Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

By | 19th September 2017

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Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

Royal Holloway University of London Student Union

Student Union

Royal Holloway didn’t have a separate Student Union building until 1965. The first SU was located in the bungalow with an adjoining building which now houses the laundry and prayer room. The Union was the first place to sell alcohol on campus and was opened in the same year that male undergraduates were admitted to both Colleges for the first time. At Bedford there wasn’t a separate SU building but the students had their own common room and bar.

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PP60/2/1/1/4/3/33 Oliver Bar at Bedford College

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RHC AS/121/6 Extract from the Student Union handbook 1973-74

 

It wasn’t until after the merger of the two Colleges that the purpose built Union was opened, the same SU which serves the student body today. The Student Union (both the building and the organisation) continues to be the centre of student social life today, organising events and club nights for the students.

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Uncatalogued, Student Union games room c.1987

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RHBNCSU/Pubs/SUN/1988/1 Egham SUN [Student Union newspaper] October 1988

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) exists to make student life better at Royal Holloway and boasts a packed events calendar, represents your views on campus and provides a full advice service.

Essentially the SU is all about providing you with a range of opportunities that make your life better and ensure you have the best time possible at Royal Holloway. With 104 societies, 39 sports clubs, three leading media outlets – a TV station, radio station and student magazine, a superb 1,200 capacity venue for club nights, theatre performances and comedy shows, there‘s loads for you to get stuck into.

 

Summer Ball 2016

Royal Holloway’s Summer Ball is the highlight of the SU calendar. It takes place across the two quads of the stunning Founder’s Building and is attended by nearly 3,000 students. Check out the video of last year’s event.

Amplifying your voice

Royal Holloway SU and its five-strong elected sabbatical officer team play an important role on campus ensuring issues that matter to students are raised at the highest levels in the College and local community.

Top class services

The SU building is a constant hive of student activity throughout the day and night. Tommy’s Kitchen burger bar, weekly fresh fruit and veg markets and an independent advice centre are all located within the main building, which also doubles up as a nightclub. The Union also runs two shops on campus and three bars – Medicine, Stumble Out and The Packhorse, so you always have plenty of choice.

Giving you the skills to succeed

With a job market that is more competitive than ever, employers are looking for more than just a good degree and the SU is the ideal place to gain great experience that will kick start your career.

From joining the Union’s staff team of over 300 where you can find employment in skills-based roles such as graphic design to leading a sports club to
glory, the skills learnt here will translate into the real world.

