We’re excited to announce that a brand new wooden pergola has been built outside of The Packhorse!
We’re opening applications for the next generation of Duty Managers for the Students’ Union!
Steff Milne, VP Sport, informs us of what's happening for This BUCS Girl Can Week and why it's important to get involved.
Tasha Barrett, your President, takes you through this term's All Student Meeting
Over the summer, we joined a consortium of 26 students’ unions across the country to fund and commission the largest research project to date on students’ views about what ‘teaching excellence’ means to them.
Isobel Sheeran, Head of Publicity, gives us an insight to their successful night at the Student Radio Awards, bagging various awards!
Next week, Royal Holloway Women’s Football are running a campaign called #FemaleIsFierce to raise awareness of the sexism, discrimination and bullying women often experience especially because they participate in sport.
The National Union of Students (NUS) are asking students across the country to share your views on alcohol.
This Wednesday, our Royal Holloway Bears are coming together, united in the battle against cancer! Royal Holloway Women's Rugby encourage everyone to get involved and donate.
Royal Holloway's Golf Club showcases the successful progress this season, going undefeated for over 15 games in a row!
Your weekly update on the progress of your Bright Ideas on how to improve campus!
Willow, VP Welfare, tells us why One World Week is important and informs us of all the events happening on campus during this week.
We’re delighted to announce that the new Storage Inn, previously the old student pub Stumble Inn, is now fully complete and ready for use.
What a week it’s been for democracy! The last few days have played host to Education Council, Equalities Council, and Student Opps Council, and each came with great ideas and suggestions from each of their attendees.
We are excited to announce the arrival of our three brand new Union Buses!
If you don’t want to miss the sparkly performances of London and Surrey’s firework displays or you want something a little different to your usual Bonfire Night antics, then look no further - here is a list of our chosen crème de la crème activities to do this weekend.
We asked VP Sports, Steff Milne, a few questions as to why This (BUCS) Girl Can Campaign is important and the challenges women face being active at Royal Holloway.
Pippa and Steff walk you through the wonders of Student Opps Council.
Your VP Education, Clem Jones, takes us through the ins and outs of Education Council.
We’re giving you guys the top tips provided by our expert-essay curators from the Student Advice Centre, ensuring that you can write the best possible paper, ready to be handed in.
Your VP Equality and Diversity gets you prepped for Equalities Council next week.
VP Willow Wong updates us on the work to be commenced to keep the back gate open 24/7.
Following a request for comment from The Orbital regarding the article, 'The Packhorse gets 2/5 in government Food Hygiene Rating Scheme', the Students' Union has released the following statement.
This week we're looking at some fancy ideas that you guys have submitted and have now been passed!
VP Willow Wong discusses her success in lobbying the College for equal printing credits, regardless of background.
Willow Wong, VP Welfare and Diversity, details the next steps that will be taken to ensure that all students at Royal Holloway receive high-quality and accessible health care.
Natasha Barrett, Union President, discusses why it is important to 'Liberate The Curriculum' and diversify education being run by Students' Unions.
University can be a stressful time in your life, especially with all the academic and life pressures that you might face. That being said, we’ve compiled our top tips in how to deal with mental health at University.
Clem Jones, VP Education, discusses the improvements to be made to the course rep system and what the Academic Representation Review is all about.
Your VP Welfare and Diversity (Willow), and your VP Sports (Steff) team up to talk about #HealthyU and about living a healthy lifestyle.
From Monday 16 October to the Sunday 22 October, Give It A Go week will be making an appearance on campus, in collaboration with a range of our student groups, giving you the opportunity to get stuck in some activities you might have tried before!
Willow Wong, VP Welfare and Diversity, gives us the down low on all the events happening for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The application process for University Challenge is now open, and you’ll be excited to hear that we’re looking for students to form a Royal Holloway team so we can enter again this year!
Last year, you told us the gym wasn’t open late enough and that it was too busy right up until close. The Sports Centre has taken this feedback on board and has made the change you wanted.
From the party veterans, to those with less experience going out, it’s easy to take your safety for granted since university feels like such as safe place.
Moving to Royal Holloway may be the first time that you’ve ever had to fend for yourself as an independent person.
Want to learn more about our Freshers' wristbands and term passes and what they offer?
The new Union Shop will be ready for Freshers’ Festival, opening on Monday 11 September at midday.
Whether you’re moving into the halls of residence or renting out private accommodation via HouseSearch, you’re definitely going to need to deck out your room with some cool things.
The College Bus Service will now be accepting contactless payment!
Pippa Gentry, VP Societies and Media, gives us an update on our brand new storage centre. The new project, officially titled ‘Storage Inn’, will pay homage to our great and sadly fallen, former pub.
Willow Wong, VP Welfare and Diversity, discusses her ideas to improve the health centre service.
