Introducing Your VP Wellbeing and Diversity

Your VP Wellbeing and Diversity, Zee Iqbal, tells you a bit about himself, what he's been up to since starting the role, and his goals and priorities for 2022/23!

Hello, I'm Zee, your VP Wellbeing and Diversity for the next academic year!

As your VP Wellbeing and Diversity, I intend to focus on coordinating various liberation campaigns, improving the mental and physical health provision on campus, representing your wellbeing needs, and meeting as many of you as possible. In this role, I will be a key voice for campaigning at Royal Holloway.

About Me

I have been a student at Royal Holloway since 2017, where I studied for a degree in Biology. I was the second person in my family to enter higher education and the first to live away from home. As this was a very new experience for me and my parents, it could have been a somewhat daunting time. However, as a member of the Students’ Union, and engaging in this community by joining sports and societies, I soon found myself growing as an individual. I connected with like-minded people and formed new relationships with students from all different backgrounds. Opportunities like this were not provided at my secondary school or sixth-form college, thus I was so grateful to have this experience.

During my time at Royal Holloway, I witnessed the opening of the new library by HRH Anne, The Princess Royal, I formed a mental health organisation during the global pandemic to raise awareness about its effects on students' mental health all whilst financially supporting myself with a part-time job at the Sports Centre as a Fitness Instructor. Now, in my new role as VP Wellbeing and Diversity, I am excited to use this platform to provide all students with a voice from which I can lobby the College to make the changes you want to see.

My responsibilities

As VP Wellbeing and Diversity, my role includes a variety of responsibilities. Each term, I meet with the Trustees of the Student’s Union to enact key changes to our policies and discuss all of the queries and concerns students have voiced. I also sit on multiple College committees which focus on topics ranging from student safety to equality and diversity. Behind the scenes, a lot of planning and organisation goes into making everything that happens at the Students' Union possible; it's truly a team effort to ensure that all of our services and events run smoothly and successfully for you.  

Since starting in this role in June 2022, I have met and will continue to meet with external organisations and key University stakeholders to prepare for the new academic year. I have also started to discuss out-of-hours counseling support on campus, the Spiked campaign and the current anti-spiking measures in place, and the possibility of further training and a new security team for club night events. My goal is to ensure that our students have a safe and positive experience at Royal Holloway. 

A Quick Thank You...

All these conversations and subsequent changes are the direct results of student feedback. Therefore, I would like to thank you, as students, for feeling comfortable and able to share your concerns; your feedback and engagement are invaluable to our improvement. I would also like to thank my fellow Sabbatical Officers and the senior staff at the Students' Union. From the Marketing team to the Student Voice and Student Opportunities teams to the senior management, their constant support and assistance allow me to work towards my goal of representing your wellbeing and diversity needs.

So, with all this support from students and staff, I'm hopeful that I can achieve my goals of increasing support for student mental health, improving safety on campus, and ensuring there are diverse and inclusive events all year around. I look forwards to seeing you all around campus and hope you have a great year!

Lastly, if want to chat with me and keep up with everything I'm doing throughout the year, follow my social media channels @RHSUWellbeing!