All Events

Go Green Evening
19th September 5pm – midnightThe Packhorse
An event for the veggie-lovers! Try a large variety of new vegan dishes at The Packhorse.
Salsa
19th September 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
DO.U.VK
19th September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Do you even VK? The ultimate paint party brought to you by VK!
Poster Sale
20th September 9am – 5pmStudents’ Union
Need something to customise your room? We’ve got you covered!
Treasure Trail
20th September 10:30am – 11:30amStart at Boilerhouse Cafe Courtyard
It’s a fun way to learn your way around campus, so come and get involved.
Treasure Trail
20th September 3:15pm – 4:15pmStart outside Bourne Laboratory Building
Another chance to take part in this fun way to learn your way around campus
Poker Night
20th September 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flop of a card!
Meadow Sessions ft. Scratch
20th September 8pm – midnightFounder’s Meadow
Join us into the woods for a cosy experience featuring live Royal Holloway talent, DJs and a fire-pit.
Meds Weds: Launch Night
20th September 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Flawless ft. Fekky
20th September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Renowned British grime artist, Fekky, joins us at the SU to bring mayhem to Royal Holloway!
Book Stall
21st September 9am – 5pmStudents’ Union
For the casual literature lovers to the hardcore book-worms, get your books for a student price at the book stall!
Poster Sale
21st September 9am – 5pmStudents’ Union
Need something to customise your room? We’ve got you covered!
Petting Zoo & Give It A Go Festival
21st September 10am – 4pmFounder’s Field
Come and see lots of animals whilst finding out more about Give It A Go
Meditation
21st September 1:30pm – 2pmChapel, Founder’s Building
Come and try out this free meditation session as part of the Give It A Go Festival
Diversity Picnic
21st September 2pm – 4pmFounder’s South Quad
Celebrate the diversity of our student body as we welcome students from all backgrounds and groups to join us for a picnic.
We Serve With Pride
21st September 5pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Need a pre-session? The Packhorse are doing rainbow cocktails and shots to get you in the party mood.
Rainbow Rave
21st September 9pm – 3amMedicine
Late, Great & Free is back with the LGBT+ Society hosting a risqué Rainbow Rave!
School of Rock ft. Daniel P. Carter
21st September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Pull out your best power slide. Full throttle.
Puppy Therapy
22nd September noon – 2pmStudents’ Union Main Hall
Dogs on campus! Come and visit our cute and furry friends.
Meadow Acoustic Sessions
22nd September 8pm – midnightFounder’s Meadow
Join us into the woods for a cosy experience featuring live Royal Holloway talent, DJs and a fire-pit.
Escape to the LED Rave ft. AFISHAL
22nd September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
International DJ act AFISHAL brings his exclusive performance to the Students’ Union.
IKEA Trip
23rd September 10am – 3:30pmMeet outside the Students’ Union
Everyone love IKEA and if you’ve never been, you’re seriously missing out!
Speedquizzing – Quiz Night
23rd September 7pm – 10pmThe Packhorse
Come on down to our newly revamped interactive smartphone quiz night. Will your team prevail and take the top prize?
Freshers’ Ball ft. Scouting For Girls
23rd September 8pm – 1amFounder’s Building
Nothing suits you like a suit. Grab your ball gowns and black ties for the classiest night of Freshers’ Festival!
Freshers’ Ball After Party
23rd September 10pm – 3amMedicine
Don’t want the night to end yet? Don’t worry, we’re hosting an after-party for Freshers’ Ball.
Colour Run
24th September 1pm – 4pmStart at the Sports Centre Reception
Prepare to get messy and covered in colour! Run, jog or walk the route around campus.
Red Bull Outdoor Cinema
24th September 7pm – midnightFounders’ North Quad
Relax with two movies in the beautiful surroundings of the north Founder’s Quad at our Open Air Cinema event, in partnership with Red Bull.
Poster Sale
25th September 9am – 5pmStudents’ Union
Need something to customise your room? We’ve got you covered!
Toast
25th September 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Bears Night
25th September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
It’s back, it’s bigger than ever, it’s Bears Night. Featuring all of our sports clubs, this t-shirt party sees all door receipts go straight back into club grant funding!
Salsa
26th September 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
Vintage Fair
27th September 10am – 4:30pmStudents’ Union
UniVF is back! It’s your one stop pop up shop for all your vintage needs, right here at the SU!
Poker Night
27th September 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
27th September 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Juicy ft. Fatman Scoop
27th September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
We’re launching Juicy with a special performance from Fatman Scoop!
Shisha Night
28th September 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
4 Week Beginner’s Self Awareness & Defence Course
28th September 7pm – 8pmInternational Building 243
A progressive four week course into the basics of self-awareness and defence.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Macmillan Cancer Support
29th September 9:30am – noonStudents’ Union – Tommy’s Lounge
Once again we’re taking part in the national event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Come and join us!
Soap: Oktoberfest
