Feature: Student Trustee Interview With Rachelle Jiongco

With elections nominations closing soon, it’s important for us to show you the responsibilities of each role. Learn all about the Student Trustee position in an interview with former Trustee, Rachelle Jiongco. 

Elections can be quite an overwhelming stage with all the information that is constantly out and about. You'll hear a lot of people talking about the Sabbatical Officer positions, and there is a lot of buzz around who will win. With all this noise, the Student Trustee role can often be overlooked, however, it is one of the most important roles in the Students’ Union.

About the role

This role gives any student the opportunity to sit on the Board of Trustees, which are responsible for making the decisions on how the SU operates. Your role as a Student Trustee is to bring students’ opinions to board discussions, and to make sure that the SU’s decisions are in the best interest of students at Royal Holloway. Big decisions that have recently been discussed were the changes to Byelaw H and Summer Ball plans.

The role will give you many new skills and great experiences, and you'll also get to work with our fantastic external trustees, who will always be there to support you.

Interview with Rachelle Jiongco

Why did you stand?

Having worked at the Helpdesk for two years, I wanted to gain a further insight into how the SU operated, and whilst doing so, represent the voice of students at Royal Holloway. I thought it would also be a really valuable experience working with, and learning from the Officers, as well as the Union staff who run our SU.

What did you enjoy about the role?

It was so fascinating being part of the decision-making process, more importantly making sure that the SU made good ones that would benefit fellow students. It was also very interesting hearing the opinions of lots of different people on the board and their ideas on how the SU should operate. Campaigning for the role was also something I’d never done before and it was so enjoyable!

Did you feel included in the decisions made?

Definitely. It is so important for the Board to hear the opinions of students in the room as most of the decisions discussed and made are student-related. The head of the Board ensures all opinions are voiced!

What would you say to someone who is thinking of running?

The idea of running for the role may seem daunting at first, but it is such a valuable experience where you’ll be in the centre of the decision-making process in the SU. I developed skills I wouldn’t have received anywhere else, and I know much more about the charity sector now. You’re fully supported and it’s so easy to speak to someone if you need help, as everyone is so approachable! One final thing – be fun and get creative with your campaigns!

You can learn more about the role of Student Trustees here.

If this sounds like you, you can nominate yourself below!


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Deadline for nominations is Friday 1 February at 16:00.