Welcome to our website

The Politics and International Relations Society is an academic and social society for politically interested students at Royal Holloway.

About us

Our society is run by students, but with close links to Royal Holloway’s Politics and International Relations Department.

We welcome all students, from those who have links to the Department to those who simply have an interest in Politics and International Relations.

The Society offers a variety of activities and events, from jetting to New York, practising diplomacy in the heart of London, guest speaker sessions, socials, and more.

Want to get involved? Click here to purchase your membership from our RHSU page.

What we do

Academic talks

The society regularly hosts a number of guest speaker sessions, roundtables, and seminars, ranging from current affairs to issues discussed in classes at Royal Holloway.

Academic families

A mentorship scheme offering advice and support to first-year Politics students at Royal Holloway.

Career support

Overseen by our dedicated Careers Officer, we offer a number of events and activities aimed at improving employability, from LinkedIn profile workshops to interview help, and more.

Model United Nations

Events at which students roleplay delegations to the United Nations and simulate UN committees.


Get to know the committee and other members at our regular social events. We host film screenings, fancy balls, and more!

Guest speaker sessions

Sessions in the past have included MPs, MEPs, diplomats, businessman, and civil society campaigners.

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Politics and International Relations Society, Royal Holloway Students’ Union, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX