An Open Letter to Staff at Royal Holloway

As we come towards the end of an extremely demanding first term, our Sabbatical Officers would like to say a massive thank you on behalf of all Royal Holloway students, to the entire staff team at the College for their sheer dedication and commitment in supporting students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we come towards the end of an extremely demanding first term, we would like to say a massive thank you on behalf of all Royal Holloway students, to the entire staff team at the College for your sheer dedication and commitment in supporting students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know just how tirelessly you have all worked over the past eight months - often to excruciatingly tight timescales and against ever-changing external factors and guidance. We sincerely appreciate the immense amount of hard work that all staff have put in, under difficult circumstances, to continue to provide a high-quality university experience for all students.

From ensuring academic sessions are provided for students both in-person and online, supporting those students in self-isolation in getting the food they need, to delivering a system that allows students to return home at Christmas in the safest way possible. You have adapted, shown resilience, and overcome the obstacles in your path.

We know that this has been a trying situation for everyone, both staff, and students. And we know that a huge amount of work has gone into adapting to the new ways of delivering teaching and services. We also know just how much planning occurred throughout the summer to support this new experience. We recognise and thoroughly appreciate everything you have done to try to foster the familiar Royal Holloway community spirit in this unfamiliar academic year.

We also greatly appreciate your involvement of the Students’ Union within key governance processes throughout the pandemic, in relation to all aspects of the student experience. The partnership approach fostered between the Students’ Union and University when it has come to important discussions on supporting students has been hugely positive and ensured student voices are heard and, more importantly, fundamental to these discussions. 

Most importantly, we know that students feel incredibly grateful for the continued delivery of high-quality education and the stability that has been provided by the continuance of university life in the fullest form possible. We know not everything has gone to plan and we know that there are still some issues to be ironed out that we need to work together to address.

Nevertheless, students are understanding of the difficulty of the current situation and the pressures caused by the changing nature of government regulations. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.

We hope you are able to take the time to have a proper break, and take care of yourselves and your loved ones, in the coming weeks.

Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Kate Roberts, RHSU President

Alissa Chohan, VP Education

Henn Warwick, VP Wellbeing and Diversity

Lucy Brown, VP Societies and Sport

And on behalf of Royal Holloway Students’ Union.