At some point over the last two weeks, you have probably heard about the course rep system from multiple people. Here’s a quick reminder of what they are, what they do and why you should run to be one.
Freshers' Fair showcased all of our amazing student groups you can join on campus; from getting on your dancing shoes, learning a new language, engaging with student activism or representing Royal Holloway on our very own Nobles field.
Prep yourself before coming to Royal Holloway and follow this guide of all the essentials you will need!
Willow Wong, VP Welfare and Diversity, highlights the importance of road safety during Freshers' Festival.
We’ve got a ton of new vegan, vegetarian and free-from options now available from our venues, all the way from the The Packhorse to Tommy’s Kitchen.
Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong discusses her success on lobbying College to guarantee accommodations for Postgraduate students.
We are excited to announce that we’re investing over £15,000 of funding from our own budget towards the lighting grid in the Students’ Union main hall.
Your VP Education, Clem Jones, discusses the importance of student feedback on the new Emily Wilding Davison building.
Beating off a record number of nominations and incredible shortlisted University Clubs, our very own Royal Holloway Women’s Football was awarded BUCS Club of the Year
The Union announces that £150,000 in investment from the College has been provided to transform the outside space around the Students’ Union building.
Fancy getting your hands on free entry to every Students' Union event for an entire year? Well now's your chance.
Over the next few weeks many of you will be getting a letter from the local Council informing you of a council tax bill - due to the fact that your studies are now complete.
We are excited to announce that the College have agreed to provide over £100,000 of funding towards the repurposing of Stumble Inn into a high quality storage space exclusive for student groups.
Do you like Chai Tea? Take a look at this Bright Idea from Jharna Adwani.
To celebrate the news that we're bringing back the HouseSearch platform we've launched our latest Summer Ball VIP competition and it couldn't be easier to get involved.
The Students’ Union will be operating the new shop on campus within the Emily Wilding Davison Building.
Over Term 3 we will be electing representatives who sit on our student councils for Education, Equalities and Student Opportunities, find out here.
Your Co-President, Welfare and Diversity, Laura Lewis discusses self-care and taking care of yourself during exam season.
#HealthyU is back and ready to help you relax and de-stress from the daunting prospect of exams and essay deadlines of the dreaded third term.
After years of negotiations we're delighted to announce the back gate will open for 24 hours.
Last Wednesday saw over 300 Royal Holloway Bears head over to Surrey Sports Park for the first ever Varsity! Steff Milne rounds up the action.
With the Higher Education Bill set to return to the House of Commons, Tasha explains how to protect the amendments made in the House of Lords.
We're very proud to announce that in August 2017 the Students' Union will be launching a new way for you to find private housing in the local area.
Known as the biggest and most exclusive event of the year, Summer Ball is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
On Friday 24 March we’ll be launching our early bird discount offer, with 400 tickets available at a discount price.
This year’s student group, media and RAG elections saw a record turnout of 16,845 votes cast, an increase of 24% compared to the elections last year.
A third record turnout in a row saw 2556 students vote in this year’s SU Elections. Find out who was elected now.
Voting is now open in the 2017 SU Elections. You can vote online or at one of the ballot stations around campus
Co-President, Welfare & Diversity, Laura Lewis discusses the recent changes to sex education announced by the government this week.
The Orbital Magazine is the only official publication of the Students’ Union run by students. We work alongside Rhubarb TV and Insanity Radio in the Media Suite, situated upstairs in the SU building.
Here are a few reasons why voting in the upcoming student elections is worth your time
With the elections around the corner here is a list of the best promotional videos from previous SU Elections to get you in the mood!
We're very happy to announce the candidates running in this year's SU Elections!
Celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with a whole range of events, run by the Women’s Network society
International Students' Rep, Willow Wong, speaks about NUS's #1DayWithoutUs campaign that launches today.
During your time at university you may find it difficult to study or perform in assessments due to unexpected circumstances.
Following recent discussions, RHSU and RHUL-UCU want to state their united opposition to the Higher Education Bill.
Welcome to my (first!) blog! I feel like I’m definitely not cool or edgy enough to have a blog, as much as I dream about have
BBCs’ Inside Out South West broadcast an investigation that has been carried out into the theft of tenants’ security deposits.
2017 is the year that marks a new sporting rivalry between the Royal Holloway Bears and Surrey Stags
During LGBTQ+ History Month here in the UK, Black History Month in the US and the upcoming International Women's Day, the sabbatical officers discuss the Union's key values.
Part two of our two part guide to academic writing covers the all essential essay plan along with other top tips from our Writing Mentors.
Varsity 2017 is nearly here! We'll soon be loading up the buses and travelling to our rival’s home ground to draw battle with the Stags.
Thinking about whether you should nominate yourself to run this election season? Well we’ve got a few reasons on why you should!
