Royal Holloway Students' Union news

Digital Education Survey: Student Insight Report

You may remember that back in May we reached out to you to complete our Digital Education Experience survey. We are now pleased to share with you the results of this survey in the form of a detailed Student Insight Report.

 
Universal Credit: All You Need to Know

Universal Credit is a payment available to most Home/EU residents who are unemployed or working part-time, aiming to help with living costs. Find out if you're eligible and how you can apply.

 
Can I Appeal My Results?

We know that you might sometimes have a grade or an outcome that you aren't happy with. So the Advice Centre tells you all about what decisions of your academic outcomes are open to appeal.

 
Empty Student Homes

Left your student home empty? Find out your legal obligations and where you can go for support if you're struggling to pay your bills, can't collect your belongings, or need to find someone to take over your tenancy.

 
A Year As President

"As much as my receding hairline illustrates the stresses of the past two years, they have been absolutely wonderful and lobbying hard to help improve your university experience has been the perfect way to end my Royal Holloway journey." Over and out from SU President Jack O'Neill.

 
A Year As VP Education

"Overall, it’s been exciting, dramatic, unexpected and absolutely bloody fantastic!" Kate Roberts sums up her turbulent year as VP Education, before she steps up into the President role for the 2020/21 academic year.

 
A Year As VP Societies and Media

It's been a rollercoaster year for VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton. She reflects on her time as a sabbatical officer working with so many amazing student groups.

 
A Year As VP Welfare & Diversity

"Standing up for students, and pushing for real tangible change has been a unique gift that I could not have found elsewhere." Lucy Simpson reflects on her year in office and all of the successes, from Collectives running campaigns on sustainability and mental health, to running workshops on women in academia, disability and so much more!

 
A (Second) Year As VP Sport

After two years in the role of VP Sport, we're getting ready to say goodbye to the biggest Bear in town, Dom Brown. Before he departs, we caught up with Dom to find out about his experience as a Sabbatical Officer, his sporting highlights, and what he'll miss most. #COYBears

 
Housemates/Rooms Wanted

Are you considering moving back to Egham now? Have you 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? Whatever your housing headache, our Housing Advisor has put together some guidance to help you out.

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Ruben

Renée Landell, founder of Beyond Margins and former BAME Rep for the Students' Union, introduces Ruben Elendo's story - the latest in her series showcasing amazing and talented Black Royal Holloway students and alumni in the hope of inspiring the next generation of Black students.

 
Ensuring Safe House Viewings

As your tenancies are coming to a close, estate agents and landlords have started booking viewings again. We want to make sure you know how to keep safe while a viewing is taking place in your home, or while you’re attending one.

 
Can I Move Into My New House Share?

With government guidance regularly changing, and some of it far from crystal clear, you may be confused as to whether you should be moving into your new house share right now. Our Housing Advisor has put together some information to let you know where you currently stand.

 
Black Lives Matter: Our Commitment to You

Your Sabbatical Officers set out our action plan for the next 12 months as we aim to improve the experience for black students at Royal Holloway.

 
Student Voice Report: Careers Support

Following a year of extensive research and engagement with students, we've published our recommendations on how the University can build careers support that is cutting edge and accessible for all.

 
Looking After Your Wellbeing Post-University

While at university, you’re surrounded by free support services, but once you stop being a student you will have to actively look for support when you need it. If you're graduating this summer, here's a little reminder to prioritise your health and take those necessary steps to look after yourself.

 
Educate Yourself: BLM Reading List

Thanks to VP Education Kate Roberts and the Library, you now have access to an extensive list of online resources, including e-books, films, articles and podcasts, which focus on race equality and intersectionality.

 
Cutting Through the Current Context of the Higher Education Sector

President Jack O'Neill and VP Education Kate Roberts take a look at the current challenges facing the Higher Education sector. They call for a reasonable approach around demanding tuition fee refunds, as they look to the government to provide the support that will allow universities to adapt and deliver, whilst protecting students from financial burden in uncertain circumstances.

 
The Advice Centre Still Has Your Back

The academic year may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean our support for students stops. Our Advice Centre is still on hand to give you help with anything you may need over the next few months.

 
We've Got Your Back on Security Deposit Returns

Housing contract coming to an end? Worried about getting your security deposit back? Our Advice Centre is on hand to guide you through the process and make sure you’re not stung by unfair charges.

 
Expecting the Unexpected: What do students need from a flexible education?

On Tuesday 2 June, VP Education Kate Roberts presented to over 250 academic staff on the subject of flexible education and what it may mean for students. In this blog, Kate gives you an overview of the challenges and opportunities we need to consider before the University gets stuck into planning for next year.

 
Your Quick Guide to Flexible Education

As you will have seen in the information released to students at the end of last week, the University is planning for a return to campus at the start of term in September. VP Education Kate Roberts sets out what this means for you and what we're doing to ensure your education and overall university experience can still thrive next year.

 
Student Group Training 2020

Committee members, it's time to get ready for Student Group Training! Instead of packing everything into one overwhelming day, we'll be delivering the sessions virtually over a three-week period between 22 June and 8 July.

 
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.

 
Black Lives Matter

RHSU stands in solidarity with our black students, and protesters across the US and UK as we join the call to action of Black Lives Matter. Read our statement from the Sabbatical Officer team, African-Caribbean Society, and Women of Colour Collective

 
Rate Your Union: Have Your Say

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

 
Your Financial Future

By now, most students’ funds are depleting, so it’s a good time to start budgeting and planning ahead. Our Advisors have gathered some useful information to get you on your way.

 
"What Next?" Our Graduate Guide

As the academic year is coming to an end, the question “what next?” sits a little more heavily on the shoulders of final year students. Our Advisors have put some ideas together to get you thinking about your next moves after graduating.

 
Safely Collecting Your Halls Belongings

Last week, the government announced that students can return to university to collect their belongings, and the University have now published clear guidance on how you can do this. Find out how to book your slot and what you need to do to ensure you do so safely and effectively.

 
Academic Rep Impacts 2019/20

VP Education Kate Roberts rounds up the achievements of the incredible students who volunteer as your academic reps, lobbying for change and working with departments to bring you a better educational experience through representing your academic interests at a department and school level.

 
End of Tenancy Cleaning Top Tips

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

 
Looking after your Mental Health

With alternative assessments in full swing, many of you may have plans for long hours of revisions or all-nighters to complete an important assignment, but please remember to look after your wellbeing too! To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we've put this article together to let you know that there is support out there for you during these difficult times.

 
College Committees: Representing You

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you an insight into College committees and how we, as the Students' Union, ensure students' interests are at the heart of the decisions made by the University.

 
Know Your Rights on Moves and Viewings

With the announcement that estate agents and landlords can resume house moves and viewings in England from today, our Advisors have put together some guidance to ensure you know where you stand.

 
Meet Your New Committee Members

The wait is over and the Student Group Elections results are in - we can now reveal the leaders of your sports clubs, societies, and media outlets for the 2020/21 academic year.

 
Statement Regarding The Chief Executive Role

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

 
Digital Education Experience: Take the Survey!

With the recent changes to how education is delivered, we're lobbying to ensure the best digital experience possible for all students at Royal Holloway. We can't do it without your support though so we're asking you to fill out our survey and let us know what you want and need! You could even win £100 for doing so!

