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LGBT+ History Month Reading Recs

Thinking about what to read next? Let us provide you with some fun queer reads to enjoy this LGBT+ History Month, curated by the LGBT+ Society!

 
Leadership Elections: Meet the Candidates

It’s finally time to announce the official candidate shortlist for this year’s Leadership Elections!

 
Sabb Update - 23/02/24

As we reach the halfway mark of Term Two, it's time to catch up with your Sabbatical Officer team!

 
Leadership Elections: Dates for the Diary

Over the next few weeks, the Leadership Elections will be taking over campus so we're here with a rundown of what you can expect! We're also offering you the chance to win £50...

 
Highlighting LGBT+ Trailblazers

From Christine Burns to Laverne Cox to Lord Michael Cashman, VP Education Sharanya celebrates the incredible trailblazers who have worked tirelessly to defend the LGBT+ community.

 
Speak Week Term Two Results

It's been a few weeks since our second Speak Week this academic year, which means it's time to look at the results! This term we wanted to know, ‘What one change would you like to see at Royal Holloway?’

 
LGBT+ Rights: Past and Present

For LGBT+ History Month, VP Education Sharanya walks us through the barriers that the queer community has faced through a timeline and provides an overview of the LGBT+ Equality Movement.

 
It's #NeverOk

It is #NeverOk for someone to be subjected to sexual misconduct and/or harassment so Hannah (SU President) is running a campaign to educate, support and work with students to make change. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable, safe and a sense of belonging at university – help us make this a reality.

 
School of Humanities Spotlight

We've reached the end of our School Spotlight series as we discuss all things Humanities with School Rep, Izzy!

 
Executives Round Two Update

The latest round of Executives took place last month. Find out what your School Reps, Community Officers, and student group members discussed with the Sabbatical Officer team.

 
Cost of Living and Student Groups

The Cost of Living Crisis is currently affecting nearly all areas of student life, and while participating in student groups can be one of the best parts of university, sometimes the costs can be a barrier. VP Societies & Sport has put together a list of top tips for students and committee members!

 
Introducing RHSU Rewards

Introducing RHSU Rewards... rewarding you every time you spend in RHSU venues! As well as enjoying access to food and drink on the go, you'll find some juicy rewards at your fingertips with the RHSU Order app (available to download now from Google Play and the App Store).

 
School of EPMS Spotlight

We're spotlighting the School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. From reworking your assessment schedule to mid-term surveys to extending lab opening times, EPMS has turned your feedback into action.

 
Sabb Update - 09/02/24

It's been a whirlwind over the last few weeks for the Sabbs as they continue to plan campaigns, speak to you on campus and come up with ideas on how we can make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
School of Business & Management Spotlight

This week, we continue to put the spotlight on each School to find out about how they have been representing your academic interests! Today, we're catching up with the School of Business and Management.

 
Why Should You Vote for Student Leaders?

The countdown to the big reveal has begun. On 27 February, you'll find out who is running for our Sabbatical Officer, School Rep and Community Officer roles in the Leadership Elections. Find out what the roles entail and why you should check out the candidates!

 
Bright Ideas Term One Update

Last term, you cast your votes on some weird and wonderful Bright Ideas. From changing gym opening hours to introducing culture day, find out which ideas passed the threshold to be taken forward by our Sabbatical Officers.

 
Meet Your Students of Faith Community Officer

We're excited to introduce our new Students of Faith Community Officer, Naomi. Naomi aims to create an open space for both believers and non-believers, fostering an environment of love and peace.

 
Big Bears Wednesday Round Up

Last week, sports clubs across campus battled for a win in their BUCS fixtures. VP Societies & Sport Alastair brings you a report of all the scores!

 
Last Chance to Nominate Yourself

Nominations for the Leadership Elections 2024 close this Sunday 4 February so this is your sign to take the leap and put yourself forward! We're here with a reminder of what roles we have on offer and why you should consider running.

 
Happy Lunar New Year!

Across campus and beyond, we'll be marking the Lunar New Year. And, in celebration, the Union Shop is bringing you a hot new deal! Read all about the year of the dragon.

 
School of LSE Spotlight

This week, we've been catching up with our School Reps on what they've been up to and to find out some exciting department updates! Today, we're catching up with School of Life Sciences and the Environment (LSE) Rep, Isabella Neergaard.

 
Get Involved in LGBT+ History Month!

This year, we're celebrating the national theme - Medicine #Underthescope to recognise the work and life of LGBT+ people who have made significant contributions to the field. It's an opportunity to shine a light on the discrimination and inequalities that LGBT+ people have historically experienced in healthcare settings, and still face to this day.

 
School of PDA Spotlight

This week, we've been catching up with our School Reps on what they've been up to and to find out some exciting department updates! Next, we hear from School of Performing and Digital Arts (PDA) Rep, Carmen Anderson.

 
School of LSS Spotlight

This week, we've been catching up with our School Reps on what they've been up to and to find out some exciting department updates! First up, we hear from School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) Rep, Oliver Case.

 
Financial Support For You

With the rising cost of living in the UK, you may feel financial pressure and strain that could impact your studies. Despite any challenges you may be facing, we're here to ensure your time at Royal Holloway is a positive one.

 
Friend and Family Toolkit

If you are concerned a friend or family member might be in an abusive or unhealthy situation, this toolkit can help you when offering support.

 
Private Accommodation 101

Renting privately at university will probably be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. So, we want to support you in doing it the right way. Being a first-time renter may sound daunting especially when you don’t know where to start but if you follow our tips, you’ll be on track to successfully securing your first home.

 
Colours Ball Tickets on Sale!

Sports clubs, it's the moment you've been waiting for! Tickets are now on sale for Colours Ball 2024 - make sure to grab yours before they sell out!

 
Sabb Update - 26/01/24

After a busy first few weeks of term, we caught up with your Sabbatical Officer team to find out what they've been working on to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Board of Trustees Update - December 2023

On 7 December, we held our second Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year. With so much going on at the SU, we know it can be a bit confusing to understand where decisions are being made, so hopefully this blog will help you to understand some of the work going on behind the scenes!

 
Speak Week is Back!

