The Orbital is the official student publication of the Students’ Union. It prides itself on observing an autonomous operation and advocating freedom of speech.
The final output is constitutionally supervised by the Students’ Union, through the sabbatical officer of the Vice-President (Societies and Media) who acts as Editor-in-Chief. Both the Editor and Deputy Editor are elected in a cross-campus election every year.
In 2016, the publication was Highly Commended for Best Design at the Student Publication Association Awards. One of our photographers, Jessie Beach-Thomas, was also Highly Commended for Best Photographer in the same 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 30th anniversary in 2016.
It has now evolved into a new format and is a 40-page monthly magazine containing seven sections:
- Science and Gaming
- Sports and Societies.
The editorial board comprises editors, and deputies, of each of these sections along with an online editor, sub-editor and a photography editor. Other roles include Head of Marketing and Social Media, Head of Operations, Head of Advertising and Head of Events and Training.
You can get involved as a writer for any of the sections mentioned, including online content, or by contributing photos.
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.
The magazine holds regular training and careers events for students to learn more about journalism as a career, how to be more employable, and to learn new writing styles and techniques.