 
Smoke & Mirrors: The HE 'Support' Package

Earlier this week, the government responded to Universities UK’s proposal for investment into the sector. This proposal attempted to put forward the key challenges facing Higher Education institutions and recommended mitigating actions. So what is happening now, and what does this mean for you? SU President Jack O'Neill tells you more.

 
Steer Clear of Academic Misconduct

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

 
Working Well Remotely

With alternative assessments now underway, VP Education Kate Roberts has put together a list of top tips for creating a good home working environment. There is also signposting to the support and services available to ensure that all students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to succeed.

 
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.

 
Furlough: Being Sensible Now To Help In The Future

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

 
Become a Student Trustee

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

 
Staying Productive During Lockdown

Lately, it's hard to go online without being invaded by tons of articles or vlogs telling us how to stay really productive during the pandemic and use this time wisely. But just remember, one person’s ‘productive’ is another person’s 'impossible'.

 
RHSU Ranked 7th in Best Charities To Work For 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have placed 7th in the inaugural Best Charities To Work For rankings, which identifies and recognises employers in the sector that have created outstanding workplaces.

 
Student Group Elections: Running an Online Hustings

With Student Group Elections voting on the horizon, you might be thinking of hosting a hustings so that candidates can address potential voters. VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown tell you how to go about hosting your hustings online.

 
Staying Entertained During Lockdown

Following the latest recommendations from the government to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to give you a list of some great ideas to keep you entertained (and sane!) during this stressful time.

 
Doing Democracy Differently

One of our core functions in supporting you and making student life better at Royal Holloway is based around democracy, but due to these unprecedented times, the SU is working slightly different.

 
Easter Opening Hours Update

With the Easter weekend coming up, we'll be taking some time off to recharge our batteries. Make sure you read our update on our services and when you can expect us to be back online.

 
Union Shop Takeaway Launched

We're living in unprecedented times and understand the stress and worry lots of you are facing when it comes to shopping. That’s why we’re delighted to be launching Union Shop Takeaway - helping you get your hands on the essentials, from fruit and veg through to loo roll and soap.

 
Don't Panic: Housing Advice Update

In these uncertain times, we know that many students are concerned about housing, in particular, confirming somewhere to live for the next academic year. Whether you’ve already paid/signed a contract or you’re worried about needing to get accommodation sorted, make sure you read this guidance from our Housing Advisor.

 
Going Digital: Library Online

The Library may be physically shut but that doesn't mean you can't access books and online resources to help you study over the next few weeks. VP Education Kate Roberts gives you a rundown of the services available to you to ensure you feel supported and confident ahead of your upcoming assessments.

 
Managing an Eating Disorder During Quarantine

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson shares her advice to help those of you finding it difficult to manage an eating disorder during the new challenges caused by life under lockdown.

 
Exams and Assessments: An Update on How We’re Representing You

Following today's announcement on your upcoming alternative assessments that will replace the standard term three face-to-face exams, VP Education Kate Roberts updates you on all the hard work that has been carried out to represent your interests and ensure you can fulfil your academic potential.

 
Overdraft Fees Changing

Changes to the charges that banks are allowed to apply to overdrafts come into play from Monday 6 April 2020. Make sure you're aware of the changes and how you may be affected by them.

 
Student Group Elections: Nominations Open

Nominations are officially open for 2020/21 committee positions - it's time to step forward and take your society, sports club or media outlet to the next level

 
Statement: Summer Ball 2020

It is with real sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Summer Ball 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

 
Student Opportunities: Working From Home

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown update you on how they and the Student Opps team are going about their work remotely to ensure that student groups are supported during these uncertain times.

 
The Pad & Podium Accommodation: Urgent Message

Following last week's letter from President Jack O'Neill and University Principal Professor Paul Layzell, we are pleased to announce that private accommodation provider Scape (The Pad and Podium) will be allowing early termination of contracts to avoid paying the final instalment.

 
Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Update on ‘Furlough’

In response to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we are furloughing 30 members of our permanent team, and most of our casual student staff team, as of 1 April 2020. Find out what this means and how we are still continuing to deliver our key services.

 
Extending Extensions

After securing a blanket extension for all undergraduate assignments due up to and including Friday 27 March, your Officers have achieved further success with extensions for PGT students and those with deadlines during the Easter break.

 
Lobbying for a No Detriment Policy

It's been a hot topic over the last few days and your Sabbatical Officers have an update regarding our lobbying efforts for the implementation of a 'no detriment' policy.

 
Housing: Representing You

President Jack O'Neill has been working with the University to support you as much as we can when it comes to your accommodation.

 
Insanity Continuing to Serve the Community

Their studio may have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Insanity Radio 103.2FM has still found a way to broadcast remotely. Find out what they're up to and how they're helping the fight against coronavirus.

 
Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy During Lockdown

Although the world is going through a stressful time right now, there are things that we can do to stay physically and mentally healthy. VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson has compiled some top tips for you.

 
Student Rights: PGR Annual Reviews and Upgrades

VP Education discusses what the PGR annual reviews and upgrade processes are, what to do if you have any queries around this process, and where to access support if needed.

 
Union Shop Update

With the announcement on Monday 23 March of tighter restrictions around social distancing due to the spread of Covid-19, we wanted to reassure those students still living on campus that the Union Shop will remain open.

 
Going Digital: Advice Centre Update

Face-to-face appointments may have stopped but we're still offering digital access to all of our services. Find out what we can help you with and how you can get in touch with us.

 
Representing You, Wherever We Go

President Jack O'Neill brings you an update on what was discussed at Joint Exec, as our Sabbatical Officers discussed various items and received updates from the College Executive team.

 
Supporting Your Education

We have been working hard over the last few days to ensure your education is supported during this unprecedented time of numerous changes. VP Education Kate Roberts brings you an update on your education for the remainder of this academic year and some advice on where to go for support if you need further guidance.

 
Coronavirus Update - 17 March

We want to share our plans with students regarding changes to Students’ Union services in light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

 
Coronavirus Update – 13 March

With the announcement on Thursday 12 March that the Government have moved into the ‘delay’ phase of their coronavirus (Covid-19) plan, and after consultation with the University, we have made a number of changes to our programme of events.

 
SU Elections 2020 Results

After three incredible days of campaigning and a record-breaking 30.6% turnout, it's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2020/21.

 
UCU Strike FAQs

Ahead of the upcoming UCU strikes, we've compiled a handy guide on everything you need to know.

 
STI Test Drive: Update

The Advice Centre has been working with NHS Surrey over the recent months to encourage more students to talk more openly about their sexual health. Find out how their work has led to RHUL students having safer sex!

 
Colours Ball 2020 Round-Up

VP Sport Dom Brown summarises an incredible night as we celebrated the achievements of our sports clubs at Colours Ball 2020!

 
February’s Rep of the Month: Toby

After another busy month for our reps, we're delighted to announce Year 1 Accounting & Finance Course Rep, Toby Bates, as our Rep of the Month for February.

 
SU Elections: It's Time to Vote!

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

 
Coronavirus Update - 6 March

Read our full statement on how we're working with the University regarding the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak to understand any risks associated with our activities and events.