From 29 January – 2 February, we'll be asking you ‘what one change would you like to see at Royal Holloway?’ This could be anything from the events on offer to campus facilities and learning resources to academic support and anything in between.

 
Know the Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Abuse can take many forms and manifest in different types of relationships, not just romantic ones. In this blog, we want to shed some light on the different types of abuse so that you know the signs.

 
Hear from Your Community Officers

With nominations for our Leadership Elections open now, you might be wondering what the roles entail and whether you'd be a good fit. Hear from our current Community Officers and see what they have to say about their experiences.

 
Relationship Red Flags

For today's Healthy Relationships blog, we're equipping you with the knowledge and tools you will need to identify, address, and prevent toxic behaviour in your relationships.

 
Hear from Your School Reps

With nominations for our Leadership elections open now you might be wondering what some of these roles entail and whether you'd be a good fit. Hear from our current School Reps and see what they have to say about their experiences.

 
What is Abuse?

Whether it's friendships, work/academic relationships or romantic relations, everyone deserves to experience positive interactions and connections. Know the signs of abuse and find out where to find support should you need it.

 
Express Yourself With Healthy Relationships Week

Nisha (VP Wellbeing & Diversity) is bringing you a week of informative events and activities to raise awareness of toxic/abusive relationships and create a culture of empathy, communication, and mutual respect.

 
Time to Talk 2024

Time to Talk is a day to end mental health stigma and discrimination. The campaign attempts to create supportive and open environments where people feel comfortable to discuss their own experiences and seek help when and if they need it.

 
Executives Round One Update

At the end of November, your Vice Presidents chaired their first Student Executives, supported by their student leaders. Here’s how they went!

 
Day in the Life of the President

Last but not least, we hear from our President, Hannah about what a day in her shoes looks like! From meetings to filming social media content to working on campaigns, it's jam-packed.

 
Day in the Life of VP Education

Hello! If you’re thinking of running to be the next VP Education then this is the blog for you! Here is an insight into a day in the life of Sharanya, VP Education at RHSU.

 
Leadership Elections: Hear from Previous Sabbatical Officers

Thinking of nominating yourself for a role in the Leadership Elections? To help you make your decision, we’ve been reaching out to Sabbatical Officers from previous years to share their experiences of elections.

 
Day in the Life of VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Up next, we're stepping into Nisha's shoes. Read all about a typical day as VP Wellbeing & Diversity at Royal Holloway.

 
Day in the Life of VP Societies & Sport

Thinking of running in the Leadership Elections? Each day this week, we'll be giving you an insight into the average day of a Sabbatical Officer. VP Societies & Sport, Alastair is kicking us off!

 
Stand in the 2024 Leadership Elections!

We’ve officially opened nominations for our Leadership Elections, which means that you have the opportunity to register your interest in standing for election for one of our full-time Sabbatical Officer roles. It’s an unmissable opportunity and one that’s well worth your time.

 
The Impact of Alcohol & Drugs on Mental & Physical Health

As a university student, you are likely to face various stressors and challenges while studying. While it's okay to unwind and relax, it's crucial to be mindful of how our choices, especially regarding alcohol and drugs, can affect our mental and physical health.

 
Let's Stop Sober Shaming

It's time to foster a culture that embraces diversity and respects individual choices. Sober shaming has no place in our campus community. Let's work together to create an environment where everyone feels valued and included.

 
The International Student Guide

It's a new year, new term, and for international students joining us in January, it's a new start! To help you settle in, the Advice Centre has put together some important tips for you to know!

 
Tantalising Alcohol-Free Tipples

Feeling thirsty? Whether you're having a drink at home or in our venues, here's a list of lip-smacking drinks to tickle your taste buds.

 
Super Simple Natural Endorphin Boosters

Feeling a bit stressed or in need of a pick-me-up? Most people turn to alcohol or other substances when they are feeling like this in an attempt to change their mood. However, it's best to try and shift your mood in a more natural way such as boosting your endorphins!

 
Security Review Update: 100% Bag and Person Search

Last academic year, we ran the SU Security Survey where we asked about your experience in our late-night venues (Union Venue Nightclub, Medicine and The Packhorse). After analysing your feedback, we created a Student Insight Report on SU Security which included a list of recommendations.

 
Everything You Need to Know about ECs

Sometimes life can throw difficult and unforeseeable circumstances your way, and even the best laid plans go awry. But don’t panic, there are people at the University who can help and support you through your studies no matter what life throws at you.

 
10 Fun AND Sober Things to Do Around Egham

Hannah and Nisha share 10 SOBER ways to enjoy yourself in Egham.

 
The RHUL Student Manifesto: Your Ideas So Far

As part of our Turn Up campaign, we’ve been asking the student body what issues matter the most to them and what they want to see out of the next government. A general election is coming before January 2025, and we want to do our part in making sure your voices are heard.

 
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week 2024

SU President Hannah and VP Wellbeing & Diversity Nisha have teamed up to bring you Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week from 8-12 January 2024. The campaign aims to create a healthy, inclusive culture and give students strategies to reduce the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol.

 
Where Can I Study on Campus?

VP Education Sharanya wants to ensure that education is accessible for all and that everyone has access to study spaces whenever they need it. We know every student works differently, so check out our handy list of study spaces.

 
Term One Rep Impact Update

It has been an active start of the year for the students representing your academic interests. With over 250 academic reps completing their training and taking part in their first Staff-Student Action Meetings with their departments, we've heard your feedback and started implementing change!

 
Five Great Promotional Videos from SU Leadership Elections

With the nominations period open now, here is a list of the best promotional videos from previous SU Elections to get you in the mood!

 
Navigating Uni as a Disabled Student

This Disability History Month, we want to ensure you know where you can find help as a disabled student at Royal Holloway. Your Disabled Students Community Officer, Alana, has collated all the help available to you at Royal Holloway and nationally. Here is a quick rundown of Alana's findings!

 
Looking After Yourself This Christmas

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

 
Disability and the Equality Act

For Disability History Month, we're giving you a rundown on the Equality Act 2010 in the UK. The act provides a framework for understanding disabilities, ensuring that individuals are protected from discrimination.

 
Refreshers 2024 Line-Up Announced

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived! Your Refreshers 2024 line-up is here. Get ready, it's a good one!

