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The Big Wins Of Term Two

Spring Term has played host to an incredible amount of achievements. From improvements at the Health Centre and successful campaigns, to the introduction of a new BAME research team, the positive impact of academic reps and of course, SU Elections!

It’s always amazing to see such great involvement in the development of the Students’ Union, and we couldn’t go without praising everyone’s hard work. So have a look back at everything that has happened this term!

Finally improving the Health Centre!

VP Welfare and Diversity Willow Wong has been working very hard to make sure that the Health Centre is the best it can be. Although there is much more to keep fighting for, the changes that have come so far are great! There are now over 30 extra appointments available a week compared to last year; you can also register online with the GP surgery and even use a new self check-in screen upon arrival, instead of waiting the queue!

Health Centre Update

Aside from this, Willow has also been working to tackle mental health at university, for which the College will introduce a Mental Health Primary Care Worker, a role to help more students gain access to the right kind of mental health support.

Tackling University Mental Health

Did someone say campaigns?

Not just one or two, but six! It has been great to see so many campaigns to raise awareness, empower students and to make the Students’ Union grow more and more every year. The term started with the launch of Willow’s Let’s Talk About Sex campaign, aiming to destigmatise conversations about sex to encourage safe and healthy relations.

Following, was VP Sport Dom Brown’s Disability Awareness Week, which saw a range of events aiming to inspire inclusivity in sport and increase the confidence of our disabled students. We also need to congratulate the Mental Health Network for running a lecture series during the term to raise awareness of mental health. It’s been great to see all the work put into these events! VP Societies and Media Holly Hughes ran the fantastic Man Up, a campaign that aimed to tackle men’s mental health.

And to top that up, the Students’ Union has also celebrated two incredibly important months, LGBT History Month, ran by LGBT Society and Women’s History Month ran by Feminism Society! Bravo!

Fighting for equality!

VP Education and future President Jack O’Neill, held the Academic Rep Conference, which focused on tackling equality in higher education. The panel got down to the bottom of what representation truly means and how it can be used effectively for everyone. There were also workshops held on inclusivity training, discussion of personal tutors, the BAME attainment gap and commuting students. It was definitely a day packed with positive changes!

Read more about this!

More groups, please!

This term wouldn’t have been as great as it has been if it weren’t for the ratification of eleven student groups! Did you read that right? Eleven! Please join us in welcoming the groups below.

Societies:

  • Art History
  • Sri Lankan
  • Turkish
  • Criminology
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Witch, Pagan and New Age
  • Hellenic
  • Latin American
  • Liberal Arts
  • Pokémon

Sports Clubs:

  • Boxing

Congratulations to everyone!

No space? No problem

After having had many students struggling to find a space to sit in the library, Jack O’Neill has been fighting for one of his manifesto points - to broaden the discussion of study space. And guess what? We’ve got big changes coming up at the beginning of Summer Term, like the replacement of the 56 PC spaces on Floor 1 of the Davison Building with additional fully accessible 24/7 study spaces.

Show me all the changes!

The experience of BAME students on campus

This term, we’ve been incredibly lucky to welcome three student researchers that will be studying the experience of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students on campus, and they’ve already been up to some fabulous work! Please welcome Fourth Year Business & Management student Neelam Akhtar, Second Year Psychology student Shahmir Akram, and Third Year Drama & Psychology student Rebecca Goh.

SU Elections 2019!

We had an incredible SU Elections this year, with a record turnout of 3073 individual voters. The candidates developed great campaigns and now we are very proud to congratulate your 2019/20 Sabbatical Officers:

  • President: Jack O’Neill
  • VP Education: Kate Roberts
  • VP Welfare & Diversity: Lucy Simpson
  • VP Societies & Media: Sophia Bolton
  • VP Sport: Dom Brown

We can’t wait to see what great changes they’ll bring to the new academic year!

Rep Impact Update!

Your academic reps have been up to some amazing things since we launched the Academic Representation system. They brought a lot of positive changes to your academic experience, so click the button below to see a selection of the 85 impacts that we’ve received so far.

Check out those impacts!

We got ready for the Balls!

Two of the main events of Spring Term are Socs and Colours Balls, where students get together to celebrate the achievements of their groups over a three course silver service meal, plenty of trophies and a great party! With more individuals and societies recognised than ever before, and a record number of members within our sports clubs, this year there were definitely plenty of achievements to celebrate.

#ComingBackStronger

Spring Term reached its end with the biggest sporting and societies event of the year, Varsity! This year, we came back stronger as the Bears took on the Stags to bring back more wins than ever before. And even though we didn’t bring the trophy home, it was a day full of fun, excitement and so much hard work. We are wowed by the great collaborative work within teams and your incredible sportsmanship towards Surrey. It was a pleasure to be a part of this day with you and we can’t wait to host Varsity at Royal Holloway next year!

 

Seriously, thank you to each and every single one of you for working so hard to make the best out of the Students’ Union, and to make sure that we reach our most important aim, to make student life better at Royal Holloway. It’s fantastic to see how much you’re helping us grow and we are very excited to see what’s coming next in Summer Term.

Good luck with revision and enjoy your break!