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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 the issue is distributed around campus at Royal Holloway.
We also regularly add articles and content to our website, as well as updating our 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 students 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, Opinion, Features, Lifestyle, Arts and Sports & Societies.
The design is clean and simple, recently having been re-imagined with a lifestyle-twist.
We also work alongside the other student media outlets at Royal Holloway: RhubarbTV and Insanity Radio.
We will be aiming to organise as many careers in journalism events as possible, where you can get information about the industry and network with professionals. Updates about the upcoming events will be posted to the website and social media.
It’s easy to get involved, and contributions can be made simply by creating an account on the website, and clicking on the ‘Submit Article’ tab.
You can also become a part of one of the editorial teams at Orbital by signing up as a member of SA Media at www.su.rhul.ac.uk, and standing as a candidate for any of the board positions!
Why not start building up your journalism portfolio now? Get involved!
Hello! I’m Catriona and I’m your Editor for this term. I’m really excited to be able to bring 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! I study Media Arts and am very interested in design – so I try to make the magazine look as sleek as possible as well as interesting! When I’m not doing Orbital things, I can be found presenting The Arts Show on the student radio station, watching obscure films or accidentally burning the popcorn.
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 Opinion 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.
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.
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 Orbital this year so if you’re interested in contributing then please get in touch with me!