 
Get Ready for the 2024 Leadership Elections

With the end of Term One, the Leadership Elections are fast approaching! Here is what to look out for as we enter the new year and open nominations on Friday 12 January!

 
Your Rights as a Student Tenant

Each term, VP Wellbeing & Diversity Nisha will be raising awareness of student rights. This term's blog is all about your housing rights as a student tenant!

 
Alastair's Term One Update

As we come to the end of Term One, the Sabbatical Officer team is sharing their highlights from the academic year so far. Alastair Copland, VP Societies & Sport is here with an update!

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2023/24

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.

 
Combatting the Cost of Living Crisis: Your Top Tips

As part of our Cost of Living campaign, we held an SU on Tour event in the library to find your top money-saving tips. We've compiled them so that you have a super-handy list of ways to make the most of your time at university.

 
Nisha's Term One Update

As we come to the end of Term One, the Sabbatical Officer team is sharing their highlights from the academic year so far. Nisha Bundhun, VP Wellbeing & Diversity is here with an update!

 
Savvy Student Storage

From as little as £3.25 per month, LOVESPACE can help with your storage needs! As part of our Cost of Living campaign, we've teamed up with LOVESPACE to bring you low-cost storage options.

 
Sharanya's Term One Update

As we come to the end of Term One, the Sabbatical Officer team is sharing their highlights from the academic year so far. Sharanya Sivarajah, VP Education is here with an update!

 
Student Adjustment Planner Explainer

Recently, the government published a Student Adjustments Planner, aimed at helping students with disabilities and health conditions. This is a quick one-stop-shop explainer of what it is and how it can be useful to you!

 
Hannah's Term One Update

As we come to the end of Term One, the Sabbatical Officer team is sharing their highlights from the academic year so far. First up, we're heading from Hannah Hockin, SU President.

 
Royal Holloway’s First Dharmic Prayer Room

Olivia Singh is happy to share that a new Dharmic Prayer Room is open for all students and staff to use at Royal Holloway.

 
Refreshers Pre-Release Wristbands on Sale

Wondering what your first week of Term Two will bring? We can tell you - Refreshers! Our events team has been working day and night to bring you an epic programme; welcoming you back to campus with a bang. For one week only, get your hands on a Pre-Release Wristband for just £20

 
The University Wellbeing Department: Student Insight Report

When campaigning to be SU President and VP Wellbeing & Diversity, Hannah and Nisha promised we would review the University Wellbeing Department's services, and we are excited to share what we learned over the last few months in this Student Insight Report.

 
During Your Tenancy: Dealing with Common Issues

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.

 
Managing Your Finances

It's safe to say, we're all spending more on goods and services than we would have done two years ago. The good news is that all hope is not lost. The Advice Centre has collated information from a wide variety of sources to help you not just save but make money!

 
Preparing for the Spring Term Assessment Period

Exams are just around the corner so we thought we’d update you ahead of the Spring Term Assessment Period.

 
Your Housing Rights
Text reads Housing Week, House Searching & viewings with and illustration of  Founder's Building

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.

 
Rep of the Month: Isabella Neergard

As School Rep for Life Sciences and the Environment (LSE) and third-year Psychology student, Isabella Neergaard has been working hard to represent your academic interests. Congratulations Isabella for receiving Rep of the Month in November!

 
Housing Costs: What to Expect When House-Hunting

In celebration of Housing Week, 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 Most Wonderful Xmas Events Calendar

Curious about ways to celebrate this festive season? Look no further, we have compiled the best ways to celebrate Christmas on or around campus. Select your jolliest Christmas jumper and get ready to craft, sing, dance and eat as we approach the big day!

 
Sabb Update - 24/11/23

After another busy week, we caught up with your Sabbatical Officer team to find out what they've been working on to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Speak Week: What We Learned

It's been a few weeks since our first Speak Week this academic year, which means it's time to look at the results! We asked you about your experience during your first few weeks of term and, more importantly, what changes you would like to see.

 
Bright Ideas Update: Library Opening Hours

After 242 votes on a Bright Idea to open the library 24/7 and countless Speak Week responses, we took your feedback to the University's Senior Leadership team and the Library Services team. Here's an update from VP Education, Sharanya on our discussions!

 
SU Security Review Update

President Hannah Hockin gives you an update on changes we've made as a result of the recommendations from the SU Security Review carried out in the 2022/23 academic year.

 
Meet the Education Executive

The Executives are committees chaired by one of the Vice Presidents and are made up of student representatives responsible for the development, scrutiny and maintenance of policy and plans in their area, as well as where work needs to happen! In this blog, we're getting to know the members of the Education Executive.

 
Turn Up Phase Two: Student Manifesto

Phase Two of our Turn Up campaign has begun! With your help, we're creating a Royal Holloway Student Manifesto.

 
WCD, Who?

The Executives are committees chaired by one of the VPs and filled with student representatives responsible for the development, scrutiny and maintenance of policy and plans in their area. In this blog, we're getting to know the members of the Wellbeing, Community & Diversity (WCD) Executive and what they're up to this year.

 
The Packhorse's Festive Feast

With our tree lit, Christmassy drinks poured and all the delicious trimmings you could dream of in the oven, get ready for an experience like no other! The Packhorse can't wait to serve up your perfect festive meal!

 
Islamophobia Awareness Month

November is Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) in the UK so we're sharing a quick guide on how to get involved and what you need to know about the campaign. Inspired by the wider IAM 2023 campaign, we want to invite students on campus, whether Muslim or not to share their stories about themselves or about someone in their lives.

 
Moustaches for Movember

Last year, Royal Holloway raised £14,679 for Movember and with your support, we can smash that goal this year! Stay updated on what your student groups are up to raise awareness for men's mental health, and, if you can, consider donating to this important cause.

 
Celebrating Disability History Month

Alastair (VP Societies & Sport) and Alana (Disabled Students Community Officer) have teamed up to bring you DHM! We're excited to champion student voice and share student stories - celebrating strength and perseverance.

