Reigate College’s Students’ Union is made up of 21 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 1.15 in the Forum and all students are welcome – subject to space!

Students can get in touch with the SU by emailing

The Union Executive consists of up to 21 student members. Student members are nominated every year, with candidates being selected during the Summer Term.

Available roles include:

President/Joint President, Student Welfare Officers, Equality Officers, Community Events Officers, Environmental Officers, Communications Officers and Wellbeing Ambassadors.

The Student Union Executive for academic year 2021-2022 is:

PresidentsChristian Kelly, Emma Hourihan
Student Welfare OfficersJames West, Rose Kemp
Equality OfficersKatie Steere, Rebecca Mulvey, Asma Issa
Community Events OfficersJoe Critchlow, Jamie Kirby, Lily Macpherson, Lucy Turner, Rebecca Arnold
Environmental OfficersEve Gordon, Zoe Cordner
Communications OfficersHugh Chapman Brown, Chloe Hedges
Wellbeing AmbassadorsKatie Mitchell, Phoebe Barnes, Jemima Farodoye, Isabel Raper

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

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.

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

The card costs £14.99 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 £14.99 should be made payable to Reigate College Students Union.

For more information see the TOTUM Card website and their New Offers webpage.