We exist for one simple reason: to make student life better at Royal Holloway. It’s this vision that guides everything we do as an organisation and we firmly believe that with the right people and a commitment to our values we can deliver huge change on campus.

And that’s where you come in. As a candidate, you’ve taken the first step towards leading a registered charity with a turnover of over £5m - just let that sink in for a moment. You'll find all the details you need on this site, from the basics of what an election is, to the full rundown of how to give yourself the best shot at a winning campaign.

Key dates

Nominations open
7 December 2018

Nominations close
1 February 2019

Voting opens
4 March 2019

Voting closes
6 March 2019

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The Students’ Union President is the Chair of the Board of Trustees, sits on the highest decision making committee at Royal Holloway, College Council, and is the figurehead of the Students’ Union.

They lead on key campaigns and are heavily involved in all major strategic projects that will directly impact the lives of students on campus.

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VP Education

Not only is the Vice President Education the Deputy President of the Students’ Union but they also sit on a number of high level committees including Academic Board where the academic strategy of the College is decided.

Alongside this, you sit on the Union’s Board of Trustees. You’ll work on campaigns aimed at improving the academic experience on campus and have a real impact on the academic rep system, empowering students to make change on their courses and within their departments.

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VP Welfare and Diversity

With a focus on liberation campaigns, mental and physical health provision and general wellbeing issues, this role forms a key voice for campaigning on campus.

Sitting on the Union’s Board of Trustees, you’ll spend time working closely with students on campaign delivery while ensuring the Union is delivering on its strategic plan.

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VP Societies and Media

This role is the head of RHSU’s three media outlets and is responsible for leading on the development of the Union’s societies provision.

As an officer trustee, the position sits on the Union’s Board of Trustees and will have oversight of the strategy and objectives of the Students’ Union.

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VP Sport

Despite the myth, this role is about much more than sports clubs and has a direct impact on all sports provision on campus. You’ll work closely with stakeholders across Royal Holloway, ensuring events such as Varsity are delivered effectively and feedback from students is listened to.

You’ll also sit on the Board of Trustees and be the Union’s representative at the national BUCS Conference.

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College Council Rep

The College Council Rep will join the Union’s President in sitting on the 25 member council and become a trustee of Royal Holloway as a charity.

This voluntary role will give you an understanding of how a multi-million pound organisation sets their long term strategic direction, the steps taken to safeguard the College’s financial and academic sustainability and ensure that policies and processes are properly executed.

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NUS Delegate

This role will you join the Union’s President and another NUS Delegate as the representatives of Royal Holloway at NUS Conference. You’ll have a valuable opportunity to network with like minded individuals from across the country, shape the national student picture and become more involved with the Union.

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Student Trustee

This role will give you a valuable insight into the workings of a charitable organisation along with significant influence on decisions being made by the Students’ Union. You'll get the chance to discuss, debate and decide on the strategic direction of the organisation, its plans for the future while ensuring it is always acting in the interests of students.

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