 
Get to Know the SSO

The Executives are committees chaired by one of the VPs and filled with student representatives responsible for the development, scrutiny and maintenance of policy and plans in their area. In this blog, we're getting to know the members of the Societies, Sports & Opportunities (SSO) Executive and what they're up to this year.

 
Sign Up for the Summer Skills Placement Programme

Nisha (VP Wellbeing & Diversity) and Sharanya (VP Education) talk to you about why you should get involved in the Summer Skills Placement Programme!

 
Support for Students Facing Homelessness

Unfortunately, homelessness is an issue that impacts university students. We've put together some resources so you know what to do if you're ever facing a housing crisis.

 
SHAG Week: Sex-Capades

We asked you to send in your best, funniest, or most embarrassing sex stories for Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week. This is part of our goal to break the taboo on sex and to stop the expectation that sex is as perfect as it looks in the movies. Here are our favourite stories that you have sent over...

 
TK Deals for Days

From deals on our new subs, dirty fries and smoothies, here are the best bargains at Tommy's Kitchen this year!

 
Rate Your Union 2023 Action Plan

After reviewing your Rate Your Union feedback, the Students’ Union has come up with an action plan to implement changes in the way we run our activities and services this academic year with an aim to have a positive impact on your student experience!

 
Your Sabb Update - 10/11/23
Photo of Hannah, Alastair, Sharanya and Nisha by Founder's Building

From working on campaigns to attending University meetings, your Sabbatical Officer team have been working hard to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Thank You to Our Trustee Board

Trustees’ Week (6-10 November 2023) is a time for us to come together to celebrate the achievements of nearly one million trustees across the UK. We want to thank our own Trustee Board for the time, commitment and effort you bring to RHSU to help us thrive.

 
SHAG Week: Express and Protect Yourself

With 15 methods of free contraception available in the UK, there are plenty of options available to you. Find out more in this blog from SU President, Hannah Hockin.

 
SHAG Week: Preventing STIs

Over a quarter of students, 25% to be exact, will catch an STI before they finish their first year of university. Yes, read that again. Check out our blog to find out how you can prevent STIs and test yourself.

 
UCU Industrial Action: Re-ballot Results

The UCU (University and College Union) held a re-ballot last week to extend their mandate to strike over the pay and working conditions dispute. Yesterday, UCU announced that they did not meet the threshold required for the mandate to pass for further industrial action.

 
Introducing SHAG Week

SU President, Hannah Hockin presents Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week. For the next five days, we'll be talking about all things sex, breaking the stigma, myth-busting and hearing about your sex-capades! In the words of Justin Timberlake, we really are bringing sexy back.

 
Supporting You During the Cost of Living Crisis

From lobbying the University to exploring discounts for students with local bus companies, we've put together a Cost of Living Action Plan to represent and support you during the crisis.

 
Wobble Week Wrap-Up

Last week, VP Wellbeing and Diversity Nisha hosted the first-ever Wobble Week at Royal Holloway bringing students across campus together for fun, friendly and free activities. Take a look at what we got up to!

 
Follow Us on TikTok!

This term, we launched our new TikTok channel and we can't wait for all the new content we're going to make with your help.

 
Earn Cash Working for the SU!

From serving up the tastiest meals at Tommy's Kitchen to mixing up a fabulous cocktail at The Packhorse to assisting students at the Helpdesk, we're looking for superstars to support teams across RHSU. Find out how to apply!

 
Black History Month Round-Up

October serves as a dedicated time to acknowledge the significant events, activism, and achievements of Black people who have shaped our society, both historically and presently. In this blog, we want to highlight some of the brilliant work and events you've been involved with across the month.

 
Rate Your Union 2023 Results

Every year, we ask standard questions in our annual Rate Your Union survey about your experiences using our services which help guide our plans for the next academic year. Now that we’ve analysed the results, we want to share some of what we’ve learned from the survey.

 
Your Sabb Update - 27/10/23

After another busy week, we caught up with your Sabbatical Officer team to find out what they've been working on to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Students of Faith Community Officer Co-Option

Due to a recent resignation, the Students of Faith Community Officer position is open now! This is a fantastic opportunity for all students of faith hoping to make a difference for their community on campus! Find out how to get involved.

 
Staying on Top of University Life

Managing academic commitments, relationships, deadlines, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be challenging. This blog will provide you with some top tips to help you manage these aspects of university life!

 
Time to Turn Up

The National Union of Students (NUS) is leading a national campaign called Turn Up to get young people registered and ready to vote, and we're getting involved. We'll be running activities at different stages throughout the year so that you're fully clued up by the time the General Election comes around.

 
Staying Healthy on a Budget

It's easy to overlook the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while you're at university. However, there is a strong connection between physical activity, healthy eating, and mental wellbeing so it's vital that you look after yourself on all fronts!

 
Take Part in University Challenge

It's time to get your quiz skills geared up and ready to go! Whether you're an expert in literature, maths, music, science (or all of the above), we are looking for the next passionate team to represent Royal Holloway on the iconic BBC quiz show, University Challenge.

 
Top Study Tips from Your Academic Reps

Studying for a degree is an exciting experience, however, it can be challenging. So, this blog will give you some general study tips and some tailored ones specific to each school from your academic reps, to help you along with your studies here at Royal Holloway.

 
Shape the Future of University Life

In collaboration with Cibyl and Wonkhe, we have initiated a research project with the goal of empowering students to have a voice in discussions about resources, services, and other factors that influence their university experience.

 
Wobble Less, Smile More

As we approach the halfway mark of Term One, VP Wellbeing and Diversity Nisha is running her Wobble Week campaign (23-27 October) to make sure you're adjusting to university life and your new surroundings.

 
Rate Your Union: Wellbeing Survey Results

In last year's Rate Your Union survey, we asked you to tell us about your experience of using the University's Wellbeing Department. We're pleased to be able to share some of the results of the survey, as well as our progress on the Student Insight Report that will be published later this term with recommendations for the University.

 
Your Sabb Update - 13/10/23
2023/24 Sabbatical Officers stood outside Founder's Building (left to right: Hannah, Alastair, Shara

After another busy week, we caught up with your Sabbatical Officer team to find out what they've been working on to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

 
Help Shape Our New Strategy

Our current four-year plan runs until 2024, which means it’s time for us to form a new strategy and ensure we are best placed to deliver on our promise to make student life better at Royal Holloway. Take our short survey to have a voice in what our new strategy looks like and you could win £150!