Throughout February, we’re celebrating LGBT+ History month at RHSU with the theme #BearandProud.
Following proposals put forward by Surrey County Council to turn off street lighting in Egham, President, Education & Campaigns, Tasha Barrett has begun lobbying the Council to reconsider.
Laura Lewis (Co-President, Welfare & Diversity), discusses what being a Sabbatical Officer is all about in her latest blog.
There are many ways to stay healthy. Here are a few tips on how to have a healthier lifestyle as a student.
We have had some technical issues with our online recruitment application process, apologies for this.
Steff has been asking some Royal Holloway Bears what their favorite post training meals are as part of #HealthyU Week!
Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development interviews Jemma Andrew Adaimah ahead of her cooking demo as part of #HealthyU Week!
This week the College agreed to fund the refurbishment of rooms above The Packhorse. Co-President, Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry reveals all.
Pippa and Steff take a look at the Socs and Colours Balls and give information on the changes to both events this year!
Part one of our two part guide to academic writing covers the all essential essay plan along with other top tips from our Writing Mentors.
Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development looks forward to #HealthyU food and nutrition week!
We’ve looked into the biggest housing problems that students face and what you can do to prevent these issues from happening to you!
Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, discusses a new fifth Sabb role for the upcoming election.
As the search begins to find your accommodation, we have put together an FAQ to point you in the right direction!
Here are some important questions to consider asking landlords and estate agents, before you sign on the dotted line
Here are a few important things you should know before privately renting.
Nine potential types of house mates you might encounter when living in student accommodation.
Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, gives us her reaction to the announcement of the name for the Library and Student Services Centre
Due to recording label commitments, Nadia Rose will unfortunately not be performing at Flawless. Fekky will now be performing live!
When and where to collect your Refreshers Wristband.
Laura Lewis, Co-President, Welfare & Diversity, gives us her highlights of term one.
Steff Milne, Co-President, Sports & Development, gives us her highlights of term one.
Pippa Gentry, Co-President, Societies & Media, gives us her highlights of term one.
Tasha Barrett, President Education & Campaigns, gives us her highlights of term one.
Here's a comprehensive list of the opening times of all our venues over the holiday period and when they will re-open.
The Refreshers Week line-up is now live and for this weekend only we're offering you the chance to snap up a wristband for just £20!
In order to help you understand more about plagiarism, here is a list of the most frequently asked questions.
Looking for part-time work? Here's our top picks for the kind of part-time jobs to keep an eye out for.
RAG week is finally upon us! Clubs and societies will be holding a whole range of events throughout the week.
With the launch of Employability Week here are some useful tips to acquiring that desired graduate scheme/job.
With the festive season approaching rapidly, Tommy’s Kitchen is delighted to announce the launch of a new seasonal menu,
The hard work of Sorana Vieru and other NUS and Students' Union members across the UK has begun to pay off
15 different sports clubs will be playing their matches on home soil. Support your fellow students this Big Bears Wednesday!
It’s time to #GiveItAGlow as RHUL Sport brings an exciting opportunity for all students to try various types of sports for free
This Wednesday (9 November) over 550 people around campus will be wearing pink headbands to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer!
This week we're putting the elephant back in the room to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health through open conversations.
It's This BUCS Girl Can week on campus and this year we're putting a slight twist on the campaign.
NUS are offering an exclusive discount of £3 for 3 months of NOW TV for all NUS Extra holders.
A few of you have already contacted us asking about University Challenge and you’ll be pleased to hear that Royal Holloway will be entering this year!
A lot of students won’t be aware that the government is proposing a new bill for higher education or the consequences of this bill
When deciding your Instagram-worthy Halloween ensemble remember: wear costumes, not cultures. Laura explains all in her blog.
The Course Rep System is run by the Students’ Union. We aim to have reps for every year in every department.
Last Friday (14 October) we officially launched the Bright Ideas platform, marking the next stage in a project that has been over a year in development.
University is as much about what you do outside of your degree as it is what you do for it. Getting involved in your students’ union can be life-changing.
#HealthyU is taking campus by storm. I thought it was time to get a student perspective on getting active and how a healthy lifestyle can improve your wellbeing and study.
Here are five reasons to get involved in #HealthyU and how exercise can help you!
Co-President, Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry, responds to comments from the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference.
This week we are encouraging you to get active and take advantage of all the great opportunities we have on campus to get you exercising. But what does this really mean?
Steff speaks about the launch of her new healthy lifestyle campaign, #HealthyU, including how you can get involved.
The new Boilerhouse Café was opened on Wednesday afternoon by the Principal Paul Layzell, Stephen Cox, Chairman of Council and the Sabbs.
This is a quick message to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Bears Night last night and made the event such a huge success.
Over the summer we've rebuilt our website, reconfigured our building and rebranded the Union.