29th September 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
The first SOAP night of the academic term, bring Bavarian vibes and lots of beer!
Toast
2nd October 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Salsa
3rd October 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
Yoga
4th October 4pm – 5pmGowar and Wedderburn Common Room
Take an hour out your day and enjoy a free yoga session
Poker Night
4th October 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
4th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Flawless ft. ACS
4th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Flawless is back for round two. DJs will be dropping the very best Urban, Bashment, Grime & Afrobeats tunes!
Shisha Night
5th October 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Escape to the EDM Experience
6th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Friday night at the SU can only mean one thing – Escape!
Toast
9th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Salsa
10th October 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
Disney Movie Night
10th October 7:30pm – 9:30pmFounder’s Main Lecture Theatre
Come and chill out for the evening and watch a classic Disney movie.
Poker Night
11th October 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
11th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Come In Your Kit
11th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
If your part of a sports club come in your kit for an absolute cracking night at the SU, and if you’re not part of a club come down anyway!
Shisha Night
12th October 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Sushi Making Workshop
12th October 7pm – 8pmStudents’ Union Main Hall
Japan Society are showing you how to make the perfect sushi
Hairstyling Masterclass with ‘Hair by SJ Forbes’
13th October 5pm – 7pmSJ Forbes Salon, Egham (near the train station)
Come and learn all the best hair-styling techniques from our local professionals.
Fetish Friday Vol. 1
13th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
It’s a night where anything goes!
Toast
16th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
An Introduction to Tarot & Cold Reading
17th October 5pm – 6:30pmStumble Out
Come and learn the basics of tarot and cold reading
Salsa
17th October 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
Poker Night
18th October 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
18th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Flawless ft. TBC
18th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Flawless is back. DJs will be dropping the very best Urban, Bashment, Grime & Afrobeats tunes!
Shisha Night
19th October 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Make Up Masterclass
19th October 7pm – 8:30pmWindsor Building 002
Come and learn tips and tricks on all things ‘make up’.
Whisky Tasting
19th October 8pm – 9:30pmThe Packhorse
Come and taste whisky from various regions and discover your favourite
Soap: Rick and Morty House Party
20th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Time to get schwifty at the SU! Dance the night away to some human music
Trip to Brighton
21st October 10am – 7:30pmMeet outside the Students’ Union
We’re heading to culture-filled Brighton for the day.
Toast ft. Dirty Orange
23rd October 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Jump Giants Indoor Trampoline Park
24th October 5pm – 9pmMeet outside the Students’ Union
Join us for a fun visit to Jump Giants Trampoline Park
Salsa
24th October 7pm – 9pmMedicine
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Medicine to learn the salsa.
Poker Night
25th October 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
25th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Come In Your Socs
25th October 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Come down with your society for an absolute cracking night at the SU, and if you’re not part of a society come down anyway!
Go Karting
26th October 6pm – 10:30pmMeet outside the Students’ Union
An evening of Go Karting at a special student rate!
Shisha Night
26th October 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Pumpkin Carving
30th October 1pm – 4pmTommy’s Lounge, Students’ Union
Come and carve your free pumpkin, to be used as decoration at the Halloween Monster Dash
Toast
30th October 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Monster Dash
31st October 7pm – 9pmStart at the Sports Centre Reception
It’s our very first Hallowe’en Monster Dash! Follow the spooky trail around campus and collect treats along the way. Watch out for the tricks though!
Poker Night
1st November 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Meds Weds
1st November 9pm – 3amMedicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh as our new pre-drinks is on at Medicine!
Shisha Night
2nd November 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Toast
6th November 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Education Council
7th November 6pm – 7pmALT1
Education Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding the educational experience of students.
Equalities Council
8th November 6pm – 7pmBourne Building Lecture Theatre 2
Equalities Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding various groups on campus.
Poker Night
8th November 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Juicy: 80s Vs 90s Vs 00s
8th November 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Join us as we play all the classics in this battle of the decades. It’s the ultimate retro night!
How to Save a Life – CPR Training
9th November 6pm – 7pmMunro Fox Lecture Theatre