 
Autumn Elections Results
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It's time to find out who has been elected as your new Community Officers, School Reps and SSO Executive Members,

 
Black History Month: History & Impact

This Black History Month’s national theme is “Saluting Our Sisters”, and at Royal Holloway we want to shine a spotlight on notable Black women that have attended Royal Holloway and Bedford College, currently work at the University, or are based in Surrey.

 
Speak Week

Speak Week is back again and better than ever. We want to hear about what things you want to change on campus. Speak week is a chance to for you to make your voice heard, either online or in-person. We can't wait to hear what you have to say!

 
Officer Statement: Israel-Hamas Conflict
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Following events over the weekend, we want to express our support to all students affected by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

 
Officer Statement: Standing With Our Transgender Community
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In light of recent news coverage, we want to express solidarity with the transgender community and condemn the discrimination towards trans and non-binary people.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Oliver Case

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, Oliver Case.

 
Your Sabb Update - 06/10/23
2023/24 Sabbatical Officers stood outside Founder's Building (left to right: Hannah, Alastair, Shara

After a busy few weeks welcoming students to campus, it's time for a check-in with your Sabbatical Officer team!

 
Board of Trustees Update: September 2023

On 28 September, the Board of Trustees met to discuss a number of key topics including our financial performance for the 2022-23 academic year, changes to our senior leadership team, and updates from the Sabbatical Officers to name a few.

 
Meet Your School Rep: Isabella Neergaard

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, Isabella Neergaard.

 
The PGT Experience: Survey Three Results

Over the summer, we asked PGT students to take part in one final survey for our Policy Inquiry and now it's time to share the results! We've also compiled a list of potential recommendations to improve your experience and would love to hear your thoughts.

 
How to Look After Your Mental Health at University

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 on how to look after your mental health at University.

 
Saluting Our Sisters for Black History Month

Hannah (SU President) and Muscab (Black and Global Majority Student Community Officer) let you know how we'll be celebrating the significant events, activism, and achievements of Black people who have shaped our society.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Izzy Masters

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, Izzy Masters.

 
Uni 101: Check Out the Chaplaincy

Here at Royal Holloway, we offer lots of support and services to students of faith, whatever their beliefs or circumstances. We acknowledge the needs of people of faith and work actively to facilitate worship for students and staff.

 
Welcome Tony Logan, RHSU's New CEO
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Royal Holloway Students’ Union is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Logan as Chief Executive Officer.

 
UCU Strike Action Update

With UCU strike action taking place next week (25-29 September), find out what's going on and how you may be affected.

 
Stand in the Autumn Elections

Whether it's as an SSO Executive member, a Community Officer or a School Rep, nominating yourself to become a student leader means that you will have a direct impact on student experience at Royal Holloway.

 
Uni 101: Services for Disabled Students

Around 13% of Royal Holloway students have a disability - that's over 1400 students, a big part of our community here on campus. VP Wellbeing and Diversity, Nisha explains what services are in place at Royal Holloway to ensure all students have the best possible university experience!

 
Taster Sessions For Sports, Societies & Media Outlets

We've got over 140 different societies, sports clubs and media outlets for you to try out during Freshers' Festival! Make sure you check them all out.

 
Uni 101: Study, Socialise and Relax on Campus

Location, location, location… where are the top spots on campus? SU President, Hannah walks you through all the best places to study, socialise and relax at Royal Holloway.

 
Uni 101: How to Make a Friend in 10 Days

Starting university can be a daunting experience. Your VP Wellbeing and Diversity, Nisha Bundhun has some top tips and advice on how to meet new people and settle into life at university.

 
Uni 101: Managing Your Money

Cost of living is hitting us all. HARD. For a lot of you, it’ll be your first time managing your own finances. As part of our Uni 101 Guide, here’s a short blog on managing your dosh during the cost of living crisis.

 
Look Out for Rental Scams

We want you to have the best experience possible when searching for housing so it's important to look out for scams. We've put together some top tips on how to stay alert, avoid scammers and ensure the property you are looking to rent is genuine.

 
Uni 101: Dealing with Common Concerns

So, you’re starting university for the very first time or you’re returning after a well-deserved summer break. You may be feeling a range of emotions at the moment whether that’s excitement or anxiousness and that is completely normal.

 
Represent Your Course Mates

Sign up is open now for Course and Senior Course Reps! If you feel you could be the voice of your peers and work to make positive change on your course - this is the role for you.

 
Freshers' Festival on a Budget

We understand that your first week at uni potentially comes with a lot of spending. With that in mind, we want to let you know that regardless of your budget there will be loads of ways for you to make the most of Freshers and have an awesome time!

 
Meet Friends with The Buddy Scheme

During Freshers’ Festival, we're hosting a variety of events for you to get involved in, from club nights to Give It A Go events (including a Petting Zoo!) to mixers to get you mingling - there’s a lot going on! If you don't fancy going alone, sign up for The Buddy Scheme!

 
Freshers' Festival 2023 Line-Up Live
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Your Freshers' Festival line-up has arrived! Grab your wristband and get ready to slay 2023/24!

 
Get to Know Your President

Former VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin is excited for her second year as a Sabbatical Officer. As President, Hannah will stand up for students' interests in campus facilities, safety, wellbeing, and education.

 
Get Ready for Freshers' Festival 2023

Whether you're a new student joining us for the first time or a seasoned returner, we can't wait to welcome you to campus this September! We'll be kicking off the year in style with a huge range of events, so find out how to get a piece of the action.

 
Introducing Your VP Education

It's time to get to know your VP Education, Sharanya Sivarajah. From making you more employable to supporting you during the cost of living crisis, Sharanya can't wait to make your student experience the best it can be.

 
Starting Uni as an International Student

Moving to university can be daunting, but this experience can be even more so for international students in an unfamiliar new country. To help you settle in, Sharanya (VP Education) has made a comprehensive guide on everything Royal Holloway!

 
Hi from Your VP Wellbeing & Diversity

Nisha Bundhun, your VP Wellbeing and Diversity is excited to start working with you all and to ensure everyone feels supported, represented, and valued on campus. Get to know Nisha!

