Introducing Your VP Societies and Sport

Your VP Societies and Sport Hannah Hockin fills you in on what she's been up to since starting the role, her priorities for 2022/23 and what's she excited for!

Hi! I’m Hannah and I’m your VP Societies and Sport for 2022/23.

I studied Biomedical Sciences and last year I was the Vice President of the Swimming club. Being part of a student group really shaped my experience at Royal Holloway, especially all of the events that the SU hosted like Varsity, Colours Ball, and Come In Your Kit. My committee role opened up a variety of opportunities such as taking part in Strictly Come Holloway and meeting a range of new people from different student groups.

Summer Update

This summer has been super busy! The Sabbatical Officers started with a two-week induction in which we got to know each other and how to work together to provide the best student experience for you all. We've also taken part in loads of training sessions for mental health awareness and current issues affecting students such as the cost of living crisis. Since then, I have met a variety of different departments like Volunteering and Active Lifestyle and Sport. I have also been busy with student group summer admin; approving logos and constitution changes. And on top of that, I have been planning the year ahead - working on my manifesto, and planning out my campaigns.

My Priorities for this year

This year, my priorities are increasing participation in student group activities, particularly among commuting students, implementing a monthly awards system, and raising awareness of stigmatised subjects. I also aim to make student groups as accessible as possible by promoting the Access Fund and making sure groups have been provided with sufficient inclusion training.

I'll also be working hard to bring my manifesto points to life, and planning a variety of campaigns such as Disability History Month, This Girl Can, and LGBTQ+ History Month.

I'm excited to...

Make a positive difference to student groups on and off campus this year! I’m also looking forward to awards nights and celebrating everyone’s successes. 

Tips for new students

  • Don’t put stress on yourself to attend every activity on offer! There will always be another opportunity.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new.
  • Always ask if there’s a student discount.
  • You will get freshers’ flu - be prepped with tissues, painkillers, etc.

I can't wait to see you all on campus! If you fancy a chat or want to keep up with everything student-group related on my social media channels @RHSUSocSport!