Following the dissemination of anti GRA literature on campus. We would like to issue the following statement outlining our position.
The new self-certification extensions policy has just been confirmed by the College - we take you through everything you need to know.
Your VP Societies and Media, Holly Hughes, talks about the recent mental health training she delivered, and the future of the programme.
VP Sport, Dom Brown, talks you through the first week of BUCS fixtures for our mighty Bears.
The Student Radio Awards shortlist is out, and there is plenty of good news for our community radio station!
As we mark World Mental Health Day, we stop to consider why it is still so important for us to speak up around the topic of mental health.
The Gender Recognition Act is out for consultation, and we need you to help in the fight for trans equality by filling it out.
VP Education, Jack O'Neill, gives you one last push as to why you should nominate yourself a friend to become a course or department rep.
On 8 October, we'll be launching this year's Mental Health Awareness Week in collaboration with the Mental Health Network.
At tonight's event, Soap: The Zoo, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches. We just wanted to reassure everyone that this is part of our ongoing partnership with Surrey Police aimed at stopping banned and restricted substances from being brought into the Students’ Union Venue.
A staggering £5488 will be going straight back into students’ pockets next week, after our second hand academic book sale proved a roaring success!
Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, takes you through a summer of changes in the Sports Centre.
Being a student can sometimes be difficult when it comes to money. That's why we have loads of food and drink deals in our venues for you to enjoy.
Jamie Woods from Insanity Radio 103.2FM gives us the lowdown as DON BROCO invaded their studios to spin tracks for an hour, following their Freshers' Festival DJ set!
Nominations for academic representation positions are now open - nominate yourself or a friend before 17:00 on Wednesday 10 October.
As Freshers' Festival nears its conclusion, we’ve compiled a few fun facts to show you just how much has happened this week!
Your VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, has secured free STI testing as she looks to improve the support for sexual health on campus.
You BME Rep, Renée Landell, talks us through why Black History Month remains pertinent and necessary to this day.
We talk you through what Nightline is, how you can use it, and all the detail about how it works.
We have issued a statement following the Flawless ft. EO event held at the SU on Wednesday 26 September 2018.
Freshers' Festival wristbands have sold out but there's still time to get your hands on individual event tickets.
Aside our main line-up of events, featuring the likes of Andy C, Philip George and more, you can check out our calendar of free Freshers’ Festival late-night events, allowing you to save more of your sweet student loan.
Moving to Royal Holloway may be the first time that you’ve ever had to fend for yourself as an independent person.
‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke has been banned from being played at any of our events and venues, following a proposal put forward through our Bright Ideas platform last month.
Yes, the rumours are true, we've been planning two secret acts to perform at this year's Freshers' Ball.
We've just released the full list of societies and media taster sessions taking place during Freshers' Festival, as well as the timetable for our sports clubs' training sessions.
The College has launched a consultation for its academic staff on proposed changes to its academic structures.
SU President, Clem Jones, talks you through the first Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.
If there’s one thing students can’t get enough of, it’s free stuff and bargains. You're in for a treat at Frsehers' Fair courtesy of Red Bull and their pop-up bar, Deck 87.
Following the huge success of our first ever department-wide academic second hand book sale back in May, we are delighted to announce we are running another one on Friday 5 October.
The best burger bar on campus has a new menu, with a number of vegetarian and vegan additions.
Following consultation with students and a full review of our security operations, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new security provider and in-house Head Door Supervisor ahead of the new academic year.
We're making sure your course reps have the skills needed to represent your academic interests. Keep reading to find out more.
Holly Hughes, your VP Societies and Media, details the steps she's taken to lobby for the specialised drama and theatre spaces to become available to performance-based student groups.
Jamie Woods, Head of Tech at Insanity Radio, gives us the details on how they managed to score interviews with huge bands, discovered some fantastic new music to be included in their playlists and brought us live visual content and interviews straight from Reading Festival.
We've recently send eight of our staff team on a mental health first aid training course. Read on to find out why we've done this, and what our next steps are.
Your VP Education, Jack O'Neill, gives us the low-down surrounding the increasing marketisation of universities around the UK and the threat it brings to the integrity of higher education.
You won’t be melting in The Packhorse meeting rooms this year, as air conditioning is being installed in the meeting rooms.
Our very own app has launched, giving quicker and easier access to a huge range of our services at your fingertips.
Freshers' Festival 2018 is nearly upon us, which means one thing: It's time to get your hands on a Freshers' Festival wristband!
Savoy Opera Society have multiple reasons to celebrate after this year’s UNIFest competition, where they picked up a number of awards!