 
Meet Your VP Societies and Sport

Introducing Alastair Copland - your new VP Societies and Sport! We checked in with Alastair to find out about his time at Royal Holloway and what he's hoping to achieve as a Sabbatical Officer this year.

 
Officer MAB Update

Your new 2022/23 Sabbatical Officers are here with an update on the marking and assessment boycott, including what they've been up to and the support available to you.

 
From Bangladesh to Royal Holloway

For South Asian Heritage Month, our Graduate Student Advisor Salma reflects on her experience of moving from Bangladesh to the UK, studying at Royal Holloway, and her favourite movie recommendations!

 
BUCS Conference 2023
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Your new VP Societies and Sport, Alastair Copland gives you a quick rundown of his recent trip to the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Conference. Find out what he got up to and how he'll be utilising his experience to improve sport at Royal Holloway.

 
Why Should You Use the Careers Service?

The job application process can seem overwhelming especially when you don’t know where to start. Luckily, the University can support you along the way from looking for a job to preparing yourself for the world of work.

 
Get Involved in South Asian Heritage Month

Throughout the year, we love to celebrate all the different cultures and traditions of our campus community. Over the summer, we’re turning our attention to South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM)!

 
A Year at Your SU

The SU has delivered an incredible amount across the academic year, from 532,000 transactions at the Union Shop to c. 90 drop-in sessions hosted by the Advice Centre - it's been a busy one! A round of applause for all the teams who work tirelessly to make sure you're having a great time at Royal Holloway.

 
Invest for Change Campaign Success

2022/23 President, Maia Jarvis, is delighted to announce that Royal Holloway’s updated Statement of Investment Policy now includes a 100% fossil fuel exclusion as a result of her ‘Invest for Change’ campaign. Well done, Maia!

 
The PGT Experience: Survey Two Results

In Term Three, we ran the second survey of our PGT Policy Inquiry which focused on teaching satisfaction, the UCU strikes, and students’ experiences with University and SU services. Now it's time to share the results!

 
Grab Your RoHo Souvenirs

With graduation week upon us, we want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2023! To keep the memories alive and stay connected to your alma mater, why not grab yourself a treat from the Union Shop?

 
Everything You Need to Know about Results, Resits and Appeals

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.

 
You're Valued Awards

Every year, staff from across the University work tirelessly to give you the best academic experience possible. It’s been a huge task and we’d like to celebrate everyone for their hard work.

 
Finding a Part-Time Job at Uni

If you’re thinking about taking on a part-time job, looking for a new one, or want to know how to find part-time work, we’ve put together some helpful tips to make your job search a little bit easier.

 
Breaking Down MAB and the Emergency Regulations

With the current marking and assessment boycott (MAB), we recognise this may be a scary time for you as a student. We're here to explain the current situation and help you better understand the emergency regulations put in place by the University.

 
Happy Pride Month!

VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, has put together a blog post signposting some of the ways you can celebrate Pride this year. From reading lists, to Pride parades and how to be an ally, there are lots of different ways to get involved with Pride.

 
Advocating for Your Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advocate, Molly Taylor, takes a moment to look back on all of the campaigns and initiatives she has worked on this year to help keep student wellbeing a priority at Royal Holloway.

 
Financial Support Available Over Summer

If you find yourself in a financially precarious position this summer, the University's 'Summer Fund' is a means-tested service available to students who need financial assistance. Our Advisors have put together a brief overview of the Summer Fund, including the eligibility criteria and who to contact for financial advice.

 
Ways to Spend the Summer

The academic year is officially over (sad, we know) but that means summer is in full swing! It's time to take a break, unwind, and make the most of the warm weather and long days. We thought we’d give you some ideas of ways to spend the summer locally in humble Egham, or the big city!

 
Student Insight Report: SU Security

Following feedback from over 1000 students over two academic years, President Maia Jarvis introduces the findings of the SU Security review; outlining key recommendations and what steps the Students' Union is taking as a result of what you told us.

 
A Year as President

Your President, Maia Jarvis, looks back at the 2022/23 academic year as a Sabbatical Officer, all the campaigning she's led along the way, and delivering on her manifesto aims.

 
A Year as VP Education

Your VP Education, Shrijeet Shrey, reflects on his year as a Sabbatical Officer at the Students' Union, including all of his major lobbying wins and work alongside the University.

 
A Year as VP Societies and Sport

Your VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, reflects on her year as a Sabbatical Officer at the Students' Union, including the campaigns, events and projects she's most proud to have worked on.

 
Rep Impact Update

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 had a positive impact on your academic interests this year!

 
Moving Out of Your Student Home

Moving out of your student home can be a bittersweet feeling but it's important to leave the property in good stead for the next tenants. Find out from our Advisors how you can leave the property in the best condition possible.

 
Summer Opening Hours

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

 
Rep of the Month: Mia Cavanagh

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 English, make sure you get to know your Course Rep, Mia Cavanagh.

 
Nyasha Mandivenga: My RHSU Experience

Student Communications Assistant, Nyasha reflects on her time working at RHSU alongside her studies.

 
Avoiding Unfair Deposit Deductions

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

 
Support over the Summer Break

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.

 
Summer Ball 2023 Line-Up Live!

After weeks of ticket releases and act announcements, we're ecstatic to present you with the full line-up for Summer Ball 2023. Check it out!

 
UCU Industrial Action: What Marking Boycott?
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With only a few days to go until the UCU Preferendum, VP Education Shrijeet Shrey takes you through what the marking boycott means for you.

 
Housemates/Rooms Wanted

Are you considering moving? Or searching for the perfect housemates? Do you want to see where everyone is advertising their spare rooms? Or maybe you need someone to take over your contract? Whatever your housing headache, our Housing Advisor has put together some guidance to help you out.

 
Celebrating 50 Years of Noize

IT'S CHRISTMAS! Celebrating 50 years of “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” reaching No.1 in 1973, we're welcoming Slade to the Students' Union for an exhilarating rollercoaster ride of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll.

 
Insanity Radio Wins Award

Last month, RHSU's very own radio station Insanity Radio won a bronze award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Region - a huge congratulations to Insanity!