 
University Mental Health Day 2020

Thursday 5 March was University Mental Health Day, and to celebrate, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson has shared some important information about what mental health is, and how to look after yourself and your loved ones.

 
Student Group Recognition: Christian Union!

After winning this month's Student Group Recognition, Christian Union President Lila Jones tells us all about their awesome events, their weekly meetings and how you can get involved with this great society.

 
Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder

To continue Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to dedicate this blog to all those people supporting someone struggling with an eating disorder, to give you a helping hand and guide you through what you can do for them and for yourself.

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Hanan

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell is back to share stories of influential and talented Black RHUL students, as we look to celebrate them and inspire you!

 
Society Awards 2020 Round-Up

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton summarises an incredible night as we celebrated our societies and media outlets with the first-ever Society Awards on Saturday night.

 
Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts today, and VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson wanted to take the time to share some tips if you feel you may be struggling with your relationship with food at university.

 
UCU Strike Update: Supporting Your Education

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with more important updates about the upcoming strike action being taken by The University and College Union (UCU), and what is being done to support your education.

 
Have A Positive Impact On The History Of Women, Today!

Women's History Month starts this Sunday, so to celebrate, Chair of the Women's Collective Emily Howling is here to tell you more about what you can do to help make a positive impact!

 
Help Improve the GP Surgery

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you all about the Patient Participation Group, and how you can get involved to try to improve the services provided by the GP Surgery on campus.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term Two

We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shoutout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve! Find out what they've been up to so far in Term two!

 
SU Elections 2020: Meet The Candidates

Manifestos submitted and headshots snapped, it’s finally time to announce the official candidate shortlist for this year’s SU Elections.

 
RH100: College Strategy

Last week hosted the final RH100 panel of the year, focused on the College Strategy – so no small exercise! President Jack O'Neill tells you all about what was discussed, including student needs, environmental sustainability, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time for Tax: The Conclusion

Over the last couple of years, we have been researching and campaigning to help final-year students residing in Runnymede, who are hit with a council tax bill as the last day of term arrives in June.

 
Unfair Deposit Charges: Don't Overpay!

Make sure you haven't been overcharged for your deposit fee! Our advisors have received a lot of different cases of students paying more than they should, and they are looking forward to telling you all about what we can do to make sure you're treated fairly.

 
UCU Strike Update

VP Education Kate Roberts tells you everything you need to know about the upcoming strike action being taken by The University and College Union (UCU).

 
You're Valued Awards: Valentine's Day Round-up

After a lovely romantic weekend celebrating Valentine's Day, we wanted to continue spreading love by telling you all about the staff at Royal Holloway that have received a You're Valued award after being nominated by students!

 
Introducing the Union Workshop: Have Your Say!

If you feel that your input can help make significant improvements to the SU, then attending the Union Workshop could be your chance to get your message across!

 
Student Rights: Appeals

Next up in her mini blog series focusing on your academic rights as a student, VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to tell you all you need to know about appeals and how you can submit them.

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Part Two

After a very busy term, the Sabbatical Officers are excited to give you the lowdown on everything that has happened at this term's Executives!

 
Calling All Entrepreneurs: It's Time to Sell Your Business

Are you a student entrepreneur who has recently started a business? Are you selling any cool products? Then we've got the perfect opportunity for you to get involved with and start building your amazing career!

 
Blog: Looking After Our Bears

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know how the introduction of welfare-orientated committee roles has positively impacted a number of our sports clubs this year.

 
Join Climate Action In Their Fight For Sustainability

Tackling climate change is more important than ever, and Climate Action Secretary Cosmo Cattell tells you how you can get involved to ensure that Royal Holloway does everything possible to assist in the global transition towards a sustainable world.

 
Get Your Voice Heard: Advisory and Wellbeing Teams

After a lot of hard work, VP Welfare and Diversity Lucy Simpson is excited to let you know how you can have a say in the work carried out by the Student Advisory & Wellbeing teams at Royal Holloway to help improve your experience!

 
B(L)ackstage Stories: Introducing Emmanuel

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell is back to share stories of influential and talented Black RHUL students, as we look to celebrate them and inspire you!

 
Six New Societies Incoming!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton is incredibly excited to welcome six brand new societies: Accounting, Finance and Management Society, Mentality Society, Make a Kid Smile, Neurodivergent Support Society, Qazaq Society, and Skating Society!

 
BUCS Round-Up 12/02/2020

VP Sport Dom Brown is back with your weekly dose of BUCS fixtures! This week, he is celebrating the achievements of all our fantastic women in sport, so get ready for a full round-up on their great successes.

 
January's Rep Of The Month: Sara

The first month of the year was a very busy one for our academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate January's Rep of the Month, Sara Haase.

 
Careers and Active Campus the Hot Topics at RH100

President Jack O'Neill and VP Sport Dom Brown led sessions at the recent RH100 panel, as students discussed how the services should look in the future.

 
BUCS Round-Up 05/02/20

VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up of this week's sporting successes, both home and away! #COYBears

 
Kelly's Royal Holloway Run: Raising Money for Charity!

Are you an outgoing, adventurous and engaged student who likes to raise money for charity? Royal Holloway and Kelly’s Storage Charity Events are hosting a 5K & 10K run to raise money for The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust and Runnymede Foodbank!

 
Get Involved: Careers Online Consultation

After a lot of in-depth research on the careers support offered at Royal Holloway, President Jack O'Neill is very excited to put forward the proposed recommendations for change, and asks that you get involved and provide some feedback!

 
Further UCU Strike Action Announced

University and College Union (UCU) has announced that they will be going on strike for a further 14 days. Your Sabbatical Officers give you important information about the strike, and what stance we'll be taking as a Students' Union.

 
Looking Back at Great Campaign Videos

Current President Jack O'Neill and VP Sport Dom Brown have come a long way since their first elections. And in celebration of nominations closing this Friday 7 February, we take a look back at their hilarious campaign videos!

 
What Has Riding Been Up To?

Find out what Riding club has been up to since the start of Term One, they'll be giving you the low down on what they've achieved so far as well as telling us what they'll be doing for the rest of the term!

 
Student Rights: Extenuating Circumstances

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you the lowdown on what extenuating circumstances are, when you should apply for them and how you can get help with them.

 
Term Two Society Events

Get your diaries at the ready as VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton gives you the lowdown on all the amazing events coming up in Term Two!

 
Plagiarism: All You Need To Know

With exams slowly on the way, our advisors have compiled some useful information to help you understand what plagiarism is, how you can avoid it, and what you should do if you've been invited to a Misconduct Panel.

 
Inclusive Education Round-up

VP Education Kate Roberts recaps her campaign week as she looks to ensure that the academic interests of all students from all backgrounds are represented at Royal Holloway.

 
You're Valued Awards: David Yuratich

At the SU we’re all about recognising those people that contribute to making student life better. The You’re Valued awards are your way of thanking them! Last month, a group of law students presented the first award of the year to David Yuratich!

 
Academic Rep Conference Round-up

On Wednesday 29 January we held our annual Academic Rep Conference with the theme of Inclusive Education. The debates, interactions and insights that occurred throughout the day were brilliant, so if you missed it, VP Education Kate Roberts has a full round-up for you.