Get ready to get involved in a range of fun activities and events with our Give It A Go programme - your best bet for new experiences.
The transition to university is exciting but with it comes a number of potential challenges and we're here to support you every step of the way.
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.
Starting as a new student at Royal Holloway this September? You’ll be delighted to know that you get first dibs on a Freshers' Festival wristband until 1 September.
With that confirmation from Royal Holloway in your grasp, the switch from the comforts of living at home to flying solo in halls is inevitable. This also means you are sure to make a fair few bloopers during Freshers’ Festival.
To celebrate the coming of Freshers’ Festival and your move into Royal Holloway, we’re putting on a special competition, giving you the chance to win Ikea vouchers as well as a free ticket to the Give It A Go IKEA trip.
Prep yourself before coming to Royal Holloway and follow this guide of all the essentials you will need!
The Gender Recognition Act is currently out for consultation - here's why you should take part.
Want to find out what's happening to Founder's West Reading Room? Then look no further as Jack O'Neill, VP Education takes you through it.
Your VP Education, Jack O'Neill, takes you through the new updates to Moodle.
After recent reporting on the amount of unconditional offers given this year, VP Education, Jack O'Neill, discusses the underlying issues with the system.
RHSU's official statement on the 2018 NSS results.
The Packhorse's new menu is finally here! We've improved our offering to include a larger selection of vegan and vegetarian meals, new classics and deals to get your teeth stuck into.
It’s a summer of investment here at the SU and we’ve got some more good news to share with you. We've installed a new stage and carried out a number of other upgrades to give you the facilities you deserve!
Your VP Societies And Media, Holly Hughes, and VP Sport, Dom Brown, give us a rundown of all the committee positions still up for grabs, across a range of our sport clubs and societies.
Your VP Welfare Willow Wong takes us through the improvements and fixes made to accessible toilets across campus.
It may not be coming home this year, but our senior management team and sabbs enjoyed themselves at the NUS Awards 2018 in Birmingham, where we were nominated for Students' Union of the Year.
Moving into your new home is an exciting time, but things can quickly turn sour if you’ve not done your homework. We’ve prepared some advice to make sure that you’re clued up ahead of your big move.
We have some exciting news to share with you – we’ve been shortlisted for NUS Students’ Union of the Year! The winner will be announced at the 2018 NUS Awards on Wednesday 4 July 2018.
As you can imagine, coordinating Freshers’ Festival takes a village, and you could be a part of it. We’re in need of some confident, friendly, and fun volunteers to assist throughout the week and impart wisdom on the incoming freshers.
We’re also on the lookout for Volunteer Team Leaders, who’ll be key to coordinating volunteers across Move in Weekend.
Capping off a fantastic sporting year, Royal Holloway Fencing have been shortlisted for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Club of the Year. This is a tremendous achievement for the group, who we named our Club of the Year at Colours Ball back in March.
Following the receipt of a petition of over 200 students, a referendum has been called by the President.
It's the end of the academic year which means campus is about to get a whole lot quieter. With this in mind, a number of our services will be running reduced hours over the summer.
We've already brought you news about exciting works for Medicine and Tommy’s Kitchen, but now it's time for the big one: Our toilets are getting a refurb this summer!
There will be a major change to the course rep elections system from the start of the 2018/19 academic year - elections across all departments will be held online.
Did you know that almost one-third of doctors' appointments at the Health Centre on campus are taken up by requests for letters? Well, we're going to fix that, by introducing a self-certification extension policy which will streamline the process for students to extend their assignment deadlines.
Your new Student Opportunities Committee was elected today at Student Opportunities Training Conference. Read on to find out who'll be representing you!
Over 1300 of you completed our annual Rate Your Union membership survey, taking the opportunity to tell us what you love, and what you want us to change. We’ll be using the full results to inform our plans for next year and beyond, but here are some of the headline results.
We know that many of you will be leaving as early as possible to maximise the time you have with your friends and family back home. Here are some tips to make sure that everything runs smoothly when you check out of your private accommodation.
You might have had a council tax letter through lately. Read on to find out what to do, and what we're doing about it.
Whether you are looking for a group to join, a housemate to complete your group, or a replacement housemate, we've put some top tips together for you.
We can now reveal the results of our Student Group By-Elections, with 81 more students elected to committee positions within our sports clubs, societies and media outlets!
A whopping £1,757 will be going back into students’ pockets this week following a resounding success at our first ever second-hand academic book sale.
We're one week into our Rate Your Union competition and we've got a big announcement to make - we're adding in a £250 cash prize!
