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Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

Interviewed by: Eliot K. Raman Jones | Sports Editor In cooperation with: Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor Sela Musa | Features Editor    Zeshan Iqbal started “Young Minds Are Precious” on June 27th 2020. He graduated in 2020 and will be starting an MSc in Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway in September.   Good morning Zeshan. So, what is “Young Minds are Precious”? Zeshan … Continue reading Interview with “Young Minds are Precious” Founder Zeshan Iqbal

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“Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

Sela Musa | Student Writer Questions asked by friends, friend’s parents, store owners, strangers, teachers, bartenders, airport security, and random people on trains. I had my first – and, luckily, only – notable experience of racism when I was seventeen, learning to drive, when I forgot to indicate before I turned left. A man driving in the opposite lane rolled down his window and shouted … Continue reading “Where are you from? No, originally? No, like, originally?”

Disability History Month: Invisible Illnesses

Student Writer | Chris Keane Any form of disability or long-term condition is debilitating, draining and difficult to navigate. Studies show that approximately 13.9 million people in the UK are disabled. Why does this number seem surprisingly high? Because a vast number of these disabilities are classed as invisible, with no visible signs for the naked eye to pick up on. Invisible illnesses are problematic … Continue reading Disability History Month: Invisible Illnesses

Top 50 UK University Student Halls: Where does RHUL rank?

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska This year, 23,340 students in the UK reviewed their university student halls, taking the following factors into consideration: Value for Money Location Hall Management Cleaning Social Spaces Social Experience Wifi Quality  Apollo Court, Liverpool has ranked first place on the Top 50 list, taking the title of ‘the nation’s favourite Student Accommodation’. Amongst the top 50, Royal Holloway’s Gowar and Wedderburn … Continue reading Top 50 UK University Student Halls: Where does RHUL rank?

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NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

Editor | Svilena Iotkovska This year’s National Student Money Survey (NSMS) results have revealed a 4.8% increase in student spending from 2018 as the average cost of living was found to be £807 per month. 3,385 students have taken part in the 2019 NSMS and the statistics following the survey have shown that 79% of students say they worry about making ends meet. The financial … Continue reading NSMS 2019: ‘More students than ever before are struggling to make ends meet’

NOT IN CINEMAS

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Our Not in Cinemassection is back, this time with reviews of more Netflix originals: The Silence, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, Annihilation and productions by Ricky Gervais. As we enter a new film festival season, with Cannes opening its shores to a new wave of films this May, streaming juggernaut Netflix is pulling out more tricks from its sleeve … Continue reading NOT IN CINEMAS

BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33

Storytelling Competition Winners

Cassandra Lau | Editor Apologies for the suspense as The Founder, The Orbital and our judges have had to make some tough decisions. All pieces submitted were a pleasure to read, and watch. We have had submissions ranging from the Physics Department to the Psychology Department which is incredible! It just goes to show that creativity exists and stretches across every corner of Royal Holloway, … Continue reading Storytelling Competition Winners

Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

Cassandra Lau | Editor A huge congratulations to those who have been elected Sabbatical Officers in Royal Holloway Students’ Union for 2019/20. The past week has been extremely exhausting for those involved in the campaign process for the SU elections. It is incredible to see the enthusiasm and effort put in by all candidates in spite of the wind and rain. With great pleasure, The … Continue reading Interview with Royal Holloway Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers for 2019/20

Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain

Interview conducted by Michele Theil [T]he answer is forgiveness – forgiving yourself, forgiving other people… It’s important to help people who are struggling and listen to their struggles. We’ve got to realise that terrible things happen and that people feel really bitter and hurt by it, but we have to help them move on and move through the pain towards resolution, acceptance and growth. Earlier … Continue reading Interview with Father John: Royal Holloway’s Catholic Chaplain