Meet Your School Reps

In March 2020 you elected five brand-new school reps* to represent your interests at the highest level of the academic representation structure and we are delighted to introduce you to them!

School reps play a key role in improving students’ academic experience. They have an extensive network of relationships throughout the Schools, through which they exercise their influence to make positive change on behalf of the students they represent. They work closely with your VP Education to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard at the highest level and help support department reps to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

*The school rep for the School of Performing and Digital Arts will be elected during the upcoming academic rep recruitment period (nominations open Monday 21 September).

Let’s meet your School Reps!

Grace Waterman: School of Life Sciences and the Environment

Tell us about yourself

Hi, my name is Grace Waterman, a third year Psychology student specialising in developmental disorder and your School Rep for Life Sciences and the Environment. I have been involved with Women’s Football as well as Absolute Harmony throughout my time at Royal Holloway. I am also a frequent flyer at Imagine and have completed more reward cards than I am proud of!

Read about Grace

Ellie Matthews: School of Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Tell us about yourself

Hello! My name is Ellie and I am a third-year MSci Physics student and this year’s Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences School Rep. I am also the President of Physics Society and Vice President of Aerospace Society. I love sports and I'm hoping to explore more new societies in the next year.

Read about Ellie

Tanya Solomon: School of Law & Social Sciences

Tell us about yourself

Hello! My name is Tanya Solomon and I am a third-year student studying Philosophy, Politics and International Relations. My representative journey started in my first year when I first got involved with the programme and I became a first-year joint honours representative for Philosophy. Then during my second year, I became the Department Rep for Philosophy too.

I’ve loved every step of this experience because it means I can involve myself in real change to my degree. Alongside this, I am also the President of the on-campus Rock and Metal Society, so it is good to know that though these roles are important, they leave you more than enough room to still have a social life and engage with all the fun stuff on campus.

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Toby Bates: School of Business & Management

Tell us about yourself

Toby Bates is the School Rep for the School of Business & Management. Last year, he was a course rep for Year One Accounting and Finance and achieved loads of things – launching the Accounting, Finance and Management Society, organising feedback lectures, and even winning Rep of the Month!

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Vaanee Sarihyan: School of Humanities

Tell us about yourself

I’m a second-year History, Politics and International Relations student. I’m heavily involved in Debating Society and I’m passionate about increasing awareness about diversity on campus, which is one of my biggest agendas when I first ran; that’s what I aspire to hone in on this year.

Read about Vaanee