It's time to round up all the winners from our Laurels Awards 2018, as we celebrated the great work of students who go the extra mile to embody the values and spirit of Royal Holloway Students' Union.
There’s a lot of you studying here, and we try our hardest to make sure all students’ voices are heard at Royal Holloway. However, we’re well aware that this doesn’t always happen effectively, and we’re going to do something about that.
Read on for the down low on all things extenuating circumstances.
As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing student life at Royal Holloway, Tommy’s Kitchen is set to undergo a makeover this summer.
The Packhorse is celebrating its first birthday, so we’ve compiled some fun facts to showcase the eventful year that it's had.
Summer Ball is just two weeks away and it’s time for another competition as we’re giving away a pre-party package for you and up to 20 friends, courtesy of La Fee NV.
We are delighted to announce that the planned refurbishment of Medicine is set to commence next month following confirmation that the College will be providing circa £600,000 of funding to complete the project.
It's competition time - you and a group of your friends could be up on the Festival Stage to open this year's Summer Ball in front of over 3000 people!
If something has affected your exams, read this article to find out all about extenuating circumstances and what you can do about it.
Your SU President, Natasha Barrett takes you through the importance of All Student Meetings
The wait is over and the Student Group Elections results are in. We can now reveal who the next leaders of your sports clubs, societies and media outlets are - all 522 of you!
Had an unofficial notice plastered on your car? We're on the case.
After you sent your 157 letters to Runnymede Borough Council, they sent a response. Here's our take on it.
It's local elections voting day, so make sure you head down to your local polling station to cast your vote.
Were you caught up in the Managerial Accounting Management exam confusion? Clem Jones, your VP Education, lets you know where you stand and what he's done to support you.
At our request, the Police have tonight carried out an operation at our event, Escape: Exams, with the aim of stopping banned and restricted substances from being brought into the Students’ Union Venue.
You said you wanted more live music at Summer Ball, so we delivered. We're delighted to announce that platinum-selling UK indie band, The Pigeon Detectives, will be our headline act for the Carnival Stage at Summer Ball.
If you are an Irish student, you will have the opportunity to vote on the repealing of the 8th Amendment on Friday 25 May. Read more to find out how.
Student loans are in so we've now released the 500 extra tickets that we held back for you. Make sure you get yours before they all sell out.
Naomi Sherwood, the Christian Union Events Coordinator, shares with us the success of their annual events week, detailing the large variety of activities they have organised, from Q&A sessions, to fundraising, all the way to drama performances.
Clem Jones, your VP Education talks you through the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.
The Easter break is over and we know you’re looking to get your Toast fix. Well, big news - Toast will be taking place in the Students’ Union for the rest of term three. Don't worry, nothing else changes; £1.50 drinks and food are here to stay.
Your VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, gives us an update on the second part of our Stressbusters campaign, from all the events running to tips to making sure you look after your well-being, as you gear up for exam season.
Royal Holloway Students’ Union and the College are offering an opportunity for students to gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by volunteering as an Alcohol Impact auditor.
Your VP Societies & Media, Pippa Gentry, and VP Sport, Steff Milne, give us a throwback to this year's successful Socs and Colours Ball while previewing the upcoming Laurels Awards.
The deadline to vote is Tuesday 17 April, make sure you register!
Here we go! The student group elections for the next generation of committee members has commenced, with nominations closing on 27 April. Being part of a committee is a fulfilling experience, and whilst it may look like a lot of work, we promise you, it’s definitely worth getting involved.
Alice Scott, Events Director for Enactus Royal Holloway, gives us an insight to their successful evening at the 2018 Enactus UK National Expo, where they took home multiple awards including winning the Development League.
We are delighted to confirm that the Students’ Union will be running the first ever department-wide second hand academic book sale at the end of term. Read more to see how you can sell your books and get involved.
Due to the UK Government's Sugar Tax coming into effect on 6 April, soft drinks with the highest sugar content will increase in price. The introduction of the Sugar Tax will affect all sugary soft drink prices, in all shops, bars and restaurants across the nation. Read more to find out how this will affect our venues.
Known as the biggest and most exclusive event of the year, Summer Ball is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Here are reasons why missing out on Summer Ball is a mistake for any Royal Holloway student.
Following pressure from the Students’ Union over excessive check out costs, Alpha Residential has agreed to a number of reforms to their core business practices in a great win for students at Royal Holloway.
Find out about our revised opening hours over the Easter break.
