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Discover what the Students' Union has achieved in 2015.

We have one of the most innovative and active Students’ Unions in the country. It is the beating heart of campus, dedicated to making your time here as enjoyable as possible. Our Students’ Union (SU) actively represents and provides services for the needs and interests of all students studying at Royal Holloway. As well as providing entertainment, media opportunities and an array of clubs and societies, the SU gives you the chance to:

  • find work in one of their commercial venues
  • air your voice and vote at a General Meeting
  • actively partake in a campaign
  • seek advice from their academic and welfare advice services
  • run for a sabbatical officer position.

The main Students’ Union building on campus includes a large function hall, with a capacity of 1,200. This hosts a wide range of themed club nights, DJs and bands as well as comedians, cabarets and performances. The SU is home to a media suite from which Insanity Radio, The Orbital and rhubarbTV operate.

Elsewhere on campus the SU operates Medicine - a bar and games venue designed by the creators of the Ministry of Sound - and the campus pub, The Stumble Out, situated just next door to Medicine.

In recent years, the SU has attracted a variety of acts to perform in their venues and at their events, such as the Summer Ball, including Example, DJ Fresh, Katy B, Duke Dumont, Scouting for Girls, Marvin Humes, Greg James, Lethal Bizzle, Tinchy Strider and Rizzle Kicks. It has also hosted events such as Malibu Mish Mash and Oxjam.

Summer Ball 2015



Daytime events are also popular. The SU hosts weekly market days selling a range of products and street food, and frequent poster, clothing, book and plant sales. They also run a range of alternative activities including puppy therapy and petting zoos, plus every penny made by the SU is ploughed straight back into maintaining, improving and developing student services.

They're committed to providing students with a safe and responsible social life, which is demonstrated by the SU's involvement with the NUS Alcohol Impact programme, and their increasing range of alcohol-free social activities. Read our statement detailing our aims for more information.

Making sure your voice is heard

The SU really is led by students. General Meetings are the highest decision-making body of the Students’ Union and provide an opportunity to discuss issues, make student announcements and engage in lively debate. While representatives are elected to sit on and run a General Meeting, any student is eligible to attend, vote and have their say.

The direction and development of the Students’ Union is the responsibility of the Trustee Board, which is made up of two student trustees, one College trustee, three external trustees and a sabbatical team comprising a President and three Co-Presidents.

The sabbatical team are elected for one year in office and work full-time either during or after completing their degree. 

The Students’ Union also employs more than 40 permanent members of staff who oversee the administrative and commercial activities of the organisation.

Offering advice and support

Your welfare is a top priority within the Students’ Union. Their Advice Centre has an open-door policy meaning students can confidentially seek help with any academic or welfare issues.

This can be anything from advice on student housing and appealing degree results to information on finance, employment and sexual health. For more information on the Advice Centre, please visit their website.

Providing job opportunities

Through its bars, catering, non-residential bus service and entertainment provision, the Students’ Union employs more than 250 students. The bars are entirely staffed by students, while the entertainment is only possible thanks to student technicians, security and minibus drivers.

There are two recruitment rounds for student staff throughout the year; September and February. All current vacancies can be found on their website.

For more information about the Students’ Union, please visit www.su.rhul.ac.uk





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