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Blog: College Answer Your Education Council Questions

Education Council may seem an age ago with Christmas around the corner (the John Lewis advert is out, Christmas is here – end of debate) but ensuring the follow up from Council is effective has been a focus of mine over the past few days.

As I stated in my last blog, while Deputy Principal (Academic) Professor Katie Normington was able to answer some questions in the room regarding College’s Academic Restructure, due to time constraints she wasn’t able to answer them all. So directly after Education Council, I took in questions that I could present to College to ensure that all queries are answered.

As your elected Sabbatical Officers, we supported the principle of changing the structure of the College so that it could rectify some of the issues that students encounter, enhancing your student experience. In replacing Faculties with Schools, Departments will be greater supported, with more direction, less bureaucracy and a greater ability to improve your experience.

College Council Strategy Day

As an officer team, we were also in attendance at the College Council Strategy Day. This is a day where the College, along with the College’s governing body (College Council), review the wider direction of the institution and map out the future, planning where the College is going and how it can advance forwards. Alongside discussions around student wellbeing, led by the Students’ Union, we also inputted in the development of the academic strategy of the College. As elected College Council representatives, alongside their Sabbatical Officer roles, Clem Jones and Willow Wong were also involved in the College Council meeting that approved the academic restructure – following the approval of the proposal at Academic Board.

Ensuring Progress

In my role as VP Education, I am determined to ensure that as this progresses, concerns of students are represented and prioritised; if student experience is so instrumental in driving this change then your views really do matter. In representing your academic interests and putting forward your questions to College, we are establishing a transparent communication platform. This will hopefully clarify things and help reassure you of the benefits to you, your peers and future Royal Holloway students, while also alerting College to any considerations they should be aware of as the more detailed plans unfold.

College FAQ Page

As a result, the College have put together an FAQ page based on the questions submitted from students at Education Council and elsewhere, all of these can be found following this link.

View the FAQs

As your Students’ Union, we are determined to ensure that students remain the priority in this process. If anyone has any other further comments or questions then please do get in touch by emailing me, contacting me on Facebook or coming to see me in the SU. I am more than happy to talk through the restructure and ensure that any of your concerns are relayed to the College!

Jack O'Neill // Vice President Education