An Introduction by James Reynolds.

As part of Orbital’s collaboration with the FCO, we are thrilled to introduce you to James Reynolds. James will be working with us to help educate students about remaining safe when travelling abroad.

Is WW3 Really Going To Happen? Probably Not

On Friday, fears of World War 3 were ignited across the globe merely a few days into 2020. Kaelin Dignam suggests why global conflict is not likely to be a possibility in the near future.

Nato’s 70th Anniversary Overshadowed by Tensions

Kaelin Dignam reports on the upcoming 70th anniversary of NATO.

UCU Announces 8 Day Strike Affecting 60 Universities

Two days ago the day this article was written the University and College Union announced eight days of strike starting this month, which will affect 60 universities across the country including Royal Holloway. The strike will take action between Monday 25th of November to Wednesday 4th of December. The action has been called in response […]

39 Found Dead Inside Lorry Container

39 people, now revealed to be Chinese migrants, have been found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex.

Spilling The Beans

Tiger-Lily Goldsmith tells us all about coffee – the best friend that gives your brain a big old hug – and how we can save it from it’s impending doom.

Coronavirus: Staying Safe and Avoiding Misinformation

Orbital looks at what we can do to stay safe from the spread of coronavirus, not just for ourselves, but for our Royal Holloway community as well.

Note; this article is NOT a replacement for your own research. If you are truly worried, you should visit the links I have included at the end of the article, and see the research of professionals.

‘Strike while the iron is hot’: An inside account of the UCU strikes.

As a third wave of strikes has been announced, Rachel Hains re-shares some of the submissions she has received from various members of staff striking in the UCU dispute for pensions and working conditions.


Natasha Mae interviews Isaac Kenyon, Royal Holloway alumni on how he is taking life by storm and inspiring challenge in the lives of others.

The Power of Putting Yourself First.

Shay Gray explains, from personal experience, the importance of taking care of your mental health at University. Warning: this article discusses topics of anxiety attacks and suicidal ideation. Let’s not sugar coat it: University is kind of scary. You’re away from your family and living alone for quite possibly the first time in your life, […]

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Black Lives Matter.

Rachel Hains offers her thoughts on the recent protests in America, as well as the difficulties black people face here in the UK.

As Things Stand

Bridget O’Sullivan shares her experiences trying to be a better global citizen.

Why Representation Matters

Comment editor Shay Gray invites us to challenge the stereotype of unnecessary representation, and see why it truly matters for people to see themselves on the big screen.

Our House Is On Fire; The Message of Greta Thunberg

Alex Whiteman explores the message behind Greta Thunberg’s book, ‘No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference’, and asks whether she deserves the hatred she’s received.

The Seven Stages of Christmas Recovery

As the new term starts, Bridget O’Sullivan discusses the difficulties of the post-Christmas blues.

10 Student Stories: Living with Coronavirus

Continuing our series focusing on student experiences during Lockdown, Cyann Fielding interviews ten students from different universities about their time living with Coronavirus.

Kate Moss to Adele: How are we sizing up?

Matilda Krinks explores the dangers associated with dieting culture.

How Shinto Philosophy can Bring us Closer to Nature

Natasha Mae explores the Japanese philosophy of Shinto.

Let Wabi-Sabi Bring Wisdom to a World Obsessed with Materialism!

Natasha Mae Bring imperfect, IS perfect! How the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi can transform our materialistic world.

The Increasing Speed of the World of Fashion

Finn Murphy offers an insight into the damaging world of Fast Fashion.

Chicago Razzle Dazzled!

Saskia Leach, in an act of commendation, presents her review of MTS’s spring term show.

Love’s Labour’s Lost: A Review

Arts and Culture Editor Isobel Clarke explains why Shakespeare Society’s most recent production, is not one to miss.

Here We Go! Super Kart: A Review

Saskia Leach attends MTS’s annual Variations.

EARTH: Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Ezra Fiddimore reveals the winners of Orbital’s Flash Fiction Contest.

In Short: Edges was a hit

Saskia Leach reviews MTS’s second production of the year.

Bring Back the Bees by Planting Trees!

Natasha Mae explores why we should all be using Ecosia in the future.


Natasha Mae interviews Dom Brown, on his role as VP Sport at Royal Holloway, and why joining a Sport or Society is an important part of experiencing University.

Spotlight on: Shakespeare Society

As the curtain rises on another year, Eleanor rutter explains why you should get your tights on.

Spotlight on: Women’s Hockey

Niamh Smith explains why university hockey is much more than your school days taught you.

Spotlight on: Humans VS Zombies

Florence Roberts explains why it is time to lock and load with Humans VS. Zombies.

Civilization 6 And Learning About Climate Change

Climate change isn’t often addressed in many games but Civilisation 6, as Daniel Woolley explains, can teach us a lot about the impact it will have on us.

Your Guide To Internet Privacy

In a world where internet giants make the headlines daily, Jamie Woods dissects whether or not we should be scared of the internet and what we can do to make ourselves feel safer.

The silver lining of mutually assured destruction – nuclear peace

Kaelin Dignam argues why the existence of nuclear weapons may not be as terrible as we think.

A Netflix-For-Games; Why Google Stadia Wasn’t It.

Alex Whiteman explores why Google Stadia was a failure, and what direction cloud-based streaming can take in the future.

Gaming and Hong Kong

Daniel Woolley explains how, by using gaming, we are bringing to light the societies around the world that lack the democratic freedoms we demonstrate.