that we offer as a Students' Union.
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.
We're absolutely delighted to share that our VP Socieites & Sport, Alex Parry, has recently been elected as the new student regional chair for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). Read Alex's blog to find out what the role involves.
Back in the summer, a group of students, the sabbatical officers and Helen Groenendaal (Head of Student Advisory & Wellbeing) met to discuss mental health at Royal Holloway and the quality of support provided by the University. Find out what was discussed and what action is being taken off the back of it.
The results are in, and we're excited to reveal who has been elected as your department reps, Collective convenors, student group committee members and Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive members.
VP Education Maia Jarvis blogs about the recent announcement from the University and College Union (UCU) that they will open two ballots to ask members to vote with regards to strike action.
Not sure who the University and College Union are? We've put together this helpful article to give you an idea of what a trade union does and information about the upcoming vote on strike action.
You've probably heard all about our academic representation system by now but VP Education, Maia Jarvis, is here to tell you about why you should become a course rep.
Your President, Henn Warwick takes a deep dive into the origins of Black History Month and lets you know how you can celebrate with us at the Students' Union.
A few weeks ago the Students' Union and the University's Student Wellbeing service teamed up to bring an STI testing drive to campus!
Read all about the roaring success of our second-hand academic book sale and how we're putting money straight back into students’ pockets.
Our Advice Centre has put together a handy checklist for you to make sure you’re all ready for the year ahead, and to refer back to should any issues arise throughout your studies.
Give It A Go is back with a bang! Check out what we've got on offer in our Term One events programme.
At tonight's event, Fetish Friday, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches.
Your VP Education, Maia Jarvis, gives us the run-down on her manifesto aims and what she's hoping to achieve for students this year, including improving your academic experience and making sure your thoughts are heard.
President Henn Warwick updates you on the key topics of discussion from the latest Board of Trustees meeting, held on 23 September 2021.
The Students’ Union is aware of an alleged incident that occurred within the Union Venue on Wednesday 29 September 2021 between a student and our security team.
Your Sabbatical Officers, Henn, Maia, Alice and Alex have been busy filming some walking tours to help you get to loads of places around campus.
Do you have old, unwanted textbooks lying around? Struggling to find the space for them all? On Thursday 7 October, we're holding a second-hand academic book sale where you can earn money from your unwanted books.
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.
Your President, Henn Warwick, gives us the run-down on her manifesto aims and what she's hoping to achieve for students this year, including improving student safety and working towards decolonising not only the curriculum across all schools but also the services within the College and RHSU.
The Union Shop is committed to continually finding new ways to be more sustainable and make as little impact on the planet as possible. We’ve introduced some new initiatives so you can help play your part!
Over the next three weeks, the student body will be filling over 400 representative positions from across the University as academic reps, Collective convenors, and Student Executive members, as well as committee positions in our lovely student sports clubs and societies.
After a turbulent year and a half, we know you must be super excited to join us here for a massive welcome to Royal Holloway. But before the chaos begins, it’s important that you’re aware of some Freshers’ Festival dos and don’ts for your first few weeks here.
We caught up with VP Societies & Sport Alex Parry to find out what he's been up to over the summer months, what he's looking forward to this academic year, and how you can get involved with our amazing student groups!
Your VP Wellbeing & Diversity, Alice Goode, shares a blog about what she's been working on over the summer months to ensure the student experience at Royal Holloway is as accessible as possible.
It's been a crazy summer of planning and we can't believe we're saying this but, your Freshers' Festival 2021 programme is finally here!
Last week, your new Officer team attended the National Union of Students (NUS) Lead and Change Conference. Hear all about their experiences and how they're looking to put what they've learned into action to make positive changes for students this year!
Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions in July, the Students’ Union has been monitoring the guidance and industry best practice around managing the risk of COVID-19 within venues and can today announce our current plans for re-opening in September.
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.
A statement from the Students' Union addressing the conflict in the Middle East and recent acts of anti-Semitism on campus.
2nd Year Politics and International Relations student, Chanpreet Mangat, kicks off RHSU Stands Together week by unpacking privilege.
President Kate Roberts responds to the Government's latest update on the return to campus for university students.
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