 
BUCS Round-Up 29/01/20

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know how our Bears fared home and away in this week's round of BUCS fixtures.

 
Running for President

If you’re thinking of running for President at SU Elections, this blog from current President Jack O'Neill will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

 
Get Ready For Colours Ball

It’s that time of year again - we’re delighted to announce the launch of Colours Ball as we celebrate our sports clubs and the individuals who contribute to their success! Find out event info, get nominating and buy your tickets now.

 
Running for VP Education

If you’re thinking of running for Vice President Education, this blog from current VP Education Kate Roberts will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

 
Student Voice Report: BAME Inclusive Student Experience

It’s here! Our highly anticipated Student Voice Report focusing on the issues faced by BAME students at Royal Holloway. We've set out a series of recommendations in the hope that we can better support all students from all backgrounds.

 
Has Your Landlord Protected Your Deposit?

In 2018, research from NUS found that 90% of students were being charged unfair deposit deductions! Our advisors tell you how to see if your deposit is protected through a scheme, and what to do if it isn't.

 
Running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity

If you’re thinking of running for Vice President Wellbeing & Diversity, this blog from current VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

 
Big Society News from Term One!

With Society Awards on its way and a lot of achievements to celebrate, VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton wants to look back at some of the best moments that societies and media outlets gave us in Term One!

 
Running for VP Societies & Sport

If you’re thinking of running for VP Societies & Sport, this blog from current VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown will give you the lowdown on what the role is all about!

 
Careers Support Policy Inquiry: The Final Steps

Join President Jack O'Neill at a consultation drop-in to discuss the recommendations for our Student Voice Report, as we seek to improve the careers support available at Royal Holloway.

 
Summer Ball 2020 Ticket News

Early bird tickets go on sale Friday 31 January - this year we're moving everything online and making more discounted tickets available than ever before.

 
Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is next Monday, so VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson and Jewish Society President Petra Varhegyi take a moment to look back and reflect on the events that occurred.

 
Lecture Capture Success

Find out how our drive for lecture capture saw a whopping 46 percentage point increase in the number of lectures recorded in term one, and what's next as we continue to lobby for a coherent and extensive policy to encourage wider adoption.

 
Introducing Society Awards

We're delighted to announce that nominations for your new look Society Awards are open, celebrating the achievements of societies and media outlets at Royal Holloway.

 
Executives Kick Starting Term Two

After a very busy Term One, the Executives are back! They'll be meeting next week to discuss the progress of current projects as well as planning for new upcoming developments.

 
School Rep Nominations are Now Open!

Nominations to become one of the six school reps are now open, so here is some important information on what the role is all about, and how you can stand for elections!

 
The Impact of Alcohol in Your Nutrition

To continue the series of blogs celebrating the Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign this week, we're bringing you the next one, focused on the consumption of alcohol and its effects on your nutrition and health.

 
Housing Disrepair: What to Do

If you're experiencing housing disrepair in your property, it's important that you're aware that most of these issues tend to be the landlord's responsibility. Our advisors have compiled a list of tips to help you know what steps to take.

 
Refreshers Round-Up 2020

It’s safe to say that we started Spring Term and 2020 in style during Refreshers! A week full of great events, music and some very dodgy dance moves, so let's have a look back at the highlights from last week.

 
Student Voice Report Incoming

Last term we informed you of some updates relating to the BAME Inclusive Student Experience policy inquiry. Now VP Education Kate Roberts is back to tell you about the launch of the final Student Voice Report and what happens next.

 
Academic Rep Conference: Register Now

On Wednesday 29 January we’re shining the spotlight on Inclusive Education, by giving you the opportunity to share your experiences and generate ideas on how we can make education equal for all.

 
Student Rights: Exam Access Arrangements

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with another student rights blog - this time making sure you know all the important information about exam access arrangements well ahead of exam season.

 
Eating Healthy and Cheaply!

Next up in the series of blogs to celebrate her Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson gives you some tips on how to keep a balanced diet without having to spend too much money.

 
Survey Season Begins!

VP Education Kate Roberts gives you important information on how you can feed back to the University to let them know of any aspects in your educational experience that you think work well, or need to be improved.

 
Healthy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

In celebration of the Eat Well, Feel Well nutrition campaign this week, VP Sport Dom Brown has a list of useful tips for sport and nutrition to help you stay healthy!

 
Tackling Homesickness at University

Coming back to university after the winter break can feel a bit daunting, and it's completely normal to feel a little bit homesick at times. Our advisors have compiled a useful list of tips to help you tackle homesickness.

 
University Environmental Sustainability Strategy

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton tells you how you can voice your sustainability concerns so that we, as a Students' Union, can lobby the University to make environmental sustainability a key priority in their strategic plan.

 
Law Soc's Incredible Achievements!

After becoming the winners of the new Student Group Recognition Award, Law Soc President Charlie Brook tells us more about some of their amazing achievements!

 
Law Soc Win Student Group Recognition!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton is excited to congratulate the winners of the first Student Group Recognition award, Law Society! Amazing job, team!

 
December's Rep Of The Month: Grace!

Last term was very busy for your academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate December's Rep of the Month, Grace Waterman!

 
New Student Groups Incoming!

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton brings amazing news, as eight brand new student groups have been ratified! Please join us in welcoming the new societies and sports clubs, and make sure you check them out.

 
What To Expect When You Start House-hunting

As Term Two starts to settle in, most of you will start looking for a house, or will have a lot of viewers coming to see your current home. Our advisors have compiled a list of useful tips about what you can expect and how you should react!

 
Charity Triumphs: Cheerleading

Cheerleading Charity & Fundraising Secretary, Abby White, tells us all about the wonderful fundraising events they organised throughout Term One to help the charity Beauty Banks UK, and how you can get involved!

 
Give It A Go: Term Two Events Launch!

Need some fun activities to get you through Term Two? We've got you covered with everything from free Crafternoons to tons day trips around the UK!

 
A Festive Message From Your President

As term draws to a close, your President Jack O'Neill would like to spread some Christmas cheer with a final end of term message!

 
BUCS Round-Up 11/12/19

VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up of this weeks sporting highlights with a festive holiday twist!

 
Stepping Out Of Loneliness

Ahead of the festive times, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson reminds you of all the different fun activities and useful resources available to you if you or someone you know is feeling lonely.

 
Rep Impact Update: Term One

We know academic reps do amazing things, and we want to shout about them so they can get the recognition they deserve!

 
Provide Feedback On Your Modules

If you haven't already, you will soon receive an email asking you to provide feedback on your modules, and VP Education Kate Roberts tells you why this is so important.

 
SU Elections: Nominations Now Open!

SU Elections nominations are now open, and it's finally your chance to stand to shape the future of the Students' Union. So check out everything you need to know and see if you've got what it takes!

 
BUCS Round-Up 04/12/19

After another successful week of BUCS action, VP Sport Dom Brown gives us all the details about Wednesday's fixtures.

 
November's Rep Of The Month: Sophia!

It's been a very busy month for your academic reps, and VP Education Kate Roberts is excited to congratulate November's Rep of the Month, Sophia Constantopoulos!

 
RH100: Student Wellbeing Strategy

After leading a session at RH100 to steer on the Wellbeing Strategy, President Jack O'Neill and VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson have some important news to share with you about our next steps.

