Blog: Welcoming Three New Societies

Back in November, we completed our second round of ratifications for the 2018/19 academic year and I'm delighted to welcome three new societies to our ranks.

Student Opportunities Committee (SOC) representatives worked with your VP Sport Dom Brown and I to pass through another three student groups, further expanding the variety of amazing opportunities available to students! With Refreshers just around the corner, now is the best time to read more about what these new student groups want to achieve and how you can get involved. We are very excited to welcome them to the SU!

Art History

If you always wanted to know what it was like to be an art historian, have a passion for the subject or simply want to get involved with something new and add to your CV, then Art History society might just be the place for you! With an overwhelmingly positive response on Bright Ideas, the society has been created to promote and encourage the enjoyment and study of Art History at Royal Holloway while keeping our very founder, Thomas Holloway’s passion for art is well and truly alive in the 21st century! The group will be providing a wide variety of socials, trips and other opportunities to members of the society, with the aim to increase knowledge among both, members and non-members through talks, debates and various other activities. They have some fantastic trips, talks and workshops lined up for the year, so make sure to check them out during Refreshers. 

Contact Art History Soc!

Sri Lankan

Royal Holloway is a campus well known for its vast diversity - from the Pakistan society, to the Hindu Soc, to the South East Asian Soc. It’s fair to say that so many people from all around the world study here. However, up until now, there has been no such thing as a Sri Lankan society! Luckily for us, a number of students saw the gap in our cultural and faith societies during Freshers' Festival and took it upon themselves to get the society going! With some arguing that within Sri Lanka there is a division between different individuals, their aim is to help prove that the younger generation is closer than ever before and want to show this by inviting people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds to join the society. They’ll be collaborating with other London universities, hosting charity events as well alongside regular meets and socials.

Contact Sri Lankan Soc!


This year, the Turkish Society has been created with the aim of bringing all Turkish speakers on campus together, to create a tight knit community to celebrate the amalgamation of Turkish identity and culture. They will be organising events, such as balls, movie nights and charity events (with a particular focus on Turkish charities), as well as running events to celebrate national and traditional days. For anyone and everyone on campus, they will also be running Turkish language lessons and regular belly dancing classes, taught by the incredibly talented committee members. If this sounds just your cup of (Turkish) tea, then make sure to contact them below.

Contact Turkish Soc!

This year, we have decided to double the number of ratification meetings per year, from three to six, in an attempt to ensure that students are given as much chance as possible to bring their society proposals to fruition! More information about forming your own society can be found here. I’m looking forward to the third round of ratifications in a few weeks’ time, and seeing what other student groups join us at the SU this year.

Holly Hughes // Vice President Societies and Media