 
Rep of the Month: Ronak Shah

From raising issues to department staff around timetabling to organising a group trip to the London Tech Show in March, MSc Digital Innovation and Analytics course rep, Ronak Shah, has worked hard this year to represent the students on his course.

 
Summer Ball Phase 4: Headliner Announced!

The moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived - it's time to announce your final Summer Ball artists!

 
Sign Up for Student Group Training!
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Congratulations to all our newly-elected student group committee members! Next week, we're running a series of vital training sessions to give you all the information you need to prepare your group for the next academic year.

 
7 Reasons to Get Your Summer Ball Ticket!

With the sun starting to shine and the weather warming up, it can only mean one thing - Summer Ball is almost here! If you're still on the fence about whether or not to buy a ticket, we're here to give you 7 great reasons why you absolutely should.

 
Rate Your Union: Open 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 survey now for your chance to win £250 + claim a free hot drink from Tommy's Kitchen.

 
Summer Ball Phase 3: More Artists Announced!

It's time to find out some more artists who will be hitting the Festival Stage at Summer Ball! We're also releasing our final General Sale allocation - your last chance to guarantee a ticket to the biggest event in the Royal Holloway calendar.

 
Become A Senior Course Rep

If you're interested in being part of academic representation at Royal Holloway, you can now sign up to become a Senior Course Rep for the 2023/24 academic year.

 
Summer Elections Results

The waiting is over, it's time to find out who has been elected as your new student group committee members, SSO Executive Members, Community Officers, and Performing & Digital Arts and Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences School Reps.

 
Summer Ball Phase 2 Artist Announcement!

The countdown has begun! Today marks four weeks until Summer Ball takes over campus! At 12pm (midday) today, Phase 2 tickets will drop, but that's not all! As promised, we've also announced what you can expect from our Square Stage area, keep reading for more!

 
UCU Preferendum Result

Over the last three days, you've been voting for what stance the Students' Union should adopt towards the renewed UCU industrial action. Find out the results of the preferendum.

 
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.

 
Term Three Officer Update

Your President Maia Jarvis and VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin are here with an update on everything they're working on this term. From work with the University, to engaging with students and their manifesto points, and even preparing for the next academic year, your officers are going to be busier than ever in the coming months!

 
Summer Ball Tickets Update

Earlier today, we launched our Phase One ticket to Summer Ball 2023. While demand for Summer Ball tickets is always high, website traffic this year was unprecedented. Read our statement on today's launch and find out details of our next ticket release.

 
Summer Ball Early Bird Tickets on Sale Today!

You’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to party hard. Summer Ball has officially landed! In one hour, Early Bird tickets will go on sale for just £45 - an absolute steal!

 
A Coronation Celebration

Next bank holiday weekend, we’ll be hosting a series of coronation-themed events across our venues to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. Check out what's on!

 
Summer Ball Ticket Drop Incoming!

It’s almost time for the moment you’ve all been waiting for – in less than 48 hours, Summer Ball tickets will be on sale! This year, we’ve made some changes to give as many students as possible access to discounted tickets. So, before we release the golden tickets, let us give you the lowdown on what to expect once they go on sale.

 
PGT Policy Inquiry: Term Three Survey

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 second survey as part of our new Policy Inquiry into the PGT student experience.

 
Rep of the Month: Zhe Long Ou

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 Geography, make sure you get to know your Senior Course Rep, Zhe Long Ou.

 
5 Ways to Bust Your Stress

It’s no secret that the exam and assessment season can be a really stressful time so we’ve put together a brief guide on how to manage your stress and anxiety this term.

 
UCU Preferendum Called

Following the results of the UCU ballot, and in accordance with Byelaw B of the Union’s constitution, the elected sabbatical officer team are calling a preferendum on what stance RHSU should take regarding the ongoing University and College Union (UCU) industrial action.

 
What's It Got To Do With USS?

In this article, we explain the the second balloted issue concerning UCU industrial action: the proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Pension Scheme (USS).

 
Term Three Events: What's Coming Up!?

As the Summer Term creeps closer and closer, we know that you might be feeling some stress because of all the exams, assignments and revision. But, we're here to assure you that it's not all work and no play! Here's a peek at what we've got planned for you guys!

 
UCU Pay and Conditions Ballot

In our last article, we gave you some information about UCU and the announced industrial action ballot. This time, we’ll be focussing on the two ballots in more detail.

 
UCU Industrial Action Reballot
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The UCU has recently announced its members have voted to renew the strike mandate at UK universities for a further six months. We've put together a blog with all the latest information.

 
SU Security Survey: Key Findings
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Led by SU President Maia Jarvis, discover some headline results from the all-student SU Security Survey where we asked about your experience in our late-night venues.

 
Lead Your Student Group Next Year!
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Have you been involved with a society, sports club or media outlet this year? Keen to take a step up and get more involved? If so, it's time to nominate yourself for a committee position in the Student Group Elections!

 
Words For Women

This Women's History Month we asked you to anonymously nominate your female friends, coursemates, or housemates who you think deserve to be recognised for going above and beyond on campus.

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2022

We're pleased to announce that our median pay gap has remained at 0% while our mean gender pay gap remains significantly below the national average.

 
Summer Elections

Whether it's as a student group committee member, an SSO Executive member, a Community Officer or a School Rep, nominate yourself now to become a student leader and directly impact the student experience at Royal Holloway.

 
Reflecting on Women's History Month

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.

 
Society Awards 2023 Round-Up

It was an absolute pleasure to host the Society Awards to celebrate the successes of our societies. This year, we switched things up by having a theme… The Roaring 20s. The night was filled with glitz and glamour and churros! And as a little reminder, here is a recap of all the award winners.

 
Colours Ball 2023 Round-Up

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!

 
Women's History Month Inspired Reads

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.

 
Rep of the Month: Lucy Yarrow

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.

 
Money Saving Tips for Students

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.

 
Must See Movies for Women's History Month

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.

 
Term Two: The Highlights

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.

 
Taking a Break This Easter

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.

 
Easter Opening Hours

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.

 
NUS National Conference 2023
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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!

 
Varsity 2023 is Almost Here!