 
Women's Suffrage: Royal Holloway History

Ahead of the upcoming General Election on 12 December, your three female Sabbatical Officers have compiled some important facts from Royal Holloway's history regarding the women's suffrage.

 
Student Rights: Feedback

VP Education Kate Roberts is back with another student rights blog - this time making sure you know the score when it comes to feedback.

 
Patient Participation Group: Improving The GP Surgery

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you all about the Patient Participation Group, and how you can get involved to try to improve the services provided by the GP Surgery on campus.

 
Fire Safety In Student Homes

Following the recent fires in student accommodation in Bolton, VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson tells you what we've been doing to ensure your safety, and what you can do at home.

 
Housing Fair Round-Up

Housing Week was kicked off in in style! It was great to see so many students getting involved, so we've got a round-up of all the important information that was discussed!

 
This Girl Can Round-Up

After an incredibly successful week celebrating and empowering women in sport with the campaign This Girl Can, VP Sport Dom Brown brings you a round-up with some of the best moments from the week!

 
Introducing The Union Workshop

At the Students’ Union, we thrive on getting you involved in everything that has an impact on you, so we're introducing the Union Workshop, your chance to have a say on the services we provide!

 
BUCS Round-Up 20/11/19

Although it's been a quieter week for the Bears after the rush of Big Bears Wednesday, VP Sport Dom Brown tells us all about this Wednesday's fixtures.

 
Executives: What Have They Been Up To?

It's been a very busy month for the members of our first Executives, and our Officers have compiled a list updates on the exciting things they've been up to!

 
Christmas Has Arrived At The Packhorse!

The Packhorse is getting into the festive spirit with their very own three course Christmas menu! Book now and make the best out of your Christmas party.

 
Big Bears Wednesday 13/11/19

VP Sport Dom Brown runs you through all the sporting twists and turns that took place on one of the biggest sporting fixtures of the term!

 
Why We Need Transgender Awareness Week

In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week (TAW), LGBT+ Collective Convenor Felix Jordan tells us why TAW is so important for transgender people and their allies.

 
Christmas On A Budget

The chaos of Christmas is nearly upon us, and for many buying gifts for loved ones, partners and friends can be daunting. We've compiled a range of valuable tips and tricks to help ease your Christmas budgeting worries.

 
Students Pressured Into Renewing Housing Contract

Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of students have reported being pressured to renew their contract. Landlords and estate agents shouldn't do this, and we will help you challenge this!

 
Executives: Getting Ready To Start!

After months of talking about them and casting your votes, our Executives are officially ready for lift off. Starting on Tuesday 5 November, your VPs will be chairing meetings made up of your elected representatives.

 
University Challenge: Have You Got What It Takes?

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

 
PGR Student Survey: Win £150 Cash!

The PGR Student Survey is now live, and you can have a say in what you want to see change. The best part? You'll enter a draw to bag some juicy prizes, including £150 cash!

 
Policy Inquiry: Careers Support

Careers support was at the front and centre of President Jack O'Neill's election campaign. Today, Jack has got very exciting news about what we can do as a Students' Union to support your career.

 
'No Platform' Update

President Jack O'Neill tells you more about your opportunity to debate, discuss and decide as we prepare for the upcoming referendum on whether the Students' Union should implement a 'No Platform' policy.

 
A Night At The Theatre

The annual inter-society cabaret night A Night At The Theatre is this weekend, and your VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton tells you why you shouldn't miss it!

 
Give It A Go: Introducing The Buddy Scheme

Meeting new people is easier said than done, especially if you're travelling solo to an entirely new place. That's why we're introducing the Buddy Scheme!

 
Freedom of Speech and ‘No Platform’

Find out why your Sabbatical Officers have decided to call a referendum on whether the Students’ Union should implement a ‘No Platform’ Policy.

 
BUCS Round-Up 09/10/19

After a very long summer break from BUCS, the league is back and running, so VP Sport Dom Brown has a brand new round-up on last Wednesday's fixtures!

 
Student Rights: Using The Library

To continue the series of blog posts focused on your student rights, VP Education Kate Roberts tells you all about how to use the library sources available to you.

 
Statement on Debating Society

The Students’ Union can confirm that a proposed event hosted by the Debating Society and featuring Katie Hopkins will not be taking place next week.

 
World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and to celebrate, our advisors have compiled a list of useful tips to look after yourself and your mental health!

 
Police Operation at Pop! Candyland

At tonight's event, Pop! Candyland, you may have noticed an increased police presence along with additional bag and body searches as part of our work to stop banned substances being brought into the venue.

 
BAME Student Experience and BAME Attainment Gap

VP Education Kate Roberts gives us a quick update on the next steps forward after our BAME student researchers revealed the experiences of BAME students across their time at Royal Holloway.

 
The Black-ademic Guide To Higher Education

Former BAME Rep Renée Landell celebrates the start of Black History Month with her guide to navigating university in a way that makes you feel comfortable to be your true authentic Black self.

 
Come In Your Kit: Be Mindful Of Others

With one of the most popular nights of the term approaching (CIYK), VP Sport Dom Brown would like to remind you to be respectful of the community around you.

 
Student Rights: Personal Tutors

In the first of a series of new blog posts focused on your student rights, VP Education Kate Roberts tells you what you should expect from your personal tutor and vice versa.

 
SU Nights ft. YOU!

We're giving student groups the opportunity to get featured in our venue nights and organise their own events, and VP Societies and Media Sophia Bolton tells you how to get involved!

 
Settling Into University Life

Freshers' Festival is over and lectures have started, so now what? VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson guides you through settling into university life.

 
Get Your Voice Heard: Everything You Need To Know

President Jack O'Neill tells you everything you need to know about Service Development Groups, and elections for Collectives, Executives and academic reps.

 
Drug Use On Campus
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During this first week of the year, it’s important that we’re very clear about our stance on drugs and the misuse of them.

 
Consent: Essential Every Time

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson talks about the importance of consent and how you must ensure you seek it for every form of sexual interaction.

 
Blog: Lecture Capture
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Lecture Capture has been the hot topic in education at Royal Holloway for some time and your VP Education Kate Roberts has some exciting updates.

 
Collectives 101
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You've had the chance to meet our student groups but did you know we also have free groups known as Collectives that you can join!

 
World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day, and to celebrate, VP Welfare and Diversity Lucy Simpson gives some advice about looking after your sexual health.

 
Don't Miss The Festival Of Volunteering

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton talks about her experience of volunteering at Royal Holloway and why you should check out the event on Wednesday 25 September.

 
Nominations Open For Academic Rep, Collective & Executive Positions
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Over the next three weeks, the student body will be electing over 400 representatives from across the University as academic reps, Collective convenors and Student Executive members. Get your nominations in now!

 
Looking After Yourself During Freshers' Festival

With the help of some returning students, VP Welfare & Diversity is here to give some top tips on how to successfully navigate Freshers' Festival.

 
Remember To Be A Good Neighbour

With Freshers' Festival upon us, it's important that you read the guide to being a good neighbour, and remember to respect the local community living in your area.

 
Changes To Venues Code of Conduct

President Jack O'Neill lets you know about a number of changes that have taken place over the summer with regards to the Venues Code of Conduct.