With second term of this academic year coming to a finish, we’ve seen some big wins for student democracy at Royal Holloway. Here’s a review of all the things we've done to help improve student life at Royal Holloway.
Thanks to successful lobbying from your VP Education, Clem Jones, and PGT rep, Daniella Cavela, from the 9 April to the 8 June, Postgraduate Taught students will be able to access the Postgraduate Research Room on the second floor of the Davison Building.
As an organisation that employs over 250 members of staff (both casual and permanent), we’ve undertaken Gender Pay Gap Reporting as required by the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations 2017).
We took a trip to Runnymede Borough Council to deliver the 157 letters signed be you.
On 21 March, we invited over 1000 Surrey Stags athletes and spectators onto our turf for our first ever home Varsity! Our players and spectators were ready for a great day of sport and they weren’t disappointed.
We've all been waiting for it, and now it's finally here. We present to you, the line up for this year's Summer Ball.
We're giving away seven chances for you to win a full refund on your Summer Ball ticket and VIP upgrades for you and a mate!
On Friday 23 March, we’ll be launching our early bird discount offer, with 400 tickets available at a discount price.
Women’s History Month celebrates all women, not just cisgender women. Marsha P. Johnson is regarded as one of the most significant trans-activists in history, which is why we have chosen her for our spotlight this week.
Following Women's Football successful application for extra funding towards developing their activities, Laura Vinton, President of Women's Football, gives us a report of how they utilised the fund to improve their student activities.
We're delighted to announce that a new policy that will improve the process of receiving academic work feedback has passed through the Academic Board, the highest academic committee at Royal Holloway.
Holly Hughes, President of Ballroom and Latin Dancesport Society, gives us a run down of their trip to the national ballroom competition in Blackpool and highlights their next big competitions for this year.
Lizzy Blackett, President of Royal Holloway Hockey Club, showcases her club's successful year so far, in a form of a creative poem.
The new Union Shop will be ready for Freshers’ Festival, opening on Monday 11 September at midday.
Bloodthirsty tyrant, or a misrepresented heroine? We discuss the life of Wu Zetian in this week's Women's History Month spotlight.
Anthony Underwood from MTS gives us a run down of their highly-praised performances for the production Bare, even attracting the writer of the show to watch their performance.
Advice for students who currently maintain a contract with Alpha Estate Agents.
Join us for our first spotlight of the month on our very own George Eliot, born Mary Anne Evans, as we discuss her work, and the history behind female authors using pen names.
This week it has become apparent that a serious breakdown in communication around an event has taken place between ACS, Holi Fest organisers, and the Students' Union.
Following a meeting with the college executive, the Union has asked for answers to your most asked questions.
March is Women's History Month, where we celebrate the achievements and triumphs of women throughout history.
Following an incident of drink spiking that has occurred this week within one of the Students’ Union’s venues the Union wants to reiterate our zero tolerance policy on the possession of any categorised, banned or restricted substance within our events and commercial premises.
Let us take you on an exciting journey, showing you what your newly elected Sabbs will be up to over summer...
Great news! Tommy's Bar has received a gold award in the Best Bar None NUS Scheme.
The 1 March marks an important day for Higher Education: University World Mental Health Day. And this year, the theme is community. It’s an interesting choice on the charity’s part – with so many pressing issues closing in on students, is community necessarily the best focus for such an important date?
Full results for the 2018 SU Elections.
Amy Taylor, Captain of Women's Rugby, gives us an insight to their successful year, from an undefeated season, all the way to a record intake of members.
Here are a few reasons why voting in the upcoming student elections is worth your time.
It’s that all important time of year again, where campus is plastered in cardboard, candidates are on the prowl for potential voters, and social media is packed with pleas for votes. But how does the voting process actually work?
Following an all student vote on the ‘Motion to Back UCU Industrial Action in Pensions Dispute’ the student body has voted overwhelmingly in favour and the motion has now passed into Union policy.
Following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21 February, Royal Holloway Students’ Union has called for an all student vote on the motion to back UCU Industrial Action in Pensions Dispute.
Your VP Sport, Steff Milne, announces the shortlist of outstanding individuals who will be competing for the prestigious title.
With the elections around the corner, here is a list of the best promotional videos from previous SU Elections to get you in the mood!
Josh Stainer, Social Secretary of Royal Holloway Cricket Club, gives us a run down on the Women's Cricket team's winning debut match against our rivals at Surrey.
The RHUL - UCU and RHSU have issued a joint statement pledging solidarity and continuing the commitment to push for meaningful negotiations to resolve the pension dispute.
The biggest democracy event this side of the elections, explained in full.
