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Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

Grace Rollison | Content Writer A series of new national restrictions came into place on Thursday 24th September following the resurgence of a second wave of COVID- 19 across the UK. Addressing the nation on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new measures. These include a 22:00 curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants who are now restricted to table service, a shift to encouraging … Continue reading Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

Svilena Iotkovska | Editor in Chief As of the 18th of March, Paul Layzell has put out a statement on Royal Holloway’s Student Intranet, outlining what the effects of the Coronavirus will be on students’ education, assessments and Summer graduations. Following the suspension of face-to-face classes and lectures, the Principal has explained that the university’s next priority has been to review how students should complete … Continue reading Summer Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled and End of Year Exams to be Conducted Online

Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

Editor | Cassandra Lau Since Thursday, 1 August 2019, the new school system has officially been in place. After lengthy debate over the academic restructure of Royal Holloway, the three faculties have been dissolved and replaced with six schools and a Doctoral School for PhD students. The college uploaded a video on Youtube outlining the School Office locations: According to the new information provided by … Continue reading Royal Holloway’s New School System Is Now In Place

Royal Holloway receives share of £9 million to research into a treatment for rare disease

News Editor |  Iffah Ahmed A share of more than £9 million to start research into a treatment for Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) has been awarded to Royal Holloway, University of London and its partners at the University of Alabama. Neurofibromatosis is a rare disease that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born around the world. World renowned Professor George Dickson and Linda Popplewell, Lecturer … Continue reading Royal Holloway receives share of £9 million to research into a treatment for rare disease

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

Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

Editor | Cassandra Lau The number of e-mails that have had to go through quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com has been mind-blowing this academic year. Even e-mails from other U.K universities have been quarantined, so it came to my surprise when I received an email like this (without being quarantined): Careless, or gullible? As a student, I am used to receiving letters from the post stating the deduction of … Continue reading Tax Email Scam Hits Royal Holloway’s Student Emails

Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

Editor | Cassandra Lau Royal Holloway’s Geography Department have outdone themselves this month by providing the department with extra opportunities for recycling! You can now recycle: old spectacles, used postage stamps, and Crisp Packets Old Spectacles/Glasses We have started a collection for Vision Aid Overseas. Where? Photocopying/Post Room in Q163 “This is a one-off collection and we’d like to send the collected glasses at the beginning … Continue reading Geography Department’s New Recycling Opportunities

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

On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

Editor | Cassandra Lau  The ‘upgrade’ to the Schools system will place Royal Holloway on par with most other universities. Summing up the difference between the current Faculty system, and the soon-to-be Schools system: A Faculty is a body of professors, lecturers, and researches who research and pass on knowledge to students; a School is an establishment comprised of Faculties and students. For instance, typically … Continue reading On Royal Holloway’s System ‘Upgrade’

Royal Holloway’s Academic Restructuring from Faculties into Schools

Editor | Cassandra Lau Plans to restructure current Faculties into Schools were approved by Council in November last term. Meetings between departments, the Students’ Union, and the college have been organised this term for further enquiries into the transition. An anonymous source has confirmed that the Heads of Schools have already been hired, and plans to cut down on personnel have been made. The Students’ … Continue reading Royal Holloway’s Academic Restructuring from Faculties into Schools