The Orbital is the official student publication of the Students’ Union. It prides itself on observing an autonomous operation and advocating freedom of speech. In January 2015, the Orbital moved into a new office, part of the Media Suite at the Students' Union, from which the team can write and design each issue.
The final output is constitutionally supervised by the Students’ Union, through the sabbatical officer of the Vice-President (Communications & Services) acting as Executive Editor.
Both the Editor and Deputy Editor are elected in a cross-campus election every year.
The Orbital has transformed many times over the years with it originally starting out as a newspaper called the Egham Sun in 1986. Despite the name change it is still going strong and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.
It has now evolved into a news format and is currently a 40-page newspaper containing six sections:
- Sports and Societies.
The editorial board comprises editors of each of these sections along with a web editor, an art director and an administrative director.
You can get involved as a writer/reporter for any of the sections mentioned or by contributing one-off content or submitting photos and illustrations.
The Orbital aims to be consistent and up-to-date with local, campus and student news. It's website has also proven to be a top source of student information, with regular live blogging of events and interactive content.