 
SU Finances Explained

President Jack O'Neill gives us an insight into how finances the Students' Union's finances work, and how we reinvest the money that we make into improving the services we offer.

 
Improving Your Bright Ideas Platform

During the summer, our Voice team have been reviewing the Bright Ideas platform to improve and ease your opportunities to voice your concerns at Royal Holloway and influence positive change.

 
Avoiding Common Mistakes At Freshers' Festival

Before the chaos of Freshers' Festival begins, it’s important that you’re aware of some common mistakes to avoid during your first few weeks here.

 
Board of Trustees Update

President Jack O'Neill explains what the Board of Trustees is all about and gives an update on their first meeting of the year.

 
Collectives: Drive Change Right Here, Right Now

VP Welfare & Diversity Lucy Simpson is excited to tell us all about the Collectives, the new groups of students that will provide opportunities to support communities on campus.

 
Policy Inquiry: PGR Student Experience

President Jack O'Neill tells you why he's launching a policy inquiry into the student experience of postgraduate students, and what that means for you.

 
Get Your Deposit Back

If your landlord or estate agent has given you trouble and you’re still owed your deposit or have been charged unfairly, you might still be able to do something about it!

 
Shaking Up Your Nightlife

VP Sport Dom Brown lets you know about the big changes we've made to improve our late night venues offering ahead of the new academic year.

 
Get Ready To Give It A Go

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

 
Find Your New Home

If you didn't get into your accommodation of choice and you don't know where to start looking for your perfect home, here are some great ideas to help you out!

 
Freshers' Festival On A Budget

Are you a little bit concerned that you'll spend too much money during Freshers' Festival? Don't worry, we've got three low budget itineraries to help you have an awesome time while looking after your finances.

 
Price Increases 2019/20
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As we move towards the new academic year, it’s important for us to be up front about some of the pricing changes that will be in place across our services when you return to campus in September.

 
Blog: Quality And Student Engagement Conference

VP Education Kate Roberts went to Leeds Beckett University last week to attend the Quality and Student Engagement Conference, and she's back to tell you all about it!

 
Taster Sessions For Sports, Societies & Media Outlets

We've got over 110 different societies, sports clubs and media outlets for you to try out during Freshers' Festival! Make sure you check them all out.

 
Humpit: A Hummus & Pita Bar At The SU!

Humpit is making its way to the SU from September to make all your hummus dreams come true! So get your tummies ready for this delicious new addition.

 
Blog: How To Make Student Groups Environmentally Friendly

VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton and VP Sport Dom Brown have some important tips to help you make your student groups more environmentally friendly!

 
Packing For University: The Essential Guide

Getting ready to go to university can be quite stressful, especially when it comes to packing your stuff. So here's a helpful list of what to bring with you!

 
Download Your Union App

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

 
Get Your Freshers' Festival Wristband!

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 2 September.

 
Freshers' Festival 2019 Line-up Reveal

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.

 
Deposit Disputes: Advice Centre Success Stories

First year Royal Holloway student Narjes Dhaif saved £383 after getting in touch with the Advice Centre about an unfair deposit charge!

 
Drink Spiking and What We Do

Following a number of posts on social media referring to incidents of spiking at SU club nights, we want to reiterate our approach and what we're doing to tackle it.

 
Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

We're pleased to announce that our median and mean gender pay gap has reduced vs last year's report and is still well below the national average.

 
Blog: Making Your Voice Heard In PDRs

Faculty Rep for Management, Economics and Law, Alexandra Upton, talks through the process of a Periodic Departmental Review.

 
SU Elections 2019 Results

After three incredible days of campaigning and a record breaking turnout, it's time to find out who you've elected to lead the Students' Union in 2019/20.

 
Big Bears Wednesday Round-Up

The sun was shining to provide a glorious backdrop to Big Bears Wednesday, and VP Sport Dom Brown was there to soak up all the action.

 
Blog: Advice Centre Success Stories

Current student Alexa Tecson shares the nightmare she endured with her landlord and how the Advice Centre helped her!

 
BUCS Round-Up - 20/02/19

VP Sport Dom Brown is back this week with the most recent BUCS Round-Up, bringing great wins and some impressive Rugby highlights.

 
Blog: Welcoming Eight New Student Groups

VP Societies and Media Holly Hughes and VP Sport Dom Brown are welcoming new societies and sports clubs!

 
BUCS Round-Up - 06/02/19

VP Sport Dom Brown gives us a round-up of this week's action, featuring a terrific performance from Men's Rugby in their BUCS Cup quarter final clash at Chichester.

 
Saying Hi to More STIs: The Danger of Cutting Sexual Health Funding

Your VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong talks us through recent cuts to sexual health services.

 
Blog: Why Lecture Capture Grinds My Gears

With the 'lecture capture' project moving at a snail's pace, VP Education Jack O'Neill explains why it's all so frustrating.

 
Blog: Alumni Sports Day Round-Up

Your VP Sport Dom Brown, tells us all the details of what went down at the very popular yearly event, Alumni Sports Day!

 
Refreshers Round-Up

After an awesome week of Refreshers, it's time to look back at what went down and what exciting things we've got planned for Spring Term!

 
Feature: Student Trustee Interview With Rachelle Jiongco

Learn all about the Student Trustee position in an interview with former Trustee, Rachelle Jiongco.

 
Byelaw H Update Passed By Board Of Trustees

The update to Byelaw H of our constitution has now been passed by a supermajority vote of the Board of Trustees.

 
Strobe-Free SU Nights Confirmed

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now offering strobe-free nights at the SU, following the passing of a Bright Idea, submitted last term by student Ana Patterson.

 
Welcome Back From The Sabbs

Your sabbatical officers preview what they've got coming up this term to ensure that we make your student experience the best it possibly can be! They're off to a great start!

 
Blog: Academic Restructure Update

The academic restructure is the hot topic on everyone's lips this year and VP Education Jack O'Neill has some updates for you from the end of term one.

 
Blog: Ensuring A 'Good Night Out'

VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong goes behind the scenes at Winter Blowout to see how the Good Night Out team look out for you at our venues.

 
Blog: Welcoming Three New Societies

SOC has been busy ratifying three more brand new societies! VP Societies & Media Holly Hughes introduces them and let's you know how to get involved.

 
Housing Tips For Spring Term

We know housing can be a bit of a stressful ordeal at times, which is why our advisers have compiled a couple of expert tips to guide you through the storm and help you answer all of your questions.

 
Mental Health: Spring Term Preview

With Spring Term on the horizon, it’s time to talk about mental health, how to discuss issues stigma free and how to look out for your mates if they hit a rough patch.

 
Reasons To Buy A Wristband

Not only will you gain guaranteed fast track access to seven Refreshers events, saving up to £19 in the process, you'll also bag some tidy discounts to spend in our venues.

 
Refreshers 2019 Line-Up Announcement

We've spent a very busy term of of lectures and deadlines waiting for it, and now it's finally here. We are excited to present to you, the line-up for Refreshers 2019!

 
Blog: A Winter Message From Your President

Clem Jones, your Union President, gives you a wonderful Christmas message and some New Year's resolutions before you set out for your well-earned winter break.