Your VP Education, Clem Jones, gives us a run down on changes that are going to be implemented based on the feedback you've given.
Your VP Sport takes you through the ins and outs of the labels on packaged foods.
Your BME Rep, Renée Landell, gives us an insight into what shade-ism is, and a rundown of the BME Network's event with guest speaker, Adreyn Cash.
Royal Holloway Trampolining Club committee gives us an update on their successful performance during their competition in Cambridge.
Ever wondered if it was possible to eat healthy on campus? No? Well have a read of this article anyway, it's a good one!
Want to check out how Bright Ideas is getting along? Then look no further.
Make sure you're packing in your five a day!
Steff Milne takes us back to basics with meal planning!
Your VP Societies and Media, Pippa Gentry, discusses the impact of the suffrage movement on today's society and how it mirrors modern day movements such as Black Lives Matter.
We're very happy to announce the candidates running in this year's SU Elections!
Your VP Sport, Steff Milne, gives us a little introduction to her HealthyU campaign kicking off next week, showcasing her plans to promote healthy eating!
Alicia Marriott, the Passport and Employability Coordinator, highlights a few societies that have helped to boost their member's professional value through their activities.
How we set our prices, and what the impact might be if they changed.
The Royal Holloway Cheerleading Committee tells us about their most successful ICC Southern Regional Championships in Bears history, taking home four division wins and two grand champion placings!
As part of the Let’s Talk About Sex campaign, we’ve set out to debunk a list of common sex-related misconceptions that have been around for so long.
Ways we've saved you money over the past two years
Helping you understand how your Union generates and spends funds to make your life better at Royal Holloway.
Charlotte Newell, Race Captain of the Athletics and Cross Country Club, provides us with details of their great performance at the 2018 BUCS Cross Country Championship.
Last week, we asked you to send in your best, funniest, or most embarrassing sex stories for the Let's Talk About... campaign! Here are our favourite stories that you guys have sent over, detailing the more quirky sexy experiences in your lives.
Check out the latest part in our exSTRAWvaganza of environmental friendly policies!
We're conducting a review of our night time security operation and need your feedback.
Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, informs us of why LGBTQ+ History Month is so important, and the range of events that will be taking place throughout this month.
Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, gives us an introduction to her sexual health campaign, 'Let's Talk About'.
Our response to strike action announced by UCU, the main staff trade union at Royal Holloway.
Your Union President, Tash Barrett, gives us an update on what she will be working on for term two.
During elections, it can be quite overwhelming with all the information that's out and about. People often talk about the Sabbatical Officer positions and there is a lot of buzz around who will win. The Student Trustee role can often be overlooked, however, this is one of the most important roles for the Students’ Union, and students on campus.
Petra Varhegyi, the Vice-President of Royal Holloway Jewish Society, discusses the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day that occurs annually on the 27 January, and the events happening on the weekend to commemorate all the lives lost.
It's time to fight for your rights. As a student. As a resident.
Laura Vinton, President of Royal Holloway Women's Football Club, gives us a rundown of the charity tournament they hosted for Girls United FA, and to raise awareness of their #FemaleIsFierce campaign.
Tiffanie Davies, President of Royal Holloway Women's Rugby Club, give us a down low on their achievements during term one and term two.
Housing week may be over, but we're still here providing you with comprehensive advice!
An important announcement regarding the new venue for Socs and Colours Ball.
Check out our new Value for Money survey with your VP Education, Clem.
Where we discuss the kinds of issues you might face living in a student house.
Nine potential types of house mates you might encounter when living in student accommodation.
Worried about what you should be aware of before signing? Look no further!
With the 24 hours of voting over, the referendum on the Students’ Union’s relationship with the National Student Survey has come to a close. Find out the results now.
Steff Milne, your VP Sports, gives an update on all her key aims and objectives for term two!
Tash, Union President, and Clem, VP Education, are working with College to find out whether the current shape of the academic year is effective for you studies.
We've just installed brand new microwaves for anyone to use in Tommy's Lounge!
Tom Sanders, President of Royal Holloway Athletics Club, gives us a rundown of their successful performance at the 2017 London Indoor Championships.
The Royal Holloway Trampolining committee gives us details of their very successful competition in Bath, bringing back seven medals!
Natasha Barrett, Union President, gives us more detail into the newly installed cameras inside our Union Buses, and reasons behind the decision to implement them.
As the first term of this academic year draws to a close, we’ve seen some big wins for student democracy at Royal Holloway. With that said, here’s a recap of our successful first term for improving student life at Royal Holloway.
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