Royal Holloway Students' Union news

October Elections Results

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

 
Action on the Horizon

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

 
Who are the UCU?

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

 
Why Should You Become a Course Rep?

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

 
The Importance of Black History Month

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

 
Free Sexual Health Testing

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

 
Academic Book Sale Puts £2814 Back Into Students' Pockets

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

 
Advice Centre Checklist

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

 
Make Sure Your Deposit Is Protected

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

 
Let's Give It A Go

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

 
Police Operation at Fetish Friday

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

 
Board of Trustees Update - September 2021

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

 
Navigate Campus with Our Walking Tours

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

 
Freshers’ Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

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

 
Turn Your Unwanted Books Into Cash

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

 
Caring For Your Rented Home

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

 
Henn's Presidential Goals

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

 
Union Shop Cuts Plastic Waste

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

 
Get Involved in Your SU

Over the next three weeks, the student body will be filling over 400 representative positions from across the University as academic reps, Collective convenors, and Student Executive members, as well as committee positions in our lovely student sports clubs and societies.

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2020
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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.

 
Freshers’ Festival Dos and Don’ts

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

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

 
An Update from Your VP Wellbeing & Diversity

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

 
Maia's Manifesto

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

 
How To Be A Good Neighbour

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

 
Venues Entry Requirements Update
Image with 'Important Update' message alongside Freshers' Festival 2021 logo

Following the government's U-turn on the vaccine passports scheme, we've updated our entry requirements for events at the Union Venue and Founder's South Quad.

 
Housemates/Rooms Wanted

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 have put together some guidance to help you out.

 
Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

We know that this academic year has been a rollercoaster ride so if you do experience Extenuating Circumstances, you are still able to apply for them!

 
Freshers’ Festival 2021 Programme

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

 
Meet Your Freshers' Festival Headliners

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.

 
NUS Lead and Change

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

 
Our Venues and Coronavirus

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

 
Looking After Yourself and Others

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

 
Council Tax: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

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

 
Goodbye from Kate, Alissa and Lucy

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

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

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

 
Student Voice Report: Student Housing

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

 
Joint Honours Student Experience: Student Insight Report

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

 
End of Year Wrapped

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

 
Freedom of Speech: Unpicking the Proposed Policy

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

 
End of Year Recognition: You're Valued

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

 
Executives Update: May 2021

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

 
End of Year Recognition: Academic Reps

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

 
Student Group By-Election 2021 Results

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

 
End of Year Recognition: Executives

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

 
End of Year Recognition: Collectives

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

 
Is Uni Racist?

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

 
Student Group Training 2021

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

 
Executives: Round Four

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

 
Save Your Student Group!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Unpacking Privilege
Illustrated figures from different races and backgrounds.

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

 
It's time to Rate Your Union

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

 
What can I do from 17 May?

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

 
Looking Out For Your Friends

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

 
Board of Trustees Update - April 2021

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

 
Student Group Elections 2021 Results

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

 
Improving the Joint Honours Experience

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

 
Academic Misconduct campaign wrap-up

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

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

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

 
Top Tips for Tackling Alternative Assessments

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

 
Become a Student Trustee

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

 
Academic Rights / Avoiding Academic Misconduct

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

 
Term Three Events Programme Launched

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

 
Academic Misconduct - don’t get caught out!

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

 
Five Outdoor Spaces Around Campus You Might Have Missed!

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

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

 
What can I do from 12 April?

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

 
NUS Conference Round-Up

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

 
Celebrate in style!

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

 
Local Elections: Register to Vote

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

 
Rep of the Month: Ginny Spicer

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

 
Executives Update: March 2021

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

 
To the men we represent...

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

 
Student Group Elections: Nominations Open

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

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

 
Celebrating Amazing Staff Members

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

 
Ensuring a Restful Easter Break

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

 
Statement: Summer Ball 2021

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

 
SU Elections 2021 Results

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

 
SU Elections 2021 - Voting Open!

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

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

 
The Pandemic: One Year On

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

 
AbHarm & Friends Virtual Concert

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

 
Student Groups Building Virtual Communities

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

 
Get involved with the SU Elections

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

 
Find Yourself a Pen Pal

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

 
Officer impacts from elections past

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

 
Inspirational Women and the Fight for Gender Equality

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

 
Executives: Round Three

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

 
How we do democracy at RHSU

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

 
What is democracy and why is it important?

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

 
SU Elections: Meet the Candidates

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

 
Rep of the Month: Maia Jarvis

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

 
Join the Fight to Make Mental Health a Priority!

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

 
Raising Awareness and Vital Funds for Young Adult Mental Health

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

 
Steer Clear of Academic Misconduct

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

 
Let's Talk About Healthy Relationships

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

 
Grade Inflation: The Higher Education Context

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

 
Bright Ideas Returns

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

 
The SU and the Environment

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

 
Seeking Sustainability: Climate Action Society

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

 
Universities and the Environment

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

 
Academic Rep Conference Is Back!

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

 
Officer Accountability

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

 
Statement: Let's Talk About Sex

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

 
Sustainability Campaign Launch

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

 
Let's Talk About Female Masturbation

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

 
Staying Connected

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

 
Being Transgender in Sex

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

 
Sex and Disability: Why the Taboo?

