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Royal Holloway's Welcome Week begins 16 September

In this special edition of Community Matters, Royal Holloway is sharing information on plans that may affect residents during this year’s Welcome Week, when new students will be joining us in preparation for the new term.
A message from the Principal

With a new term approaching, we are excited to welcome a new cohort of students to our university, and to our community. As part of this community we are keen that our students settle in to their halls and homes safely and considerately, and enjoy their new neighbourhoods while also becoming good neighbours.
Our students bring many positives to the local area, from award-winning volunteering initiatives, creative community events and investment in local businesses and enterprises. However, we are very aware that a small number of students do not adjust well to living in the community and can cause distress to neighbours through anti-social behaviour.
As such, we are taking a number of steps before the start of term to ensure that measures and messages are in place to communicate to students the importance of being considerate neighbours. We are also taking the opportunity to write to you so that we can share some important updates relating to the start of term.
I’d like to thank you for your continued support of the university. I am delighted to hear so much positive feedback from our community, whether from those who benefit from student projects, those who attend events on campus or those who simply enjoy spending time on our beautiful campus.
I hope this relationship continues to grow throughout the new academic year as we look forward to welcoming students to Runnymede’s close community.

Professor Paul Layzell
Principal, Royal Holloway, University of London

Temporary diversions affecting Harvest Road on weekend of 16-17 September 

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, Royal Holloway students will be moving into Halls of Residences in preparation for the new term. Over this weekend the university will also be welcoming the first residents of the new George Eliot Hall, located off Harvest Road. As a result, the section of Harvest Road adjacent to the George Eliot Hall is likely to become busy with pedestrians gathering.
To ease flow of traffic from the A30, and discourage new students and visitors from accessing the George Eliot Hall from wider residential roads, a temporary closure of a small part of Harvest Road has been agreed with Surrey County Council Highways, Surrey Police and Runnymede Borough Council.
As a result, Harvest Road from its junction with the A30, Egham Hill to its junction with South Road will be closed to all traffic with the exception of vehicles turning right from Highfield Road into Harvest Road on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September between 8am and 6pm.  However, access will be maintained for pedestrians throughout the closure.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Any questions or concerns should be directed to

New community video part of good neighbour campaign 

While the majority of Royal Holloway students settle into the local area well, there are a minority who cause frustration and disturbance in relation to issues such as noise and littering.  Along with the Students’ Union, the university is continuing to communicate the need for a neighbourly ethos to new and returning students.
As part of its student communications, Royal Holloway has worked with local residents to create a video that will be shared with students to highlight the impact of antisocial behaviour on residents and their families.
You can view the video here.
This video supports the series of messages delivered to students throughout the term. This includes the Good Neighbour Guide delivered to all student households, which lays out expectations of behaviour.

The university is working to ensure a positive start to this term that will continue throughout the year. However, if any issues do arise please contact  or call: 01784 276612. 


A message about Freshers' Ball

Dr Tom Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Holloway Students’ Union has written to local residents to provide notice of this year’s Freshers’ Ball:
This year’s Freshers’ Ball will be hosted in the North Quadrangle of Founder’s Building on Saturday 23 September. We run this event in part to reduce the number of pub crawls and house parties which have traditionally taken place on this day.
I’d like to reassure you that the Students’ Union is very aware of the impact that an event such as this has on the local community. In conjunction with Runnymede Borough Council we are committed to responding to, and wherever possible, taking action to redress issues. This coming year we are taking a number of preventative steps that we hope will have some impact on any potential disturbance:

  1. The event will commence at 20:00 with the main stage closing much earlier than previous events at 00:30.
  2. We will be providing free minibus transport for all students to get home quietly and safely, via our fleet of hired vehicles.
  3. We will be conducting regular sound monitoring visits throughout the local area over the course of the night, liaising with the environmental health team.
  4. We will be offering a wide range of food for guests on the night.
If you feel sound levels on the night are excessive, please call one of the following numbers:

Direct contact to Royal Holloway campus security - 01784 443063
Runnymede Borough Council (available until midnight) - 01932 425725
The site of the Ball sometimes struggles with poor mobile phone signal. If you are unable to speak to a member of staff, we would be grateful if you could try again a few minutes later.
The Students’ Union is liaising with Runnymede Borough Council staff, and together we will endeavour to ensure any noise disturbance is kept to a minimum.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Resident Associations of both Egham and Englefield Green for their continued support and understanding, and apologise if this annual event impacts your evening.

Dr Tom Flynn,
CEO, Royal Holloway Students' Union
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