 
SU Elections: Reasons to Run

You can run but you can't hide, elections are here! Seriously though, you should run for one of our Sabbatical Officer roles. And here are all of the reasons why.

 
Housing Advice For Christmas

Before you leave for the Christmas holidays, make sure you know what to do with your student house to keep it safe while you enjoy your pumpkin spiced lattes and minced pies!

 
The Big Wins Of Term One

It's been a big and very important term here at the Students' Union, and we want to tell you all about the amazing things that we've been doing alongside you!

 
Announcing the November Rep of the Month!

After a lot of positive change, we're very excited to announce our very first Rep of the Month! Find out who they are and what they've done by reading on.

 
Blog: Board of Trustees Meeting

Your President, Clem Jones, gives us an update on what was discussed on the second Board of Trustees meeting of first term, which took place on 6 December.

 
Give It A Go: Term Two Events Launch

Get ready to get involved in a range of fun activities and events, meet a lot of new friends and distress from all of your work with our Give It A Go programme - your best bet for new experiences.

 
Blog: University Polo - Hockey On Horses?

Caitlyn Nicholls, President of the Royal Holloway Polo Club, tells us all about what the Polo club is all about, why you should get involved and how you can bag yourself tickets to their biggest party of the year, Rock The Polo!

 
Christmas Opening Hours 2018

After a very busy term of lectures and deadlines, we are very excited to wish you an incredibly well-deserved break. But first, find out when our venues will be open during the Christmas holidays!

 
Find My Rep

After seeing some of the awesome stuff your academic reps have been up to this term, you might find yourself wondering how to let your rep know of some juicy changes needing to be made.

 
Introducing Your University Challenge Team

We've selected our team to face Jeremy Paxman as we go head to head against the cream of the crop in next year's University Challenge.

 
Blog: American Football Club Spotlight

Following a key fixture against KCL Regents last Sunday, your VP Sport Dom Brown gives us a report on American Football club's season so far.

 
Blog: Ultimate Frisbee

VP Sport, Dom Brown gives us an insight on what Ultimate Frisbee have been up to this term.

 
Elections Nominations Are Now Open!

Ever wanted a giant poster of your face in Tommy's Lounge? Well, this is your chance!

 
Blog: Women In Sport Panel Discussion

Kate Roberts, Charity Secretary of Women's Football, gives us the down-low on their ongoing #FEMALEISFIERCE campaign and their panel discussion on women in sport, featuring prominent female sporting leaders on campus.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 05/12/18

Find out how your Bears fared in the penultimate week of term one BUCS fixtures.

 
Blog: A Look Into Islamic Society

Secretary of Islamic Society Maryam Shahid, gives us an insight on what the society has been up to this term!

 
Commuting Students Research: The Next Steps

You might remember that this term we launched our research into commuting. Well we've wrapped up the first round, and we want to tell you all about it!

 
Money Matters For Housing

Having trouble working out how much money you need to sign a housing contract? Don't worry! Our Advice Centre is here to help.

 
Bright Ideas Round-Up - Term One

Bright Ideas has had a busy term, and we want to tell you about everything that's gone down!

 
Coming Soon: Academic Rep Conference

We take a look ahead to our Academic Rep Conference which will be taking place on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 28/11/18

It's your weekly BUCS round-up brought to you by Mr. Sport himself, VP Sport Dom Brown.

 
UKVI Action Fraud

It has sadly come to our attention that international students are being targeted by fraudsters once they reach UK soil. Here's some advice on how to avoid being caught out.

 
Blog: #LoveSUs

We quizzed your Sabbs on why they love SUs so much. Why? Because it's #LoveSUs Day of course!

 
An Introduction To South East Asian Society

Every wondered what the South East Asian society gets up to? Well now's your chance to find out!

 
Blog: Putting Money Back Into Students' Pockets

Find out how (Master of Business Administration) MBA course rep Ali Tariq has put almost £50,000 back into the pockets of students on the MBA programme.

 
The Subtle Art Of House-Hunting

We want to ensure that you are ready for the sometimes complex and risky business that is finding a place to rent for next year.

 
Blog: Insanity At Logic Studio School

Your Head of Community (Outreach) at Insanity Radio, Keren Tomasoa, discusses their workshop and Outside Broadcast at Logic Studio School.

 
Lording It Over: Is Your Landlord Up To Scratch?

Thinking of going with a landlord? Make sure you read over this article before signing on the dotted line.

 
Blog: College Answer Your Education Council Questions

VP Education Jack O'Neill has been hard at work getting answers from the College on the Academic Restructure.

 
Ain't Nobody Got Time for Tax: The Sequel

We're continuing the fight to get you out of paying an unfair charge. Read on to find out more.

 
Rep Impact Update

Find out how your academic reps have already had a positive impact on the academic interests of over 3000 students!

 
BUCS Round-Up - 21/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
'Ask for Angela' Campaign

We’re proud to be supporting ‘Ask for Angela’, a campaign run to provide a vital lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation they can’t get out of.

 
Email Etiquette: Some Handy Tips

There's a time and a place for the use of slang and gifs - sending an email to your lecturer certainly isn't that place. Here's a handy guide to avoid being put in their bad books.

 
Christmas Comes To Tommy's Kitchen

With the festive season rapidly approaching, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new seasonal menu at Tommy's Kitchen, featuring gorgeous new burgers and pies with juicy flavours that will fire up the festive spirit inside you.

 
Blog: Trampolining Group Development Fund Report

Following a successful Group Development Fund application, Emma Broadley, President of Royal Holloway Trampolining Club, tells us how the extra funds have helped them move forward as a club.

 
Councils Round-Up

With our three most recent councils done and dusted, it's time to have a look back over what went down last week.

 
Blog: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault

Your Women's Rep, Sophie Bury, details the reporting and support mechanisms in place for survivors of sexual assault.

 
Trans Day of Remembrance

Today we remember our siblings, lost to transphobia and violence.

 
Blog: Celebrating International Week

This week we're kicking off International Week, where we celebrate cultures from around the world. VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong, tells us more.

 
Blog: 'This Girl Can'

VP Sport Dom Brown highlights the significance of 'This Girl Can' week and the importance of celebrating our amazingly talented female sports clubs and competitors.

 
Blog: Education Council Update

The first Education Council of the year took place on Wednesday, and there was a hot topic up for discussion in the shape of the proposed academic restructure.

 
International Week Specials At Tommy's Kitchen

To celebrate International Week coming up next week, we're serving up three sizzling specials inspired by great flavours from around the world!

 
Academic Rep Of The Month Launch

As part of our revamped academic rep structure, we're delighted to launch our Rep of the Month award!

 
Blog: Celebrating UKCISA's 50th Anniversary

On 14 November 2018, VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, attended a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

 
BUCS Round Up - 14/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
Blog: Introducing Our New Societies

Holly Hughes, VP Societies & Media, officially introduces the four new societies that were ratified last month by Student Opportunities Committee.

 
Founder's Reading Room: A Remarkable Transformation

Founder's Reading Room has officially re-opened and VP Education Jack O'Neill was there to cut the ribbon.

 
Transgender Awareness Week

Monday 12 November marks the beginning of Trans Awareness Week. Find out why it's so important, and why we still need to fight for trans rights.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 07/11/18

Dom Brown, VP Sport, takes you through this week's BUCS results.

