Aims and Responsibilities

Reigate College’s Students’ Union is made up of twelve student members. The SU serves as the main link between the College’s senior management team and the student body.

Student officers meet once a week and representatives are regularly invited to attend meetings with the Principal, Deputy Principals and College Governors.

Aims of the Students’ Union

  • to strengthen the community spirit within the College
  • to promote the College’s position in the local community
  • to ensure that students have a voice in the running of the College

The Union’s responsibilities include

  • fundraising for charity and extra facilities for students
  • raising students’ issues and concerns at College Corporation and College Board meetings
  • organising social events, such as the Freshers’ Party and Leavers’ Fest
  • organising charity and awareness days

Contacting the Students’ Union

The Students’ Union meets every Monday at 12.45 in the East Wing Meeting Room and all students are welcome – subject to space!

Students can get in touch with the SU by emailing studentsunion@reigate.ac.uk

Union Executives

The Union Executive consists of up to twelve student members. Student members are elected every year, at elections held in the Summer Term.

Available roles include:

President/Joint President, Equality Officers, Environment Officers, Administrator, Events Officers.

The Student Union Executive for academic year 2019-2020 is:

PresidentsRebecca Griffin, Adam Wallis
AdministratorMax Callendar
Equality OfficersCameron Royer-Kennedy, Molly Trubee-Meliniotis
Events OfficersSophie Raccagna, Finlay Evans
Environment OfficersMaisee Trubee-Meliniotis, Sarah Morgan
Charity OfficersDhruvi Patel, Shala Monderin, Kalin Potter
Women’s OfficerMaddie Trubee
Student GovernorsPresidents – Rebecca and Adam

Charity and Social Events

The Students’ Union organises a variety of events during the year – from the Freshers’ Party in October to a Christmas Charity Event in December – and the Equality and Community Day and Leavers’ Fest, both usually held in the Summer Term.

The SU plays a huge role in making the College a ‘supportive and caring community’ by getting students together to have some fun and help raise funds for a range of worthwhile charities (including local, national and international causes).

Please see the College Calendar for the specific dates of what’s coming up this year.

OctoberFreshers’ PartyUsually a themed event in the Refectory
NovemberWorld Kindness Day
DecemberAge UKDonations of Christmas gifts to the local Age UK centre in Merstham
Christmas Charity EventLive music, dance performances and competitions in the Refectory
FebruaryLGBTQ Month
MarchInternational Women’s Month
Charity EventDogs for the blind
MayLeavers’ Fest
JuneEquality and Community DayStudents learn about a topical subject. Live music and a barbecue

Gambian School Appeal

In 2009 the College set up a new fundraising initiative, The Gambian School Appeal establishing a link with Wellingara Nursery School in the Gambia. Donations of clothes and computers are now made on an annual basis and the SU takes a lead role in raising funds to help with the on-going improvement of the school’s facilities and equipment.

The College has a long term charitable commitment to the Wellingara Nursery School in the Gambia.

Since the link was established, the Students’ Union has raised significant funds for the nursery school.

These funds have been spent on:

  • the training of new teaching staff
  • much-needed play equipment
  • the refurbishment of the school, plus the building of a new sheltered area.

The College also organises an annual collection of second-hand computers and good quality clothes that are used by the school and local villagers.

Education is free for children aged 8 and above in the Gambia, but many schools will not accept children who’ve not had a formal primary-school education. For this reason, a huge number of children end up with no education at all, as many families simply can’t afford to pay for their children’s initial education.

NUS Cards

All Reigate College students are eligible for the NUS Extra Card, which gives them discounts in shops, galleries and museums, in addition to discounts on travel costs (with some participating organisations).

The card costs £12 but if used appropriately will pay for itself within the first week!  Students should always ask if the card is accepted as often retailers don’t promote it.

The card also serves as a membership card and gives students the chance to attend national conferences.

The sale and distribution of the cards is organised by the College’s Students’ Union officers (more details at enrolment). Cheques for £12 should be made payable to Reigate College Students Union.

For more information see the NUS Extra Card website and their NUS Extra Offers and Discounts webpage.