Looking after students’ wellbeing is one of the things that the Students’ Union aims to deliver, so we are starting how we mean to go on by making your Freshers’ Fair the most accessible yet! Read more in Laura's blog.
As the new term dawns it’s time for us to reveal some big changes to Tommy’s Kitchen. Way back in May we conducted our annual Rate Your Union survey where you told us that you wanted better quality food and more options on the Tommy’s menu.
So you’re excited about the year ahead, what it will bring, all the things you’ll learn on your course and all the awesome nights out. Maybe you’re thinking you could do with some extra cash in your pocket during the year - well you’ve come to the right place because we’re recruiting.
After several months of hard work we’re delighted to announce that the reconfigured Students’ Union is now open for business. Central to the new layout is our one-stop shop Union Helpdesk, while we’ve increased seating throughout the building with a new lounge area with plenty of power for charging all your devices.
Today the Government’s Higher Education Bill, the biggest shake up to higher education since 1994, goes to its second reading in the House of Commons. As a Students’ Union we believe it’s important that we are fully engaged in this process to make sure that students are truly at the heart of the system, not just political rhetoric.
It's EU Referendum day and if you only do one thing today make sure it's casting your vote. President, Education and Campaigns, Nayab Cheema explains why in her final blog.
Monday saw building work begin in the Students' Union as we embark on a summer of change and refurbishment.
A heated debate swept across campus last night, as Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote Leave pitched their viewpoints to students.
Last week we became aware of a group of students at Royal Holloway who are keen for a similar referendum on our campus. We understand this is an issue many students care passionately about, and indeed it would be disingenuous to suggest we ourselves do not hold strong opinions on the subject – on both sides of the debate. Read our position on this now.
Things are hotting up in the run up to the Summer Ball and we’re delighted to announce the latest addition to the line-up – a hot air balloon!
Join our campaign to ask the College Principal to DJ at this year's Summer Ball!
The countdown is on to the end of term and the release of 300 Summer Ball early bird tickets at £35 each – less than half the price of a regular ticket – at 9am on Thursday morning.
Royal Holloway’s student media teams have picked up seven nominations in national student journalism awards, recognising the brilliant work of student journalists and volunteers.
An all women sabbatical team has been elected to lead the Students’ Union in the next academic term with female candidates also triumphing in the four available part-time positions. Read the full story now.
The Students’ Union is looking for student opinions on the look and feel of the Union as we begin a process of rebranding. Read more now.
Over the weekend a number of media outlets began reporting that a #Victoriamustfall campaign had been started by Royal Holloway students, and more specifically, the BME campaign within the Students’ Union. This is completely untrue.
Thursday 3 March is University Mental Health Day, just one of the times throughout the year where we are reminded to put mental health at the top of the agenda. Read Co-President, Welfare and Diversity, Jack Kilker's blog now.
History Society picked up the coveted Society of the Year award at this year's Socs Ball to cap a night focused on celebrating the success of the Students' Union's societies, media outlets and fundraising activities through Raise and Give.
As One World Week comes to a close, Co-President, Brianna Middleton Macpherson writes about the massive success that was the Festival of Faith and Culture.
Current President, Education and Campaigns, Nayab Cheema discusses her first encounter with the Students' Union and her journey from Wednesday nights in the SU to full-time sabbatical officer.
After an incredibly strong start to the season that sees Royal Holloway sat 50th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table, eight of our teams remain unbeaten with five of those sitting at the top of their respective leagues.
Over 800 students visited Refreshers and Housing Fair on Thursday, continuing a strong year for Student Activities within the Students’ Union.
Space has always been a major issue on campus. There's now have over 130 student groups wanting to book spaces for practice and meetings and finally, after two years of hard work, we have managed to expand our room booking offering.
We've listened to you and invested over £10,000 on the facilities in Tommy's Kitchen over Christmas. This includes a new kitchen, more tables and seating and the ability to use your college card in the SU!
Didn't make it to a club or society social? Want to meet new people? Just want to try something new? Give it a Go is your chance to get involved in one-of-a-kind activities.
The January sales come to Royal Holloway with the Students' Union's Blue Cross Sale. Massive discounts are available across the Union including cut-price NUS Extra cards, half price student activities membership and more.
January is a great time to give something new a go. With over 80 sports clubs and societies to try why not get involved now.
If you’re thinking about running in the SU Elections then take Jack's simple advice and go for it. Read how being a Sabbatical Officer has been a life changing experience for him and how it can be for you as well in his latest blog.
The event of the year for societies, media outlets and RAG is almost upon us! Tickets have SOLD OUT and we’ll be joined by over 550 students across 90 societies and three media outlets to celebrate an amazing year for Student Activities.
Following a number of issues affecting students staying in Penrose the College have announced they will be compensating students. Read Jack's blog on how the Students' Union helped lobby for a fair compensation package.
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