The Orbital is the official publication of the Students’ Union of Royal Holloway, University of London (SURHUL). We release one 40 page magazine every month and distribute these around campus, as well as handing them out personally to students and taking them to various campus events. We also post regular updated to our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We aim to provide the students of Royal Holloway with up-to-date news on a local, national and international level, as well as offering them the best of whats happening on their campus and in the local area. The magazine is divided into six sections, all of which take contributions from any student who wants to get involved. These sections are News, Comment, Features, Lifestyle, Arts and Sports & Societies. The design is clean and simple, recently having been re-imagined with a lifestyle-twist, and all of the board are very proud of the work we do, as well as of student media at Royal Holloway as a whole.
It’s easy to get involved, as contributions can be made simply by clicking on the ‘Submit Article’ tab. You can also become a part of everything else The Orbital does by signing up as a member of SA Media at www.su.rhul.ac.uk, to get involved with one of our Orbital Editorial Teams, and start building up your profile as a student journalist!
Hey, I’m Jack and I’m your Editor for the next year. I’m really excited to be able to bring The Orbital to you with all the new developments we’ve made and will continue to make over the coming year! I hope to help get as many of you involved in student journalism as possible, and to give Royal Holloway a publication to be proud of! More about me? I’m also President of RHUL LGBT+ Society, I cry too easily at films… TV shows, pretty much anything actually, and I spend too much money on magazines.
Hi, I’m Ollie! Your Deputy Editor for 2014-15. My hope for The Orbital is that it will become a central part of the student community, and that we have as many students contributing to the magazine as possible. I can’t wait to get all the societies and sports clubs involved and to hopefully engage with the local community as well. Three facts about me… I’m a second year English student, I used to have long hair and – unlike Jack – I’ve never cried while watching a film.
I’m a second year studying Economics, Politics and International Relations. My goal for the year is to keep RoHo students up to date on global and local news, I’d especially love to receive articles that report stories affecting us as students in particular, and that are you feel we simply need to read about!
I am a second year English and Creative Writing student with an interest in politics and current affairs. My favorite thing about being Deputy News Editor is that I feel like I am being prepared for being a ‘’real’’ journalist. When I’m not writing for The Orbital I am probably either blogging or reading a bad fantasy novel.
My name is Hannah. I’m a third year English and Drama student, and I, like everyone, have opinions on things. Being the Editor of the Comment section is one way for me to be able to tell the world exactly what it is doing wrong. And you could do this too – exciting right?! So if you feel like ranting/celebrating/putting the world to rights, you should get in touch! P.s. I really love rabbits.
People call me Laura, but I’ll answer to pretty much anything. I’m attempting to finish my third year of History, but I’ve discovered that I am truly talented at procrastination. What you need to know; I like to invent new styles of walking, my first and last attempt at frying a sausage ended in a small fire, and you should write for the Comment section.
I’m currently studying English at the university. As features editor I’m excited to see more of you represented in the magazine next year. Now in this section I think it’s important that we consider a range of issues that might not always make the headlines. A fun fact about myself? You’ll see me on the frisbee pitch!
Hey my name is Buthaina, boo-thay-na (c’mon three syllables you can do it!. I’m a third year, I study PIR and I am an ex-aspiring journalist turned aimless wanderer. I hope to help those societies that are trying to create a buzz on campus and also try to generate as much discussion on controversial topics as possible. I am keen on fashion and will try and feature articles about bloggers as they are now the new models. One of our big Lifestyle aim is to promote delicious and healthy meals on a student budget.
I’m Zosia Edwards, I graduated with a History degree this summer, and I’m just starting a masters course in Medieval Studies this September. I’m the Deputy Lifestyle Editor, and the best thing about this role is that it lets me explore my passion for writing outside the restrictions of my degree – I love writing about medieval history, but sometimes I just want to write about cake and things, and this role lets me do just that. This year I’d like to see some more serious pieces creeping into the lifestyle section: things about mental health, wellbeing and religious lifestyles. Even so I’m always happy to see good classic style, travel and food pieces, so keep them coming! Weird fact: I’m undoubtedly a cat person. (see picture)
Hey there! I’m the Orbital’s Arts Editor, a musical theatre enthusiast, and now a finalist Psychology student. Article wise, there are few things I enjoy more than snarky and judiciously punned writing. I look forward to bringing together what the arts have to offer a Hollowegian, and to being part of this joyous team!
Though the signs of age old wisdom are creeping on me, my sprightliness and passion for the Arts are as strong today as they were in my now long distant youth! With a rich history in Theatre and Music, the Arts have always played a substantial part in my life.
I study English Literature with the view to becoming an intergalactic explorer who travels in a big green box, that is smaller on the outside, flanked by a robotic cat as my completely untrustworthy ‘associate’. I don’t have a plagiarising problem. Few things are more sublimely exciting to me than the strange stories in life being told. I want to edit and contribute lots of articles about anything and everything this year. I want to know, and to let other people know, about all the wonderful events that happen because of our fantastic sports and marvellous societies at Royal Holloway.
Hey I’m Sophie and I’m the Deputy Editor of the Sports & Socs section this year! I’m a third year history student who is involved with the Student Activities Committee as well as playing for the Women’s Rugby team. My favourite thing about my role is that I get to showcase all the great in house talent from the various societies and teams to help promote as well as raise awareness about you guys in our section! Something fun? I work at a sweet shop and my milkshakes really DO bring all the boys to the yard!
Hey there. I’m a third year Psychology student, Liverpool supporter and falafel addict. I first started doing design for a student publication whilst studying abroad in Canada. I’d really love to see more photographs and illustrations by students decorating the pages of The Orbital this year so if you’re interested in contributing then please get in touch with me & Sian!
I’m a third year English and Creative Writing student and one of the things I love about my role as a Design Editor is that I get to use my creative side in visualising the look of our magazine. What I’m hoping for next year is a lot more variety in the kind of things that make it into print!