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

 
Let's Talk About Emergency Contraception

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

 
Let's Talk About Abortion

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

 
Academic Societies Review

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

 
Let's Talk About STI Clinics

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

 
Let's Talk About STIs

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

 
Tuition Fees: The Higher Education Context

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

 
Academic Quality: The Higher Education Context

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

 
Student Group Awards

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

 
Executives Update: January 2021

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

 
Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

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

 
TEDxRoyalHolloway: Get Your Tickets Now!

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

 
Board of Trustees Update - February 2021

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

 
Gender Neutral Toilets: Fighting For Trans And GNC Rights

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

 
SU Elections: President

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

 
Coping With Virtual Fatigue

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

 
SU Elections: VP Education

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

 
Exams and Assessment Policies 2020/21

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

 
SU Elections: VP Wellbeing & Diversity

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

 
SU Elections: VP Societies & Sport

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

 
Student Housing Survey: Have Your Say!

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

 
Executives: Round Two

Your Executives are back for their second round, taking place between 26 and 28 January. They’ll be discussing and feeding into some big pieces of work, so make sure you check out what's on the agenda.

 
VP Education Q&A Round-Up

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

 
Why You Should Run in the SU Elections

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

 
#ShoutAboutIt: Recognising Student Groups

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

 
Digital Education 2.0 Student Insight Report

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

 
Committee Cafés: Supporting Societies & Sports Clubs

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

 
Exam Access Arrangements: Apply Now

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

 
Accommodation and Emergency Regulations / Assessment Policy Update

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

 
Postgraduate Funding: All You Need To Know

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

 
Rep Of The Month: Joe Russell-Davis

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

 
Statement Regarding Online Racist Abuse

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

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2020/21

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

 
Rep Impact Update: December 2020

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

 
Staying Productive While Enjoying The Holidays

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

 
New Student Groups Incoming!

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

 
Brexit: The Implications for EU Students

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

 
Introducing Your University Challenge Team

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

 
SU Elections Nominations Now Open

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

 
An Open Letter to Staff at Royal Holloway

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

 
Board of Trustees Update - November 2020

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

 
Have Your Say On Your Academic Experience

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

 
Rep of the Month: Sophia Constantopoulos

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

 
Study Support Grant: Financial Help During Your Studies

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Chanpreet Mangat

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

 
Halls For Continuing Students

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

 
Executives Update - November 2020

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

 
Get Your Housing Contract Checked For Free

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

 
An Update On Extensions

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

 
House Viewings: Know What To Do

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

 
Housing Costs: What To Expect When House-hunting

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

 
Policy Inquiry: Student Housing

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

 
Test and Travel: Your Choices

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

 
This Girl Can: Student Profiles

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Ellie Matthews

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

 
A Call For Positive Communication

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

 
Looking After Yourself And Your Mental Health

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

 
Day In The Life Of A Student: Venus Ashu

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

 
University Challenge: Apply Now!

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

 
Digital Education Experience 2.0 Survey

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

 
Combating Housing Contract Renewal Pressure

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

 
Reflecting on Black History Month and Looking Forward

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

 
50+ Lockdown Activity Ideas

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

 
Great Deals To Help You Save Money During Lockdown

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

 
Executives Ready to Lift Off!

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

 
RH BeHeard: Report An Incident At University

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

 
Housing Disrepair: Not Always Your Responsibility

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

 
Having A Say Has Never Been Easier!

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

 
Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential

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

 
10K up for grabs through Santander Development Programme

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

 
Life as an Online Student: How to Study Effectively

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

 
October Elections Results

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

 
Self-isolating at Royal Holloway

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

 
One Week Into Black History Month

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

 
Student Rights: Get the Library Lowdown

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

 
Royal Holloway Moves: Rewarding You for Being Active

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

 
Life as a Commuting Student

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

 
Support Services Available To You

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

 
Statement Regarding Debating Society

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

 
Improving Website Accessibility

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

 
Fire Safety: Your Rights and Responsibilities

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 22 September

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

 
Nominations Open For Academic Rep, Collective & Executive Positions

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

 
Looking After Yourself and Those Around You

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

 
The Rule of Six: What's The Deal?

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

 
Becoming a Rep: Conversations With Alissa

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

 
Groups Gear Up for Challenging Year

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

 
Welcoming You Back To Royal Holloway!

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

 
Collectives: Drive Change at Royal Holloway

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

 
Transcripts: All You Need To Know

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

 
Meet Your School Reps

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

 
Tackling the Royal Holloway Sports Pass

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

 
The Packhorse Returns

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

 
Top Tips For Your Summer Assessments

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Grace Waterman

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Ellie Matthews

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Tanya Solomon

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Toby Bates

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

 
Meet Your School Reps: Vaanee Sarihyan

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

 
Student Wellbeing Strategy
Student Wellbeing Strategy graphic.

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

 
Leave A Review Of Your Landlord

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

 
Freshers' Festival 2020 Programme

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

 
NUS Lead & Change Conference 2020

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

 
Looking After Your Sexual Health

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

 
End of Tenancy Cleaning Top Tips

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

 
Statement Regarding The Chief Executive Role

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

 
Furlough: Being Sensible Now To Help In The Future

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

 
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!

 
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.

 
Download Your Union App

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

 
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.

 
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!