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!

 
I'm Not Loud, I'm Passionate

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.

 
SU Elections 2023 Results

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.

 
Community Officers Referendum Results Announced

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'.

 
SU Elections 2023 Statement

We have regrettably had to disqualify four candidates from this year’s election due to breaches of terms within the Rules & Regulations.

 
Improve Your Mental Wellbeing with Talking Therapies

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.

 
Butterflies & Hearts

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.

 
SU Elections 2023 - Voting Open!

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!

 
Happy Women's History Month!

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".

 
Student Voice Conference Round-Up

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 and Essay Mills: Are You at Risk?

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.

 
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.

 
SU Elections: Meet the Candidates

Find out who is running to become your new Sabbatical Officers and School Reps for the 2023/2024 academic year.

 
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 has put together some guidance to help you out.

 
Getting You Varsity Ready!

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.

 
Avoiding Attendance Warnings
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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.

 
LGBT+ Media: Staff Picks

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.

 
Community Officers Referendum Announced

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.

 
Introducing RHSU Order + Loyalty Rewards

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!

 
Free Pregnancy Tests at the Advice Centre
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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.

 
PGT Policy Inquiry: Survey Results

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!

 
Get Excited for Society Awards 2023
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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.

 
Student Voice Conference: Your Top 3 Ideas

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!

 
Is Your Relationship Healthy?

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.

 
This Royal Holloway Girl Can

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.

 
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 offenses when completing your assessments.

 
Student Group Sustainability Month Round-Up
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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!

 
Teaching Excellence Framework 2023: Student Submission

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).

 
Overcoming Term Two Blues

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.

 
Colours Ball Tickets Now On Sale

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!

 
Help Holloway Break Up with the Fossil Fuel Industry

SU President, Maia Jarvis is lobbying the University to divest from fossil fuels and needs YOUR help.

 
A Day in the Life of VP Education
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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.

 
A Day in the Life of VP Societies and Sport

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.

 
Need Debt Advice?

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.

 
Get Involved in LGBT+ History Month

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.

 
Introducing a More Inclusive Campus Map

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!

 
Why You Should Run in the SU Elections
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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.

 
UCU Announce Strike Action

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.

 
Get Ready for Society Awards and Colours Ball 2023
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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.

 
Rep of the Month: Andrei Mitroi
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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!

 
Know Your Rights - The Equality Act
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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.

 
Sustainable Swaps

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.

 
How To Be A Good Neighbour

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.

 
Get Involved in the Queer Creativity Showcase
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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!

 
Share your Feedback on SU Security
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It's time to have your say on SU security in this survey launched by SU President Maia Jarvis. Whether you join us for a night out at Medicine, The Packhorse, or the Union Venue, let us know about your experience.

 
Settling in as an International Student

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.

 
Get Your Housing Contract Checked For Free
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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.

 
Get Involved in Speak Week!
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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.

 
SU Elections Nominations Now Open
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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: 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 27 January).

 
Top Tips for Student Groups in the Cost of Living Crisis
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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.

 
Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential
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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.

 
Refreshers 2023: Wristbands on Sale Now!

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.

 
A Look Back at Term One

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!

 
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.

 
Term One: The Highlights

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!

 
Staying on Campus over Christmas?
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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.

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2022/23

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.

 
Making the Most of the Break
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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!

 
Rep Impact Update: Term One

Your academic reps have been working hard this term to improve your experience at Royal Holloway, and it's time to shout about it!

 
Support for Students Facing Financial Hardship

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.

 
Lobbying for Free Period Products

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.

 
Know Your Responsibilities

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.

 
Shining a Light on SAD
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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.

 
10 Places to Study on Campus

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!

 
Get Involved in Disability History Month

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!

 
UCU Announce Strike Action

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.

 
Your Employment Rights

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.

 
Policy Inquiry: PGT Student Experience

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.

 
NUS Delegate Results Live

Check out who has been elected to join the sabbatical officer team at the NUS National Conference in March 2023!

 
UCU Preferendum Result

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.

 
Academic Writing Skills: Reach Your Full Potential

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.

 
Join us at NUS National Conference
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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).

 
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.

 
Avoiding Plagiarism: FAQs

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.

 
UCU Preferendum Called
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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.

 
Big Bears Wednesday: The Round-Up

VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, reports the scores from last week's Big Bears Wednesday fixtures. Go Bears!

 
Healthcare Away from Home

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.

 
University Challenge: Take Part!

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.

 
What's It Got to Do With USS?

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.

 
October Elections Results

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.

 
Energy Bills Support Scheme

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.

 
UCU Pay & Conditions Ballot

Find out more about UCU's pay and working conditions ballot, which may impact your lecturers and in turn your education.

 
Student Group Sustainability Guide

Aimed at societies and sports clubs, President Maia Jarvis introduces her guide packed full of super helpful tips on ‘green’ event planning.

 
Who are the UCU?

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.

 
Meet Your School Reps: 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 Life Sciences and the Environment, make sure you get to know your School Rep, Gauresh Kuradia.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Martin Kapusta

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.

 
Time for Change: Action not Words

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.

 
Meet Your School Reps: Jayden Bookout

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.

 
Freshers’ Festival 2022 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!

 
Meet Your School Reps: Carmen Anderson

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.

 
Tackling Homesickness at Uni

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.

 
Staying Safe Over Freshers

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!

 
The Ultimate Freshers' Festival Survival Guide

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!

 
Introducing Your President

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!

 
Pair Up with the Buddy Scheme

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.

 
Introducing Your VP Education

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!

 
Preparing For My Postgraduate Degree

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.

 
Top Tips for Moving In To Your Uni House

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.

 
Introducing Your VP Societies and Sport

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!

 
Apps To Get You Organised

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.

 
Board of Trustees Update: June 2022

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 2022 Line-Up Live

Freshers' Festival has landed! After a long, hot summer, we're ready to announce your headliners. Get ready, it's spicy!

 
Extenuating Circumstances During Summer Assessments

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!

 
Getting Ready for Summer Resits

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.

 
Moving On: A Guide for Graduates

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.

 
A Year As VP Education

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.

 
Senior Course Reps: Sign Up!

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!