 
The Ins and Outs of Extensions

Want to know more about extensions, what you need, and how to get them? Read on to find out more.

 
Cleaning Up Campus: The College's Ethical Investment Policy

Your President, Clem Jones, gives updates on the College's new Ethical Investment Policy.

 
Not Just Bureacracy: What Are SU Councils?

Interested in democracy and representation, and want to make your voice heard? You might be interested in our councils.

 
Black History Month Round-Up

Renée Landell, your BME Rep, takes us through the last month, explaining the importance of black history.

 
Happily Ever After: Advice Centre Success Stories

Want to know what the Advice Centre has been up to? Read on to find out more about our wins!

 
Blog: Big Bears Wednesday Round Up

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, takes us through one of the most important fixture dates of the year, Big Bears Wednesday, detailing the great atmosphere as well as successful games of our sports clubs.

 
Blog: Backing The Proposed Academic Restructure

VP Education, Jack O'Neill, explains why the Sabbatical Officers are supporting the proposed changes to the College's academic structure.

 
Buy, Sell & Swap On Our Online Marketplace

Working with Paperclip, we’ve developed a brand new online marketplace that functions exclusively for all Royal Holloway students. This means you can stay local and trekking too far to buy, sell or swap items are a thing of the past.

 
Stay Smart For Halloween

When deciding your Instagram-worthy Halloween ensemble remember: wear costumes, not cultures.

 
Driven Round the Bend: A Call to Commuting Students

Want to be a part of solving issues for commuting students? Then look no further!

 
Kitting Out The Bears

With our current kit tender due to expire at the end of the academic year, we are calling for your help as we look to get the best deals for our sports teams.

 
Blog: Big Bears Wednesday

On 31 October, we have a plethora of standout fixtures which we will be spotlighting for close attention, with some additional focus on some of our star players. Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, tells us why it's one of our most important fixtures dates and calls for you come down and support all our sports clubs.

 
Blog: American Football At Royal Holloway

Jack Wallis, the Media Officer for Royal Holloway American Football Club, tells us of his personal experiences as part of the American Football team, and reasons why joining the club was one of his highlights while at university.

 
Blog: Essay Mills Don't Pay the Bills

Cheaters never prosper, so here's why you should avoid online essay writing services.

 
Statement Regarding Alpha Residential Email

It has recently been brought to our attention that the estate agent Alpha Residential has sent an email to a number of their student tenants in regards to making arrangements for contract renewals.

 
BUCS Round-Up - 17/10/18

It's time for your weekly BUCS round-up where VP Sport, Dom Brown, gives you the low down on how our Bears got on in their clashes with other universities up and down the country.

 
Join Our Student Advisory Group

Ever wanted to know more about our major events and activities? Ever had an idea for a club night you think students would love? We are looking for students to get involved in a new initiative that will put student voice at the heart of some of our biggest events.

 
Academic Rep Election Results

It's finally time to announce the successful candidates of the academic rep elections!

 
Blog: Lobbying College To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Your Union President, Clem Jones, gives us all the details as to why his pledge to 'Clean Up Your Campus' is important, and what actions have taken place to ensure this happens.

 
Be A Good Neighbour

We understand that you get a little excitable after a few drinks and a wild night of partying, but this is just a gentle reminder to ask you to consider the community and keep the noise down when you are leaving our venues.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week Round-Up

Want to know what went on during Mental Health Awareness Week? Read on to find out!

 
The ABCs of Assignment Writing

Your first assignments might be on the horizon, so you might want to have a quick read of our how to guide on assignment writing.

 
Statement Regarding Anti GRA Literature

Following the dissemination of anti GRA literature on campus. We would like to issue the following statement outlining our position.

 
Self-Certification Policy: The Essential Guide

The new self-certification extensions policy has just been confirmed by the College - we take you through everything you need to know.

 
Blog: Mental Health Training

Your VP Societies and Media, Holly Hughes, talks about the recent mental health training she delivered, and the future of the programme.

 
BUCS Round-Up 10/10/18

VP Sport, Dom Brown, talks you through the first week of BUCS fixtures for our mighty Bears.

 
Insanity Nominated For Best Student Radio Station

The Student Radio Awards shortlist is out, and there is plenty of good news for our community radio station!

 
World Mental Health Day: Why Is It Still So Important?

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.

 
Fight for Trans Rights: The Gender Recognition Act

The Gender Recognition Act is out for consultation, and we need you to help in the fight for trans equality by filling it out.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

On 8 October, we'll be launching this year's Mental Health Awareness Week in collaboration with the Mental Health Network.

 
Police Operation at Soap: The Zoo

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.

 
Academic Book Sale Puts £5488 Back Into Students' Pockets

A staggering £5488 will be going straight back into students’ pockets next week, after our second hand academic book sale proved a roaring success!

 
Blog: Gym Now In Shape After Summer Upgrade

Your VP Sport, Dom Brown, takes you through a summer of changes in the Sports Centre.

 
Food & Drink On A Budget: The Essential Guide

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.

 
Insanity Radio: Don Broco Takeover

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!

 
Academic Rep Elections Launch

Nominations for academic representation positions are now open - nominate yourself or a friend before 17:00 on Wednesday 10 October.

 
Freshers' Festival Round-Up

As Freshers' Festival nears its conclusion, we’ve compiled a few fun facts to show you just how much has happened this week!

 
Blog: Sexual Health Matters!

Your VP Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong, has secured free STI testing as she looks to improve the support for sexual health on campus.

 
Debated And Disparaged: Why We Need Black History Month

You BME Rep, Renée Landell, talks us through why Black History Month remains pertinent and necessary to this day.

 
Night in Shining Armour: What is Nightline?

We talk you through what Nightline is, how you can use it, and all the detail about how it works.

 
Statement Regarding Flawless ft. EO

We have issued a statement following the Flawless ft. EO event held at the SU on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

 
Limited Event Tickets Available

Freshers' Festival wristbands have sold out but there's still time to get your hands on individual event tickets.

 
How To Do Freshers’ Festival On A Budget

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.

 
Leaving The Nest: A Guide To Moving Away

Moving to Royal Holloway may be the first time that you’ve ever had to fend for yourself as an independent person.

 
Blog: No More Blurred Lines

‘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.

 
Freshers' Ball Secret Acts Revealed

Yes, the rumours are true, we've been planning two secret acts to perform at this year's Freshers' Ball.

 
Blog: College Consultation on Academic Structures

The College has launched a consultation for its academic staff on proposed changes to its academic structures.

 
Blog: Board Of Trustees Update

SU President, Clem Jones, talks you through the first Board of Trustees meeting of the academic year.

 
Second Hand Academic Book Sale

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.

 
New Menu In Tommy’s Kitchen

The best burger bar on campus has a new menu, with a number of vegetarian and vegan additions.

 
SU Venue Security Review: The Outcome

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.

 
Growing The Rep-ertoire: Looking After Your Academic Reps

We're making sure your course reps have the skills needed to represent your academic interests. Keep reading to find out more.

 
Blog: A Dramatic Turn Of Events

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.

 
Blog: Insanity Radio Go Behind The Scenes At Reading Festival

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.