Do you know how to deal with someone whose heart has stopped beating?
Shisha Night
9th November 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Student Opportunities Council
9th November 6pm – 7pmWindsor Auditorium
An opportunity to find out more about sports clubs, societies and media outlets.
5 Week Beginner’s Self Awareness & Defence Course
9th November 7pm – 8pmInternational Building 243
A progressive five week course into the basics of self-awareness and defence.
Cocktail Masterclass
10th November 8pm – 10pmTommy’s Bar – Students’ Union
Learn how to make the perfect cocktails!
Soap: Ball Pit Treasure Hunt
10th November 10pm – 3am
SOAP is back, and they are bringing a giant ball pit and treasure to Royal Holloway!
Puppy Therapy
13th November noon – 2pmStudents’ Union Main Hall
Dogs on campus! Come and visit our cute and furry friends.
Toast
13th November 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Pottery Painting
14th November 7pm – 9pmGenevieve’s Gallery, Victoria Street, Englefield Green
Whether you’re arty or not, we think you’ll enjoy this
Poker Night
15th November 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Vintage Fair
16th November 10am – 4:30pmStudents’ Union
UniVF is back! It’s your one stop pop up shop for all your vintage needs, right here at the SU!
Reptile Experience
16th November 4pm – 7pmStumble Out
Expect lizards, snakes, a baby crocodile and more! Yes you read that right!
Shisha Night
16th November 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Late Great & Free: Rainbow Rave
16th November 10pm – 3amMedicine
Late Great & Free is back with the LGBT+ Society hosting the Rainbow Rave!
Playzone Portsmouth
17th November 6pm – 12:30amMeet outside the Students’ Union
Come and relive your childhood with an adults-only indoor play session!
Mavericks in Tomorrowland
17th November 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
The Tomorrowland Festival comes to Royal Holloway!
Trip to Hampton Court Palace
18th November 10am – 4pmMeet outside the Students’ Union
Join us for a trip to our local royal palace, once home to Henry VIII
Toast
20th November 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
An Introduction to Tarot & Cold Reading
21st November 5pm – 6:30pmStumble Out
Come and learn the basics of tarot and cold reading
Poker Night
22nd November 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Insanity Take Over: Under The Waves
22nd November 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Your favourite DJ’s from Insanity will be taking over the SU, smashing out the biggest tunes.
Shisha Night
23rd November 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Meet the Guide Dogs
24th November noon – 2pmStudents’ Union Main Hall
Come and visit the guide dogs and owners coming onto campus to meet you
Fetish Friday Vol. 2
24th November 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Round two of a night where anything goes!
Toast
27th November 9pm – 3amMedicine
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Poker Night
29th November 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Shisha Night
30th November 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Soap: Santa Snow Storm
1st December 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Brace yourselves… winter is coming to SOAP!
Santa Fun Run
3rd December 1pm – 3pmStart at the Sports Centre Reception
The Santa Fun Run is back! Grab your free santa hat and run, walk or jog the 3km course
Toast
4th December 9pm – 3am
RHSU’s legendary value for money night out! Loads of drinks and food all for one single price – £1.50!
Christmas Movie Night
5th December 7:30pm – 9:30pmFounder’s Main Lecture Theatre
Come and chill out for the evening and watch a Christmas movie
Poker Night
6th December 7pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Be the big winner of the night with the flip of a card!
Flawless ft. ACS
6th December 10pm – 3amStudents’ Union
Flawless is back for round two. DJs will be dropping the very best Urban, Bashment, Grime & Afrobeats tunes!
Shisha Night
7th December 6pm – midnightThe Packhorse
Thursday night is Shisha Night at The Packhorse!
Winter Blowout ft. TBA
8th December 10pm – 3amStudent’s Union
It’s the big Winter Blowout! End this year in style at the SU where we will be featuring a legendary artist, to be announced.
Education Council
24th January 6pm – 7pmALT1
Education Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding the educational experience of student.
Equalities Council
30th January 6pm – 7pmBourne Building Lecture Theatre 2
Equalities Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding various groups on campus.
Student Opportunities Council
1st February 6pm – 7pmWindsor Auditorium
An opportunity to find out more about sports clubs, societies and media outlets.
Vintage Fair
8th February 10am – 4:30pmStudents’ Union
UniVF is back! It’s your one stop pop up shop for all your vintage needs, right here at the SU!
Vintage Fair
15th March 10am – 4:30pmStudents’ Union
UniVF is back! It’s your one stop pop up shop for all your vintage needs, right here at the SU!
Equalities Council
1st May 6pm – 7pmBourne Building Lecture Theatre 2
Equalities Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding various groups on campus
Student Opportunities Council
3rd May 6pm – 7pmWindsor Auditorium
An opportunity to find out more about sports clubs, societies and media outlets.
Education Council
9th May 6pm – 7pmALT1
Education Council is a body in which students meet and discuss work, campaigns and policy surrounding the educational experience of students.